On arrival, volunteers will receive a thorough Health & Safety, and country presentation. Spanish classes will commence on the Monday in the afternoons for the first week. After completing Spanish lessons clients will go out into the community of Chiguata, working with experienced masons. It is about 30 minutes from the center of Arequipa and volunteers will be taken in a private minibus. All participants will be travelling together with GVI staff. Volunteers will be placed in one of three communities in Peru. A typical day on the project will go as follows: All volunteers depart from Arequipa at 8:00am on organised transport and arrive at the drop-off point in the community around half an hour later. Volunteers will then work in the community on their cistern under the tutelage of a local mason and tender. A GVI staff member will also be available to help. Presently, all the volunteers head back to Arequipa from Chiguata at 3:00pm on organised transport, arriving at around 3:30pm. The rest of the day is then at leisure to spend as the client wishes. Spanish classes may be scheduled for the afternoons. Work will include moving materials, mixing cement and concrete, cutting and laying bricks and foundation, tiling and finishing. The construction project can take 7-10 days to complete. Volunteers generally meet up in the evenings to eat, socialise or watch a film. Every Friday evening a barbecue is organized at the hotel for all project volunteers.
Make a visible, hands-on difference to the future of an indigenous community while getting immersed in the local culture! You'll experience and live amongst the breathtaking beauty of the Peruvian Andes region, build a cistern from scratch and see others in action. You will also receive one-on-one Spanish tuition and take a biking trip down the Misti volcano!
- Pre-departure support and discounted services - Airport pick-up and drop-off - One night of hotel accommodation for the first Saturday night - Food and accommodation with the host family - Mountain bike trek - Contribution to GVI secondary school scholarships fund - Construction materials and labour costs - 10 hours of Spanish - Daily transport to and from the communities - 24 hour in-country support - CRB check for UK participants
- International flights - medical and travel insurance - personal items - spending money - inoculations and medication