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               Voluntourism Trip Guide

                                                             Table of Contents:

I.     COPRODELI US A ............................................................................................................................................................... 2
     A. MISSION STATEMENT ............................................................................................................... 2
     B. HISTORY OF THE COPRODELI FOUNDATION ............................................................................ 2
     C. THE COPRODELI PHILOSOPHY ................................................................................................. 3
     D. NETWORK OF PROGRAM O FFERINGS....................................................................................... 3
     E. PROGRAM FUNDING ................................................................................................................ 5
II. TRIP ORIENTATION ........................................................................................................................................................... 6
     A. PURPOSE AND O BJECTIVE ........................................................................................................ 6
     B. TRIP DETAILS…………………………………………………………………………………6
     C. VOLUNTEER DETAILS AND RECOMMENDATIONS..................................................................... 9
     D. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS..........................................................................................11
     E. LOOKING AHEAD...................................................................................................................13
III. APPENDIXES ....................................................................................................................................................................... 15

I. Coprodeli USA
A. Mission Statement
Coprodeli USA seeks to support, through annual financial and volunteer assistance, the mission
of The Coprodeli Foundation, and thereby contribute to the comprehensive development of the
poorest children and families of Callao, Peru.

B. History of the Coprodeli Foundation
Some basic facts tell a dramatic story of the needs of poor families in Peru, and in particular, of
the children of Callao, Peru. Situated outside of Lima, Peru, Callao is Peru's largest port.

   Peru’s total population is 29.2 million, of which 931,962 live in Callao and 120,000 in
    Pachacutec, a shantytown sector. Peru's per capita income is $3,374 per year, but 61% of the
    population of Pachacutec earns less than $250 per year.
   39.3% of all Peruvian families live in total poverty (equivalent to 11.5 million people), on
    less than 2 dollars per day. Moreover, 13.7% are extremely poor (around 4 million people).
    95% of the people in Pachacutec live on less than 1 dollar per day.
   Of the 4 million people who live in extreme poverty, 2.1 million are children. From a total of
    11 million people under18 years of age, more than 6.5 million live below the poverty level.
   It is estimated that more than 3 million poor children do not receive any aid from the
    Government, due to an inefficient distribution of resources.
   It is also estimated that 1.9 million children, fully one quarter of children in Peru, go to work
    at an early age in very menial street jobs where they are exposed to many dangers.
   Chronic undernourishment affects 24.2% of urban kids and 39% of rural children.

Padre Miguel Ranera, a Spanish missionary priest, together with a group of Peruvian volunteers,
has dedicated his adult life to serving the poorest of the poor. Since 1984, they have
concentrated their efforts in the 30 "barrios", or neighborhoods, in Callao where between 80-90%
of the population have unsatisfied basic needs, and live in extreme poverty.

In 1989, driven by his dedication to the poor and a desire to develop a structured, focused
program for the long-term benefit of the children of Callao, Padre Miguel created The Coprodeli
Foundation, a not- for-profit international organization designed to assist, in a comprehensive and
long-term manner, the poorest children and families of Callao. Over the past nineteen years,
Coprodeli has developed a comprehensive approach to that population's most basic needs.

In May 1999, inspired by a five month visit working with the Coprodeli children in Callao,
Thomas McDonald, a long-time Chicago resident, returned to Chicago and established Coprodeli
USA. Operating in Chicago since 1999 and Washington, DC since 2007, Coprodeli USA seeks
to raise financial support, obtain both product donations and volunteer commitments and
increase local awareness to both the incredible need of, and the Coprodeli solutions for, the
communities in Callao, Peru.

Coprodeli began intervention in the Ica region in 2006, primarily in Subtanjalla-Ica, in order to
replicate the development model used in Pachacutec, where Coprodeli has worked since 2000.

Socioeconomic conditions in Ica were similar to those in Pachacutec, and poverty was expected
to rise with a new influx of migrant workers to the area to purs ue agricultural jobs. Coprodeli’s
initial intervention strategy was similar to what was done previously in Pachacutec and Callao:
effectively using shared resources to promote social programming for education, health,
nutrition, and the protection of high-risk children by building a complex which includes a school
with a cafeteria and library, a Health Care Center, and an Outreach Center to serve the
community. With the devastation caused by the earthquake that hit southern Peru in August of
2007, the need for social intervention and humanitarian aid increased exponentially and
realigned Coprodeli’s overall strategy in the region.

In response to the earthquake, Coprodeli expanded its work to the provinces of Ica, Chincha,
Pisco and Cañete, the most severely affected areas, in order to provide social and humanitarian
assistance, and to promote and facilitate the reconstruction in terms of sustainability, dignity and
community. Immediately after the earthquake, intervention priorities were the provision o f
emergency humanitarian aid—food, medical attention, water, provisional shelter—and Coprodeli
staff arrived the next day to aid the affected population. Since May 2007, Coprodeli planned to
begin urbanization projects (water, sewerage, streets, sidewalks, electricity), improvement of
housing and construction of new housing for the poor people of Callao and Lima, and in the
southern region of Ica. As a result of the earthquake in southern Peru in August 2007,
COPRODELI has coordinated with municipal and national authorities for reconstruction. Three
urban developments designed by Coprodeli for the Ica region began construction in December
2007, and will ultimately be sites for 3,000 new homes. These areas will be financed by both
donation and investment. In addition, the Peruvian government has asked Coprodeli to
reconstruct 7,000 of the homes that were lost in the earthquake. In total, Coprodeli will build
10,000 homes over the course of the next three and a half years throughout Ica, Pisco, Canete,
and Chincha.

C. The Coprodeli Philosophy
The cornerstone to the survival and overall development of Callao’s children is an emphasis on
community, basic needs, personal development and personal freedom within a spiritual context.
Coprodeli takes its name from its core values:

   Communion – promoting the importance of "community" by building mutual support and
    respect; striving for total participation of the community toward its well being.
   Promotion – executing diverse programs promoting personal develop ment aimed at
    satisfying one's basic human needs.
   Development – focusing on complete development – with an emphasis on those most
   Liberation – striving toward true freedom within a spiritual context.

