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Peru Volunteering Project - October
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Trimester 3
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point, Not for Credit
Credit Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

If you are able to undertake the program for credit (MWL201 or SLE225) we may be able to consider late applications under special circumstances. Please email

22nd of October - 12th of November 2016

This is a three week Deakin program in partnership with Challenges Abroad (and their charity FutureSense) where you get to make a real difference to a community  in a traditional Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley. Students on this program will be involved in areas such as improving infrastructure, teaching English, health awareness, sports, arts and crafts, promoting child welfare, improving education and teaching awareness of domestic violence (all subject to change)
You will be based in a carefully selected volunteer accommodation in the Sacred Valley and have a Challenges Abroad support team on the ground in Peru that will be there to guide you throughout your stay.
The desired outcome of the Deakin volunteer work over the three week period will be to deliver a meaningful project that aids FutureSense's main program objectives in Peru; improving and advancing the education of children and young adults in the partner community. You will be pivotal in enabling FutureSense to engage and motivate the young people in the Sacred Valley to help them build a brighter future.


Project Details

Project Activities:
  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday minimum of 6 hours a day
  • Location: Sacred Valley, Peru
  • Project Duration: 3 weeks (with optional add-on of one week for a Machu Picchu Trek)
  • Accommodation: Hostel, shared rooms
  • Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders

Total cost: $2250
Initial deposit of $500 required after selection and approval, remaining amount to be paid in instalments with final payment due two months prior to departure.

  • Pre departure briefing materials
  • Pre departure sessions
  • All in-country transfers while on project
  • In country support
  • Safe, structured program
  • Accommodation for the duration of the program
  • Three meals a day Monday - Friday, breakfast on Saturday and Dinner on Sunday
  • Flights
  • Vaccinations (seek your own medical advice)
  • Visa costs
  • Optional trek to Machu Picchu at the end of the program

Academic Credit
You may be eligible to participate on this program for academic credit.
  • MWL201 Community Based Volunteering
  • SLE225 Global Environmental Placement
Domestic students undertaking the program for credit may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-Help is to assist students with a range of expenses such as airfares and program costs. For more information click here. Please note OS-Help Loans can take up to four weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

Your acceptance onto this program is dependent on a selection process which includes a written statement of motivation and a group interview at the Geelong Waterfront Campus which is compulsory to attend.

Optional Trek to Machu Picchu at the end of volunteering program 
You can choose to take part in the 5-day trek on the fabulous Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. This trek allows you to challenge yourselves both physically and mentally as you trek through the Andes, from the jungle floor all the way to the ruins of Machu Picchu.  
Trek Travel Dates: 5 Days  
Dates: 12th November till the 16th November 2016 
Costs: $750
Costs include: all transport, 5 nights accommodation, all meals, support by tour guides and porters
A minimum of five students are required to run this trek and will be given as an option to if selected for the program.

You will receive 20 points towards your Global Citizenship Program if participating in this project.



This program is currently not accepting applications.