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Volunteer Peru 2020

Color My World is excited to announce our 2019 humanitarian expedition to Cusco, Peru!

Two sessions sold out overnight last year!

We will be working in San Gabriel at a small private kindergarten, not receiving any governmental support. We want to provide a healthy school climate, where underprivileged children can have qualitative education but also where they learn about values, group work as well as individual development. Color My World will be working on a variety of improvement projects at the school and spending a lot of time with the Peruvian children, teaching them English, playing games, sharing art education and teaching them mini-classes. The volunteer house where will stay is located at San Sebastian District, at 10 minutes in taxi from the main square of Cusco.

Please Note: Tour Prices to Machu Picchu and local sites are not tax deductible and a portion of this trip will be paid to our sponsor travel agency to cover sightseeing.. Space is provided on a first come, first serve–deposit–basis. Once the donation/deposits have been received we will move to a waiting list or add another week if demand requires. CMW reserves the right to cancel the trip due to low enrollment. Full donation/deposit will be refunded in case of cancellation. Please do not book your flights until we have sent out the email that the trip is progressing Color My World will not be responsible for air bookings in any situation.

About the Volunteer Program Director: Angela Hughes

A humanitarian, Angela Hughes is the director and co-founder of her family foundation, Color My World (501c3) and personally arranges and escorts each group that travels with the foundation. She is engaged with each project from start to finish.

A mother of four children, ages 15-24, Hughes has been in the travel business both as a travel agency owner of Trips Inc. for over 30 years and as a former adjunct professor at both Brigham Young University in the Geography/Travel &Tourism Department and The New Hampshire Community College system teaching Travel & Tourism.

Angela’s expertise include a masters degree in geography and hobbies include third world development humanities, photography and the Renaissance. She has taught her children on location throughout the world bringing to life art, history and science through travel education. Her and her Husband, Brian started the organization as a way to give back to those in need.

Hughes plans and escorts groups around the world and specializes in Europe, Asia and 3rd world humanitarian Trips.

Itinerary ***Subject to Change

Day 1 Arrive from the United States Meet the Color My World group in Lima, Peru Overnight in Lima, Peru Hotel Provided Color My World team will meet you at the airport to transfer to hotel. Food not included today

Day 2 Fly Lima to Cusco, Color My World will book this flight for you. We will transfer straight to our local housing and school in the community of San Sebastian in Cusco, Peru.

Where Do We Stay? The volunteer house is located in the school, a 10 minutes in taxi from the main square of Cusco and 20 minutes at public bus transportation.

The food at our volunteer house is Peruvian traditional food, all cooked. All our the dishes are with known products, like potatoes and meat. They will cater to vegetarians and allergies. The showers are electrical and with solar panels, the water is hot. Sleeping arrangements include rooms with 2, 3 and 4 beds. We have 4 bathrooms and 4 showers. The volunteer house is located on the hillside in “San Gabriel”.

Daily Schedule In the mornings we will be working with the children at the school. School is not in session in the summer but there will be a variety of children at the school in a day care like session. School Visit in the Morning 9:00am-12:30pm

Presentations at the school- Here are some of the ideas we have done in the past. We use the talents of the volunteers and incorporate them into the daily work. * Painting Class * Wellness and Nutrition * Basic Hygiene and dental care Zumba/Aerobics Dance Class for Students Bracelet Teaching English Classes

Everyday in the afternoon we will be working on the general construction of the school making improvements.

We will be doing light labor from painting, cleaning, organizing, moving supplies, aiding construction workers, digging and planting.

During the week we will have one “El Hermano Mayor” day, were we will take the children of the school to the park or zoo in Cusco.

We will also be providing a community feeding projects to those less fortunate.

In the evenings, you will have a chance to work on your Spanish with local students who want to learn english or play a game of soccer or baseball with the locals.

Day before you leave We travel to the mysterious valley of the incas in Machu Picchu.

