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*WCU Spring Break in Peru: Service with Voices4Peru in Ventanilla, Peru
Ventanilla, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WCU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Other (see "accommodations" section below for details) Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: No Credit Faculty/Staff Director: Michael Antonio
Program Description:
Voices4Perú (V4P) is a small non-profit organization working to address social injustice, provide basic humanitarian aid, and restore hope for families and children in the local community who have been impacted by gang violence. WCU students will travel to Peru over spring break and spend 6 days supporting V4P’s work. We will design and run a sports camp for local children, and help build and maintain basic housing for local families. We will learn about the Ventanillan community, Peruvian culture, and how gang violence and human trafficking impact this remote community north of Lima.

**Students on this trip will be required to obtain child abuse clearances prior to departure.
Ventanilla, Peru
To more fully engage with the local culture, students on this program will both work and live on-site at V4P’s community center. For the first 5 nights of the program, students will be camping at the V4P community center.  Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and blankets will be provided, and students will have the option of sleeping under the stars (weather permitting) or inside the community center building. There is no electricity in the building.  There are bathrooms with toilets and running water, but no showers. Students applying to this program should be prepared to “rough it” and have a sense of adventure and willingness to adjust to local standards of living. In Peru, March typically brings fall weather, with Fahrenheit temperatures in the high 50s - low 60s.
The final night of the program will be spent in a hotel in a nearby town, Miraflores, with hot showers and beds. Students will stay in shared rooms with 1-2 other students of the same sex. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.
In Ventanilla, meals will be prepared by the wife of a V4P staff member, allowing students to experience authentic home-cooked local cuisine. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. In Miraflores, students will be able to choose from a variety of local restaurants.
English (knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not required)
This is a non-credit program.

Applications are rolling until the deadline or until program is full. Applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director and student trip leader once they complete the application.

In Ventanilla, students will tour parts of the local community, as well as the facilities V4P has built for their three main initiatives: an afterschool soccer program to keep adolescents off the streets, a private preschool/kindergarten, and an equality house for marginalized populations including LGBT, domestic violence victim, drug addicts, etc.
In Miraflores, students will visit Parque Kennedy, which includes a musical water park and the former Olympic stadium.
To learn more about the program costs for this program and how/when they are paid, please download the Spring Break in Peru 2017 Budget Worksheet. This budget worksheet provides both the costs paid to WCU and Voices4Peru (our partner organization in Peru) as well as other expenses that students should budget when planning for this program.
Since this program is non-credit, participants will be ineligible for most scholarships; however, participants are eligible for the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Program's Alternative Break / International Service-Learning Scholarship.  Applications are due February 14. Students are encouraged to fundraise to cover their individual program costs, and will be provided with guidance and suggestions about how to this during pre-departure meetings. All participants will be required to participate in group activities to raise funds for the cost of construction materials.
Faculty Program Director
Dr. Michael Antonio, Department of Criminal Justice
Student Leader
Sam Pettinati

This program is currently not accepting applications.