National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement


VOLUNTEER IN PERU

This trip is organised by Projects Abroad.

When?
1st – 15th August 2020 (2 weeks)

Who can go?
There is space for ten YFC members aged 18-30 years old.*

How much?
£1420 per person payable to Projects Abroad (which includes food, accommodation, insurance and excursions). There are also costs to members for travel, vaccinations and social expenditure.

Plus £30 refundable deposit to NFYFC for the multimedia presentation. 

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If you are passionate about farming and want to experience the Andean climate and the unique cultural history of the Incan empire alongside other Young Farmers then a trip to Peru might be perfect for you.

Located high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Cusco is a beautiful city rich in culture and history. Once the former centre for the Incan Empire, the areas around the Sacred Valley are now arguably the archaeological capital of South America with a culture whose traditions date back over 700 years. At an elevation of 3,400m above sea level, Cusco also has a subtropical highland climate that boasts unique ecosystems and a huge variety of crops, including nearly 4000 potato types when including the rest of the country!
There are three parts to this trip with the opportunity to volunteer in various locations in and around Cusco. The first week will be spent in the city itself, helping out at a few different day care and community centres, working with children and improving a site for the people that use it. After a weekend exploring Machu Picchu and the famous Incan sites nearby, you’ll then get your own chance to experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist, working on various sites and learning more about this fascinating culture.
This will also be a great opportunity to live and work with other Young Farmers from around the UK, as well as learning all about the culture and various traditions in Peru. Even if you don’t speak any Spanish before you go, you will find yourself coming back speaking some of the language. The first week will involve working with the children to improve their education and provide them with creative and engaging activities from which to learn and have fun. The other main activity will involve working with the community on a project to revitalise the area, such as redecorating a community centre, improving a children’s play area or setting up a vegetable garden in a school.

A trip to Cusco wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-renowned archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to arguably one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring ancient cities on the planet, drawing tourists in from all corners of the world to marvel at it’s fascinating architecture and unique location. The rest of the weekend will also include a visit to the nearby hot springs of Aguas Calientes and the famous Incan terraces of Ollantaytambo.

The second week will then see the group working alongside professional archaeologists on various dig sites surrounding Cusco. This work is important in not only understanding the former civilisation that called the Sacred Valley their home, but also for preserving these areas so that future visitors can learn and understand more as well. You’ll be trained on various different archaeological techniques and methods, as well as being shown how to understand the use and importance of varying artefacts that are found on these sites.

At the end of the trip there will be time to explore the city of Cusco, whether it be to visit the various museums or just to do a bit of shopping and relaxing. There may also be opportunities in the evenings to learn local dances, sample the local wine and try some of the amazing food. Travelling on a Team Travel programme will allow you to explore Peru in a different way to what you could imagine. Truly, a trip of a lifetime.

How to apply

Click here to download the application form.

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