A tumultuous political history and high levels of corruption in the Peruvian government have contributed to extreme poverty and inequality for indigenous people in rural areas. About 73 per cent of the indigenous Quechua and Aymara communities, which is more than 5 million people, live below the poverty line. This is in stark contrast to the highly developed city life in Peru, a beautiful country which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in South America. Known for its lost civilizations and mysterious ancient cultures, discovering Peru is truly like taking a step back in history. Hike the Inca trail, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu, trek through the Andes or take it easy on Lake Titicaca - the adventures are endless.

The Republic of Peru lies on the western coast of South America and is the continent's third largest country and fifth most populated, with around 30 million people. Known for its Incan origins, lost civilisations and remarkable natural and man-made wonders, Peru is truly an experience to behold.

Sadly, a tumultuous political history and high levels of corruption have contributed to extreme poverty and inequality throughout Peru. Currently, more than a third of the population lives below the poverty line. Illiteracy rates stand at around twenty per cent, particularly among indigenous people in rural regions, and high rates of maternal mortality are ever present. Lack of access to medical care and limited knowledge of basic primary care, nutrition and sanitation tend to be the main causes of chronic health issues in the country. This is where members of our Overseas Action Program can make a lasting impact.

World Youth International offers one volunteer program in Peru:

Overseas Action Program

WYI works in partnership with local organisations, community groups and health clinics to offerteam volunteer placements thatpromote sustainable development initiatives.

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Dates and Fees

31st December 2015
OAP5 weeks$1,995
31st December 2015
NIA1 month$1,995
31st December 2015
OAP10 weeks$1,995
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