Throughout the week We will continue our travels around the Sacred Valley, visiting the archeological sites of Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Sacsayhuaman. We will return to overnight in Cusco. Meals not included today

Final Day Bright and early we will fly to Lima to begin our journey home. Meals not included today

Some events are booked and paid through and independent travel agency, TRIPS Inc. This portion of the trip is not tax deductible.

Required Forms & Links

  1. Download CMW ADULT Participant Agreement Form Adults CMW Agreements Participants 2018 word
  2. Download CMW YOUTH Participant Agreement Form Youth CMW Participants 2018 word
  3. Apply for a passport or make sure your passport is current
  4. Register with Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  5. Download Fundraising Guidelines
  6. Health & Vaccination Info from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  7. Download Packing List – (Packing list will not be available until notified)
  8. Buy required Travel Insurance- Click below for a quote
  9.  

Deposit and Payments

A nonrefundable donation of $600.00 is due at the time of  registration.

How do I make a payment?

Payments Online

Make a credit/debit payment through PayPal.

We will send you a Paypal invoice upon acceptance

PaylPal charges a 2.9% transaction fee, which will be added as a “tax”

Payments are considered donations and are non-refundable

Payment by Check

Make certified/personal checks/money orders payable to Color My World.

Include your name and payment description on your check or money order memo line.

Note that it may take 7 business days for Color My World to receive your check or money order.

Mail your payment payable to Color My World and mail to: 

Color My World ℅ of Angela Hughes

15795 Turkey Island Circle

Winter Garden, FL 34787

All payments made to Color My World are non-refundable as we are a non-profit and not a travel business. 

Contributions that you have solicited from others on behalf of CMW are general unfettered contributions to CMW and cannot be refunded regardless of your participation in a CMW expedition. (If this was not the case these contributions would not be tax deductible.)

If you are cancelled by CMW from an expedition for failure to meet the payment or document submission deadlines all payments made directly by you will be non-refundable.

A participant with a scheduling conflict may be allowed to transfer their credit to a new participant for the same trip or if their place can be filled by another person from the waiting list.

Peru

Jan 15, 2020

Additional $550.00 for Machu Picchu and Peru touring pieces due separately to TRIPS   Inc. PayPal invoice will be sent out from TRIPS Inc. two weeks prior.  

This is part of the overall cost not an additional cost just billed separately.

Passport photo copy must be emailed to CMW angela@colormyworldkids.org

Apr 1, 2020 

Remaining Balance due to CMW

$95.00 due for Optional LIMA day tour for participants with late flight departures

Lunch requests for day tours are also due.

Application Process

Click on the tab apply for the program you are interested in. You will fill out the application and make the deposit

You do not have to be a student to be a Color My World volunteer. In fact, Color My World welcomes all volunteers no matter their educational backgrounds. We encourage all volunteers to travel and share this experience with their families. Anyone can volunteer as long as they are over the age of 16 by the departure date and are prepared to serve with an open mind! If you are under the age of 16, you must travel with a responsible adult party or be approved by Color My World. We have accepted mature 14 and 15 years old without adult supervision but you must be prepared to fly and the airline you select must allow it.

Definitely! Color My World welcomes all eager volunteers. Just make sure to provide the Color My World office with your friends’ names and emails. You can invite your friends or email us names of people that you would like to recommend to volunteer with us at hillary@colormyworldkids.org

All ages are welcome on our program. Every age group can fit into this program.
Color My World requires all volunteers to be 16 years old by their departure date. We welcome everyone over the age of 16 years to apply (with a parent or guardians signature). Youth under the age of 16 are welcome when accompanied by an adult or approved by Color My World’s director, Angela Hughes. If you are under the age of 16, you must travel with a responsible adult party or be approved by Color My World. We have accepted mature 14 and 15 years old without adult supervision but you must be prepared to fly and the airline you select must allow it.

Absolutely! You will receive a packet to complete once you are accepted into the program.

Being a volunteer overseas is not a thrifty endeavor, and oftentimes to cultivate real growth and development, more than just time and effort are needed. A proportion of the money paid will also be donated towards sustainable projects carried out in the areas that you will be volunteering in.

