High Schoolers - Serve, Train, & Explore Peru!

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Community Field Day
Community Field Day
5k
5k
Finishing the 5k
Finishing the 5k
Boys on the Track
Boys on the Track
Sleeping in a Hammock
Sleeping in a Hammock
Hiking to Salkantay
Hiking to Salkantay
Track Workout
Track Workout
Long Run to Calca
Long Run to Calca

About

STRIVE has been called “the world’s coolest running camp” but it’s really so much more. Yes, you’ll spend 3 weeks training at altitude in the majestic Andes Mountains, but you’ll also learn how to serve a community, order a smoothie in Spanish, and pace yourself on a hike up to 15,000 ft. Cap it off with one of the new 7-Wonders: Machu Picchu!

In Peru’s Sacred Valley, STRIVE student-athletes will enjoy settling into their Andes lodging in the colorful town of Pisaq. Located at over 9000 ft. (3000m) above sea level and about 40 minutes down the mountain from the ancient city of Cusco, Pisaq is best known for its Sunday market and giant Inca fortress towering on the hill overlooking town. With imposing (sometimes snow-capped) mountains in every direction, patch-work fields rimmed by vast 500-year-old terracing, and a night sky you have to see to believe, it’s easy to lose track of time as you take in the beautiful views.

Highlights
  • Learn from your leaders and trip-mates – about service and how we can serve others well, about how to improve as an athlete (whatever your level), about how to find your way up a 14,000 ft mountain, or even how to nail the perfect llama-selfie.
  • Be more than a tourist as you settle into life in the Andes, get to know the spectacular town of Pisac, and befriend people around town (especially those that serve breakfast)
  • Explore the Sacred Valley by foot (if you’re a runner) on dozens of miles of beautiful dirt roads along the Urubamba River, push your limits at the gym, or take on some Peruvians in soccer or basketball.
  • Take a plunge into the natural thermal hot springs of Lares, nestled into the cloud forest tucked away behind the mountains, for some recharging and relaxation.
  • Marvel at the sunrise over Machu Picchu – there’s a reason it’s been dubbed one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Let the memory sink in and share it with the new friends you’ve made.

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Reviews

97%
based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

STRIVE Peru was everything I could want and more from a summer adventure!!

I went on STRIVE's trip to Peru in the summer of 2017, and I had an exceptionally energizing, memorable, and fulfilling experience. As a rising junior in high school at the time, I was a bit tentative preparing for my trip to Peru, as there were so many question marks surrounding what my three weeks there would be like. Would I make friends with the other kids on the trip? Would I enjoy the service and cultural activities? Would I survive running at altitude?? ;) To my delight, I quickly discovered upon my arrival that essentially every aspect of the trip I was nervous about were actually the very ones that would end up being most fulfilling to me. The running opportunities were so well designed to fit the desires/ambitions of everyone on the trip, carefully enabling us to do as much activity as we desired in such a high altitude region. The service experiences were diverse, well thought out, and intentionally selected/designed (everything from putting up fencing at an animal shelter to working on Incan ruins!). And of course, I met the nicest, most energetic, and most lovable friends along the way. :)

I could go on and on about the magnitude, variety, and quality of the experiences I had with STRIVE, but I want to most importantly point out that the reason I had such an overwhelmingly positive and meaningful trip was because of the leaders of the program, Tyler and Nic. Spending several weeks without anyone you know in an entirely different part of the world is kind of a big thing to do as a high schooler. Both program directors are such genuinely caring, sincere, passionate, and down to earth people. I really feel as though their philosophy about the program set the groundwork onto which every other component of the trip could kind of fall into place. They know how to keep things fun (soo fun!), and they also know how to guide everyone towards appreciating what matters most. You can trust that over the course of the trip the STRIVE directors will guide you through not only an amazing series of once in a lifetime experiences and memories, but also guide you *towards* a fuller, richer version of yourself.

I truly feel as though I returned from Peru in 2017 feeling more fulfilled than ever -- as a runner, as a citizen of the world, and as a gal looking to have a blast during her summer vacation. I know that my experiences from STRIVE will always be etched into my memory as a fabulous part of my high school years!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-wracking moment was on the first day of the four-day hike to Machu Picchu. The entire group had paused hiking at the side of this rock face so that we could eat lunch, and after eating, a group of interns and high schoolers, plus our hiking guide decided that they would climb up the top of the rock face for fun - and I decided that I'd mine as well go along with them. About halfway up the rock face, I started to get really nervous about how high up I was, and for a while was kind of frozen in place, unsure what to do next. Through the support of my friends, our guide, and everyone else up there with me, I was able to make it to the top! I might have gotten a little bit nervous but the view -- and the feeling of having accomplished something I thought I might not be able to do -- was totally worth it :)
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Alyx
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Strive Trips Peru

Strive Trips Peru was an amazing experience! The running was a blast and I came back from Peru more inspired and motivated than ever! The high altitude training really helped in the coming cross country season where I PR'd by over a minute! However, the best part of Peru was the people. I met lifelong friends who shared similar interest and were just as adventurous! Pisac, Peru was beautiful and the hostel we stayed in was perfect for everything we needed! The hostel had a great grassy area with a gazebo that was perfect for late night talks and exploring as many kinds of Peruvian Candy as possible! The staff was great and all of the interns were equally amazing! Overall, Peru was the highlight of the summer and will forever stick out in my memories as one of my favorite experiences!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers would be to go to Peru with an open mind and be willing to try everything, stay positive and you will get the most out of the experience, and definitely bring warmer clothes than you think you will need! There were a few times when I wish I had brought some winter gloves and a winter coat!
Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

STRIVE Peru -- best month of my life!

I participated in STRIVE Peru in 2017 and it was probably the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life thus far. In addition to meeting incredible people (students, interns, leaders) who shared my passions while also bringing completely unique things to the program, I learned so much about myself and significantly broadened my world-view. In Peru, every day was different as we ran through the mountains, tutored english for the local children, shopped in Cusco, played games at our hostel, tried new foods (like guinea pig!), worked at conservations or animal sanctuaries, or made new Peruvian friends. I also participated in the Spanish immersion week before the main part of the trip, during which I took daily Spanish classes, explored the small mountain town, and lived with a host family. The last few days of the trip (the trek to Machu Picchu) were an incredible way to wrap up the unbelievable month I'd just spent falling in love with the country and people I was surrounded by. If you are at all considering taking part in STRIVE Peru (or Kenya!) I STRONGLY encourage you to do so. You will gain so much more than you can possibly expect and probably have the most fun and eye-opening month of your life.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Guinea pig! It was actually much better than expected.

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