Cultural Immersion in Chirapa, Peru

Global Citizens Network, a 501(c)(3) organization, strives to develop creative and effective local solutions to global problems by providing opportunities for individuals to interact with people of diverse cultures who share common global values. GCN recognizes the interdependence of people around the world. Social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can enhance their ability to make a difference locally and globally.

GCN nurtures mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with indigenous communities around the world. Each team partners with a host developing community engaged in grassroots initiatives that meet local needs. Participants and community members work and learn side-by-side on projects pioneered and directed locally. This project is community driven, coming at the request of an active group of local community members committed to engaging in cultural focused initiative. Thanks to GCN consistent visits (2-4 times a year) and a committed group of local volunteers, the project focus is continuously energized.

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What to Expect?

Participants have an opportunity to experience life in another culture by living with local people, eating local foods, and experiencing local hardships and triumphs. Volunteers are instructed in language, social structure and issues, agriculture, industry, and arts. Many partner communities offer insight into specific issues or trends such as environmental protection, women in development, and traditional medicine. Each team member receives training materials and participates in an orientation session, generally on the first or second day of the trip. The team spends one to three weeks in the community, led by a trained and experienced team leader from Global Citizens Network.

A local individual acts as cultural consultant, and when necessary, as translator and language tutor. Each day consists of both work and learning; in some locales, these elements will be divided; in others, they will occur simultaneously. Accommodations will vary, but often the team will be divided in pairs (or more) among local host families. At least one meal each day will be communal with the team and community members eating together.

  • Program ID: # 2061
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    6° 26' 46.7448" S, 76° 21' 17.928" W
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Lima (LIM)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Learn Abroad
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