Yes! Hygiene kits, school supplies, dental kits, newborn kits etc. are always needed in the countries that we travel to. Please visit our home page and click on create a kit to see some examples. Computers and iPads are always needed but some countries have restrictions on what can be brought into the country.

Important Notes

Yes, we will refund the deposit.

Volunteers can withdraw their applications or agreements by notifying Color My World via email to angela@colormyworldkids.org

Please do not book your air until the trip is finalized. We will send you an email letting you know when the trip is “a go” and you can begin to shop for air. Color My World is not responsible for air travel–under any condition.

Absolutely not! There is plenty of time to enjoy the laid back feeling of Central America. This is a great combination of WORK HARD & PLAY HARD.

Yes. You can learn more about a passport here
Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure.

Currently there are no immunizations or vaccinations required for entry/travel. This information is subject to change, so please consult with your physician at least two months prior to your departure. Please consult with the Center for Disease Control.

Yes. We require medical, air and evacuation insurance for every participant in the program.
We will send you more information to purchase travel insurance based on your individual needs. Most personal medical insurances are not valid outside of the United States.

Currently there are no immunizations or vaccinations required for entry/travel. This information is subject to change, so please consult with your physician at least two months prior to your departure. Please consult with the Center for Disease Control.

You do not need to know the language to volunteer with Color My World. The Color My World Team Leaders will assist you to communicate with the locals. Also, our local guides speak English. You will probably pick up some of the Spanish language during your trip – children love to teach volunteers new words! Come prepared with some basic Spanish greetings. The Color My World Team Leaders can also teach you a few greetings so you can greet the locals.

Yes! Color My World encourages all volunteers to fundraise to offset the program cost. Upon acceptance to the program and receipt of volunteer deposit, Color My World will provide fundraising information and materials for you to use to raise money to pay for the program.

 

We will provide you with a packing list closer to your departure date.

Don’t! We will send you a packing list. Pack light and use the rest of your suitcase to bring school supplies, medical supplies, small toys for the kids or sports equipment.
Color My World provides a t-shirt that you will wear twice during the week.

That is no problem. We can work with most food requests! Just inform us on your application if you are a vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate volunteers’ individual needs. However, we do recommend that you bring snacks.

Itinerary

Of course! We have access to the Internet so volunteers can email friends and family on one computer provided in the area. When we are in the city there will be wi-fi with free access. Remember this is the 3rd world…..the net will be slower than at home. International phone service is each individual participant’s choice.

There will be approximately 15-25 volunteers on each international volunteer program. Color My World maintains a manageable group size to ensure you have a unique, personalized experience.

Yes, you will have roommates in same-sex rooms so be prepared to share. Rooms for couples and families are organized upon request. If you and a friend are on the same program, we will do our best to put you in the same room, please indicate that you are traveling together. Shared same-sex bathrooms are the norm throughout the lodge we will be staying at.
Bring your own pillow if you wish. Light blankets are provided, but we ask you to bring your own sheets.

You can shower daily (we encourage it!) The water is heated but short showers are requested.
Bring a beach towel and a washcloth

Bring your guitar, ukulele, lap harp–you name it. Sharing music is a wonderful gift.
We try to incorporate into the experience your unique skills. If you have a mini-class you could teach let us know.

 

 

Local Information

Yes. Our programs are in rural villages, and locals welcome volunteers! Moreover, you will be with Color My World Team Leaders during the program. It is important to be well informed when traveling and our Color My World Team Leaders are very well informed about both traveling and safety in the country.

Color My World provides all transportation while in the country, including vans, boats, and air travel if applicable. Remember this is a third-world country and the ride is often not luxurious.

We do not recommend drinking the local water. The housing at the school in Peru supplies unlimited fresh/clean water for all participants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We recommend you bring a water-bottle to refill throughout the trip.

The Peruvian winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The summer (December – March) is the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers.

