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Peru: 21 Day High Andes Community Project

Peru: 21 Day High Andes Community Project

Peru: 21 Day High Andes Community Project

Program Type:Smithsonian Open Enrollment iconOpen Enrollment Learn More

Dates: July 6th - July 26th 2018  |  Tuition: $4,490 Tuition Details

Service Hours: 60 Service hours

SSA Contact: 

Morrison Mast, morrison@SmithsonianSA.com, 202-792-8953

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Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the Peru: 21 Day High Andes Community Project program! If this is your first time on this page, please read through the categories under Pre-Enrollment to learn more about this unique travel opportunity, or peruse the other categories as you like. Once you have enrolled, please check out the Post-Enrollment information. Around one month before departure, we will post the remaining information under Program Prep to review on a call with the entire group. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Peru!

Program Highlights

  • Join a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco
  • Participate in a Latin dance class
  • Work on a service project(s) in your homestay community
  • Tour Machu PIcchu
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Smithsonian Student Adventures was created through a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and Walking Tree Travel. Although this video is branded as Walking Tree Travel, it encapsulates the mission and spirit that is present in all SSA programming.

Important Program Details

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Program Itinerary

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA - Lima, PeruToday the group will depart from the US and fly to Lima, Peru.Mami Panchita
2Lima - CuscoWe'll arrive in Lima early and travel over the beautiful high plains of Peru to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco's dynamic history and endless displays of Inca pride will be a great way for us to begin acclimating to the Peruvian way of life. The group will have the afternoon to rest after their long day of travel and exploration.Pension Alemana
3CuscoAfter breakfast, we will tour the remarkable walled complex of Saksaywaman that lies on the northern outskirts of the Cusco. We will then embark on a photographic scavenger hunt around the central plaza of the city.Pension Alemana
4Cusco - Homestay CommunityAfter a morning activity in Cusco, we will make our way to our host community. This is the true focus of our adventure in Peru. We will improve our Spanish language skills while learning the basics of Quechua, living with our carefully selected Peruvian host families.Homestay
5Homestay CommunityThe days spent in our homestay community represent the heart and soul of the program as we will be volunteering on meaningful service project(s) during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with our host families and fellow travelers, practice our language skills and explore the surrounding area . At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a going away party to celebrate the time with our new friends and family.Homestay
6Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.Homestay
7Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.Homestay
8Sacred ValleyAs a brief break from the community service project at the host village, today we will take a breathtaking bike ride through the Sacred Valley to Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory , as well as Salineras , a cultural site known for its thousands of salt pools cascading down the mountains. After the day's adventures, we'll return to the host community.Homestay
9Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
10Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
11Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
12Homestay CommunityToday we'll wrap up our service project, have a going away party, and say our goodbyes!Homestay
13Pisac - OllantaytamboWe will leave our homestay community early and set out through the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac, home to the largest regional market . We will explore the colorful market and use our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts. In the afternoon, we will explore the remarkable Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo , where Inca warriors staged a heroic stand against the Spanish.Homestay
14Aguas CalientesThis morning we will tour the ruins in Ollantaytambo. We'll then take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.Aguas Caliente Hotel
15Machu PicchuLed by a local guide, we will tour Machu Picchu and learn about the history and significance of the famous ruins . We will climb to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain to spend time reflecting upon our program while viewing this incredible man-made marvel surrounded by misty peaks. After exploring the ruins, we will bus to the Amazon jungle.Amazon Lodge
16AmazonAfter a short boat ride, we will be at our Eco Lodge, our home for the next few days as we explore the Amazon jungle. We will take day and night tours of the Amazon, hoping to see as much wildlife as possible, and learn about the ecology and culture of this critical ecosystem .Amazon Lodge
17AmazonToday we will spend the day exploring the amazing Amazon . We will have the option of canoeing through Lake Sandoval, a stunning palm-ringed lake that is home to unique wildlife or visiting an indigenous community. By night, we will take a hike to experience the nocturnal side of the jungle .Amazon Lodge
18AmazonToday we'll walk through the forest canopy on suspended bridges, keeping our eyes peeled for howler monkeys, toucans, and macaws. In the afternoon, we'll visit yet another kind of ecosystem on an island in the middle of the river, and learn more about the work that local organizations are doing to conserve this globally important refuge for wildlife. Amazon Lodge
19LimaToday we will travel from our lodge back to Lima. We will spend the day exploring the Peruvian capital.Mami Panchita
20LimaToday we will make our way back towards the Lima airport, have a final dinner, and prepare for our return home.Mami Panchita
21Lima - USAArrive in US and connect home!Home

