EXPLORING PERU 2018
Immerse yourself in a small town in the foothills of the Andes just outside of the colonial city of Cusco, Peru! Come work with warm and welcoming Peruvians and undertake an important service-learning project. This experience immerses you in the Spanish language, connects you with the local community, teaches you the history of ancient cultures, & opens your eyes to a whole new way of living. You will use your hands to create unique ‘a la Inca’ crafts after learning to weave, felt, dye and spin wool. Julio will guide us in sculpture and ceramics classes. You will work side by side with indigenous people in the Q’ewar Project, a Waldorf inspired community, workplace and school. You will hear Peruvians laughing often, & you will be exposed to Spanish and Quecha in a fun and interactive way. The Q’ewar preschool & Kindergarten welcomes us into their room to bake bread, sing songs and play games. At the end of our stay in the town of Andahuaylillas, our group will celebrate by making pizza in the brick oven & learning how to make a native drink called Chichi.
Service Learning, History, Cultural Immersion and Adventures in Peru’s Sacred Valley
Dates: April 13th or 14th – April 21 or 22, 2018
Ages: 9th grade – 12th grade
Cost includes room and board in Peru, Incan arts and crafts, Service Learning project, group activities, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, hotels, and all transportation in Peru. Does not include airfare and required international travel insurance. Gogi Abroad will organize group airfare. Gogi Abroad will organize all logistics and will purchase group airfare and student international travel insurance. Gogi Abroad will send out all packing lists and important information prior to the trip.
The village of Andahuaylillas, Peru, is situated in the rural highlands of the Andes Mountains, about one hour south of Cusco. Gogi Abroad provides the opportunity to stay at the Q’ewar Project, which has open, bright, and comfortable accommodations for our students. There we assist in the workshops where local women create beautiful handcrafted dolls, doll clothing, and other articles to sell internationally. There are 40 women who have worked at the Q’ewar Project for 12 years and this sustains them financially, providing good work at a living wage and child care.
Our focus is on connecting with a new culture and immersing ourselves with theQ’ewar Project and then setting out to explore villages, the history, and the seventh wonder of the world.
Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos; where we feel our fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies in the epicenter of the great circle of life. One more miracle.” – Pablo Neruda, The Heights of Machu Picchu.
After working and becoming rooted in the culture of Andahaylilas with Julio, Lucy and the community, the group will travel and learn about the history of Peru and the ancient Inca trail. We will take a train to Aguas Calientes, a city whose very name means hot springs. After a night of soaking, we will wake up early and walk through The Sun Gate and catch the first glimpse of the magical city of Machu Picchu. The final destination of the trail cannot be described: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”. It’s not just an accomplishment; it’s a transformative experience.
Watch these short videos about our experiences in Peru
Includes: All accommodations in Peru. We will be staying at the beautiful Q’ewar Project. Each student will share a lovely room and a bathroom. After the Q’ewar Project, we will be staying in two to three star hostels. We provide three meals each day with traditional teas, juices and water. All transportation in Peru is provided. We will be doing many crafts while we stay at the Q’ewar Project. Guided tours of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, all archaeological sites, Train ride to and from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, Two Gogi leaders to guide, support, educate and help translate throughout the trip.
Does not include: Airfare to/from Cusco ($800-$1,100). You will need to purchase Travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip and can be purchased for $75 – $150 through Travel Guard or Nomad Travel; details will be provided with confirmation of deposit).