Peru Spring Break Public Expedition

April 4 - 11, 2020

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About Peru 

From colonial architecture to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru is home to a diverse geography and population. Situated in the northern coastal region, Piura offers a tropical climate that extends to the mountainous Amazonian highlands to the Pacific Ocean.

CHOICE Humanitarian utilizes its proven model of self-development to empower and mobilize rural villages across northern Peru. Having merged with a longtime local NGO in 2015 (Feed the World), CHOICE Peru now works across the northern region, promoting positive change in the lives of numerous rural communities.

 

> Agenda

Detailed itinerary coming soon!

> Project & Community Details

Community: Santa Elena in the district La Arena located an hour south of the city of Piura. On this expedition, we will be working with the community to construct a center that will focus on early childhood health that will be the first of its kind in this village. 

Check out the project details here! 

 

CHOICE has been working in this community for 9 months now, and has been in the district for 3 years. This community is one of the communities with 20% malnutrition and 43% anemia prevalence among community members. These community members eat for less than a dollar a day. Their diet is based mostly on rice with little animal-based proteins. Their diet normally consists of bean soups or wheat-based cereals. The community culture is based in agriculture and raising sheep and other livestock. 

CHOICE projects in this area give community members alternative ways to make a living in small business opportunities and leadership. The small business associations that have already been established in the community have already had their first sales and have been very successful. The surrounding communities know about these businesses and come to the community to buy products. CHOICE has also been working in community projects in education, women's rights, and combating malnutrition in the community. 

During the expedition, you will be sleeping a large, central community building with cement floors. There is electricity available as well as bathrooms.

 

> Expedition Leaders

Gabriela Grostic
Phone Number: (801) 558-1205
Email: grostic@msn.com
Previous CHOICE Expeditions: Guatemala (3), Peru (1)

Gabriela joined CHOICE Humanitarian 7 years ago as a volunteer translator with CHOICE for the Spanish-speaking In-Country Directors. She fell in love with CHOICE's mission and began to take the opportunity to volunteer with CHOICE with her family any chance she got. She became a volunteer with CHOICE for the long haul! Shortly after, she was given the opportunity to attend Leadership Training to become a Certified Expedition Leader, and then led her first expedition to Guatemala with her daughter.

She says her experience as a Choice Expedition Leader "changed my life and the lives of my daughters". For Gabriela, expeditions "teach you the most important qualities and virtues, and now I live my life according to those virtues and qualities I learned. I learned humility, compassion, sisterhood, kindness, patience, and most of important of, all love for my all my fellowmen. I know firsthand what it means that to have an act of kindness is measurable. I also learned my calling- I want to leave this world better than I found it."

 

 

Sarah J. Worlton
Email Address:  sarah.worlton@gmail.com
Phone Number: (801) 949-8823
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-j-worlton-6b19aa16
Country Experience:  CHOICE Expeditions: Guatemala (6), Peru (1), Kenya (1), Mexico (1), Nepal (1)

Sarah has been a member of the CHOICE family for over ten years and her life has never been the same. She is an alumni of Utah State University and has lived in several different places both in and outside the US. She worked as a Project Manager and trainer for over six years and then ventured off to pursue other interests. She is fascinated by people and their stories of overcoming challenges and finding lasting happiness. This also has inspired her to step into the public speaking arena. She has shared her experiences of the village and how they can relate to everyday life with audiences in Utah and Denver. She recently has moved back to Utah after living in Denver, Colorado. She loves hiking, camping, podcasting, party hosting and spending time with her family.

We are very excited to have Gabriela and Sarah leading this expedition!

 

> Expedition Fees

$2,395 per person

  • International airfare not included.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon application to confirm your place on the trip (counts towards total fee balance).
  • *Rates include hotel accommodations, certified group leaders, village lodging, village meals, and local transportation.

 

Discounts

  • $50 discount per person if complete expedition fee is paid upfront with submission of application and $300 trip deposit 6 months in advance
  • 10% group discount available for parties of 6 or more. Reach out to expeditions@choicehumanitarian.org to confirm group size and receive discount code. 
  • Student discounts available - please apply HERE! $250 off for students who fulfill certain requirements (does not stack with the group discount). Upon review and approval from CHOICE, you will receive a discount code to reduce the fee. 
  • Members of The Village are also eligible for additional expedition discounts. Please visit choicehumanitarian.org/membership to join and learn more! 



> Optional Tours

Machu Picchu Tour

An optional Machu Picchu and Cuzco tour is available after the completion of the expedition. Price is $750 per person and does not include in-country flights from Lima to Cuzco. Price includes ticket entries, train to Machu Picchu, hotels, and select meals. 

 

 

 

 

> Flight Requirements

Expedition Only

ARRIVAL: *Saturday, April 4* Arrive at Puira Airport (PIU) via Lima (LIM) by 5:00 PM

DEPARTURE: *Saturday, April 11* Depart from Puira (PIU) via Lima (LIM) in the morning or at your desired time frame. 


Expedition + Machu Picchu Tour

ARRIVAL: *Saturday, April 4* Arrive at Puira Airport (PIU) via Lima (LIM) by 5:00 PM

DEPARTURE: *Saturday, April 11* Depart from Puira (PIU) via Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUZ) at earliest flight possible. 

*Tuesday April 14* Depart from Cusco (CUZ) via Lima in the morning or at your desired time frame. 


Be sure to check/purchase international flights as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that all travelers arrive on the designated expedition start date and reserve personal travel for after scheduled activities. If you do arrive before the start of the expedition or stay later, please let us know where you will be staying or if you would like us to help in booking hotels.

CHOICE partners with CV Travel, a Humanitarian Travel subsidiary of Christopherson Business Travel. They have helped thousands of humanitarian travelers across the globe. For those looking to travel with fellow participants on pre-approved itineraries, please contact our trusted travel agent for this trip, or book your own ticket on one of the attached itinerary suggestions. CV Travel also provides affordable and comprehensive travel insurance as well as special humanitarian rates and provisions, such as extra baggage, etc…

Blair Greene
1(205)-484-2029
blair@cvtravel.com

> Trip Resources

 

> Next Steps

  • Complete and submit your application for all participants. (ASAP)
  • Upload all documents for each member of your party.
  • Pay initial $300 deposit per/person to secure your spot. 
  • Upload a copy of your passport
  • Coordinate/book flight - Send us a copy as soon as this is booked.
  • Secure Travel/Evacuation Insurance - Send in a copy and confirmation. You will find info regarding this on page 9-10 of the Expedition Manual.
  • Join the trip's Facebook group or request an invite!
  • Attend trip orientation! This will be held Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 PM at CHOICE HQ located in West Jordan, UT. A calendar invite will be sent out before the event. 

 


All materials and payments are due March 1, 2020 at the latest. All materials should be uploaded through application website or sent to expeditions@choicehumanitarian.org.

For any questions, reach out to CHOICE Expeditions Program Specialist, Emily Wright (207) 432-8442. 


About Peru

Learn all about our work and history in Peru HERE.

Meet Peru Staff

Read this Expedition Journal from a past trip to Peru to see how other families, friends, and co-workers navigated the experience together!

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