13 - 18 (Coed)
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Peru is world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture.
We’ll begin our adventure in Cusco in the southern Andes, a startling contrast of bustling lively markets within an ancient city. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and reflects its rich history with illuminating museums, striking architecture, and Inca ruins. For the first few days we’ll acclimatize to the altitude of the Andes before exploring the region on mountain bikes.
Our volunteer projects will begin in the San Sebastian district with Helping Hands Cusco, doing construction on the preschool building, and creating enrichment and cultural exchange programs for Peruvian students.
In our free time we will see exquisite sunsets over the peaks of the Andes, explore Incan sites, experience Peruvian culture, and taste the delicious cuisine.
Then we’ll go to the town of Aguas Calientes to visit the magnificent Machu Picchu. Nestled in lush cloud forest and stone cliffs in the upper Amazon basin, Machu Picchu was once an important trade hub for the Incas, and its ornate stonework and more than 200 structures also suggest it was a place of ceremony. We’ll get to decide for ourselves what this splendid archaeological site once held for Incan civilization.
Finally, we’ll return to Cusco to absorb the incredible encounters we’ve experienced in our Peruvian adventure, and celebrate with a farewell banquet.
Imagine a country where residents of the capital city vote against the installation of traffic lights, where ancient monasteries stand sentinel in lush valleys and on snow-capped peaks, and the guiding principle of the country’s development is Gross National Happiness. Welcome to The Land of the Thunder Dragon. Welcome to Bhutan.
Our adventure begins with a flight over the Himalayas and Mount Everest. We will fly in to Paro, Bhutan and drive to the capital city of Thimpu. Here we will visit the Tashichoedzong, a monastery and fortress which houses the offices of the king of Bhutan and other government ministers as well as the Golden Throne Room.
Next we will drive across the Dochu La (“la” means “pass”) at 10,000 feet, passing snow covered peaks and hundreds of colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We will stop in tropical Punahka where we will spend time visiting and volunteering in local public schools supported by the Bhutan Canada Foundation. We will help elementary school children to improve their English reading skills and spend time teaching them about Canada. You will be able to have a positive impact on children while enjoying a unique personal experience.
Finally we will return to Paro and climb the awe inspiring Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery.
We have three community service opportunities to connect deeply with Costa Rica’s culture through volunteering at wildlife and forest reserves, a farm, and a charity focused on all diff erent aspects of the country’s life.
We begin in La Fortuna, a small town at the foot of Arenal Volcano. From here we’ll visit stunning waterfalls and swim in hot springs from the volcano. We volunteer at Proyecto Asis’s Wildlife Rescue Center, where we release wildlife back into their natural habitat or improve their homes inside the centre. Here we’ll connect with spider monkeys, macaws, kinkajous, and caimans.
Next, we’ll travel to Monteverde and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to learn about its unique ecology. We’ll have the rare opportunity to take a night hike and discover nocturnal animals while our new daytime jungle friends are sleeping. We’ll also volunteer at a farm at Life Monteverde, to learn how we can protect this beautiful environment sustainably.
Finally, we’ll head to the Guanacaste coast and our private villas in Playas del Coco. We will enjoy ocean and beach fun with swimming, volleyball, and optional surf lessons. Nearby in town, we’ll work closely with a community group, meal planning and preparing dinner for local children.
After connecting with the country’s vibrant ecology and making a difference in the community, we’ll relax in the sun and enjoy a farewell banquet
160 Avenue Road
|Mar 11-20, 2018||$3,570 - $5,990/2 weeks|
Recreational Instructional Intense or Competitive