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Program Type: VT Engage Areas of Study: Service Learning
Program Description:
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International Service Learning 

Peru
Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley & Cusco
Summer (May 21-June 10, 2018)

VT Engage Service Immersion Trip

action. Next summer, immerse yourself in a powerful learning and service experience that will take you from the Amazon rainforest to the high Andes.
 
In the rainforest, we’ll serve with ARCAmazon, which aims to conserve and protect the Amazon by promoting balance between people and nature. Projects may include environmental education, maintaining ARCA's education center, preserving the rainforest through patrolling their conservation area, and other community development projects. Following our time in the Amazon, we will spend a few days in Cusco to explore Peruvian and Incan history, including a trip to Machu Picchu

In the Andes’ Sacred Valley, we’ll partner with Llipin Yahuar, which focuses on empowering high Andean communities with vulnerable populations through health, education, and nutrition programs, specifically focused on women and children. Projects may include community development work, and native tree reforestation to restore habitats and increase water resources. This portion of the project will be based in Markuray, a community inaccessible by car. 
 
Over three weeks, you’ll serve with and learn about these two nonprofits, visit Incan sites, connect with new people and more. Join us, and broaden your horizons with this unique international service-learning trip!

reflection. Why do you serve? How can we work together for a more just world? Throughout the trip, we’ll consider these complex questions, discuss the social issues we encounter, and share our perspectives!

knowledge. You’ll gain a greater understanding of life in the high Andes and the Amazon rainforest, Peruvian culture, nonprofit work, and more.
 

Itinerary

May 21: Depart for Lima, Peru
May 22: Arrival in Lima, Flight to Puerto Maldonado
May 23-30: Service Work with ARCAmazon (Amazon Rainforest)
May 31: Return to Puerto Maldonado, Flight to Cusco
June 1: Cusco
June 2-3: Machu Picchu
June 4: Cusco
June 5-8: Service Work with Llipin Yahuar (Sacred Valley)
June 9: Cusco 
June 10: Depart for USA 
 

Accommodations

Conditions will be rustic in both locations. While working with ARCAmazon we will be staying in a rustic jungle lodge without electricity or Internet access. Participants will stay in shared rooms with bunk beds and shared showers.

During our time working with Llipin Yahuar we will be staying in the school on camping mats and sleeping bags. We will be working at approximately 12,800 feet above sea level. 

We will stay in a local hostel in Cusco due to our limited time in the city in shared rooms. 
 

Eligibility

No prerequisites; open to all majors and years (undergraduate and graduate). 

The program will be located in remote locations without electricity for 6 days at a time; 11 days of the trip will be based at altitudes over 10,000 feet. Students must be able to hike at least 2 miles on rugged terrain. 

Special note for DACA, undocumented, and international students
VT Engage is committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and seek to uphold these principles in all that we do. This includes welcoming the participation of all undergraduate and graduate Virginia Tech students on our service trips, including our immersion trips. Our trips are enriched by participation from students of all backgrounds, perspectives, and identities.

However, due to recent changes in the U.S., we strongly advise students from outside the U.S. or who are undocumented (whether you qualify for DACA or not) to carefully read the information on Virginia Tech's Immigration Action page before considering applying for one of our international trips.

Application 

Applications are required to participate in this trip. Application deadline is December 1, 2017 at midnight. Please click on the "apply now" button at the bottom of this page to begin the process.
 

Costs

Estimated program fee is expected to be about $2,800 plus airfare (USA to Lima, Peru & flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado).

The fee of $2,800 includes ground transportation in country, flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, food, lodging, trip to Machu Picchu, and project donation. The final costs will be determined once the group size is set; students are encouraged to develop fundraising activities to minimize the cost of the trip.

Financial Assistance Available
There will be a limited number of need based financial assistance available. All applicants will be considered. 
 

Contact Information

Staff Advisor: Eliza Wethey at engage@vt.edu or 540.231.6964


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 01/08/2018 05/21/2018 06/11/2018