ProWorld

Winter Break Project
Come to Peru, Belize, or Mexico for two weeks of hands-on development work, full cultural immersion and a life-changing experience. 
 
Group Volunteer Projects
Group oriented project, living, and adventure experience
  • Group Development Project and Funding
  • 1 to 2 Day Intensive Orientation
  • Regular staff support and contact
  • Community Round Table Discussions
  • Spanish Lessons (optional in Peru and Mexico only)
  • Weekly adventure and cultural experiences
  • Community Immersion and Local Artisan Visits
  • Full Room and Board in a Group Setting
  • All onsite program transportation
  • 2 week programs, dates selected by ProWorld, open enrollment
  • Health and Travel Insurance
Recently Completed ProPeru Projects
§ Biological forest station in Chicon
§ Fire and rescue station in Urubamba
§ Three-room school house in Cotowincho
§ Nursery school in Rumichaka
§ Elementary school in Chichubamba
§ Urubamba Computer and Internet Academy
§ Nuevo Amanecer Women's Shelter
§ Community fish farms in Chupani and Wakawasi
Upcoming ProPeru Projects
§ Designing and constructing community fish farms
§ Installing clean burning stoves for families
§ Sacred Valley Museum and Cultural Center
§ Forest Ranger Station and Research Post
§ Two elementary schools
Recently Completed ProBelize Projects
§ Children's Park and Community Center
§ Small business management workshops
§ Health outreach clinic to rural villages
§ Construction of Mayan Traditional Medicinal House & Rainforest Medicine Trail
§ Construction of an extension to a local hospital for use as a radiology center
§ Renovation of a village library
§ National Park irrigation and trail maintenance
Upcoming ProBelize Projects
§ Painting and renovation of local hospital
§ Building a school playground in Hopkins Village
§ Providing basic medical services and health education
§ Environmental protection projects
§ Building a community education center
Upcoming ProMexico Projects
§ Floor cementing initiative with rural families
§ Children's Park and Community Center
§ Small business management workshops
§ Health outreach clinic to rural villages
The shared project is just one of many ways that volunteers interact with our host communities. Weekend trips to world famous archeological sites and adventure locations complement each volunteer's discovery.

For more information, please visit the Projects page.

Excursions:
A mix of adventure and cultural activities may include:
Peru:
Sacred Valley Incan ruins
Remote community cultural events and celebrations
Andean forests, lagoons, and glaciers
Machu Picchu

Belize:
Mayan ruins, rainforest, and cave exploration
Remote community cultural events
Snorkeling the barrier reef

Mexico:
Craft and migrant communities of the Central Valleys
Hikes through Zapotec Villages in the Sierra Norte
Visits to Pre-Hispanic archaeological sites such as Monte Alban

Group Living
Group Volunteer Projects are team programs. The bonds created with your fellow volunteers often prove to be one of the most memorable aspects of the experience. Lodging is in shared rooms at local guest house accommodations. Meals are prepared by local cooks and served family style allowing for a generous amount of reflection on the day's challenges and successes. All housing options provide volunteers with beds, indoor plumbing, and showers.
Prerequisites:
Team work and desire to help
Suitable for students and adults
Where
Urubamba and the Sacred Valley in Peru
San Ignacio and surrounding villages in Belize
Oaxaca and surrounding villages in Mexico
When
2 weeks long
One Group Volunteer Project each season
Winter Break    Dec 29, 2007 - Jan 14
Cost
$1,695 / £965
$200 / £115 bring a friend discount: proworldsc.org/fees
Early Application - 3 months prior to program start or sooner
Application Deadline - 1 month prior
Total Fee Due - 1 month prior

Program fees do not include: international or domestic airfare, passport or visa fees, insurance, independent travel during the program, or personal expenses. Program fees may change without notice due to currency exchanges and the unique nature of international travel.

Typical Itinerary
Group Program itineraries are structured to meet the needs of each participating group. An example of a typical Group Program itinerary is provided below.
Pre-Departure Organizational Meetings and Pre-departure Materials
Day 1 Arrive in Country
Day 2 Orientation, settle in and unpack
Day 3 Introduction to the community.
Day 4 Initiation of development project, Begin development project .
Days 5-7 Work with community on development project each morning
Group and/or Community lunch
Afternoon project work
Nightly cultural activities
Day 8-9
Weekend adventure or cultural trip
Day 10-14  Work with community on development project each morning
Group and/or Community lunch
Afternoon project work
Nightly cultural activities
Day 15  Free Day
Day 16-17 Cultural or Adventure Activity
Day 18 Departure

“The multifaceted nature of its program (with the project, homestay, excursions, and Spanish classes) sets ProPeru apart from other volunteer organizations." - Leigh
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