Venture into a land of lost cities, rising through the mountain mists like ghosts. Feel the spine tingling and magical atmosphere that pervades the very air in Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was the stronghold of the venerable Inca rulers. This project entails two key phases; initially you will spend three weeks making a vital contribution to the running of an under-resourced and under-funded community centre that provides a lifeline for women and children struggling to live and cope with extreme poverty. Following this you will travel to the cloud shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the lore and legend of its past; shamanic legends say that if you touch your head to the stone walls, the Intihuatana opens your vision to the spirit world. Embrace the challenge of trekking amongst the peaks that surround the edifice, make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women and children in this beautiful country, and partake of a culture that has captivated visitors for centuries!
Explore one of the seven wonders of the world
Immerse yourself in traditional Andean culture
Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women & children
Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Help with homework
Create activities & events
Arts & crafts programmes
Drama & sports
Prepare & serve nutritious evening meals
Before you go
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training weekend if enrolled on TEFL BTEC course
Internal Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The reality for most children living on the streets of Peru's towns and cities is a life of constant terrifying struggle, a lack of love and affection, and an uncertain future. Over 3,500 children live on the streets of Cusco, many abandoned by families who cannot afford to feed them. But the loneliness and fear experienced by these children, forced to live on the street alone are the most painful affliction. The community development that you will be working in provides a vital lifeline for those who seek a way out of their precarious existence on the streets. You can help give them the chance of an education, and provide them with the confidence boost and attention that they so desperately crave. Meanwhile, you are sure to enjoy a gap year or year out that will be absolutely unforgettable.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Whilst participating on this project, you will be engaged for the first 18 days in a range of activities, helping children who have suffered through a lack of any positive attention in their lives, and who need the stability and commitment of dedicated volunteers to enable them to progress. You will help the children with their homework, create activities and events focusing on constructive arts and crafts programmes, introduce them to drama and sports, and prepare and serve a nutritious evening meal. There is also the chance to help the English teacher, and work towards a free Frontier TEFL Certificate. What is most important is that throughout your time with the children you are showing them the support and positive direction that they crave and deserve. For these underprivileged youngsters you will be filling the role of mentor, parent, friend and so much more – an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience for both parties. Daily activities begin around 3pm, leaving you the morning free to take language lessons or explore Cusco and all it has to offer. Your working day will end at around 7pm, and you will head home to a delicious meal.
At the end of the 23 days community development phase, you will travel to Machu Picchu and spend five days trekking, where you will enjoy the challenge of tackling the Andes, visiting magnificent snow-capped mountains, traditional Andean communities, majestic waterfalls, as well as pushing yourself with the challenging physical aspect of trekking in Peru.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be collected form the airport in Cusco by a friendly Frontier representative, and escorted by taxi to your accommodation. Each day you can walk the short journey to your project or take a local taxi which is very inexpensive.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Whilst volunteering on this project, you will stay in shared dormitory style accommodation in a local hostel one blocks walk away from your placement. Whilst on the trek to Machu Pichu you could be accommodated in a variety of tents or hostels en route depending upon the weather or seasonal conditions at the time.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
If you are staying in the hostel this project is self catered. The hostel has an open and totally equipped kitchen with everything guests need to cook their own meals. Cusco has a variety of bakeries, markets and shops nearby as well as numerous coffee shops and restaurants for those who wish to head out into town and experience the nightlife of this world famous town which will give you the chance to get a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine.
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What a Satisfaction!
13 Jul 2012
What a satisfaction! I have been working with Frontier for two weeks in Peru. I loved that land a...
Words nor pictures can depict
5 May 2012
After our incredible, but exhausting expereince with the kids in Cusco, our reward awaited us in ...
Definitely a trip not to be missed!
13 Apr 2010
Amazing project! The kids were so great, I had so much fun working with them. During the day I wo...
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There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to enjoy in your spare time. Try swimming in forest waterfalls, hang-gliding, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing and many more! Explore the town and gain an insight into Peruvian culture – try local foods, buy beautiful hand-woven fabrics in the markets. Of course you will experience trekking in the mountains during the second phase of your project.
To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.
There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.