Community Development: Empowering Young Women

  • Dates: 
  • Per Request
  • Duration:
  • 16 Days
  • Volunteer Activities:
  • Tutor the girls with their homework and assist with school projects, help teachers organize and create materials to enhance the girls’ learning experience, work on improvement projects for the dormitory such as painting, planting an organic garden with the students and assembling a solar shower
  • Destinations:
  • Visit the families of the girls in the Andean Highlands, Machu Picchu and Cusco
  • Deadline: 
  • 2 months prior to departure



Enjoy the hospitality of the Andean people while volunteering in a small girl’s dormitory in the Ollantaytambo. The dormitory offers nine indigenous girls from remote villages that would otherwise have no access to education, an opportunity to live in the town and attend school. The young girls are taught skills to empower them to become leaders in their communities and to further their education beyond high school.

We will tutor the girls with their homework, assist with school projects, and help teachers organize and create materials to enhance the girls’ learning experience. We will also work on dormitory improvement projects (depending on the need at the time) such as: painting, planting an organic garden, assembling a solar shower, building a retention wall etc. A part of this experience will include a visit to the families of the girls in the Andean Highlands.

We will also 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.

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. 

Independent research opportunities available.

$2300 (Subject to change)

I made such a connection with the girls in the short time that I was there. I became apart of their family and I am looking forward to watching the organization grow and continue to empower young women in the years to come.
– Rachel Bergman, Princeton University