D. Network of Program Offerings
Through a network of support and programmatic offerings, The Coprodeli Foundation seeks to
address the most fundamental and basic needs of Callao's children and young families, including
education, health, employment, cultural values and spirituality.

   Education Program: Nine Coprodeli-operated schools, located in Callao and in the

    shantytown, Pachacutec, offer education services to children and adults that promote the
    educational, attitudinal and civic values that permit them to improve their self estee m,
    abilities, and competence in the work environment. These schools serve more than 5,000
    students annually, with an additional 300 teachers trained through Coprodeli- sponsored
    seminars, workshops and special training classes. In addition, the program boasts 13 public
    access libraries in the area, benefiting some 1,150 people daily.

   Preventive Health Program: Two Health Centers, which include a pharmacy and a clinical
    laboratory, provide primary and preventive health care (obstetrics), and offer health
    workshops and talks. This program benefits some 19,000 beneficiaries per year. The
    program also trains members of the local community to participate as Health Promoters of
    various health campaigns. There are also two fully equipped dental clinics in Ca llao and

   Humanitarian Aid: More than 30,000 Callao residents per month visit and benefit from
    book and clothing banks, through which Coprodeli collects and distributes clothing, medical
    and dental supplies, house-wares and other goods directly to the neediest people.

   High Risk Children Program: Coprodeli offers first level outreach prevention to children
    and teenagers who live in abusive or otherwise detrimental environments. The cornerstone
    of this effort is the NAR/Children at High Risk preventive health program. NAR consists of
    2 residential group homes (casas hogares) and 6 outreach centers (Centros de Atencion
    Externa - CAEs) committed to addressing the basic needs of more than 850 children. The
    Casas Hogares provide for the basic physical and psychological health, housing, nutritional,
    and educational needs of homeless, abandoned, orphaned and abused children from ages 6-
    16. Each home has a live-in director certified in childcare and psychology. The CAEs
    provide two meals, basic education and psychological support for children without the
    resources and family support to attend regular schools. Live-in abuse treatment homes for
    those recovering from alcohol or drug abuse are also available.

   Employme nt Development Program: Two Technical Training Centers for youth and
    adults offer courses focused on computer hardware and software, technical support, graphic
    design, database management, Secretarial, Pharmaceutical Technician, textiles, sewing, and
    cosmetology. This program benefits 1000 youth & adults per year. Job Place ment: The
    Centers have a Job Placement and Information Center (CIL) which places roughly 350
    unemployed youth and adults in jobs per year. Entrepreneurial & Microbusiness
    Development: Technical assistance, financing, consulting, and training are provided to
    young adults who wish to set up their own microbusinesses to succeed in a competitive

   Habitat Program: With the goal of contributing to a solution to the national housing crisis,
    this program proposes integral projects for progressive houses of social interest called
    “CASACRECE”, whose fundamental objective is to attack three major problems of
    inequality in the country: Housing, Employment, Social Exclusion. The program trains
    people and communities in various construction related activities, building their abilities and
    growing local capacities. Habitat has developed new construction alternatives and innovative

    designs that allow for the maximization of materials and labor. Beneficiaries can participate
    directly in the projects with assistance, supervision, and encouragement from qualified
    program professionals.

   Earthquake Reconstruction: Since May 2007, Coprodeli planned to begin urbanization
    projects (water, sewerage, streets, sidewalks, electricity), improvement of housing and
    construction of new housing for the poor people of Callao and Lima, and in the southern
    cities of Canete, Chincha, Subtanjalla, and Ica. As a result of the earthquake in southern Peru
    in August 2007, our plans accelerated and we have coordinated with municipal and national
    authorities to begin construction works as soon as possible. Three urban developments
    designed by Coprodeli for the Ica region began construction in December 2007, and will
    ultimately be sites for 3,000 new homes. In addition, the Peruvian government has asked
    Coprodeli to reconstruct 7,000 of the homes that were lost in the earthquake. In total,
    Coprodeli will build 10,000 homes over the course of the next three and a half years
    throughout Ica, Pisco, Canete, and Chincha.

   Pastoral Support – Coprodeli teaches principles, values and attitudes consistent with the
    Christian view of man, nature and society.

Directed by Padre Miguel Ranera, the Coprodeli programs are staffed by a qualified team of
salaried and volunteer members that technically support project design, execution and
evaluation. In addition, they provide a solid structure for material and financial resource
management. Since 1989, The Coprodeli Foundation has executed more than 140 projects,
benefiting more than 110,000 people.

E. Program Funding
The leaders of The Coprodeli Foundation understand the necessity of instituting and maintaining
financial integrity throughout their work. Strict financial practices have been in place since the
formation of the foundation to ensure the most efficient and accountable use of project funding.
To-date, Coprodeli's principal sources of funding have included the Peruvian government,
European aid (principally from Spain) and private donations. For the year 2004, Coprodeli's
operating budget was $2,244,680, 58% of which was funded by various European aid
organizations, 11% (approximately $ 235,000) by the Peruvian Government, and the remaining
31% (or approximately $690,000) through private donations.

With respect to the Spain-based assistance, since 1989, Coprodeli has been promoting and
supporting their initiatives with financial support from the Spanish NGO Fundación Codespa,
International Development organizations, the European Community, IILA and The Spanish
Government. In an attempt to increase the breadth of funding sources via the European
Community, Coprodeli Spain was created in 1993, and registered as a foundation in 1998. In FY
2007, Spanish assistance, including in-kind contributions, totaled approximately $1.49 million.

The goal of Coprodeli USA is to provide new sources of funding for The Coprodeli Foundation,
so that the work of Fr. Ranera and his staff at The Coprodeli Foundation may continue
unimpeded. Coprodeli USA provided support in excess of $625,000 in FY2007 and has set an
ambitious goal to raise more than one million dollars in FY2008.

