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  • Locations: Urubamba, Peru
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2017 24/04/2017
Rolling Admission 28/10/2017 24/11/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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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 OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

28th of October - 18th of November 2017 (optional trek ends Friday 24th November)

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 to meet community demand)
You will be based in a volunteer accommodation Urubamba, a small town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and have a Challenges Abroad support team on the ground there to guide and support 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.

studenteating local Peru

Project Details

Project Activities:
  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday minimum of 6 hours a day
  • Location: Urumbamba, 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 (volunteer component only)

The payment schedule is expected to be as follows: subject to change - all details will be confirmed when applications open soon!
$500 – non-refundable deposit due 5 May
$875 – 1 July
$875 – 1 September

  • Pre-departure sessions and briefing materials - there will be a number of compulsory sessions throughout the months leading up to your trip - details to come!
  • Coordination of pre-departure team building activities
  • All in-country transfers while on project
  • 24 Hour in country support
  • Safe, structured daily program
  • Accommodation for the duration of the program
  • Three meals a day Monday - Friday, breakfast on Saturday and Dinner on Sunday
  • Comprehensive Deakin travel insurance covering your program dates and 10 additional travel days
  • Flights
  • Vaccinations (seek your own medical advice at least 8 weeks prior to departure)
  • Visa costs (currently Australian citizens don’t have to obtain a visa for Peru)
  • 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.  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 phone or Skype interview with Challenges Abroad if required.

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: the Trek will extend your program to 24th November 2017
Costs: $750 (Payments to be made in 2 instaments as per above payment schedule in July and September)

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 must apply to Study Abroad after Feb 2017 and be participating in T1, T2 or T3 (2017).
- You must be enrolled in a Deakin unit and studying a Deakin Business School (DBS) degree (or a double degree with Business) in order to receive these funds.
- If you withdraw from your Study Abroad program you will be required to return these funds to Deakin University.
- If you have received any other funding from Deakin for your Study Abroad (not including OS-Help) you may not be eligible – please contact to confirm.
- Grants are limited and are on a first-in, first-served basis.

Machu Picchu

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



This program is currently not accepting applications.