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When you embark on Gap Year in Peru volunteer program with Cross-Cultural Solutions, you'll discover a truly unique country. As you explore its ancient ruins, canopied jungles, and epic coastline, you'll understand, Peru is quite literally the stuff of legend. Once you've climbed Machu Picchu, descended into the Amazon Basin, and had every adventure in-between, you'll come to see that it's the Peruvian people that make these places so special. Peruvian culture is a melting pot, claiming Japanese, African, Chinese, and European influences, not to mention roots tracing back to the centuries-old, Pre-Columbian Incan culture. As a volunteer on your gap year in Peru, you'll be making a real and sustainable impact as you become immersed in a fascinating culture.
On your Gap Year in Peru volunteer program, you'll work to support grassroots efforts to provide necessary services to community members in need. In the 1980s, the political terrorism of the Sendero Luminoso (“Shining Path”) which originated in the Andes, caused significant numbers of rural residents to seek refuge in Peru's more urban areas. Although the movement saw its end in 1993, the influx of migrants over the last several decades has resulted in a serious strain on social resources, leaving individuals with disabilities, children, and the elderly especially vulnerable.
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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.
CCS volunteers in Peru greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Primary schools and organizations that support vulnerable children are under resourced and understaffed. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct educational and recreational programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with much needed one-on-one attention.
The community in Villa el Salvador often struggle to access the health care they need. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS leads multiple public health projects in Peru including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.