YGBW 2017 Peru Trip Brochure

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Mission Trip to Peru

July 21-30, 2017

A partnership with the YMCA of Peru

PERU and the YMCA

About Peru:

Peru is a country in western South America, bordered by Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the Pacific

Ocean. Peru is a bio-diverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region, to the

peaks of the Andes Mountains to the tropical Amazon rainforest.

Peruvian territory was home to the ancient cultures spanning from the North Chico civilization in Caral, to the Inca

Empire of the Andes. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established the Viceroyalty

of Peru, with its capital in Lima.

The weather in Lima in July is damp and overcast during the day (averaging 60 degrees) while cold and damp at

night (averaging 35 degrees).

The Peru YMCA

The Peru Y founded in 1920 and is recognized as an educational institution dedicated to train people in spirit,

mind and body. It is a Christian, ecumenical and volunteer movement, committed to the integral development of

men and women, preferably young people, who build a better society. They have 5,550 members, over 600

volunteers and more than 230 full time staff.

The YMCA of Peru gives service to the community without distinction of faith, ideology, nationality, socioeconomic

status, race or sexual orientation. Its principles and purposes were established in the Paris Basis.

The Peru Y programs consist of lessons in swimming, box drum, dance and martial arts. Other programs offered

are summer camp, child-care, teen programming, group exercise and fitness. In addition, their outreach programs

focus on single mothers, orphanages, after school programs and a new venture to provide loans for individuals to

start their own business.

The North American Y Peru Coalition

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine formed a formal partnership with the YMCA of Peru in 2011 in an effort to learn

and grow from each other and work for global understanding. In 2013, other YMCAs became interested in

partnering with Peru and the North American Peru Coalition was formed that included the New Canaan YMCA,

Suncoast YMCA, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and the Y of the USA. The goal of this coalition is to build a

global relationship, learning from and strengthening each other.

The Lima


Handing out blankets and

food to those in need


Make sure to bring a backpack

or fanny pack with you each day

filled with snacks, water, hand /

baby wipes, hand sanitizer and

a little bit of money. You never

know when you will need them


Trip Goals:

Share a cultural immersion and service learning with a family member

Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the Peruvian culture

Develop relationships with YMCA members locally and abroad

See and participate in the Y mission in action

Serve as an ambassador from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Trip Dates and Cost:

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 30

$2,500 - $2,800 per person

Family Service Mission:

This trip is geared toward individuals and families with children in 6th grade or older. It is an opportunity to

strengthen family relationships while experiencing another culture and helping those in need. Individuals 18 and

over are welcome and encouraged to attend. The mission will involve cleaning, painting and rehabilitation of

program centers in challenged areas where the Y provides outreach.


In addition to the service focus of the trip, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the sights, culture,

and beauty of Peru. Sightseeing activities include a tour of Lima the capital of Peru and the local ruins, Cuzco and

the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and so much more. This is a life-changing adventure.


The below preliminary itinerary is subject to change during our trip. We will do our best to

stick to the following schedule, however, we ask that you embrace this adventure and be

flexible with any necessary schedule or activity changes that may arise during the trip.

Friday, July 21

Travel from the US to Peru

Saturday, July 22

Visit the Lima YMCA for an orientation and


Sightseeing: Downtown Lima, Catacombs,

Cathedral and Chinatown

Back to YMCA for box drum lessons and dinner

Sunday, July 23

Community service project begins

Transfer to Independencia location

Facility work and work with children

Lunch on site

Dinner at the location

Sleep at site in sleeping bags on site

Monday, July 24

Breakfast at the Y of Independencia

Service project continues

Lunch at Independencia

Work with YMCA childcare and after-school


Free time at the YMCA, Salsa and Merengue

dance lessons

Dinner at YMCA

Tuesday, July 25

Breakfast at Y

Visit the orphanage, arts and crafts

Lunch and community service project at

Crecemos Felices

Pizza party at the Y for dinner

Wednesday, July 26

Early breakfast at the Y

Morning flight to Cuzco

Transfer to hotel and altitude acclimation

Tour of Cuzco in afternoon

Dinner in Cuzco and free time

Peru YMCA’s afterschool program

Lima YMCA Childcare

program in Independencia

Thursday, July 27

Breakfast at Hotel

Sightseeing: Expedition of the

Sacred Valley of the Incas, and

Ollantaytambo tour

Transfer to Aguas Calientes City

Home of Machu Picchu

Check in and dinner at hotel

Friday, July 28

Breakfast at Hotel

Machu Picchu Tour 9am – 2pm

Lunch at Aguas Calientes Restaurant

3pm train back to Cuzco

Dinner in Cuzco

Saturday, July 29

Breakfast at Hotel

Fly back to Lima

Last minute shopping , Y time, depending

on the flight back to the U.S.

* Each day will also feature a morning meeting to review the day’s itinerary and an evening

reflection to discuss the day’s experience.


Carry-on bag: Include some clothing in your carry-on bag in case your bag

doesn’t get to you right away. You will also be using your carry-on bag for the

trip to Cuzco.

Checked bags: You are allowed two checked bags, not to exceed 50 pounds

each. Use one bag to pack your personal belongings and the other bag to

pack mission supplies for the Peru YMCA.


Explore Peru

Sightseeing activities include:

Downtown Lima, Catacombs, Cathedral and Chinatown


Inca Ruins, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pukara, and Tambomachay

Expedition of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Ollantaytambo tour

Machu Picchu Tour

The Peru neighborhood of

Miraflores, known for its upscale

shopping, gardens and beach.