II. Trip Orientation
A. Purpose and Objective
Coprodeli USA organizes a biannual trip to Peru as a unique and adventurous opportunity for
volunteers to contribute to the Coprodeli effort. Volunteers spend time, either in Pachacutec or
Callao, working in the orphanages and schools that are the heart of Coprodeli or in the medical
and dental clinics. The trip not only gives volunteers an opportunity to experience first-hand the
desperate need that exists and remarkable contributions and developments that have been made
thus far, but also, hopefully, inspires them to continue to work in Coprodeli’s name once they
return. The trip’s flexible structure allows volunteers with specific skills, talents, and
backgrounds to participate in various areas (e.g., health, education, sports, arts & crafts,
language, business development, etc.)

B. Trip Details
The trip begins with an OPTIONAL 4 day / 3 night excursion to Cusco and Machu Picchu (the
Incan treasure of archaeology) followed by 4 days of volunteering in the Coprodeli missions.
(For those who opt out of the excursion, the volunteer trip will begin on Monday and end on

I. Arrival in and departure from Lima
For those choosing to participate in the 4 day / 3 night excursion to Cusco and Machu Picchu the
trip officially starts on Friday morning (the time varies depending on the excursion itinerary, but
typically volunteers meet at the airport at 7:30am) at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in
Lima when volunteers check- in for their flight from Lima – Cusco.

Coprodeli recommends two arrival options in Lima for volunteers. The first option, for those
interested in having an extra day to settle in and acclimate themselves to a new environment, is
to fly out of your departure city on a Wednesday morning flight, arriving in Lima late
Wednesday evening. A Coprodeli representative will meet you at the airport and transport you
to the Coprodeli volunteer house in Callao, about a 15 minute ride. Volunteers will have all day
Thursday to relax, tour Lima and prepare for the week’s classroom volunteer activities. (Note
that volunteers choosing the Wednesday evening arrival and free day on Thursday will have to
make their own arrangements for any touristic activities. Coprodeli’s only guaranteed
commitment to volunteers on Thursday will be to provide meals for any volunteers inside the
house during meal times. Consult a guidebook and / or Coprodeli USA for Lima tourism tips
and ideas.) The second option is to fly out of your departure city on a Thursday morning flight,
arriving in Lima late Thursday evening. A Coprodeli representative will meet you at the airport
and transport you to the Coprodeli volunteer house in Callao. A third, although not
recommended, option, for those with strict time constraints, is to fly out of your departure city on
a late Thursday evening direct flight, arriving in Lima very early on Friday morning. Volunteers
choosing this option must be sure to choose a direct flight arriving in Lima no later than 6:30am,
and will have to wait in the airport until the rest of the group arrives for the departure flight to

Volunteers opting out of the excursion will fly out of their departure city on a late Sunday
evening flight, arriving in Lima early Monday morning. A Coprodeli representative will meet
you at the airport and transport you to the Coprodeli volunteer house in Callao. You will have
the morning to catch up on sleep and settle in. The group who went on the excursion will arrive
back in Callao early Monday afternoon.

All volunteers will depart Lima on a late Friday evening flight the following week, arriving in
their home city Saturday morning, unless you have chosen to extend your stay in Peru on your

II. The Cusco Excursion
A Coprodeli representative will transport volunteers from the volunteer house to the airport on
Friday morning for an early morning departure flight to Cusco for a weekend excursion visiting
the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. (See Appendix B for a sample excursion itinerary.) The
group will be met at the airport in Cusco by Beatriz, a representative from AndeanWay Tour
Company, and transported to your hotel. Beatriz will coordina te all of the group’s tourist
activities during the 4 day excursion, address any unforeseen needs that arise, and answer all of
your questions. All breakfasts and lunches, tourist activities and transportation during the
excursion will be coordinated by AndeanWay. Dinners, unless specified otherwise on the
itinerary, and any evening entertainment will be left for the group to decide upon amongst
themselves. We recommend that no one choose to do anything by themselves, having a partner
is always best unless you are an experienced traveler and comfortable with the language.

Temperature : Temperatures in Cusco and at Machu Picchu, primarily in the evenings, will be
much cooler than in Lima due to the altitude. You will need to pack a few warmer articles of
clothing. Average temperatures in Cusco are as follows:
     January to March: 43-66º F
     April to June: 32-66º F
     July to September: 32-68º F
     October to December: 41-69º F

Altitude Sickness: Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level and Machu Picchu is o ver 7,800
feet above sea level. The altitude can sometimes cause travelers to experience altitude sickness
in the form of headaches, stomach problems and/or not feeling like eating. Diamox tablets are
great for alleviating these symptoms and accelerating your acclimatization, and can be obtained
through prescription prior to leaving home. If you forget it, no problem, any pharmacy in Cusco
will be able to give you something to address your symptoms, and the advantage is that most
medication is sold by the tablet.. The locals suggest drinking coca tea to help relieve you. At
these altitudes it is important that you drink a lot of liquids (water), and it is recommended to
consume dried fruits and lemon candy, to avoid the altitude sickness. Eat lightly; take it easy the
first few days and you shouldn't have any problems.

