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Welcome to Lima, Peru

High School Volunteer Abroad in Lima, Peru | Cross-Cultural Solutions

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As a High School Volunteer Abroad in Peru, you’ll be welcomed warmly into the vibrant city of Lima to join your team of global change-makers.

Whether you choose between one, two, and four-week sessions on any of the start dates listed below, you’ll be sharing the experience with a group of your peers, all ages 14-18, and like you, they’ve decided that dedicating their summer to serving others abroad while learning more about themselves is a pretty cool challenge to take on.

We know you’re unique and that you have your own interests, which is why we offer specialized volunteer paths that you can choose from. Select a focus in Education, Health, or Sports Leadership.

And that healthy dose of adventure you’re craving? Don’t worry, you’ll get that too! We know it’s your summer and you want to have amazing stories of Inca markets, boat trips amongst incredible wildlife, and of course, the quintessential photo of you in front of Machu Picchu.

Lima, Peru Summer 2017 Start Dates:
June 17, June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29
with *Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu add-on weekends July 13 & July 29

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Population Below Poverty Line
Human Development Index Ranking
84 / 188 countries
Primary School Dropout Rate
Maternal Mortality Rate
89 / 100,000


Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.

Create a positive learning environment to enable students to find their passion for language and literacy, for a classroom culture where learning is fun. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction, while completing meaningful projects that carve out inspiring learning spaces in libraries and classrooms.

Sports Leadership
Sports and recreation not only benefits health, it also provides valuable incentive and leadership skills that keep students engaged in school. Many underserved schools lack basic facilities, equipment, and staffing to make sport an integral part of the education experience. CCS high school volunteers coordinate sports activities for youth, while building and refurbishing recreational equipment and infrastructure.

Students in many underserved schools lack the basic health education and services essential to their educational development. CCS high school volunteers will work on healthcare initiatives in a school related to Vision, Dental Hygiene, and Nutrition. Volunteers will conduct screenings, workshops, and support teachers, nurses, and medical professionals in efforts to address public health challenges in the school.

Voices from the Community
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"The families of our elderly residents are very grateful for the work done by volunteers. The attention and care that volunteers give our residents has visibly changed the attitude that families have toward their elderly relatives and has opened their hearts."

"CCS volunteers have helped to improve our students' social skills. Mothers of our students have also benefited from the cultural exchange with the volunteers."

"Help from foreign volunteers gives our students and their families more hope for their future. For staff, it has been an enriching experience and a chance to meet people from different cultures."

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Machu Picchu Add-On Adventure

The optional Machu Picchu trip is designed for High School Volunteer Abroad participants who want to take their experience even further: you will explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu under the guidance and supervision of the CCS staff and professional local guides. The Machu Picchu trip add-on is available twice during the summer for a 4-day experience, starting on July 13th or July 29th, 2017, for an additional all-inclusive fee of $1695.

Explore Cusco

Take a walking tour of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Inca ruler Pachacutec in the 1400s, the imperial city was an urban center for religious and government leaders.

Behold the magnificence of the Inca Empire

See Qurikancha (the Temple of the Sun), the most important temple for the Inca civilization. You might explore the Sacred Valley, a collection of small agricultural towns and archaeological sites located between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Witness Machu Picchu

Hidden in the Andes mountains: Machu Picchu is sometimes referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas” or the “City in the Sky.” The ancient city wasn’t found until 1911, when a local boy led American explorer Hiram Bingham to the ruins. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth.

Stay the night in Aguas Calientes

Nestled down in a gorge below the ruins of Machu Picchu, you’ll relax in the local hot springs and enjoy a traditional Andean dinner with local dishes you’ve likely never tasted before.

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