Peru

Sacred Valley Service

Making a lasting impact is no small feat, but on this journey that’s exactly what you’ll do. From childcare to construction, or from teaching English to cooking for the community, these projects are guaranteed to get your hands dirty in a meaningful way. Your stay in Peru wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the majestic high Andes and, of course, the iconic Machu Picchu.* Over the course of the trip, you’ll gain intimate knowledge of the closing gap between Peru’s ancient customs and its modern reality.

*GoBeyond offers a 21 and 14 day version of this journey. While the core activities are similar, some excursions such as Machu Picchu are not included in the shorter itinerary. See below for details.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 21 - Jul 11, 2018
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 18
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $5,370 $5,020
Session 2 / Jul 13 - Aug 2, 2018
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 18
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $5,370 $5,020
Session 2 / Jul 13 - Jul 26, 2018
  • 14
  • 65 hours
  • 18
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $3,870 $3,520

Service Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Environmental Conservation

Adventure

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Water Sports
  • Land Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Mountains

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here

¡Hola! Welcome to Peru!

1 Day

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying overnight to Lima (LIM) via Dallas (DFW) on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via DFW, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students to the journey destination. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Lima. After arrival in Lima, students are met at the airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto their flight to Cuzco (CUZ).

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

5 Days

The primary focus of students’ time in Cuzco is community service work with local charitable organizations. Our work helps address some of the most pressing humanitarian needs in the area. An estimated 25% of Peruvian mothers are under the age of 18. Four out of ten Peruvian women are victims of abuse. Often women and children lack adequate support, as they face a social stigma of being unwed mothers. While their circumstances may be overwhelming, there are hopeful foundations in Peru working for change and a brighter future.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

GoBeyond partners with Casa Mantay to assist teen mothers who have been victims of sexual violence, neglect, and discrimination. Casa Mantay provides a supportive place for recovery, nurturing the young mothers and their children by reinforcing values of family, self-esteem, and cultural identity. Students assist the mothers in a variety of ways, as we rotate responsibilities in cooking, cleaning, and tending to the nursery. Students also contribute to much needed infrastructure projects. We’ve renovated the mothers’ rooms, laid flooring, painted buildings, planted gardens, and much more.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

While the majority of our Cuzco service work centers on the single mothers and children of Casa Mantay, students also lend a hand at the area’s Mother Teresa Orphanage. Started by the nuns of Calcutta, this Cuzco-based center serves children and the elderly, most of whom are physically and mentally challenged as well as orphaned. A morning at the orphanage is an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Students assist the welcoming and gracious nuns with feedings, cleaning, and laundry services. The service work is hard, yet incredibly fulfilling.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

While the core of our time in Cuzco centers on community service, students also tour some of the local attractions. Few cities offer such a visual contrast between the past and present. It’s not uncommon to see modern businessmen and indigenous Quechua walking side-by-side down ancient cobblestone streets. Thus, a visit to the Cuzco area would not be complete without a stop at the local markets and ruins. Just above the city center, Saksaywaman offers students their first glimpse into the incredible construction techniques of the ancient Incan empire. Workers carefully cut massive boulders and fit them together tightly without the use of mortar.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

6 Days (21 Day Itinerary) • 3 days (14 day Itinerary)

The Sacred Valley is one of the most touristed locations in all of South America. While tourism has brought much-needed income to the local communities, poverty still remains unchecked in many areas. GoBeyond students engage in a range of community service projects in the Sacred Valley, partnering with the MySmallHelp charity organization to assist impoverished families in and around the town of Ollantaytambo. While the needs of these communities change from year to year, our projects often focus on construction work and assistance to local schools.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

The MySmallHelp charity organization is especially involved with local schools and people with disabilities. GoBeyond students help where we are able. Students often lead games, arts & crafts, and sports days for the local kids. Some days we cook and serve breakfast, as the children get a thrill from tasting our international cuisine. Simple construction is also key to our aid. We’ve built greenhouses, bathrooms, and painted buildings in the past. When our work is done, we retire to our comfy and cozy Ollantaytambo hotel. These Sacred Valley service days are one of the many ways GoBeyond opens your mind and expands your horizons in awe-inspiring Peru!

