Gap Year in Peru

This mountainous South American country is a rich blend of ancient and modern culture.

  • CLIMATE: Fall: 45-65 °F
    Winter: 65-80 °F
    Spring: 45-60 °F
  • CURRENCY: Peruvian Sol
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Spanish, Amyara

Peru’s energetic charm, ingrained sustainable practices, and incredible biodiversity make it an overwhelmingly charismatic nation.

Ancient relics, signature ceviche, and awe-inspiring landscapes make for a dramatic backdrop for your service learning experience. Strap in for a high-altitude experience.

During your time in Peru, you'll work with several NGOs and local community members to implement sustainable structures, spend time empowering youth on the outskirts of a city, and immerse yourself in local culture as you participate in daily life.

Build greenhouses. Join an NGO committed to developing sustainable schools and other community buildings in the mountain villages surrounding Cusco, Peru.

Visit the salt flats. An essential part of exploring is a trip to the Salineras Salt Mines. These breathtaking salt pans look like a watercolor painting and have been in operation for over 500 years.

Hang out after school. Volunteer for an after-school program in the suburbs of Lima with children ages 5-15. These kids consider the program a second home from Monday to Saturday after school. Give students your individualized attention and care.

In the Sacred Valley of Peru, learn the basics of sustainable agriculture from local farmers.

Get creative with it. Intricate weaving and pottery are a signature Peruvian craft. In Chinchero, you’ll observe traditional weaving and try your own project and in Urubamba you’ll attend the famous Seminario Ceramics workshop.

Participate in cultural exchange. Spend time in Ol-lantaytambo, and live with a homestay in a local community. Practice your Quechua and experience firsthand how indigenous Peruvians live today.

Marvel at breathtaking ruins. Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and Sacsayhuamán is the historic capital of the Incan empire.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.


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