Experience Peru is a 21-day service and adventure trip. Through serving in local villages, trekking through small farming and weaving communities and visiting historic landmarks like Machu Picchu, you will encounter the culture, history, politics, economy and outdoor environments of Peru. As you experience life in Peru, you will explore God’s design for your relationships—your relationships with Him, with people of other cultures and races, with creation and with yourself. You will spend time learning about who God is, how He calls you to respond to issues of injustice, poverty, diversity and racial relations, and who you are as His beloved children, created in His image.
Activities: Backpacking, service
Dates: May 2014
Day 1: Arrive in Washington, D.C., get you know your community, and make preparations for the trip.
Day 2: Board a plane headed for Lima, Peru.
Day 3: Become acquainted with the culture and language of Peru.
Days 4-10: Serve in a village outside of Lima. Design events for children, help build a new school, work in an organic garden, help children with homework at an after-school program, all while spending a few nights in a home-stay.
Days 11-14: Trek to weaving and herding communities and get to know the people who inhabit Peru’s Sacred Valley. End the trek at the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Days 15-16: Serve in a village in the mountains of Peru, building cocinas mejoradas for families. These kitchens improve the quality of life and safety of the women and children of the village.
Days 17-20: Hike around the beautiful snow-capped mountains and alpine lakes of this area, practicing spiritual disciplines and processing the experience.
Day 21: Head back to the United States.