A Sustainable School: Eco-Living and Education

  • Dates: 
  • Flexible except January through March
  • Duration: 
  • 12 Days
  • Volunteer Work:
  • Projects will depend on the school’s need at time of visit. Projects can include: building composting bathrooms, solar showers, solar ovens, a playground, kitchen, additional classrooms, making adobe bricks, work in organic gardens etc. Additional volunteer work will include playing with children and helping teachers develop materials for the school. Participants will also witness first hand how climate change has affected communities in the Peruvian Andes by seeing how a mudslide destroyed the original school.
  • Destinations:
  • Machu Picchu, archaeological site of Pisac, village of Pisac and Cusco
  • Application Deadline:
  • 3 months prior to departure

 

Description

Come enjoy the hospitality of the Peruvian people, the beauty of the Andean mountains, and the starry nights while volunteering in a sustainable school. The school, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, provides local children with a free education and teaches them to be ecologically conscience while preserving their Andean culture.

At the school, we will work with the children, teachers, and members of the community on various hands on volunteer projects. Depending on the current need, we could be working on: composting bathrooms, solar showers, solar ovens, a playground, kitchen, additional classrooms, making adobe bricks, tending to an organic gardens etc. We will help children with projects such as painting, cleaning and organizing materials in the school. Lessons on sustainable methods of cooking, agriculture, and manufacturing medicinal creams from Andean flora will also be part of our experience.

In addition to volunteering, we will visit Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the spiritual center of the Inca Empire. In Machu Picchu we will explore its magnificent terraces, the temple of the Sun and the Moon, the Intihuatana, the Inca baths and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it. There will also be a visit to the Pisac Ruins and the city of Pisac, which is best known for its Sunday market and handicrafts.

During our final days, we will explore the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will walk through history on the cobblestone streets lined with Inca walls and visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, the Central Market, and the artsy neighborhood of San Blas among other historical sites.

Length of stay and itinerary can be modified to suit your group.

Price starting at $2600 (Subject to change)


The family life at the sustainable school of Alonso and his family was really inspiring. To see a family with relatively few possessions be that happy all of the time made me realize how amazingly fortunate I am.
– TJ, Jesuit High School of New Orleans