YASC in Peru: Along the Marañón - New 2023 Dates

Event Start Date: 
July 8, 2023
Event End Date: 
July 16, 2023
Trip Location: 
Nauta, Peru

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The Yale Alumni Service Corps is pleased to announce its upcoming service trip to Nauta, Peru, taking place July 8-16, 2023. We will be working in Puerto Prado, Amazonas, and San Francisco, three communities in the Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon. The region is rich in indigenous cultures and has the greatest rainforest biodiversity in the world, and it is one of the most inaccessible and neglected regions of Peru.

Sightseeing Extension
YASC and Condor Travel will offer a post trip extension to Cuzco and Machu Picchu July 16-20, 2023. The cost is $1,660 per person, double occupancy (includes round trip airfare Lima-Cuzco). Single supplement is $300. Click here for detailed itinerary (also listed on the Add-on trips tab).

For this exciting service program, we will be working closely with Minga Peru, the local schools, community leaders and community members. We anticipate the projects will be:

Education: Provide fun and inspiring classes for pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students. We anticipate offering projects in academics, arts, and athletics.
 
Business Consulting: There are artisan groups in all three communities that would like to discuss accounting, marketing and distribution. Puerto Prado would like lessons in basic English to be able to negotiate with distributors and to interact with tourists. This group may also be asked to run some leadership workshops for the artisan/leaders who work with Minga.
 
Construction: Puerto Prado is promoting tourism and needs stairs from the shore to the community. Other possibilities are being discussed.

Leadership Development: Facilitate leadership and business workshops with women leaders from remote communities at El Tambo, Minga’s beautiful center in the area.

Murals: Design and paint murals in all three communities (assignment might be to one community or the group might move among the communities.)

Public Health: The team will run workshops on issues that may include domestic/family violence; nutritional needs; health promotion; self-esteem; perinatal health; and optimizing relationships in the community.

Radio/Video: We might have a radio project based on Minga’s social change program ¡Bienvenida Salud! and/or a video project.

Children:
Families are welcome and encouraged to attend with the following restrictions:

  • All children 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, legal guardian or adult with proper authorization.
  • All children under the age of 14 must have a parent participating in the same community throughout the duration of the program.
  • We cannot accommodate any children under the age of 12 on the program.

We encourage you to sign up soon as we have limited capacity for this trip!

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Cost of the program is $2,500 per person (double occupancy). A limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost of $300. The deadline for registration is January 31, 2023 or whenever we reach capacity, whichever occurs first. Your registration will not be complete until we have received your deposit of $500 per person. Deposit payments are fully refundable until March 1, 2023. Final payment is due on March 1, 2023. Please be aware that after March 1, 2023, all program payments are non-refundable! We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance! (Note: substitution of registration with another person is not allowed.)

Accommodations
We will be staying at two hotels near the central square of Nauta. Rooms are plain and comfortable with private bathrooms. As is typical for the area, the rooms have fans and the bathrooms have cold water (so you can take refreshing, healthy cold water showers), and a small sitting area to hang-out.

Cost includes
Accommodations, round trip flight from Lima to Iquitos, ground transportation, meals, celebration events, and related activities.

Cost does not include
International airfare to/from Lima; health, travel or baggage insurance; visa fees; other personal and incidental expenses.

 

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For questions or further information feel free to contact trip leader Kathy Edersheim ‘87 at yascinperu@gmail.com or João Aleixo at the YAA at joao.aleixo@yale.edu.

No special skills are required.  If you want to join us on a trip, we will find a volunteer opportunity for you. Alumni from all Yale College classes and all graduate and professional schools— including their family members and friends—are welcome. You will make new friends who make service and hard work an important ingredient in their lives. Be one of them!

For families, there is no better gift you can give your children than working with them side-by-side while serving an enthusiastic community in another part of the world.

As with our prior programs, this trip will undoubtedly prove to be life-changing—for both the local residents and for our volunteers—including you!

Your payment is fully refundable until March 1, 2023! If the trip is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will get substantially all your money refunded - we will announce the amount prior to March 1, 2023 based on negotiations with our providers closer to that time.

Terms and Conditions, Program Policies, YASC Code of Conduct. We strongly encourage every participant to review the terms and conditions, program policies, and YASC Code of Conduct (signature will be required for participation). These documents are listed as separate tabs at the top of the page, to the right.

Service Trip Scholarships
The Yale Alumni Service Corps may be able to provide a small number of scholarships depending on availability of funds. These funds are donated by other travelers inspired by the program. Please refer to the “Scholarship” section of the registration form for details about applying for a scholarship, as the deadline for submission is Feb. 1, 2023. You must complete this application and pay the required deposit, which is not part of the scholarship award. Awards will be based on financial need, skills, and knowledge needed for service projects, and previous volunteer experience. We cannot accept any other form of requests for funding at this time. You will be notified about any scholarship funding that you have been granted by Feb. 15, 2023. If you do not receive the necessary assistance and you need to withdraw from the trip, your deposit will be refunded.

If you would like to help sponsor a Yale student or alumni scholarship applicant, you will have an opportunity to do so when you register for the program!

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