III. The Volunteer Portion
Volunteers who opted to take the Cusco excursion will arrive back in Lima early Monday
afternoon. The rest of the day is typically spent touring some of Coprodeli’s schools in Callao,
visiting Coprodeli’s headquarters, learning the scope of Coprodeli via a presentation from

Coprodeli founder, Padre Miguel Ranera, and finishes with a late dinner. The volunteer portion
of the week starts on Tuesday and ends Friday afternoon at lunch. Typically, three days are
spent in classrooms at the Coprodeli schools in Pachacutec or Callao, from 9am – 3:30pm, and
the last half day is spent at one of the orphanages. (Doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other
medical personnel spend their volunteer hours in Coprodeli’s clinics.) Volunteers tend to join
together in groups prior to the trip and plan lessons, projects and activities for the age range of
their choice. Volunteers are given a wide range of flexibility in how they choose to spend their
time with students, often depending on their interests and level of Spanish. Coprodeli staff will
help direct volunteers and channel their interests during pre-trip planning meetings. Examples of
projects and activities past volunteers have led include:

      English, Geography, Math and Science lessons (ESL lessons, All about Me booklets,
       passports, volcanoes, flags)
      Art and jewelry activities (masks, bracelets, tye-dye t-shirts, pillows, picture frames)
      Sports / Recreation activities (beach trip, bubbles, outdoor games, giant parachute,)
      Nutritional / basic health seminars (dental hygiene, lice removal, hair cuts)

Volunteers also have the option during the volunteer portion of the week to skip one of the
classroom sessions and participate in social outreach in Pachacutec, Callao’s shantytown sector,
with the Humanitarian Assistance team. Volunteers will walk through the community with
Coprodeli staff as they visit homes to assess needs, address concerns and provide services.

Volunteers also enjoy dining with the kids in each of Coprodeli’s orphanages (one boys and one
girls) during the week. The volunteers typically provide each of the orphanages with a special
chicken (pollo a la brasa) dinner, play with the kids and tour their living spaces.

IV. The Volunteer House
Coprodeli has its own Volunteer House in Callao, a province of Lima, located about a 15 minute
ride from the Lima International Airport. The volunteer house is within walking distance of the
Coprodeli headquarters, the boys and girls orphanages, and a large grocery store. The
neighborhood is relatively safe, however Coprodeli recommends that volunteers use caution
typical of navigating unfamiliar areas, particularly in a foreign country. The House
accommodations are basic but comfortable - there is a common living room, dining room area,
kitchen, dorm-style lodging, and an excellent roof top deck, complete with chairs, where
volunteers can be found relaxing and socializing during free time. Most bedrooms sleep 2
people in single beds, however there are 2 triple rooms. Each bedroom has a lock and key.
Volunteers will be given their own set of keys to their bedroom, the front door, and the front
gate. There are showers with hot water (most of the time!) and toilets. Breakfast is served daily
at the Volunteer House. (See Appendix C for Volunteer House Details.)

V. Language Require ment
Non-Spanish speaking volunteers are welcome, and will have an enjoyable experience, but past
volunteers tell us they recommend that future volunteers make an effort to learn a few common
basic words and phrases before the trip. It will help you communicate the kids who will surely
want your attention, and you will want to give it to them. There are numerous language schools
in the Chicago area who offer lessons, classes and language exchanges. Here are a few websites

for Chicago area language centers:,,, The internet and books from your local
library can also be helpful resources. Coprodeli recommends that volunteers bring a pocket
English-Spanish dictionary with them on the trip. Long-term volunteers should have a stronger
command of the language, although fluency is not necessarily required.

VI. What if I don’t have a specialized skill?
Even if you aren’t a doctor, dentist or teacher, there is plenty to do! Most of our volunteers don’t
have specialized skills in these arenas. You can still teach English (even if you don’t know
Spanish), plan creative art lessons, do basic construction, play sports… the list goes on. There
are also opportunities to go out on social outreach visits with Coprode li staff to assess the needs
of families and invite them to receive clothing from the clothing banks. It is a great opportunity
to see how families in Pachacutec live and bless them with clothing upon your return.

VII. What should I pack?
Pack light! (See Appendix D for a recommended packing list.) Clothes are likely to get dusty
and dirty, so bring pants that can easily be dusted off, shaken out, or that dry quickly (there is
(limited) access to a washing machine). Clothing that can be worn in layers are the best to bring.
The weather in the mornings and evenings will be cool, but the daytime temperatures will be hot.
You may bring sandals for the shower, but it is recommended to wear closed toe shoes for all
other activities.

Peru’s winter lasts from May to November and their summer season lasts from December to
March. Average temperatures in Lima are as follows:
    January to March: 21 - 29 °C (70 - 84 °F)
    April to June: 17 - 27 °C (63 - 81 °F)
    July to September: 15 - 19 °C (59 - 66 °F)
    October to December: 16 - 24 °C (61 - 75 °F)

NOTE: Coprodeli recommends that volunteers pack a small, empty duffle bag inside their
regular luggage. This bag can then be used to pack the things you need to bring with you for the
Cusco excursion. It is not recommended that you bring your entire luggage on the Cusco
excursion due to space constraints and constant moving. All luggage left behind in the volunteer
house will be safely stowed in a locked storage room. It is also recommended that volunteers
bring a back pack for carrying daily items both for the Cusco excursion and the days spent in the

C. Volunteer Details and Recommendations
I. Preparing Yourself Mentally
Expect the Unexpected! According to the authors of The Peace Corps and More, "you should
prepare yourself to be tolerant of uncomfortable bus trips and food you cannot recognize. You
might encounter people with different concepts about time and personal space. Be ready to learn
about and observe differences without being judgmental. The differences you observe while
abroad will undoubtedly enrich your understanding of your own culture." While the upfront
planning of activities will pay off, volunteers must recognize that not everything may go as

Before going abroad try learning as much as possible about local customs, beliefs, and language.
Refer to guide books such as Let’s Go, The Lonely Planet, Footprint and Fodor’s for more
detailed tips, advice, suggestions, and general history and information of Peru. Talk to others
who have been to this destination and seek opportunities to see movies and read up on the
country and culture. People you meet while abroad will often be very curious about life in your
home country. Some may ask you about your country's foreign policies. Get in the habit of
reading newspapers and news magazines long before you travel abroad, so you'll be informed on
current affairs in your home country as well as abroad. You may also find it helpful to educate
your friends and family about where you'll be going and what it is you'll be doing, so that they
can be advocates for your work abroad. Having a strong support system will also help you get
through the challenges of living in an unfamiliar environment far from home.

