Despite the sheer beauty of the Sacred Valley and it’s awe-inspiring mountain backdrop, many communities face significant disadvantage, with limited access to quality healthcare and health education. On this Challenge you will spend two weeks working on a range of health promotion interventions aimed at improving awareness in the community of key health issues.
You will be working with local community members including school children, teachers and parents to deliver health workshops focusing on essential health and wellbeing topics like basic first-aid, hygiene and sanitation, human anatomy and bodily function, diet and nutrition, mental health, girls and women’s health and non-communicable diseases. These workshops will play a big role in increasing the overall health of the community, as locals will receive the knowledge they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your project days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to travel and explore. We recommend heading to UNESCO World Heritage city Cusco and making a trip to the infamous Rainbow Mountain!
After your Challenge you can join our optional extension trip and embark on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, a truly once in a lifetime experience. On this 5-day trek you'll walk more than 70km and reach an altitude of 4600m above sea level as you make your way to South America's most famous landmark. You'll see Humantay Lake, cross Salkantay Mountain and pass through cloud forests before reaching Machu Picchu for that bucket list moment at the end of your trip!
This program has been really amazing, getting to know the kids and actually leaving a mark in a school in a different country is so cool.Shania Watson - University of Queensland student
There is not a better feeling than feeling like you’ve made a difference. This challenge gave me that opportunity. Living, working and playing in Peru enabled me to see, hear, feel and taste this beautiful culture and I’m forever grateful for the Challenges Abroad team for ensuring my safety and well-being when it came to trying new food and climbing to new heights. It took my breath away- literally!Brianna Clunes - University of the Sunshine Coast student
Volunteering in Peru has been the most amazing, rewarding and at times a challenging experience with an incredible group of people. This little part of the world will always have a place in my heart.Isabella McConachy - Queensland University of Technology
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!