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Travel to the Western coast of South America to visit Peru, a nation renowned for its cultural history stretching back more than ten centuries and its incredible fusion cuisine to teach children or conduct gender equality workshops in the Incan capital of Cusco. On the weekend, sample Peru’s famously delicious seafood concoction, ceviche, and grab yourself a pollero or poncho to take home some authentic Peruvian style.

In 2017, local NGOs and government-run initiatives in Peru reached out to us to find out if we would be willing to help them support communities in and around Cusco with their development projects. Since then our volunteers have traveled to Peru to help local organisations improve access to education, both for primary school aged children and women looking to increase their professional skill set.

GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.

Interested in making a difference in this spectacular South American destination with GVI? Apply today to join.

Where Does GVI Work in Peru?

Cusco, known for its grand cathedrals and narrow cobbled streets, is located in southeastern Peru. A city with a proud and ancient heritage, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and sits at an elevation of roughly 3400 meters! Your role here will be to help the communities of this city work on development projects they have identified as important. This might involve increasing women and children’s access to education and their awareness of their rights. Or you could take part in engineering and construction projects to economically heat homes and water during the cold winter months. This will aid in reducing their dependence on wood and coal burning, and lead to an improved quality of life for many of the local communities.

Cusco is used by travelers as the gateway to Machu Picchu, making it an excellent base from which to visit the legendary lost city of the Inca's. Other sites to visit on your weekend excursions include La Catedral, made from blocks filched from a nearby Inca site. To learn more about the rich Inca history you can visit the Museo Inka, which boasts an impressive collection of jewellery, pottery, and hand-woven textiles. If you want to travel more after your program, and after acclimatising, why not go see the wondrous colours of the Rainbow Mountains.

Meet the team - Senior Field Management

Cynthia Arochi Zendejas

Regional Director for Latin America
Meet Cynthia! She is GVI’s Regional Director for Latin America. Her journey with us started in 2006 as a National Scholar in Mexico on our National Scholar Program. She moved to Costa Rica three years agos and for her it has been a great experience, with the beauty of the country contributing to this!

Cynthia has a Masters in Environmental Science, which she completed in Sweden. Additionally, she is currently participating in an MBA with the aim to improve her management skills. In her life, Cynthia has had a variety of jobs and careers fueled by her love of languages and culture. Such jobs include teaching French, organising games, and working asing a Team Building Facilitator. Cynthia hopes to see you soon!

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