II. Passports & Visas
You must have a passport for traveling abroad. If you already have one, be sure it is not expired
and that it is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date! If you are a U.S. citizen, you
can apply at selected post offices, at federal or state courts of records, or at one of the State
Department passport agencies in larger cities. It can take several months to process a passport
application, so don't delay in applying! U.S. nationals DO NOT need a visa if their stay is less
than 90 days. Photocopy all important documents and keep them in a hidden place separate from
the originals while traveling! Leave another copy at home with someone you can easily get in
contact with while you're abroad.

III. Physicals, Prescriptions & Vaccinations
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia recommends a yellow fever
vaccination before traveling to Peru, but it is not necessarily required. Volunteers should discuss
any further questions or concerns with their doctor. The CDC has a hotline for international
travelers where you can obtain country-specific health advisories and advice: (888) 232-3228.
There is also a website and autofax service (888) 232-3299. If you have glasses or
contact lenses, bring along an extra pair, and if you have a prescription make sure you bring
enough to last during your time overseas. Make sure you carry the prescriptions in their
correctly labeled containers so your medication won't be mistaken for illegal drugs.

IV. Insurance
It's important to have health and accident insurance while you are abroad, as well as coverage for
emergency evacuation. Find out if your current insurance plan will apply while you're abroad.
Additionally, you may want to explore the possibilities of baggage and flight insurance. Council
Travel (aka Council on International Educational Exchange) offers inexpensive insurance for
students, teachers and youth under 25 in the USA. Call 1-888-COUNCIL or the Council Travel
office near you.

V. Air Fare
American, Continental and Delta are the major carriers. Flights originating in Chicago will fly
out of O'Hare and arrive at Jorge Chavez Lima Callao International Airport in Lima, Peru.

Air fares vary greatly depending on when you're flying and where you b uy your ticket. You can
find bargain fares listed in the travel sections of major newspapers, as well as on the internet:,,, are
good places to start. Before buying a bargain fare, find out how flexible it is -- what would it
cost you to change the return date if you decide to stay longer overseas? Most of the major
airlines allow you to buy tickets using frequent flier miles. Tickets normally have to be
purchased months in advance and oftentimes only offer specific traveling dates, but can
significantly reduce the cost of the trip. U.S. Students can get special rates through Student
Travel Association: tel 800-781-4040 and Council Travel: tel 800-226-8624.

D. Frequently Asked Questions
I. What's the cost?
The average trip budget for each volunteer is approximately $2000, which includes:
     Non-refundable deposit - $450
       (Includes bilingual trip leader, lodging, 2 meals daily, criminal background check, airport
       and volunteer site transfers, pre-trip administrative costs.)
     Airfare - $750±
       (Includes RT airfare from the US-Lima)
     3day / 4 night Cusco / Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu excursion - $700±
       (Includes all costs except dinner and souvenir expenses)
     Dinners / Miscellaneous spending - $100±
       (Includes dinners, water, snacks during the volunteer portion of the trip.)

Special Note: The US currency you bring to exchange should be fairly crisp and untorn. Money
changers will not take extremely crumpled or torn US currency. Do not expect to be able to use
credit cards for everything. Group travel does not always allow for that and certain places will
not accept them. Long-term volunteers receive a small stipend for food – S/10 per day for food –
if their commitment is two months or longer.

II. Whe re is Callao? Is it close to the airport?
Callao is the province abutting Lima to the north. Coprodeli Peru headquarters are conveniently
located about 15 minutes from the Jorge Chavez Lima Callao International Airport.

III. Who will pick me up at the airport? How will I identify him/he r?
A member of the Coprodeli Peru staff will meet volunteers at the airport upon their arrival. A
designated meeting spot outside of the baggage claim area will be determined before the group
leaves (usually near the fire extinguisher just behind the seating area where people wait for
arrivals). The Coprodeli representative will have a sign with the blue and white Coprodeli logo
imprinted on it. Please wait at the designated meeting spot until you identify the representative
(or s/he identifies you). Do not leave the airport and head out towards the parking lot. The cab
solicitors will offer to give you a ride to the city or call the person who will be picking you up.
Do not take a ride or an offer of help from any stranger.

IV. What if I get lost at the airport or can’t find my ride?
If you do not identify the staff member, don’t panic! Someone will arrive to pick you up. If for
any reason a connection is not made with this person within the hour, please call the Coprodeli
main offices (local dialing 714-3000) and a staff member will help you.

Another option is to call Christian’s cell phone 9-357-5889 or Padre Miguel’s cell phone at 9-
650-5411. Coprodeli Peru will call to check on the status of your international flight. If it is
delayed or canceled, arrangements will be made to meet you at the appropriate time. If the
domestic connecting flight is delayed or canceled forcing you to take a different international
flight, please call Coprodeli USA staff Vanessa (443-722-8682) or Katie (312-798-2391) and
they will contact Peru to make the necessary arrangements.

V. How safe is the neighborhood whe re we will be staying? Can I safely walk alone?
Peru is a developing country steeped in tradition, rich in culture, and filled with treasures to
discover. But Callao / Pachacutec can present situations not uncommon in developing countries.
Petty crime and theft does happen - volunteers need to be aware and take responsibility for these
type of security risks by traveling in pairs or threes, keeping money and other valuables in a
money belt (if not at home), and knowing where they are at all times. The neighborhood
surrounding the Coprodeli headquarters is relatively safe, though petty crime and muggings have
occasionally been reported. It is not recommended to wear jewelry, carry a lot of money or
credit cards, or to carry purses, wallets, bags or cameras out in the open whenever possible.
Coprodeli will not allow any volunteer to walk in the surrounding neighborhood unless
accompanied by another person. Maps, a group cell phone, and set of house keys will be
provided to each group of volunteers.

