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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

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.


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

April 1, 2018 through

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

Flights to Guatemala are not covered in the cost of the program. The time and flight will be announced.

Our village is 3 hours away from the airport and participants need to check in at least 2 hours prior to their flight. We don’t recommend participants traveling throughout the nights or transferring in the country during the night. Return flights must be booked after 12 pm on day of departure.

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.

No, there are no visa requirements for entering Guatemala for U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, then please inquire with the consulate.

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.

Color My World suggests that you bring $300 to $400 USD, depending on whether you want to purchase drinks, ice cream, souvenirs, or gifts. Your accommodation and food are included during the program, but Color My World encourages you to experience purchasing and tasting the delicious local cuisine in the local market.
You will need extra money for food too and from Guatemala the airports.

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.

You do not need any adapters for Guatemala. They do have electricity in the rooms and the outlets the same as US.

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.


Color My World international volunteer programs are 7 days for the Guatemala excursion.

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.

What about bugs?

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.

The turtles only come out at certain periods later in the summer. Our August 2013 group was lucky to work on a conservation program when the turtles came a shore. Spring dates do not have this benefit. This is a “hit and miss” seasonal opportunity based on the turtle and weather behavior.


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.