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Service and education often goes hand in hand. One common project involving both is when students help local families construct adobe bricks, which are commonly used for building and construction projects in the Sacred Valley. Made with only three simple ingredients – clay, straw, and water – students have a blast mixing the materials then shaping the bricks with the use of a wooden mold. “Getting our hands dirty” is an understatement for this service project, yet it’s hard not to have fun when learning this ancient art of adobe brick making.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Part service and part adventure activity, GoBeyond students on our 21 day itinerary spend time on the Rio Urubamba. Rapids range from class II to class IV on this scenic river, thus all ability levels – experienced and non-experienced rafters alike – are bound to have fun. When not navigating the rapids in the river, our veteran whitewater rafting guides fill the time with boat games, river jokes, and a river cleanup project. Litter is a common problem in Peru. Those in the tourist industry often suffer the most dire consequences, as the trash creates an unsightly environment for guests. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work” on this service project, as students are collectively able to clear up large sections of the river in a short period of time.

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The Need We Address

Peru is world-renowned for its natural beauty, biodiversity and historical heritage, yet off the beaten tourist track live communities struggling to keep the balance between past traditions and modern realities…

Cuzco, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru, is home to beautiful colonial architecture and Incan ruins, where modern businessmen and indigenous Quechua alike walk ancient cobblestone streets. GoBeyond students spend some time exploring the beauty of this city and the surrounding Sacred Valley, including excursions in horseback riding, biking, whitewater rafting* and, of course, spectacular Machu Picchu.* But behind the beaten path of the tourist attractions live struggling children and families often unnoticed in the eyes of the tourist. It is here that GoBeyond students really engage their hearts, hands and minds.

At the Cuzco center for teenage mothers, known as Casa Mantay, founders Raquel and Sergio work to arm single, adolescent mothers with the skills needed to succeed in their future. At the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Cuzco, the nuns of Calcutta work tirelessly to provide a loving environment for the severely disabled, both young and old. Equally as important, the MySmallHelp charity organization in Ollantaytambo relieves poverty through the provision of education and skills training to people who otherwise would not have access to such programs.

GoBeyond students assist organizations like these in a number of ways. We help out with childcare, cooking, cleaning, construction, painting and building maintenance projects. We teach English and build confidence and skills in young mothers and children by playing games and leading arts and crafts activities. Our support gets projects off the ground and invests in the dreams of local leaders. Most importantly, we have the chance to explore in greater depth the culture of the local communities and learn from them in ways we never knew imaginable.

*21 Day Itinerary Only

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“ Peru is a beautiful country, diverse and colorful, breathtaking and awe inspiring; however, places such as this home for adolescent mothers remind us all of the fragility of life and the issues that lie beneath the beauty of all things. Our time here seems to define our voyage-travels are not simply to see beautiful things, or mark on a map which wonders we've visited. They are meant to open our minds, expand our horizons, so that we may be keenly aware of our world, of its treasures and its hardships. ”
Cameron C.Laurel Hollow, NY
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Machu Picchu Excursion

2 Days (21 day Itinerary only)

Rounding off their tour of the Incan Empire, students take an entertaining train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. After an afternoon soccer game and/or visit to the hot springs from which this town gets its name, students settle into their hotel for an early evening and night of rest before the hike to Machu Picchu. Arriving at sunrise before the crowds, “magical” seems to sum it up for most. Students get a chance to explore this awe-inspiring Wonder of the World and take in some breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys below, then return via train to their home base in Ollantaytambo.

Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Students take an early morning flight from Cuzco to the Peruvian capital of Lima. Afternoon activities include last-minute shopping and city exploration in beautiful Miraflores. Students have a grand feast on their final night, and perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Lima airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Peru are things we never forget.

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Building a Garden for Nati

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Trip Logs

¡Hola! Welcome to Peru!

1 Day

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying overnight to Lima (LIM) via Dallas (DFW) on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via DFW, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students to the journey destination. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Lima. After arrival in Lima, students are met at the airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto their flight to Cuzco (CUZ).

The Need We Address

Peru is world-renowned for its natural beauty, biodiversity and historical heritage, yet off the beaten tourist track live communities struggling to keep the balance between past traditions and modern realities…

Cuzco, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru, is home to beautiful colonial architecture and Incan ruins, where modern businessmen and indigenous Quechua alike walk ancient cobblestone streets. GoBeyond students spend some time exploring the beauty of this city and the surrounding Sacred Valley, including excursions in horseback riding, biking, whitewater rafting* and, of course, spectacular Machu Picchu.* But behind the beaten path of the tourist attractions live struggling children and families often unnoticed in the eyes of the tourist. It is here that GoBeyond students really engage their hearts, hands and minds.

