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Journey to Peru, where you will stay close to the beach in the coastal region of the Pimental District, near to the town of Chiclayo. During this four week program you will have the opportunity to embrace and immerse yourself in the local culture, learn Spanish, help with important wildlife conservation work and experience the local surf! 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Staying within walking distance to the beach
  • Working at the penguin centre and assisting in hands-on conservation of the Humboldt penguin
  • Learn to surf, improve your old skills or learn some new ones
  • Experience the heratige and customs of the local region
  • Learn Spanish
  • Opportunites to immerse yourself in the local culture and environment

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over
  • Bring a notebook and a few pens for the Spanish class
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FAST FACTS
Location Chiclayo, Peru
Activities Wildlife conservation of Humboldt penguins 
Learn Spanish 
Understand Peruvian culture and heritage
Learn to surf 
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Local orientation 
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Week 1 - Culture Week

The Culture Week will prepare you for your stay in Chiclayo by giving you a brief insight into the country’s background, customs, language, culture, and history, as well as the opportunity to learn some Spanish. Moreover, you will enjoy some of the must-see attractions in the area and get the chance to meet and bond with fellow travellers.

Week 2 - Spanish Lessons

The school in Peru is one of the very few officially registered and recognized language schools in the country and offers one hour lessons, rather than the typical 45 minutes. You will be learning in a group made up of no more than six students for 30 hours per week, which ensures you get plenty of learning time and attention from your teacher. At the same time, group classes are a fun and interactive way not only to learn Spanish, but also to bond with your fellow classmates.  The aim is to ensure that you learn Spanish as fast as possible in a friendly environment while experiencing first-hand the Peruvian culture, cuisine and lifestyle.

***If this is your first time attending our classes, you will be required to take a placement exam in the morning to ensure you are placed in the class that suits your level the most. The length of the time needed to complete the test will depend entirely on your Spanish skills - the longer, the better. After one of our teachers has graded your test, you will be introduced to your class.***

Week 3 - Penguin Conservation

The Humbolt Penguin is native to the coat of Chile and Peru and only found within this region of South America.  They survive on a diet of small schooling fish and and forage on the local fauna, but due to overfishing of the oceans in this region, and destruction/pollution of thier habitat by humans, the numbers of penguins are in severe decline, and are now an endangered species, therefore conservation, through the action of volunteers and local community members, is vital for the penguins population and survival.  The project work involves daily activities at the penguin centre, including restoration and cleaning of penguins natural habitat, creating natural fencing for their protection, preparation of food and feeding of the the penguins.  All of the conservation work will culminate in providing a safe habitat for the penguins. 

***Feeding the penguins is not possible during reproduction time, which is from May to June and September to October.***

Week 4 - Surf Experience

This project will give you the chance to surf in a popular Peruvian destination. Absolute beginners wanting to try surfing or people needing a refresher course are both welcome to take part in oursurfing experience and enjoy the perfect conditions Peru has to offer.  You will have two hours each day of surfing lessons guided by a professional.  Aside from enjoying riding the perfect waves of the Pacific coast, you will also enjoy the outdoors with other fun activities and make new friends!  However, that is not all! During the afternoons, you will get the chance to get involved in other activities such as jogging at the beach, capoeira dancing and more!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Arrive at Chiclayo (CIX) Airport between 6am and 8pm on the Sunday and you will be met by local staff and taken to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Either in the standard residence or in homestay with a local family:

Standard Residence:

The location is close Chiclayo were there are several houses close to the beach and close to the school (walking distance 1-10 minutes), where students and participants can live. Standard is higher than average Peruvian standard, but please consider that Peru is still a third world country. Power outages or internet failures are not unusual.

Each house has space for 8-30 participants. Rooms are spacious and completely furnished with a table, a chair, a dresser/wardrobe, a mirror and a lockable box or drawer to lock in valuables. We provide bed linen. All houses have several shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen equipped with all necessary cooking utensils and a shared fridge. There common are eating areas as well as roof top terraces with hammocks to relax after a long day.

All common facilities are cleaned at least once per week, usually way more often, depending on need. Rooms are to be cleaned by the participants themselves, we provide cleaning equipment.

Homestay:

It is also possible to accommodate in a homestay with a local family, experiencing the Peruvian lifestyle and culture. Especially if you want/need to achieve a high Spanish level, this gives you more chance to practice.

The host families are carefully researched and have experience in offering great service to all our students. They receive you and treat you as a member of their family. All of the host families are conveniently located in quiet and safe areas and have a comfortable, over average standard of living. All host families offer Wifi, some give you access to a washing machine. Some families also offer private bathrooms.

On your first day of work, either your host family will accompany you or a coordinator will pick you up at your house.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All meals are included, even on weekends, and are usually typical Peruvian dishes.

Standard Residence - Monday to Friday all meals are included, served at our school. Saturday and Sunday brunch and dinner is provided. Vegetarian/vegan food options are available.

Homestay - All meals are included, even on weekends.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Pimentel itself is relatively small and calm, but there are plenty of small restaurants and shops around the area. There are multiple opportunities to experience the Peruvian cluture, lifestyle and environment and to make lots of friends, with activities including salsa or capoeira dancing, sports activities, bbq party and city tours.  There are also numerous short, full day or even weekend trips, for those adventurous travellers! 

COSTS

4 weeks US$ 2,395

DEPARTURE DATES

The project starts weekly on Mondays. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday prior.

DURATION

4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cap. FAP José A. Quiñones González Int. Airport (CIX)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.