This experience will take you to the small village 4,000 meters above sea level - a place where children are unaware of life that exists beyond their neighbourhood in the mountains. You will call the community of Cuncani home for the week, living at the community school, and working alongside Nexos Comunitarios. It is here where you will learn what life is like in rural communities in the Andes. You will work closely with the community school as they use the culture of soccer to promote human development. You will assist in promoting health through educational workshops that will use active learning tools. All workshops and projects will be identified by the community.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 –Saturday, February 23, 2019
At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
Your team will be exposed to a true local Peruvian experience. The ideal participant loves learning about new cultures, and has a well-rounded perception of healthy activities and a healthy lifestyle. This experiences does involve hiking and some physical activity. You will be living 4,000 meters above sea level and sleeping on mats on the floor of a community school.
Ideal participants are flexible, empathetic, adventurous, and committed to learning. During this experience, you will be challenged to lean into your discomfort, and go with the flow.
Total cost (subject to change) – $3,000 CAD
Day 1-2 – Arrive in Urubamba via El Savador and Lima, and spend the day/evening exploring Peruvian city life and food.
Day 3 – You will make the long, windy bus ride up the Andes to Cuncani. Here, you will be welcomed by school children, who will become your cultural teachers over the next week. This day will be spent getting to know the community, and acclimatizing to the altitude (1200 meters above Urubamba).
Day 4-6 – You will spend your days working with young children - playing games, and providing different workshops on various age-appropriate health topics. Each day will finish with a soccer match with the people of Cuncani!
Day 7 – Goodbyes and travel back to Toronto via Cusco, Lima, and San Salvador.
*PLEASE NOTE: this itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any time.
Participants will sleep on mats on the floor of the school in Cuncani. Student will need to bring sleeping bags.
Meals are prepared by community restaurants, and reflect a variety of local foods (e.g., quinoa, potatoes, chicken, rice, vegetables). Meals will take into account dietary restrictions.
All group meals on the program are included, and participants will be responsible for any meals during travel days and personal snacks throughout the week.