At the Cuzco center for teenage mothers, known as Casa Mantay, founders Raquel and Sergio work to arm single, adolescent mothers with the skills needed to succeed in their future. At the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Cuzco, the nuns of Calcutta work tirelessly to provide a loving environment for the severely disabled, both young and old. Equally as important, the MySmallHelp charity organization in Ollantaytambo relieves poverty through the provision of education and skills training to people who otherwise would not have access to such programs.

GoBeyond students assist organizations like these in a number of ways. We help out with childcare, cooking, cleaning, construction, painting and building maintenance projects. We teach English and build confidence and skills in young mothers and children by playing games and leading arts and crafts activities. Our support gets projects off the ground and invests in the dreams of local leaders. Most importantly, we have the chance to explore in greater depth the culture of the local communities and learn from them in ways we never knew imaginable.

*21 Day Itinerary Only

Learn More

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

5 Days

The primary focus of students’ time in Cuzco is community service work with local charitable organizations. Our work helps address some of the most pressing humanitarian needs in the area. An estimated 25% of Peruvian mothers are under the age of 18. Four out of ten Peruvian women are victims of abuse. Often women and children lack adequate support, as they face a social stigma of being unwed mothers. While their circumstances may be overwhelming, there are hopeful foundations in Peru working for change and a brighter future.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

GoBeyond partners with Casa Mantay to assist teen mothers who have been victims of sexual violence, neglect, and discrimination. Casa Mantay provides a supportive place for recovery, nurturing the young mothers and their children by reinforcing values of family, self-esteem, and cultural identity. Students assist the mothers in a variety of ways, as we rotate responsibilities in cooking, cleaning, and tending to the nursery. Students also contribute to much needed infrastructure projects. We’ve renovated the mothers’ rooms, laid flooring, painted buildings, planted gardens, and much more.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

While the majority of our Cuzco service work centers on the single mothers and children of Casa Mantay, students also lend a hand at the area’s Mother Teresa Orphanage. Started by the nuns of Calcutta, this Cuzco-based center serves children and the elderly, most of whom are physically and mentally challenged as well as orphaned. A morning at the orphanage is an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Students assist the welcoming and gracious nuns with feedings, cleaning, and laundry services. The service work is hard, yet incredibly fulfilling.

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

(cont.)

While the core of our time in Cuzco centers on community service, students also tour some of the local attractions. Few cities offer such a visual contrast between the past and present. It’s not uncommon to see modern businessmen and indigenous Quechua walking side-by-side down ancient cobblestone streets. Thus, a visit to the Cuzco area would not be complete without a stop at the local markets and ruins. Just above the city center, Saksaywaman offers students their first glimpse into the incredible construction techniques of the ancient Incan empire. Workers carefully cut massive boulders and fit them together tightly without the use of mortar.

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Service Days in the Sacred Valley

6 Days (21 Day Itinerary) • 3 days (14 day Itinerary)

The Sacred Valley is one of the most touristed locations in all of South America. While tourism has brought much-needed income to the local communities, poverty still remains unchecked in many areas. GoBeyond students engage in a range of community service projects in the Sacred Valley, partnering with the MySmallHelp charity organization to assist impoverished families in and around the town of Ollantaytambo. While the needs of these communities change from year to year, our projects often focus on construction work and assistance to local schools.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

The MySmallHelp charity organization is especially involved with local schools and people with disabilities. GoBeyond students help where we are able. Students often lead games, arts & crafts, and sports days for the local kids. Some days we cook and serve breakfast, as the children get a thrill from tasting our international cuisine. Simple construction is also key to our aid. We’ve built greenhouses, bathrooms, and painted buildings in the past. When our work is done, we retire to our comfy and cozy Ollantaytambo hotel. These Sacred Valley service days are one of the many ways GoBeyond opens your mind and expands your horizons in awe-inspiring Peru!

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Service and education often goes hand in hand. One common project involving both is when students help local families construct adobe bricks, which are commonly used for building and construction projects in the Sacred Valley. Made with only three simple ingredients – clay, straw, and water – students have a blast mixing the materials then shaping the bricks with the use of a wooden mold. “Getting our hands dirty” is an understatement for this service project, yet it’s hard not to have fun when learning this ancient art of adobe brick making.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Part service and part adventure activity, GoBeyond students on our 21 day itinerary spend time on the Rio Urubamba. Rapids range from class II to class IV on this scenic river, thus all ability levels – experienced and non-experienced rafters alike – are bound to have fun. When not navigating the rapids in the river, our veteran whitewater rafting guides fill the time with boat games, river jokes, and a river cleanup project. Litter is a common problem in Peru. Those in the tourist industry often suffer the most dire consequences, as the trash creates an unsightly environment for guests. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work” on this service project, as students are collectively able to clear up large sections of the river in a short period of time.

