PERU RAKLIFE EXPERIENCE / AUGUST 12 - 19, 2017
7 day trip to the wonderful country of Peru. We will be both immersing in local Peruvian culture as well as making a sustainable difference in the lives of the less fortunate while we work with partner organization of RAKlife, the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS).
DATE: AUGUST 12-19, 2017
STARTING LOCATION: LIMA, Peru
PRICE PER PERSON
7 DAYS - $1295
There will be 2 sign up opportunities:
1) Medical volunteers (doctors, dentists, nurses, etc)
2) Non-medical volunteers
This journey begins in the Peruvian capital of Lima where volunteers are to arrive on August 12th. From Lima, we will fly and drive to Churcampa, our home for the week. Churcampa is a beautiful mountain village high up in the Andes. Most outsiders don't have the opportunity to visit such a pure cultural place in Peru, and we are lucky to be working with local families to ensure our volunteers get true immersion.
The entire week we will be making a sustainable difference in the lives of the less fortunate through both medical and non-medical RAKs - partnering on the medical side of things with PAMS, a US based non-profit dedicated to bringing much needed medical care to the less fortunate throughout Peru. Peru is the 5th poorest country in South America and the area we are headed to does not have a proper medical clinic - therefore the government is reluctant to provide doctors and true medical care to Churcampa and its surrounding villages.
We chose this week in August due to their annual festival, which allows us to make the greatest impact on the surrounding villagers that come into Churcampa for the religious festivities honoring the Virgin Mary. We will spend time with the local children and while our non-medical RAKs are still being determined, options include improving the local school, beginning construction on a medical clinic, and donations of clothes and toys to the most in need in the region. On this trip we will spend time helping the local people as well as exploring the area and culture through both planned and unplanned activities. And of course there will be ample free time included as well to spend doing whatever you’d like!
This Peru trip is for anyone interested in not just vacationing, but traveling with true purpose. Watch video of our past trips below to hear testimony about how voluntourism can make a difference in the lives of those in need, while tremendously impacting your own life as well.
RAKlife will be happy to create a personal fundraising page if desired upon deposit to support your effort to raise money for joining us or donation towards the RAKs we will be performing!
MACHU PICCHU - Due to our trip time, we cannot fit Machu Picchu into our base itinerary, HOWEVER many of our volunteers are traveling on the front or back end to visit/trek to the amazing place. If you would like to coordinate, we will put you in touch with the others for timing and options! :)
- Transport to/from Lima International Airport (Jorge Chavez International Airport)
- Intra-country flight from Lima to Ayacucho
- Accommodation (double occupancy in Lima and Churcampa Hotels, TBD on homestays in Churcampa)
- Most meals included
- Transportation during trip
- Volunteering in Churcampa with our partner, PAMS
- Tour of Lima, with potential activities including: Miraflores Boardwalk, Plaza De Armas
- Huaca Pucllana Ruins tour with view of pyramids
- Fiesta Patrones - annual festival in Churcampa
- Optional – personal fundraising page to help raise money for costs or donation to the RAKs we perform
What’s not included:
- Flight (we can help research if needed)
- Travel Insurance (not required but recommended)
- Food and Drinks outside of included meals
- Extra curricular activities and entertainment outside of what is included
RAKlife founder, Matthew Foster, will be one of the guides for RAKlife in Peru. He has led trips across the world while getting off-the-grid and performing Acts of Kindness. After hearing about an opportunity to RAK it up as well as bring medical help to villagers in need in Peru he knew it would be the perfect location to bring others to do some amazing volunteer work. He looks forward to showing you the incredible culture.
This Peru trip will also be lead by Jim Kennedy, RAKlife's Director of Trips. Jim is a professional photographer who owns a successful Southern California based studio. Jim has traveled all across the world while getting off the grid and is excited to work with anyone interested in improving their photography skills. Whether you are shooting a small point and shoot camera, a cell phone, or a SLR camera- it will be fun to come home with some beautiful images that you would be proud to hang on your wall. Take a look at some of Jim’s travel images here:
International travel details:
Fly in and out of Lima International Airport (Jorge Chavez international airport – LIM airport code)
- Arrive: 7 day - Fly into Lima Saturday, August 12
- Depart: 7 day – Fly out of Lima Saturday, August 19
Several of our volunteers are planning on heading to Machu Picchu before or after our main dates - If you'd like to plan extra days in Peru either on the front or back end of this trip to join then we are happy to help you with coordination.
HOW TO BOOK:
- $595 non-refundable deposit due upon booking
- Balance of any remaining funds due no later than 30 days before scheduled arrival date.
- Waiver must be signed and emailed back to us no later than 30 days before scheduled arrival date
100% of hosted trip costs go towards each person's individual costs as well as the RAK's we perform - all RAKlife hosts pay for travel our of his/her own pocket! **A portion of trip cost is tax deductible.
If you have questions about this incredible experience or would like to set up a time to speak over the phone, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you promptly!
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