The second largest city with the largest population known as La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera (City of Eternal Spring) is located in the northeastern part of Peru. Trujillo is a culturally enriched city surrounded by colonial architecture and Pre-Inca civilization archaeological sites. The climate in Trujillo is enjoyable with mostly sunny and with warm weather all year long. The Capital of Culture is also nationally well known for its traditional marinera dancing and gastronomy. The culinary is delicious and is popular for its fresh seafood and other traditional eateries such as duck, goat and cow heart. If you need a break from the city life, located just a few miles away is the famous surfing beach Huanchaco.
The second largest city in the central Peruvian Andes known as the “Switzerland of the South” because of its beautiful glacier peaks visible from the center of the city. It is located in the central part of the Callejon de Huaylas Valley. Huaraz climate is warm moderated weather of tropical mountain. During the morning it is sunny and past the evening it is cold. Huaraz is a popular destination for tourist attracted by its winter sports, outdoor adventures and biosphere park, Huascaran National Park. Its streets are surrounded by farmers’ markets with beautiful handmade crafts, silver and copper jewelry and its famous delicious manjarblanco (dessert). The cuisine is recognized of its Peruvian Andes popular dishes such as the Picante de Cuy (guinea pig).
Volunteers will be placed with a local Peruvian family and other volunteers. Our local families are trustworthy individuals that have met all qualifications from our screening process. All homes are required to have WIFI, hot and cold water and all boarding accommodations. Staying with a Peruvian family is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and become part of their enriched culture!
All volunteers will be placed in a local hostal with basic accommodations of WIFI, hot and cold water. Volunteers will be under the supervision of a Coordinator that will be available at all times.
A typical Peruvian breakfast includes tea, coffee, fresh juice with bread, yogurt or fruit.
Lunch is the largest and most important meal of the day. It is tradition that families will have lunch together with the volunteer. It typically includes a starter dish of soup, salad and the main dish almost always includes potato or white rice and a meat dish.
Dinner is lighter compared to lunch typically with a soup, sandwich or typical plate with hot tea.
Please include on your application if you have any food restrictions or allergies.
Volunteers will use the public transportation system which includes micros (bus), taxis or mototaxis for activities and worksite. The volunteers will be shown the routes and safety measures to take during orientation in Peru.
All volunteers are required to purchase Travel Medical Insurance and Evacuation Insurance. The most popular insurance puchased by volunteers is ISIC http://www.myisic.com/ which also provides discounts for students. You can also find a variety of travel insurances online that offer coverage for great prices. Proof of insurance is required before your departure.
We want our volunteers to engage in the Peruvian culture, traditions and experience the beautiful landscapes. Activities are scheduled on weekends and we highly encourage our volunteers to participate. The activities are a great way for our volunteers to bond with our staff and other volunteers. The activities vary depending on location and session. Some examples of activities included are orientation, welcome event, salsa class, sandboarding in nearby dunes, surfing in the popular beach of Huanchaco and sightseeing the archaeological sites surrounding the city.