SStS Peru: Llamas and Environmental Conservation

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Experience the Peruvian Andes, learn about indigenous cultures and immerse yourself in rural Andean life while exploring the Sacred Valley.

SERVE:
With SStS, you will have the chance to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our trusted NGO partner, the Llama Pack Project. As part of your work, you will teach environmental education classes and support a conservation project.

EXPERIENCE:
You will have the opportunity to learn about the ecology and culture of the Sacred Valley, experience rural Andean life, trek with llamas and visit Machu Picchu.

LEARN:
As part of your experience, you will learn about ethical leadership and global citizenship through SStS's unique Five Lens Curriculum. In addition, you will be immersed in the Spanish language throughout your time in Peru.

THE SSTS DIFFERENCE:
-Small groups (10-12 students)
-Leadership curriculum
-Expert course instructors
-Trusted NGO partners

Highlights
  • Work with children at a local school in the Sacred Valley.
  • Learn about Llama Pack Project's unique llama breeding program.
  • Spend 7 nights camping in a high Andean community.
  • Tour sites in the Sacred Valley while learning about conservation efforts.
  • Visit Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Ayahna
10/10

SSTS Peru 17'

My trip with Student shoulder to shoulder was life changing. I was able to make relationships with people from all across the states, and experience something so great together. The highlight of my entire trip was our last day in CanchaCancha. When we finished all of our work we had a moment with the community leaders and they said how appreciative they were for the work that we had done. It made me do a lot of reflecting, and made me wish that I could do more. My favorite memory was of our group guide Augustin. One night when we were in CanchaCancha he was in the tent next to mine singing the fresh prince of Bel-air theme song, in three different languages, It was hilarious! One thing i recommend is to take advantage of every opportunity. I got sick one of the days and i was really beaten up by it. I didn't want to miss out!

How can this program be improved?
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Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

My Experience with Student Shoulder to Shoulder and the Llama Pack Project

Since I was very young I have always aspired to travel to Peru. What I did not expect was to travel with forty lamas up to a high Andean community to work alongside community members and to sleep in a tent under the stars. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Peru with Student Shoulder to Shoulder to work with the Llama Pack Project. During our first week we spent our time teaching the children of Urubumba about the environment, the impact of lamas versus donkeys/ horses, and the benefits of trees. During the afternoons we improved the playground at the school and played with the children that we taught previously during the day. During the second week, we trekked up to a high Andean community, Chancha Chancha, to construct a tree nursery for a disappearing species of tree native to Peru. On the weekends we spent time touring the ruins of the Sacred Valley and shopping in the markets we encountered along the way. To my surprise, the ruins were not the most memorable experiences that I endured during my time in Peru. The relationships that I formed with the children of Urubumba and the community of Cancha Cancha were truly the highlight of my trip. These relationships lead to my biggest take away from my experience: a new definition of community. I learned through the kindness and hospitality of our hosts that a community can be formed by a group of people who share a common goal or ideology. When we were working alongside the natives of Cancha Cancha, we formed a community in which our background didn't matter, even in the presence of cultural and linguistic barriers. When I returned from Peru, I discovered a new sense of kindness and gratitude for my life at home. To this day I carry the lessons and relationships I encountered in Peru with me as I strive to make a difference in the lives of those around me as my community in Peru did for me.

How can this program be improved?
I have heard that the ruins of Cuzco are a beautiful sight to see so I would have liked to tour the city of Cuzco and those ruins more but since that was not teh main focus of our trip I really don't mind that we missed them. I was thouroughly happy with the trip leaders, the trip structure, and the organization we worked with and wouln't change anything else about the trip.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Jayne
10/10

SSTS Peru 2017 Course

Going on the SSTS Peru Course was probably the best decision I have made in my high school career. So many times during the trip I felt inspired, encouraged, supported, and loved by the people not only on the trip, but all of the additional people we met and worked with in Peru. The trip could not have been planned out better. The housing and the food were incredible amongst all of the transportation. I mean I really can't say enough good things about this trip. I think about the trip almost every day of my life and all of the reflection we did before, during, and after the trip really really changed my life and my view on the world.

How can this program be improved?
Literally nothing, except maybe the packing list could be altered a little. All of us on the trip wish we had brought like more comfy sweatpants and sweatshirts, but it was not on the list so we didn't pack a lot of this kind of stuff.
Yes, I recommend this program

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