June 30 to July 18, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.