VI. What food will I be served at the Mission?
The meals at Coprodeli, though simple, are satisfying and healthy. Fish, rice, potatoes, corn,
beans and cooked vegetables are normally served during the midday meal. Breakfast may
consist of toast, yogurt, cereal, tamales, juice and coffee. Most vegetarians are able to find
satisfying dishes for each meal, though we suggest bringing other snacks along in your daypack
just in case. Trail mix, Clif bars, soynuts, peanut butter and other packaged snacks are great for
everyone to pack along. The Volunteer House is within walking distance of a large grocery
store, so you will always have access to supplemental food.

VII. Can I drink the water?
It is suggested to drink only the bottled water. Though the local people drink water from the
faucets and at public fountains, our bodies may not be conditioned to the same microbes found in
the water in Cuzco and in Lima. When you dine out in restaurants, drink only bottled water and
do not drink anything with ice cubes in it. Brushing your teeth using tap water is generally OK
as long as you do not swallow after rinsing.

VIII. Can I eat food from street vendors? What about fresh fruits and vegetables?
We strongly suggest not consuming any food from a street vendor. You may eat fresh fruits and
vegetables at your own risk, but it is recommended to peel the skin. Few participants have had
problems in the past, but there may be bacteria or other microbes present in the produce to which
our bodies are not conditioned.

IX. Is tipping common practice in Peru?
When you are paying your bill in a restaurant, look for the words propina or servicio near the
bottom of the bill. This means the restaurant has added a tip, usually between 5 to 10%. If you
think the service is good, you can give the waiter an extra 10%. The cheapest restaurants usually
do not include a tip. If this is the case, leave the waiter 10%. In better hotels you should tip
about US $.50 a bag.

Unlike other countries, Peru does not tip their taxi drivers. Taxis are not metered here so
negotiate the fare before you get in the car and stick to that price. It is best to ask someone from
Coprodeli approximately how much a taxi will cost to go from one place to another so you have
an approximation in mind. If the driver quotes you more, you can negotiate them down if you
choose. If they don’t accept within 1-2 soles of the price you want to pay, feel free to wave them
on and wait for another available taxi.

For tour guides during the Cusco Excursion, a general recommendation for tipping is
approximately $5 a day per person. If you are in a larger group you could pay half of that. It is
not expected that you tip the person in charge of the Volunteer House. They have been hired
specifically to take care of the volunteers and are compensated accordingly. However, if you
feel inclined to offer something extra, a small tip can be given. 5 soles per week per person is
the general recommendation.

X. If I want to bring donations, what do I bring? What do they need?
Most volunteers pack one checked piece of luggage with their clothes for the week and another
with donations (You are allowed 2). Disposable cameras, table games (Jenga, Connect Four,
Uno), computer games, art and school supplies, educational games and flashcards, playground
games (balls, jump ropes, frisbees), dolls or other toys that can be bought in multiples from
Dollar stores, etc. are common useful items to bring for use during the week and to leave behind
as donations. There is a great need for infant and children’s clothing and accessories, but items
like these can generally be saved for shipment to Peru through our annual Spring Clothing Drive
held at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago in May / June.

We advise you not to bring perishable food items, limiting comestibles donated to power bars or
small treats easily handed out to large numbers – such as packages of raisins, peanuts, gum or

E. Looking Ahead
Coprodeli Voluntourism trips were started to ―paint the picture‖ of the work Coprodeli does and
the people they serve – but not end there. Following the trip, volunteers are encouraged to take
advantage of the great opportunities locally that keep them involved globally once they return.
After your trip you will surely have recognized how a little effort and a few resources here can
be stretched immeasurably in Peru and tangibly impact lives through a credible organization.
Each trip group is challenged, as a group, to reach a $7,000 fundraising goal in support of
Coprodeli’s programs within 6 months of their return. Past volunteers have hosted fundraising
events of their own, but most contribute to reaching the goal through inviting friends, family,
neighbors and colleagues to attend or support our fundraising events, approaching employers to
sponsor our fundraising events or engage in Corporate investment opportunities through

financial or in-kind donations, recruiting sponsors for our Padrinos Child Sponsorship program,
organizing volunteers for our annual clothing drive, and other unique, practical, low time
commitment avenues. Coprodeli’s volunteers are its driving force and through their fortitude,
initiative, compassion, time, talents and resources our support network grows and we accomplish
our mission with success.
The Coprodeli leadership team is always seeking to improve its programs and activities,
therefore trip participants are encouraged to contribute to post-trip debriefings and evaluations.
Participants are also requested to write up a reflection or highlight from their trip that can be
used as needed in future Coprodeli publications.

III. Appendixes

           Peru in relation to other SA countries, includi ng Coprodeli sites in Peru.

                         Coprodeli sites and Li ma in relation to Cusco

APPENDIX B: Cusco & The Sacred Valley Sample Itinerary (4 days / 3 nights)
                            Andean Way Tour Operator – Cusco
                                    Beatriz or Martin
                              La Floresta de Huancaro, A-5
                                       Cusco, Peru
                                (011-51-84) 254755 (ofc.)
                                (011-51-84) 9-749273 (c)

DAY 1 (Friday) LIMA / CUSCO
Group will meet at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima (tra nsportation provided). Meeting time at
the airport is 7:30 AM in front of the Star Peru desk. You will be provided assistance to make
your flight connection to Cusco. (Star Peru flight#____ leaving Lima at _AM and arriving in
Cusco at _ AM).

You will be greeted at the Cucso Airport by Beatriz from Andean Way Tours and transferred to
your hotel. You will be welcomed with some coca leaf tea and then have time to relax at the
hotel until pick up for the Cusco City & Ruins Tour. A box lunch will be provided with the City

CUSCO CITY & RUINS TOUR (on horseback):
Guided visit to the outstanding ruins near Cusco city: the Sun’s Temple ―Koricancha‖, the Inca
fortress Sacsayhuaman, the ceremonial amphitheater Kenko, the strategically located Puca-
Pucara, and Tambomachay, the water’s adoration place. Upon return to the city you will visit
the cathedral, built on top of Inca Wiracocha’s Palace, and then be transferred back to your hotel.
The rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure.