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Smithsonian Student Adventures designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Smithsonian Student Adventures stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

SSA partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are clean, safe, centrally located, and provide modern amenities. Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Lima: www.hostalelpatio.net/

Puno: www.coloninn.com/

Cusco: www.cuzco.com.pe/

Amazon: www.inkaterra.com/guides-field-station/tambopata/the-experience/

Standards of Behavior

SSA provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with SSA.

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:
all accommodations, basic travel insurance, 3 meals per day, drinking water, ground transportation, group activity and entry fees, full time leadership team and taxes and tips.

Tuition Excludes:
 International airfare, baggage fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an SSA program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to Peru.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact SSA for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. SSA will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

VACCINATIONS
Vaccination information and requirements can change frequently. Because of this, and for more information, we suggest that you consult your local travel clinic and/or family physician for specific details.

Travel Insurance

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, SSA will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all SSA travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

Once you have been accepted onto your program, SSA will be in touch regarding this insurance and other additional options (see below).

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

Global Leadership Curriculum

Walking Tree Travel has developed a curriculum that helps SSA travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame their experience, and prepare them to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future. For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the Walking Tree Travel Global Leadership Curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

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Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

duolingo owl logo

Group Flight Information

In an effort to make the flight booking process as smooth as possible, we have partnered with STA Travel. This partnership provides our participants with discounted fares through STA’s contracts with the top airlines to help our travelers get the best possible rates. To learn more about STA as an organization, please check out their website at www.statravel.com.

STA Travel will help our families and travelers book their round trip travel between their home city and our host countries. We are excited to offer this premium service to our participants so that we can focus on what we do best – providing meaningful adventures around the world.

Open Enrollment participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own international flights. You have two options for making your flight arrangements:

1. (Preferred) Book a seat on the chaperoned international group flight.

Each Open Enrollment program has a suggested, chaperoned, group flight that will depart from a designated departure city in the United States and arrive to the destination country. Participants on these flights will have the support of our on-scene Airport Liaison as well as an accompanying Program Leader, on-flight. The Airport Liaison will help gather, coordinate and direct the arrival and departure of our participants in the airport and the Program Leader will accompany the group to and from the host country while on the flight. The vast majority of our travelers choose this option. 

2. Book your own flight to the host country.

For this option we require travelers to arrive at the same time, or earlier (no more than 3 hours), than the suggested group flight’s planned arrival. We ask participants not to arrive later than the suggested group flight’s time of arrival. If travelers arrive on their own prior to the rest of the group we will arrange to have the second Program Leader or the Country Director meet them as they land in the host country. 

With either option, we strongly encourage you to book your flights through STA, but it is not required.

Please wait to make any flight arrangements until we have sent you our chaperoned group flight information by email, which we will post by April 1, 2018 with instructions on how to proceed. 

A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event SSA is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries.  Notwithstanding, our travelers’ well-being and safety is always our number one priority in all facets of our operations and programming, so please know that in case flight delays or cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will keep family members updated on developments as we are able.

Important note: Please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

BAGGAGE POLICY
SSA is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage
or for lost or stolen luggage. We strongly encourage all travelers to pack a carry-on bag if possible, or to at least put all valuables and a change of clothes or two in a carry-on along with all important medications and basic toiletries such as a toothbrush, deodorant, glasses, contacts etc.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm whether this is required on your flight.