The Peruvian Sol is the currency of Peru.However, U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Volunteers may either exchange money in the U.S. Volunteers should bring small U.S. bills with them as large bills are difficult to break in rural areas.

Yes, they have normal toilets but you cannot put toilet paper in the toilets. To conserve water they only flush after #2 and after multiple #1’s. Water is a premium!

Peru is in the central time zone.

Information regarding leisure excursions and tipping in Peru

We have 3 scheduled excursions on our trip and 1 optional excursion in Lima on the last day of our departure.

Machu Picchu

Cusco 

Sacred Valley

Lima [Optional]

Please be prepared with the following tips and food purchases.

Tips 5.00 per person for Day Trips for our guides

2.00 per bag tip for porter at Cusco Airport each Direction

On the Lima and Sacred Valley Tour, you will buy lunch on your own.  

Lunches are part of the tour and there aren’t other options available nearby.

Set prices are as follow

  $25.00 Lunch in Lima  

  $20.00 Lunch in Sacred Valley

Lunch is in Included in Machu Picchu

Lunch is on your own in Cusco while visiting the town.  There are various American fast food and local cuisine options

  

Meals are not included on the day of arrival or departure.

In the past a departure fee of about approximately $35.00 out of Lima Airport was due when you left Peru.  We noticed last year, it was included in many airline ticket prices and not collected at the airport.  Personally, we did not have to pay it on our way out in 2018.

Airport and Flight Information for Peru

Please do not book until we have given you the green light in early 2020.

Color My World is never responsible for air travel or bookings regardless if trip carries or not.

International air is not included in our prices.  You will be notified when you should book your flight February 1, 2020 

Participants will meet at the airport of the international destination of travel.

CMW leaders will send out flight suggestions and will let you know if another participant is on your flight so you can travel together.

A CMW leader will always be at the airport to meet the volunteer.

The airport code is LIM

Please check your flights with me if you have a question.  We don’t want to have any errors.

  • We book the LIMA-CUSCO air and so you do not need to do that piece to get to the project.
  • On the return please do not book before 3pm as we are flying from CUSCO in the morning. and those flights are often delayed.

Hotel Information

Your first night when you arrive at the airport, one of our CMW team leaders will meet you at the airport and walk you to our hotel at the airport.  

We are staying at the Wyndam hotel at the airport and there is a walkway bridge on the 2nd floor across from the airport to the hotel.

The next morning we will fly to Cusco the school where our experience will begin.  

State Department Information

Please refer to the page below

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Peru.html

I have attached the student travel brochure from the State Department for you to review.

Requirements for Entry:

A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru. Migraciones (Immigration) authorities may also require evidence of return/onward travel. Be sure your date and place of entry is officially documented by Migraciones, whether you arrive at a port, airport or land border. Retain the record of your entry, as you will need it when you depart.

Your length of approved stay will be set by border officials at the time of entry, and can range from 30 to 183 days. Extensions are not usually available, and overstays result in fines.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Peru.

Your passport must have 6 months of validity from the DATE OF ENTRY into Peru

Safeguard Your Documents! Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other separately from your original documents. To help prevent theft, do not carry your passport in your back pocket, and keep it separate from your money.

Requirements for Exit:
If you do not have an entry record, you are not allowed to exit the country until immigration authorities confirm the time and place of your entry in to the country. Depending on the circumstances, this can be a difficult process, costing considerable time and money to resolve. Make sure Migraciones records your entry, and then save the record for your exit. This is particularly important when entering through remote border crossings, where often the proper officials are not present. 

Immediately report lost/stolen passports to local police and keep the report. You must apply for a new passport at the Embassy and obtain a replacement entry record from Immigration prior to exiting Peru.

Travel with Minors: (from the website)

Minor children with Peruvian citizenship who are not accompanied by their legal parent/guardian (or by only one parent/guardian, who does not have sole legal custody) are required to have official authorization from the non-traveling parent(s)/guardian(s). This policy also applies to children with dual U.S./Peruvian citizenship. It does not apply to minors with only U.S. citizenship.