Hotel accommodation provided at Buhos Inn & Breakfast
Note: Dinner not provided.


After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley
in a private van. You will start the guided tour by visiting the town of Pisac and its local Indian
Market. Afterwards you will whitewater raft down the Urubamba River and have lunch in the
town of Urubamba. Then you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo with its Inca fortress and
military observatory. After the tour to the Sacred Valley you will be transferred to the train
station and travel to Aguas Calientes, the base town from which you will go up to Machu Picchu.
After the 2 hour train ride you will arrive in time to explore the town by yourself or go to the
local hot springs.

Hotel accommodation provided at Las Rocas & Breakfast
Note: Dinner provided


You will have an early morning breakfast at your hotel and then be transferred to the bust station
to take the first bus to Machu Pichu at 6:30 AM. (You will leave your luggage locked in hotel
baggage storage for the day. Machu Picchu is a 20 minute ride uphill. It is probable tha t the sun
may have already risen by 6:30 AM, so your guide will try and reserve a bus that leaves Aguas
Calientes earlier, and contact you if this is possible.) This early entrance to the citadel of Machu
Picchu will let you watch the ruins without many other tourists around. You will have a guided
tour of the ruins in the morning, and then a prolonged stay in the afternoon to enjoy the other
hiking options around Machu Picchu or to just enjoy yourself at the ruins. You will be
responsible for taking your own bus down to Aguas Calientes (they leave roughly every 5
minutes) and getting back to the hotel. You will be transferred from your hotel to the train
station to take the train that leaves to Cusco at 2:30 PM. Please make sure you allow enough
time to get back to the hotel if you choose one of the hiking options around Machu Picchu!
Lunch is included.

Note: It is a good idea to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellant and some fruit
up to Machu Picchu with you. Dinner not provided.

Also note :
                           During your visit to Machu Picchu remember that if you leave the site
                            without any notice and want to reenter you must pay the entrance fee
                            ($20). Please let the entrance supervisor know that you are leaving and
                            will return soon (they track all entrances into the park.)
                           If you climb the Huayna Picchu, be very careful and plan your time
                            accordingly. The track is steep, has deep drop offs and may be slippery.
                            DO NOT hike if it is raining.

DAY 4 (Monday) CUSCO / LIMA

After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport in Cusco to board your flight
back to Lima. You will be provided assistance to make your flight connection to Lima. (Star
Peru flight # ____ leaving at _ AM and arriving in Lima at _ PM). Be prepared to pay a small
departure tax at the Cusco airport (in USD or soles). You will be met at the Lima airport by a
Coprodeli representative and transferred to the Coprodeli volunteer house.

Price includes:
                          Domestic flight Lima – Cusco – Lima
                          Transfers in Cusco: airport/hotel/airport, hotel/train/hotel
                          Accommodation on double room basis
                          Meals as detailed in the itinerary

                     Official bi- lingual guides on all tours
                     Entrance fees to tourist areas
                     Tourist coach (train) to and from Machu Picchu

Price does not include:
                    Airport taxes
                    Meals not detailed in the itinerary
                    Personal expenses, tips

Items to bring for Cusco Excursion:
                    Shower sandals
                    Swimming suit (towels will be provided)
                    Wet shoes for rafting trip (sandals that clasp around the ankles)
                    Sun block
                    Mosquito Repellant
                    Long pants
                    Sturdy shoes for hiking and horse back riding

Special Note: Please have cash for airport departure taxes when leaving the Lima airport and the
Cusco airport

APPENDIX C: Coprodeli Volunteer House Information

          Bienvenidos al PERU! Bienvenidos a la casa de los Voluntarios de COPRODELI!

Coprodeli Contact Information –
(If you are calling Peru from the United States you would dial (011-511) before the number. If
you are inside Peru, but dialing from outside of Lima, you will need to dial a 1 before the

VOLUNTEER HOUSE - Parasmayo 212, Urb. Sta. Marina, Callao 1

OFFICE ((7AM – 8 PM) – 1371 Guardia Chalaca, Urb. Sta Marina, Callao 1

Vanessa Keating (Coprodeli USA Executive Director) – 443-722-8682 (mobile)
Christian Diaz – 9 357-5889 (only speaks Spanish)
Padre Miguel – 9 027-4357 (speaks some English, mostly Spanish)

Welcome to COPRODELI. We are very pleased that you have chosen to spend some of your
precious time volunteering here at COPRODELI in Callao. We hope that you enjoy your stay
and will take home memories that will last a lifetime.

Here is some information that should make your stay at the Volunteer House easier and more
comfortable. Copy down the above addresses and phone numbers a nd carry these with you at all

It will likely be obvious to the neighborhood residents that you are a tourist, however, the
community is used to groups coming to Callao with Coprodeli. During the day the walk between
the Volunteer House and the COPRODELI office, orphanages, bodegas and Plaza Vea is
relatively safe. (No incidents that we know of.) We recommended walking everywhere in
groups, keep your money well hidden, do not carry large, open bags, and avoid loud talking or
obnoxious behavior. Lock your bedroom doors when you leave the house and be sure and lock
the front gate if you are the last to leave. It doesn`t hurt to tell people that you are COPRODELI
volunteers and that you are volunteering in Pachacutec and in Callao.

There are some small cafes / shops in the neighborhood and a large grocery store not too far from
the office called Plaza Vea. Any local will be able to give you directions on how to get there.

Inside you can do your banking, (change dollars for soles and use the ATM machine) buy food,
supplies, beer and wine.

[Throughout Peru] You may be approached many times by kids asking for money or selling
small trinkets or sticks of gum. As heartbreaking as it might be to say, ―No‖, we genera lly do
not recommend you give them money. Often times parents know that tourists are ―suckers‖ for a
cute child’s face, and instead of working, parents use their children in order to earn money for
the family. Instead, if possible, you can give them food if you choose.

