Peru

Footsteps Of The Inca

Follow the path of one of mankind’s most powerful civilizations where ancient ruins and breathtaking vistas await you in the heart of the Peruvian landscape. Trek, raft, bike, and ride through the Sacred Valley while immersing yourself in Peruvian culture and tradition. You’ll break off the beaten path and gain an authentic understanding of the rugged yet quaint hills by spending 4 days on a guided trek through unforgettable backcountry. Spend some time learning about Peru’s fascinating history in rich cultural courses and earn 40 hours of community service by helping to nurture young minds and communities.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 21 - Jul 11, 2018
  • 21
  • 40 hours
  • 16
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $5,370 $5,070
Session 2 / Jul 13 - Aug 2, 2018
  • 21
  • 40 hours
  • 16
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $5,370 $5,070

Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Language Immersion

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).

Adventure Sports & Exploration in the Sacred Valley

4 Days

GoBeyond students work hard, but also play hard. After their time in Cuzco, students travel by bus to the scenic Sacred Valley – the heart and soul of the former Incan empire. This fertile land surrounded by snowcapped mountains offers the perfect backdrop for our exhilarating adventure activities. Students get their blood pumping while touring the land and seeing the historical sites via horseback, bike, whitewater raft, and paddle board.

Adventure Sports & Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

As our first stop in the Sacred Valley, the town of Pisac is home to one of the more impressive Incan ruins in the area. After learning about and touring this popular attraction, students have some fun-filled interaction with locals while bargaining for traditional Andean handicrafts in the town center’s market. Students also visit a llama and alpaca zoo on this day, getting up close and personal with these funny and furry South American animals. As if llamas, ruins, and shopping wasn’t enough, students cap off their Pisac tour with an adventurous afternoon bike ride to the town of Calca. This relatively flat yet exceptionally scenic trail offers thrills to the experienced and non-experienced biker alike.

Adventure Sports and Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Typically our second stop, Piuray Lake, sits at high altitude near the town of Chinchero. This spectacular lake offers flat waters, tons of birds, and a beautiful and peaceful setting for some relaxing downtime. Students learn a bit of yoga in this tranquil environment, warming up their bodies before the main attraction. As one of the newer adventure sports in the Sacred Valley, paddle boarding is a unique way to experience the natural surroundings of the Andes mountains. Much like surfing – without the waves – students learn basic techniques while making turns, gaining momentum, and doing hilarious stunts and tricks.

Adventure Sports and Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Typically on the last full day in the Sacred Valley, GoBeyond students experience an action-packed day of whitewater rafting 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 much more.

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

3 Days

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.)

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.)

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!

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

4 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 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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“ Getting to the top of the mountain was trying at some points, but it was a true testament of how close we all have gotten because it was the support of one another that made the last minutes all the more bearable. ”
Miranda L.Nokesville, VA

Machu Picchu Excursion

2 Days

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.

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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).

Community Service & Exploration in Cuzco

4 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 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.

Adventure Sports & Exploration in the Sacred Valley

4 Days

GoBeyond students work hard, but also play hard. After their time in Cuzco, students travel by bus to the scenic Sacred Valley – the heart and soul of the former Incan empire. This fertile land surrounded by snowcapped mountains offers the perfect backdrop for our exhilarating adventure activities. Students get their blood pumping while touring the land and seeing the historical sites via horseback, bike, whitewater raft, and paddle board.

Adventure Sports & Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

As our first stop in the Sacred Valley, the town of Pisac is home to one of the more impressive Incan ruins in the area. After learning about and touring this popular attraction, students have some fun-filled interaction with locals while bargaining for traditional Andean handicrafts in the town center’s market. Students also visit a llama and alpaca zoo on this day, getting up close and personal with these funny and furry South American animals. As if llamas, ruins, and shopping wasn’t enough, students cap off their Pisac tour with an adventurous afternoon bike ride to the town of Calca. This relatively flat yet exceptionally scenic trail offers thrills to the experienced and non-experienced biker alike.

Adventure Sports and Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Typically our second stop, Piuray Lake, sits at high altitude near the town of Chinchero. This spectacular lake offers flat waters, tons of birds, and a beautiful and peaceful setting for some relaxing downtime. Students learn a bit of yoga in this tranquil environment, warming up their bodies before the main attraction. As one of the newer adventure sports in the Sacred Valley, paddle boarding is a unique way to experience the natural surroundings of the Andes mountains. Much like surfing – without the waves – students learn basic techniques while making turns, gaining momentum, and doing hilarious stunts and tricks.

Adventure Sports and Exploration in the Sacred Valley

(cont.)

Typically on the last full day in the Sacred Valley, GoBeyond students experience an action-packed day of whitewater rafting 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 much more.

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“ Getting to the top of the mountain was trying at some points, but it was a true testament of how close we all have gotten because it was the support of one another that made the last minutes all the more bearable. ”
Miranda L.Nokesville, VA

Service Days in the Sacred Valley

3 Days

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.)

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.)

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!

Machu Picchu Excursion

2 Days

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 Austin

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

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By Skylar S.

More Pictures – Local Traditions

More pictures!! Check out the locally made Chicha, Chocolate and Bees

Read More
By Faris A.

An Ancient Hike

Day 2 of the hike has begun and we woke up to the birds chirping and a generous offering of...

Read More
By Lillian W.

Muddy Dancing Making Adobe Bricks

Today was a community service day, in which we did a lot of hands-on activities. My room group and I...

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Trip Logs

“In addition to making great friends on the trip, my son was so proud of the work accomplished serving the people of Peru. He was especially touched by the lasting impact of creating a garden with the children and families in the villages. ”
Holly S. - New Canaan, CT
“This was an extremely rewarding, moving, and culturally immersive experience that impacted my view of the world - it was easily the highlight of my summer. ”
Louise B. - Asheville, NC
“The whole trip was amazing! The people were fun and friendly, and the counselors were so nice and helpful. Seeing the ruins of the Incan civilization was super cool as well! ”
Dash H. - Mission Hills, KS
“GoBeyond provides young adults the opportunity to be immersed in the international community through service work and through adventures in the local community. Our daughter felt fulfilled in helping those less fortunate and achieved great personal growth through the adventure activities like hiking and rafting. Additionally, the program was very seamless and easy to interface with as a parent. ”
Denise G. - Windermere, FL
“The opportunity to get to see the non-tourist community and to work with the local community was absolutely incredible. ”
Rhonda B. - Asheville, NC.

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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.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

This trip is for the student looking to mix a backcountry experience with the chance to give back. Sleeping in a tent might not be something you normally do but the 4-day trek through the high Andes is rewarding and accessible to most. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in the culture, landscape, and adventure of the mountains then here’s the trip for you.

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 program, we’ve found that a group size of 16 – 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.

Learn More About Our Staff

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, most nights are spent in local hotels and B&Bs. As the only exception, students also spend a few nights in tents (all gear provided, including sleeping pads and bags) during the Lares Trek.

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
Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

When should I book flights?

We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary routing 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 as many students as possible 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.

What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

Since 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.

Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

  • 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 on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

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

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 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

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.

* 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
  • Are flights included in the tuition?

    Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

    Who should we contact to book travel?

    Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

    When should I book flights?

    We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

    What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

    Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary routing 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 as many students as possible 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.

    What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

    Since 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.

    Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

    Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

    • 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 on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

    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

    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 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

    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.

    * 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.