Leader Profile

SSA will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries and 24/7 support from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Below you’ll find a list of the Smithsonian Student Adventures staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

  • Tommy Tyson
    Tommy Tyson Program Leader

    University of Denver – B.A. Spanish, Minors in History and Hebrew

    Tommy is a recent college graduate from the University of Denver. His hobbies include camping, basketball, studying history, traveling, and learning languages. He is fluent in Spanish, and also speaks Hebrew as well. He first developed his love of languages and Latin American culture at the age of ten on a mission trip in Mexico. This experience and the subsequent trips to follow inspired him to study Spanish in school, and to pursue more development work in other areas of Latin America as well. During a semester abroad in college in Cusco, Peru, Tommy had the pleasure of working alongside ProWorld Peru in rural communities like Ocurruro, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Tommy also has spent time building houses in El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity.

    Group Roster

    Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email lacey@SmithsonianSA.com.

     

    Community & Project Details

    This is where your host community information will appear, along with your community project, if applicable to your program.

    Communication & Blog

    The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    SSA tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should direct all general inquiries to info@SmithsonianSA.com. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S.

    Here is the link to your blog: -Coming Soon-

    Packing List

    What follows is a sample packing list, which will be updated for each program. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

    Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.

    Please note that seasons in South America are opposite ours in the United States so we will be traveling during South America’s late fall. With that said, late fall and early winter are the driest parts of the year and often the most pleasant times to visit. Most of our program will be spent at high altitudes where daytime temperatures can reach the 70’s and it can freeze at night. Layering is the best way to prepare for variable conditions.

    Peru Packing List

    CLOTHES:

    6 pairs of underwear 6 pairs of socks (a mixture of good hiking socks and casual socks – some wool socks for cold nights as well)
    4 t-shirts (some quick dry)
    4 long sleeve shirts
    2 sweater/sweatshirts
    1 warmer jacket for cool nights
    1 warm hat
    1 rain jacket
    2-3 pairs of travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light
    2-3 pairs of comfortable/hiking/everyday pants (NOT all jeans)
    1 nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer and guys a polo or button up shirt with jeans for such occasions)
    1 pair of durable athletic/hiking shoes, appropriate for hiking
    1 pair of sandals (optional)
    1 pair of work gloves
    1 hat with good sun protection
    1 swimsuit

    TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:

    Sunscreen (you will use a lot)
    Mosquito repellent
    Band Aids and Neosporin, anti-diarrhea meds, basic first aid
    Hand Sanitizer
    Medication in properly marked original container (better to pack this in your carry on luggage)

    MISCELLANEOUS:

    Sunglasses
    Journal and pen
    Book/s
    Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
    Converter (Peru runs 220v, 60Hz AC electricity. Only necessary if electronic device doesn’t have built in converter)
    Alarm Clock and watch
    Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $100-$200, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
    Durable water bottle with a personal water filtration system (optional- Walking Tree will always provide drinking water)
    1 quick-dry towel
    Soap for washing your own clothes while in the host community
    Flashlight/headlamp
    Batteries
    Deck of cards or other portable games
    Host family gift
    Student ID
    Spanish/English Dictionary

    HOMESTAY GIFTS

    Travelers often contact us regarding what an appropriate gift might be for their student’s host family. Host families are often curious about where our students come from and their families in the U.S. As such, we recommend a simple gift that describes, represents or depicts your home. Well-received gifts in the past have included calendars or picture/coffee table books from your city or state, a framed picture of your family, paraphernalia from a local sports team, toys, soccer balls, school supplies, or something produced or grown in your hometown, like chocolate, local candy, t-shirts, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is not to worry about this…  Anything, no matter its value, will be well received!

    Tuition Details

    more tuition information Tuition excludes:

     International airfare, baggage fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

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