The locks on the front gate and front door can be tricky. Please take the time to see how they
work. Your bedroom door lock needs checking too. Basically, they all have a deadbolt lock that
needs quite a bit of turning of the key. This unlocks or locks the door. After that, a slight
turning of the key should open the doors. Practice before you leave.

Keep your rooms locked at all times when you are not in the volunteer house. Please do not
leave any belongings lying around the house when you are not there. Your belongings should
always be kept in your room, valuable items in your bag, with the door locked.

Ask the Receptionist at the front desk of the COPRODELI office to make a copy of yo ur
passport. Carry this copy with you at all times and keep your original Passport in your bedroom.
However, when traveling within the country, take your original passport.

TAXIS and Othe r Transportation.
If you are going to take a taxi, it is a good idea to take a taxi with an older driver and/or a taxi
that has the decals on the window. Negotiate the price BEFORE entering the taxi. Whenever
possible it is a good idea to ask a local the typical cost from point A to point B because to urists
typically get charged a higher price. Then you will know how to negotiate with the taxi drive.
After dark, choose a taxi instead of walking. However, it may be difficult to get a taxi to drive
into this neighborhood late in the evening, so plan accordingly.

In Peru, as in many South and Central American countries, the toilets are sensitive. DO NOT
put any toilet paper into the toilets. Put used toilet paper into the wastebasket near the toilet.
Take some toilet paper with you when you leave the house, just as a precautionary measure.

A note of caution: it is very easy to get diarrhea, in spite of all of your precautions. Lomotil and
other drugs are available at the pharmacies. After taking these drugs, constipation can the n be a
problem. Again, there are medicines that you can take.

Please be conscious of the water you use while showering in the volunteer house. Make an effort
to turn off the water when you are lathering your hair or body with shampoo and soap.
Sometimes the water is hot, sometimes it is not. Sometimes the pressure is good, sometimes it is

not. Sometimes the water supply runs out for the evening. If everyone is conscious of the water
supply they are using, everyone can enjoy a nice shower.

Drink only bottled water. Using bottled water when brushing your teeth is at your own
discretion. DO NOT take ice in your drinks when out in cafes or restaurants. You can make ice
cubes in the house with boiled water or bottled water. It is a good idea to take a bottle of water
with you when you leave the house.

Breakfast foods are available for you to eat...cereal, fruit, yogurt, rolls, coffe and tea. Lunch may
or may not be provided for you, depending on your daily sched ules. Again, depending on the
size of your group and the length of your stay, plans for dinner may vary. If you are having
dinner at the house, it will be ready for you at around 8:00 PM, but really, whatever hour you
want. You can offer to set the table, and often the guests do the dishes. It may be self-serve
from the kitchen. Please tell or write a note (on the whiteboard) to the person cooking IF you
will NOT be home for dinner. Also, WRITE DOWN what foods you would like or need or is
missing. For instance, milk, butter, coffee, bananas...

In restaurants, DO NOT eat salads. Some of the food in small cafes and street vendors smells
wonderful and looks delicious. Eat at your own risk; however, it is advised to avoid these ... See

Please feel free to add to the Bulletin Board.

You can exchange dollars for Peruvian soles at most banks and big grocery stores like Plaza Vea.
In some neighborhoods there are money changers on the street, however I do not recommend
using them unless absolutely necessary. For credit card debits and ATM withdrawals, look at the
back of your card to make sure the bank or ATM machine will take your card. Different banks
take different cards. Do not carry all of your money with you when you are going out.

The telephone in the Volunteer House is basically for incoming telephone calls. It is possible to
make out-going calls, but you need to have a phone card. These cards are relatively cheap
($10.00 for 1-hour to the USA) and can be purchased at the cash register at Plaza VEA, the large
grocery store. There are also many other places where you can buy phone cards. You can use
the telephone at the office by dialing 9 first.

To make a call to the United States:

1. Dial the number on your phone card. For example, 147.
2. Enter your password number (that you have carefully scratched out (Clave secreta).
3. The operator then tells you in Spanish how much more money you have in your card.
4. Put in 00 + 1 + number you are calling.

5. The operator then tells you in Spanish how much time you have remaining on your card.
6. And that should be it. Enjoy your call!

There is a washing machine in the kitchen and there are sinks on the roof for washing clothes.
The clothes line on the roof is used by everyone and clothes seem to dry fairly quickly.

Enjoy your time here. It can be a very special time for both you and for the people served by
COPRODELI. Your presence is sufficient to show them that there are people in this world of
ours that care about them, kind of like how we say on some party invitations at home, ―Your
presence is present enough.‖ It is the same here. You can look into the faces of the children and
see that they love having you here. You can tell by their touches and their hugs and kisses. Be
happy with the fact that you will have made the world a better place. Again, thank you very
much for coming here.

APPENDIX D: Packing List

     Protein Bars
     Small duffle bag / weekend pack (for excursion)
     Hiking Boots or sturdy tennis shoes (must have closed toe shoes for Pachacutec)
     Fleece and Light raincoat
     Long sleeve cotton shirts
     T-shirts
     Pants/Jeans (2-3 pair). Quick dry pants or convertible pants are recommended)
     Long socks and short socks
     Sunscreen!
     Swim Suit
     Insect Repellant
     Hat and Sunglasses
     Shower sandals
     Power adapter: The voltage is 220V, but you will need a converter to fit the plugs (dual
      wattage converter input: 220-240VAC output: 110-120VAC).
     1 roll of toilet paper
     Antibiotic Hand sanitizer and/or Baby Wipes
     Kleenex
     Mini- flashlight
     Pepto Bismol or Immodium
     Chapstick
     Quart size Ziploc bags and plastic grocery bags
     Itch Cream (recommend Itch X)
     Extra Batteries
     Camera (extra memory cards)
     Friend / Family / Home photos (the kids are incredible interested in seeing pictures of
      your life in the U.S.)
     Bandaids
     Pocket Spanish Dictionary or list of common phrases (will be helpful during your


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