Sacsayhuamán is an amazing Incan

construction for tourists. Its Quechua name

means "satisfied falcon;" it was the falcon

that guarded the capital of the empire, since

it was possible to overlook Cusco from the

hill in where it was erected. If, as it is known,

Cusco was designed with the shape of a lying

puma, Sacsayhuamán would be its head, and

the Coricancha would correspond to the

feline's genitalia.


Pre-trip Activities:

Thursday, May 4, 6pm: Introduction conference call


Overview of trip

Service project prior to trip


Thursdays, May 18 and June 1 at 6 pm (Conference calls)

Touch base

Discuss service project details while in Peru

Week of June19th, Group dinner meeting at the Y - 6-9 pm

Discuss service project for trip and details for packing

Conference calls July 10 and17 (time to be determined)

Last-minute details and questions before we travel

Please feel free to contact Andrea Youndt at any time during the planning process.

Andrea Youndt: ayoundt@ymcagbw.org 610-643-9622 ext. 2121

Service trip team

in Machu Picchu


Trip Preparation Checklist


You must have a current valid passport and it must stay valid for at least six months after you

return home in the U.S.

Your passport must have enough empty pages to be stamped. If you should require more pages,

contact the National Passport Center to apply for additional pages.

Clearances, application and deposit

All travelers over 18 must have a Child abuse clearance and criminal background chick within the year

All potential travelers must fill out the application form, the trip is limited to 15 people

Travelers will be interviewed and selected on a first come, first serve basis

YMCA members are given priority

Register with the U.S. Department of State

Register your itinerary details with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment

Program (STEP). The State Department will relay your travel dates to the U.S. embassy in your

destination country. Travel registration is free at the U.S. Department of State’s STEP website.

Here is the link: https://step.state.gov/step/

Vaccinations for Travel

Check with your doctor to make sure you have the following routine vaccines:

Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)


Vaccines that are highly recommended by the CDC, for this trip are:

Hepatitis A


Please make sure you bring documentation with you on your travels.


Varicella (chickenpox)


Annual flu shot

You may want to purchase supplemental coverage for your trip. Examples of supplemental

insurance include Patriot Travel, and the ACE Group.


Stay in touch with your family and friends back home by downloading the Whatsapp or Viber

mobile apps for your phone when in a wi-fi zone.

Make sure your phone stays in airplane mode while away to avoid unwanted charges.

Handing out supplies to those in need


Money and ID

Passport, immunization card and copies

ATM card and driver’s license

Cash - $100 US for Visa

Cash for shopping at the markets

Suitcase labels and locks

Journal & pens


Prescription medications (Cipro)


Tylenol, Advil

Stool softener

Sun tan lotion

Bug spray


Fanny pack size toilet paper (for

expeditions/service trips)

Mini tissues

Tooth brush and tooth paste

Soap & shampoo

Hand sanitizer

Hand wipes


Small liquid laundry soap

First aid supplies


Non-perishable snacks, candy and gum

Peanut butter crackers, gum, granola bars

Games and Other

Reading material

Hand held games

Deck of cards

Water bottle

Fanny pack


Work gloves


Camera and battery charger

Universal Travel Adaptor

Cell phone

Flashlight with extra batteries

Bedding (Needed for YMCA hostel)

Gifts for Kids

Twin sheet set

Jolly Rancher candy

Light fleece roll up

Bubble gum

Small pillow

Super balls

Two lightweight bath towels


Wash clothes


Hair scrunchies


Dress in cool and dry layers

Sweatshirts, light windbreaker/jacket

Hiking pants – zip off, jeans, a pair of shorts

Hiking shoes, sneaker and flip-flops for shower

Long sleeve T-shirts/sweater



Sweatpants (sleep)

Fleece for Cusco

Leave jewelry and other valuables at home and use


expensive items discretely such as phones, cameras,

etc. This is a mission and social tourism trip, please

pack conservatively, not need for fancy clothes.


Cost of Trip: $2,500-$2,800 per person


Round-trip airfare from designated starting destination to Lima, Peru

Round trip airfare from Lima to Cuzco City

Hotel/YMCA stay in Lima and in Cuzco City

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while traveling in Peru and Cuzco

Transportation to and from airport, service and sightseeing locations in Lima

and Cuzco City

Supplies for service projects

Two bottles of water daily

Does Not Include:

Transportation to and from designated starting airport

Snacks, water and meals while traveling in airports and between meals


Trip Insurance

Souvenirs and extra snacks, meals or beverages

Kids in Peru hanging out

with YMCA of Greater

Brandywine’s CEO




Monday, April 3

Clearances, application form and 50 percent deposit

You will need to have a passport by this time. If you do not, please confirm expedited options

are available in time for departure date.

Monday, May 29

Trip balance due

Monday, June 19

Vaccines are highly recommended to be taken one month prior to trip departure date. However

they can be taken if needed no later than two weeks prior to trip departure date.

Required paperwork:

Application and confirmation of attendance

Liability risk and waiver and clearances

Medical/Emergency contact and copy of passport and immunizations

Contact Andrea Youndt to obtain the required paperwork for this trip

YMCA of Greater Brandywine contact:

Andrea Youndt, Chief Operating Officer and trip organizer

Phone: 610-643-9622

Email: ayoundt@ymcagbw.org

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