Part of our documents include a minor travel form that we require.

Please notarize an extra copy for your child and have your child carry that down with them.

We have not had any issues with youth on our program coming through customs at the airport and we hope that continues.  We are standing on the other side of the exit for them.

Travel tip for parents joining the program

Consent for Travel with Minors: If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or notarized written consent from the other parent. Check with the embassy of your foreign destination before traveling to see what you may need.

If you are a parent traveling with your child it is is always best to have a separate signed notarized copy of permission by BOTH PARENTS especially if you are divorced any time you leave the country for travel as they are tightening down on ONE parent taking kids out of the country for trafficking reasons.

Color My World doesn’t send you a copy of that, but you can google and find a copy that would apply to that situation and get with your ex or spouse to have that permission.  

CMW is not responsible for travel to and from Lima, coming through customs or anything related to air travel to and from the program.

Make sure to have a copy of your passport in case there is an issue in a separate place.

When you are flying, you may have to fill out a custom form….  MARK that you are a “tourist” if they ask do not mark that you are a volunteer or working. Technically you are traveling as a tourist.   

Don’t mark that you have been sick or had the sniffles even or you are carrying weird fruit or loads of gifts or food or that you have a firearm or you recently stayed on the farm. You get it right?  

These are all questions that they love to stop and search you if you have answered yes to any of them.  Just move through the process without fanfare.  Low profile is always best in foreign countries.

Two summers ago, in Nicaragua we had a person mark they had a sore throat…and three days later the ministry of health had tracked us down and all a sudden we were in the office defending ourselves trying to prove that we hadn’t brought a sick person into the country…for real!

Make sure your passport is in good condition.  One of our volunteers’ dog ate the corner of the passport a couple of years back and guess what…she was detained and couldn’t get through.  Passports need to be in great condition.

Consulate information

U.S. Embassy Lima

Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n

Surco, Lima 33

Peru

Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724

LimaACS@state.gov

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency – Cusco

Av. El Sol 449, Suite #201

Cusco, Peru

Telephone: +(51)(84) 231-474

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51) 984-621-369

Fax: +(51)(84) 245-102

CuscoACS@state.gov

Student and College ID

You must carry student ID for day trips if you are student/college age.

You must carry your student ID and will have to show it to get into attractions.

We purchase a tourist ticket for you at the student age ticket price.

If you forget your ID, you will be responsible for paying the difference in the adult rate.

Register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program @ TRAVEL.STATE.GOV

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S.  Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. 

STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.

STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Website  https://step.state.gov/step/

Shots and Immunizations

You must be current on your immunizations including tetanus shots.

We recommend consulting online with the http://www.cdc.gov

You do not need to send us proof of this.

Medications: Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries. Check with the embassy of your destination(s) about regulations and documentation before you travel.

  • Begin to prepare for the expedition by reading through the FAQ document on our website.  We will also inform you of our orientation webinar as the trip approaches.
  • Packing list will be sent out prior to the trip

Look at the weather!  Some of the night lows are LOW.…..so dress accordingly.  We are in the city of CUSCO on the low side of a hillside.

They provide towels at the guest house….but we like to bring my own.  So you decide what you want to do on that.

NOTE ON LUGGAGE FOR MACHU PICCHU: Only 1 small backpack for day trips

New Guidelines for Machu Picchu

The new guidelines went into effect July 1 as a result of a 2015 study by a United States archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO officials on how to ensure Machu Picchu doesn’t sustain damage from the rising numbers of tourists.

Officials have also updated its prohibited list to include bags larger than 16 inches, food and drinks, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, illegal substances, umbrellas, photographic tripods, selfie sticks, musical instruments, high heels, children’s strollers, walking sticks and more.

In addition, the site does not allow tourists to climb or lean on walls, touch or remove any items, get naked, make loud noises or feed the resident or wild animals in the protected region.

Suitcases are the better than duffle bags and easier to pack in our vans.