“ Peru is a beautiful country, diverse and colorful, breathtaking and awe inspiring; however, places such as this home for adolescent mothers remind us all of the fragility of life and the issues that lie beneath the beauty of all things. Our time here seems to define our voyage-travels are not simply to see beautiful things, or mark on a map which wonders we've visited. They are meant to open our minds, expand our horizons, so that we may be keenly aware of our world, of its treasures and its hardships. ”
Cameron C.Laurel Hollow, NY
peru-cameron-c

Machu Picchu Excursion

2 Days (21 day Itinerary only)

Rounding off their tour of the Incan Empire, students take an entertaining train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. After an afternoon soccer game and/or visit to the hot springs from which this town gets its name, students settle into their hotel for an early evening and night of rest before the hike to Machu Picchu. Arriving at sunrise before the crowds, “magical” seems to sum it up for most. Students get a chance to explore this awe-inspiring Wonder of the World and take in some breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys below, then return via train to their home base in Ollantaytambo.

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Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! Students take an early morning flight from Cuzco to the Peruvian capital of Lima. Afternoon activities include last-minute shopping and city exploration in beautiful Miraflores. Students have a grand feast on their final night, and perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Lima airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Peru are things we never forget.

By []

What Does it Take to Change a Life? (A Reflection of our journey)

*Click* One click of a mouse. One simple mindless click of a mouse started this entire trip. Sure, I knew...

Read More
By x

Local Traditions

With our Peru trip quickly coming to a close, both groups were reunited for the first day trip together since...

Read More
By Abby C.

Building a Garden for Nati

Today we volunteered with My Small Help and worked with one of their beneficiaries named Nati. Nati is an older...

Read More
By Amy C.

Another Day of Service in the Sacred Valley School

On our second day of service at the school in the Sacred Valley, we split up into small groups to...

Read More
By Nicholas J.

Hike to the Cachiccata Rock Quarry

Today, we all woke up at 6:00 AM to say goodbye to half of our group, the 40-hour people, who...

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Trip Logs

“Our daughter had three of the best weeks of her life with GoBeyond in Peru! ”
Carolyn B. - Darien, CT
“It was such an incredible and unforgettable experience. The trip makes you view life from a different perspective and the only way to get the full effect is to just go.”
Yongkuk C. - Newtown, PA
“Our work at the orphanage was such a strong and powerful experience... one that left me wanting to do more and be more - an experience that made me question and think.”
Adi G. - Gaffa, IL
“We have two children who have participated in GoBeyond trips and each time they returned we were very happy with our children's enthusiasm for service both before and after the program.”
Tien N. - Lake Jackson, TX

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Affiliates

GoBeyond is a proud supporter of local, national, and international service organizations around the world.

In Peru, our students have the opportunity to work closely with local people, on projects where the need is authentic and the results are long-lasting. When our time is up, we provide much needed financial help with direct donations, which helps fund projects in an ongoing way. Consider your impact…join GoBeyond this summer and make a difference!

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    Casa Mantay

    A non-profit organization that shelters, orientates and teaches useful skills to teenage mothers. Many of the mothers might have otherwise abandoned their babies due to lack of support. The purpose of the home is to give the mothers another option, and to promote the human development of the mothers and children.

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    MySmallHelp

    MySmallHelp is a Peruvian registered charity with a mission to help those living in poverty, or with a disability, access a brighter future primarily through providing access to education and skills training.

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    Mother Teresa Orphanage

    Started by the nuns of Calcutta, the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Cuzco gives severely disabled orphans - both young and old - a nurturing and supportive environment to live their lives off the streets.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

Whether you’re looking to lend a hand to a child who needs to be nurtured or to a school waiting to be built, this trip is for students who want to contribute to this incredible corner of the world. Completing 65-100 hours of community service over the span of 2-3 weeks makes this trip better suited to those students who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. If you’re exhilarated by mountains and the people who live on them then this is the trip for you.

What is the difference between the 14 and 21 day itinerary?

GoBeyond offers two itinerary lengths to better suit your summer schedule. Excursions/Activities that are not a part of the 14 day itinerary include Machu Picchu, the whitewater rafting day and river cleanup, the cultural tour at Huerto Paraiso (pottery, honey, chocolate, coffee making), and three days of service in the Sacred Valley.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold that GoBeyond participants are cut from. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The GoBeyond environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students much longer than they actually had.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For this journey, we’ve found that a group size of 18 students works best. This journey does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – only a willingness to get involved and appreciate each incredible adventure.

