Arrival Day is Sunday and we will be waiting for you in the Arrivals area of Cusco airport. As soon as you clear customs and enter the Arrivals area you will see us.
If you want to make sure that flight delays and interruptions don't stress you out then think about arriving one day early. You can book this in the Add Ons to your program section on your Profile. We collect all your arrival details so we will be there to greet you if you arrive on Saturday. The cost includes the pick up and your meals and accommodation If you want to have time to soak up the vibe of Cusco then you absolutely must arrive on the Saturday.
We are staying overnight in Cusco before heading off to Urubamba first thing in the morning. There are lots of stops as there are just too many amazing sights to drive by.
The village of Minismay is well off the tourist trail. The villagers have been working with ROV for two years now and really appreciate the contribution that our volunteers have made. Expect a bright and warm welcome!
The two issues we work on here are the incidence of throat and lung cancer, particularly in the women and children and the low nutrient diet due to the long winter and short growing season.
What ever project you are involved in you will be welcomed into the community by the local families. Despite all the language difficulties you will be surprised by how well you get to know the locals during your time in Minismay.
Your second week on program will be full of adventure. You have the opportunity to zip line and mountain bike through the Sacred Valley! You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the most famous destinations in the world: Machu Picchu, the mysterious Lost City of the Incas, now a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. On the first visit to Machu Picchu, you will be able to hike up to Intipunku (Sun Gate) to observe the panoramic view over Machu Picchu at sunset. After observing this breath taking view you will begin a hike back down to the main city of Machu Picchu Inca City, before continuing down the hill to Machu Picchu town.
The next day you will take a bus trip back to Machu Picchu to take part in a guided tour of the Lost City ofthe Incas. There will also be time for you to explore this stunning place at your own pace.
Meet the Volunteers
All sorts of people come on ROV programs. Some love culturally immersive travel, where you get to meet and socialize with the locals not just see them from a bus window. Others love all the pre-organised activities that get your trip firing from day one. But, what ever the reason for travelling on our programs all our volunteers come with a sense of adventure, an open mind and a warm heart. We're sure your going to fit in.
If you are wondering what kind of a program this is.
Want to see what you will be doing in Peru? Check out this video to see what past volunteers have been up to and what they thought of their experience.
As well as mountain biking through the Sacred Valley and visit to Machu Picchu, during your stay in the Andes you will become immersed in the local culture, and will learn to cook Peruvian traditional dishes as well as salsa dancing. You will also be tutored in Spanish, having the opportunity to wander the historic lanes and markets of Cusco learning your way around the town and practicing!
If you are wondering who ROV is.
Watch this video to understand who ROV is. You may not know us yet but we have been around for many years and our achievements have not gone unnoticed.
If you travel with ROV you will know that what you do will make a real and significant difference to the lives of local communities and to the support and preservation of endangered wildlife. /p>
There is so much to do and see in Peru and you will be in the prime location to experience it all. Cusco is a wonderful small city and is the jumping off point for most places of interest in Peru.
From here we travel to the Sacred Valley and to the Salinas salt mines. You will have the chance to zip-line across spectacular scenery and you will live and work in a small village as we help to improve the lives of the villagers with greenhouses and chimneys for the kitchens.
Yes! Every person has the ability tvo make a diference, and this is your opportunity to reach out and help! Between 2011 and 2013, our volunteers built 18 houses for impoverished families and at-risk adolescents; they installed clean-water catchments and sanitation systems; they created simple food sources — such as fshing ponds and artifcial reefs — and built animal enclosures; and they planted sustainable vegetable gardens that beneft entire villages. From homes to classrooms, from new food sources to supplies of clean water and medications, each of our activities has made a real diference.
Want to know what your life will be like in Peru? Check out current and past blogs to fnd out how a Peruvian program operates.
When you are on a program there is so much to do and see that communication with home can be tricky — but that’s where the ROV blogs can fll the void.
We provide daily updates with snippets of news and lots of photos! The blogs are updated daily while you’re in Peru so your friends and family can see what you’re up to. All they need to do is go to www.rovolunteers.com/ROV-all-blogs.htm to see your program.
We organize your program from start to fnish. If you arrive at the airport on the day the program commences, there will be a Reach Out Volunteer representative to meet you. The Reach Out Volunteer team leader will be with your group for the entire duration of the program and will be available 24/7 to help in any given situation.
You will be living in a shared, same-sex room (whenever it is available), in clean, hygienic, and safe accommodations.
You will have constant access to safe drinking water. During your time at the elephant sanctuary, you will be under the supervision of experienced guides and mahouts. If you choose an extension (with the exception of Laos), Reach Out Volunteers will provide ground transportation to the next program location, where a Reach Out Volunteer representative will meet you.
In Cusco the climate is temperate with cold nights in the winter period from May to August, when the minimum temperatures are near freezing (0 °C or 32 °F). In summer, from November to March, which is also the rainiest period, night temperatures are milder, around 7/8 °C (45/46 °F).
During the day, the temperatures are uniform throughout the year, and reach 20/22 °C (68/72 °F) when the sky is clear.
During the day, the temperature never reaches 30°C (86°F), though the tropical mountain sun is very strong and requires appropriate protection.
Think about your favourite clothes, shoes, and handbags and then discard those thoughts! Think practical, comfortable,and easy to wash. Think work clothes, work gloves, hats, and sunscreen.
Your program will involve lots of hard, practical work, and you won’t require precious garments or flashy jewellery.
For fight and airport information, don’t forget to check your Get Ready list. You will be able to access it once you have paid your deposit.
Email email@example.com for fight details if you are doing an extension program
Citizens of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US do not need visas. If you are not a citizen of these countries please check the website of your nearest Peruvian embassy.
If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although our programs are safe, we recommend you take the stress out of your trip by making sure you are fully covered for any unexpected health or travel problems that might arise, including coverage for emergency fights and hospital visits.