A City with Two Faces – Lima, Peru

This particular service program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including teaching and working on improvements in one of Lima's many shanty towns. The experience will provide students with a view of the two sides of Lima and give them a new perspective on the obstacles that are preventing development in these communities, while allowing them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.

Peruvian History

The country of Peru is characterized by a diverse landscape that starts out as arid coastal regions in the west, extends to the majestic mountain scenery of the Andes Mountains – running parallel to the Pacific Ocean – and then to cloud forest and Amazonian jungle on its eastern border. Well known as the cradle of Incan civilization, the culture of Peru was heavily influenced by Spanish colonization that began in the early 1500s. Spaniards and Africans arrived in large numbers under colonial rule until independence from Spain was won in 1821.

It is a land steeped in both Spanish and Amerindian tradition with a diverse and vibrant culture. The area of Arequipa, where our program is based, is well known as producing one of Latin America's most influential novelists, Mario Vargas Llosa and is Peru's second largest city after the capital of Lima.

While increasing modernization is taking place, many communities in Peru are still plagued by issues such as poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education necessary to help many of its people create a more viable, self-sustainable future.

Work Projects

This particular service program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including teaching and improvement of both the school and dormitory facilities. The experience will provide students with a new perspective on the obstacles that are preventing growth in these rural communities and allow them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.

A Bright Light Volunteer representative can help you identify the right service project for your group. Some of the current/ongoing service projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving outside play areas for the children
  • Taking care of the children in the daycare center
  • Building day care centers
  • Creating a vegetable garden on site to grow food for the community
  • Building bookshelves for the children's books and play things
  • Painting class rooms and community buildings
  • Job preparedness training
  • English language instruction and practice

Hands-on cultural activities – that are all optional and can be built into your customized itinerary – include tours of the historic downtown Lima and it's many other cultural districts , cooking classes, Spanish language instruction, visiting the local huacas – or ruins – and a day trip to experience the pre-Columbian ruins of Pachac├ímac. Other special opportunities include a side trip to visit Cusco to tour Machu Picchu.

Housing & Food

Various accommodations are available, but we suggest a hotel in the Miraflores district as the perfect accommodation. Alternative accommodations may be secured depending on your specific service program requirements.

Delicious and nutritional Peruvian meals are prepared daily. Breakfast generally consists of breads and jams, coffee and fresh juices. Lunch is generally taken with the local students in the volunteer facilities, and dinner will be provided at a variety of local restaurants. If a volunteer participant has any special dietary requirements or food allergies special arrangements can be arranged for in advance.

How to get involved

This service adventure is best suited for groups that want an opportunity to work one on one with students in the host community, provide educational and work skill support, and improve the facilities so that this community has a greater opportunity to advance in both their education and work skill set, enabling them to break free from the poverty cycle.

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Note: At Bright Light Volunteers we customize each service program for each group. This sample itinerary is only here to help you understand the possibilities available.

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Why participate in our volunteer programs?

  • I want to see the world, travel, and have a service learning experience!

    – Lauren, Student
  • Volunteering in a foreign community will be rewarding and more educational than volunteering in a familiar environment. I am eager to see Greece and see places I have only read about.

    – Chloe, Student
  • I want to experience another culture and at the same time contribute to making the world a better place.

    – Caroline, Student
  • I want to go to Peru because it would be a great opportunity. It is a chance for me to practice Spanish, visit a foreign country, and offer aid.

    – Jessica, Student
  • I want to participate in a BLV program because I want to visit other countries and experience helping the people there.

    – Trevor, Student

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