Who are the staff?

GoBeyond is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Staff skills are journey specific, such as holding a maritime license in the BVIs or having a background in childcare for China. All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and many hold advanced training certificates such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Along with local guides and our community service partners, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the journey.

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What do I need to bring?

Go Beyond students are responsible for carrying their luggage from place to place. As such, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid overpacking. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s journey. If you’d like to see last year’s packing list as an example, you can download it here.

Download Sample Packing List

During the Peru trip, students will need approximately $500 USD in cash. This cash is used for two purposes…

“Travel and Reserve Cash” ($200) is held in safekeeping by our staff during the journey. Its intended use is for anticipated travel needs to and from the journey destination and for any unanticipated emergency costs that might arise such as doctor’s visits. Any leftover cash at the end of the journey is returned to the student.

GoBeyond will pay all major journey costs while traveling and working, but there will also be opportunities for students to spend money on personal items. For a student’s personal “Spending Cash” ($300), the most common expenses include phone/internet time, souvenirs, and snacks. Based on our past experience, some students will spend less and some will spend more than our recommendation above. Judge this amount by the spending habits of your student. Please set up boundaries for its use, as GoBeyond cannot be responsible for monitoring student spending. If you are concerned about loss or theft, students can give staff up to $150 of their spending cash to be put into safekeeping/drawn later.

Where do we stay?

GoBeyond is not a luxury journey; however, we utilize comfortable, clean, and safe accommodations during our trips. In Peru, all nights are spent in local hotels and B&Bs.

What do we eat?

GoBeyond’s tuition covers all meals after arrival in the host country. We strive for healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, and serve a mixture of local and international fare (including Western). For our Peru journey, we primarily eat at the hotels/B&Bs and local restaurants.

Note, as GoBeyond is a health-conscious program, our staff do not provide large quantities of “junk” food (i.e. sodas, chips, candy bars, large desserts, etc.). Students can always supplement our meals and snacks by shopping locally for their own items.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
How To Book Flights

GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

  • Preferred Itinerary – Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary, routing from Dallas (DFW) to Lima (LIM) to Cuzco (CUZ) on the way down, returning Cuzco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM) to Miami (MIA). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that students can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via DFW and MIA. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.
  • Alternate Itineraries – As students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Peru at appropriate times.
  • Airport Assistance – Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers onsite airport assistance…
    • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, DFW to LIM to CUZ) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire representatives for the DFW and LIM airports who are responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
    • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, CUZ to LIM to MIA) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for MIA. This is due to the lack of an onsite representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

Air transportation to and from the program is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have 3+ months of passport validity after the entry date to Peru. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Peruvian embassy or consulate.

GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

Tuition
GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
  • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
  • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
  • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
  • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
  • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) upon successful completion of the 21 day itinerary

Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

OUR 5-6 WEEK PROGRAMS

Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journeys and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary
Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches of our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Service Hours
Service Hours, Letters & Awards

After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents on the 21 day itinerary who have completed 100 hours of service. Please note that GoBeyond does not make the rules regarding who is eligible for the PVSA. Eligibility criteria is set by the governmental agency and, at this point in time, non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents are not eligible to receive the award. 

Learn More About The PVSA

* Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Itinerary
  • Service Hours
  • How To Book Flights

    GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

    • Preferred Itinerary – Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary, routing from Dallas (DFW) to Lima (LIM) to Cuzco (CUZ) on the way down, returning Cuzco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM) to Miami (MIA). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that students can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via DFW and MIA. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.
    • Alternate Itineraries – As students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Peru at appropriate times.
    • Airport Assistance – Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers onsite airport assistance…
      • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, DFW to LIM to CUZ) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire representatives for the DFW and LIM airports who are responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
      • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, CUZ to LIM to MIA) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for MIA. This is due to the lack of an onsite representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

    Air transportation to and from the program is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have 3+ months of passport validity after the entry date to Peru. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Peruvian embassy or consulate.

    GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

  • GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
    • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
    • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
    • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
    • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
    • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) upon successful completion of the 21 day itinerary

    Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

    OUR 5-6 WEEK PROGRAMS

    Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journeys and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

  • Living in the moment

    Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches of our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

    With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Service Hours, Letters & Awards

    After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

    President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents on the 21 day itinerary who have completed 100 hours of service. Please note that GoBeyond does not make the rules regarding who is eligible for the PVSA. Eligibility criteria is set by the governmental agency and, at this point in time, non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents are not eligible to receive the award. 

    Learn More About The PVSA

    * Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.