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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Cusco Volunteering Program
Community Development & Environmental Change in Peru

Oct 29th - Nov 18th 2017

The broad aim of the project is to help develop Cusco, Peru - its people and community, bringing hope of a better quality of life to the local people.
These are meaningful and sustainable projects that make a real difference to the local community.
This project is unlike many others as you will be focused on manufacturing and implementing the following into local community homes;
* Clean burning stoves
* Ceramic water filters
* Sustainable greenhouses
* Ecological refrigerators and cupboards
* Healthy kitchens

The experience will be life changing – in the best way possible!

Digging Peru

The volunteers’ role

Volunteers in Cusco will be fully immersed within the community every day (including all the cultural and personal benefits of homestay). Pending the project and local communities engaged, some travel / transport may be required to and from the project each day (up to one hour in traffic). What makes this project unique and different than others is that you are able to experience so many different activities. You will have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities that help uplift the community - and make their lives better. Below you will find a list of project descriptions concerning the wonderful projects in Cusco:
Volunteers will manufacture cleaner burning stoves at homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them (alongside qualified staff). The cleaner burning stoves improve air quality in small, traditionally enclosed homes, lowering the risk of respiratory infections and diseases for women and children, who spend the majority of their days indoors at home. In addition to eliminating this smoke from the kitchen, the cleaner burning stoves also act to make cooking fires more efficient through their design, reducing wood usage by up to 50%. Our cleaner burning stoves are made of locally-produced ceramic components and then constructed by using improved adobe mud. After some training, you build the stove hand-in-hand with our project coordinators and the family recipient. 
In the rural and urban communities of Cusco, the lack of access to clean drinking water is the most pressing development issue facing the region. Gastrointestinal infections, resulting from the consumption of dirty water are known to be one of the leading causes of childhood malnutrition. You will manufacture ceramic water filters, deliver them to homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them. The filters improve water quality, which decrease poor sanitation and hygiene and lower the risk of malnutrition and respiratory infections. Students are needed for multiple roles to assist in the development of the project, including: manufacturing, business planning, marketing, or fundraising. 
Due to geographical and climatic conditions, the families of Andean communities are not able to grow much more than root crops and a few grains. Building these types of greenhouses, enable vegetable cultivation and encourage the families to have a healthy diet. You could help in the construction, planting and training to the families in the communities. 
This is a long-term project. It incorporates our different technologies that help improve the lives of families living in our partner communities. By constructing ecological refrigerators, cupboards, and cleaner burning stoves, and illustrating the benefits of hand washing and cleanliness, these communities are learning how to compost, filter water, and maintain a healthy home. This project is designed to implement multiple, basic home improvements in one village, signalling a long term commitment by us to create a big impact that will make a big difference for the people we serve. 
Many kitchens in rural communities only have access to un-purified water and wood burning stoves with no chimney to allow the smoke to exit the home. These living conditions contribute to high levels of respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems. In this long-term project, we focus in the most important area for the families in rural communities, the kitchen.
Project Highlights

* Help plan, design and build local structures that are particularly important for the local community
* Learn a range of core skills – communication, cultural understanding, planning, project management etc.
* Engage with community leaders and local levels of government / local organisations.
* Build environmentally-sustainable structures for local communities
* Immerse yourself in local Peruvian culture
* Make friends for life with fellow volunteers on the program

Sacred Valley
Project Details:

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 7 hours (excluding lunch break)
Location: Cusco, Peru
Project Duration: 3 weeks
Support: Comprehensive, 24/7 on-site support from program coordinator and project leaders, plus CIS Australia 24/7 emergency hotline.

Program Fee: $2,749.00

Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
The Final Payment is due 29 September 2017

What is included:
  • Accommodation - full room and board - homestay
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • One group leader (multi lingual)
  • Training: Pre-departure guide and session, on-site orientation, project induction
  • Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinators
  • Airport pick-up from Cusco (on set arrival dates / times)
  • Transport to and from project site - (daily)
  • Group excursion to Sacred Valley – one full day included (includes transportation, tour guide, lunch, entrance fees).
  • Various local cultural activities are included i.e. chocolate making and beekeeping workshops, salsa lesson, Spanish language lesson, weaving class. 
  • Sustainable project donation and material project purchase for the community partner and health centres.
  • Farewell dinner
  • Extensive staff support throughout all phases of the program
  • CIS Certificate of Completion

What is not included:
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (if it´s required)
  • Insurance
  • Police background check
  • Any personal spending money

Optional 2 day Machu Picchu Excursion (includes all, transportation, snacks, meals, tour guide): Approx. A$500. Students must confirm attendance prior to departure and pay on arrival within the first 3 days. 

Machu Picchu
Academic Credit

Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

The following units is on offer: MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering
                                                 APE201 - Individual Professional Project

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.

Application Process
  1. Click on Apply Now, complete personal details and questionnaire
  2. Book a meeting with your course advisor to find out if you have room within your degree to take this program for credit. Send approval to Deakin Abroad.
  3. Once approved, we will forward you a link to complete the application requirements of CIS Australia who will assess your application. This will include a phone call from one of the team at CIS Australia.
  4. Once accepted by CIS Australia, you will be contacted with the next steps.


- 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.

You will earn 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.