Llama Pack Project
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Course Details

Tentative Dates

June 29 to July 18, 2018

20 Days

Likely Departure City

Miami, Florida

Estimated tuition: $4290 – $4490 *
Estimated airfare: $975 *
* important details here

Dates, costs, and descriptions for this course will be finalized by November 1, 2017

SStS partners with the Llama Pack Project to conserve precious Andean ecosystems and deliver environmental education in local schools.
The SStS Peru course begins amidst the stunning mountain landscapes of the Sacred Valley near Cusco.

The first days will be spent acclimatizing, exploring Urubamba, participating in various cultural activities, and learning about the Llama Pack Project, our non-profit partner. Although communities in the Sacred Valley have rich cultural backgrounds rooted in breathtaking settings, many residents are forced to work in cities far from their homes. The Llama Pack Project works to reestablish the use of llamas as pack animals in these high Andean communities as a way to provide an attractive economic alternative to urban dwelling. In addition, the Llama Pack Project works to conserve the precious ecosystems of these communities through environmental education and native tree reforestation. SStS students will deliver environmental education classes in local schools near Urubamba and construct a native plant nursery in a high Andean community.

During the first week of the project, SStS participants will live at the Llama Pack House in Urubamba in order to teach classes and fix a playground at a local school. Before the second week of project work, SStS participants will spend a weekend touring the Sacred Valley, taking a class on Andean conservation, and visiting the Pisac ruins and market. After these cultural activities, students will learn about the mission of the Llama Pack Project on a llama trek to a high Andean community. This community will be their home for four nights as they camp in this stunning location and work shoulder-to-shoulder with community members to build a native tree nursery. Upon completion of this project, the group will return to Urubamba before visiting Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this striking setting, students will have the opportunity to consider what they have learned about global citizenship.

Course Elements

The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.


Students will begin by teaching environmental education and fixing a playground at a school. Then, they will help to build a native plant nursery.


Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.


During the second week of the course, students will do a trek to reach the project site. The group will carry packs as they hike through high-altitude mountainous terrain. It is critical that participants actively prepare prior to travel so they are physically fit.

Living Conditions99.99%

During the first week, the group will stay in a hostel for volunteers in shared rooms with bunks. For the second week, the students will camp in tents in a remote Andean village situated at a high elevation.

On the Move60%

After arriving Cusco, the group will drive for a couple hours to Urubamba, where they will stay for the first week. They will then drive and trek to the project site for the second week. Finally, they will take a train to Machu Picchu before returning by van to Cusco.


Although the group will spend a lot of time with the children at a school and camp in a remote village, they do not stay in the homes of individual families.


After spending the first week outside of the small city of Urubamba, the group will spend several days in a remote Andean community.

Element Descriptions


Day 1

Depart from Miami, begin group orientation

Day 2

Arrive in Cusco, continue group orientation, drive to Urubamba

Day 3

Orientation about the mission and goals of the Llama Pack Project, walking tour of Urubamba

Days 4 - 8

Project work teaching environmental education and repairing a playground

Day 9

Sacred Valley tour to Chincero, Moray, Maras, and Ollantaytambo

Day 10

Presentation on conservation in the Andes, visit Pisac ruins and market

Day 11

Trek to Andean community, orientation about native tree nursery project, set up camp

Day 12 - 14

Native tree nursery project

Day 15

Finish project work, traditional Pachamanca lunch, return trek

Day 16

Clean up from trek and project, free afternoon, begin debrief

Day 17

Trip to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes, continue debrief

Day 18

Day hike to Andean lake and closing ceremony and celebration

Day 19

Finish debrief, begin travels home

Day 20

Return to Miami


: In Three Phases


the 5 Lenses Curriculum

Prior to departure, students are guided by their course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons. Organized by SStS’s Five Lenses Curriculum, these activities (30 minutes per week) allow students to directly engage with other members of
the group.


partnering with ngos

The majority of the days at each site are spent engaged in meaningful service work with our NGO (non-governmental organization) partner. Days not dedicated to project work are spent immersed in intriguing cultural activities.


post travel advocacy

During the next school year, students educate others by advocating for our NGO partner through public presentations to the community at large and/or younger, school-based audiences.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Peru program from the important viewpoint of our students.

Explore Peru

Important Details

Cost Information

Estimated tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $4290
Estimated tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $4490
Estimated airfare: $975

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students whose circumstances preclude paying the full cost. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate so on the application.

Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical evacuation insurance are purchased as a group. The cost of this insurance is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive fares.

Travel Expectations
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.

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