Our online engagement only makes sense if it turns into concrete actions that transform real lives. Everything else equates to sterile conversations and a waste of time.
The Cyber Sustainable Development Project is in its second year. This time we invite you to join us to Patacancha, located in the heart of Machu Picchu, Peru. This community is isolated from transportation and basic needs. The cyber room will build a bridge for the community artisans to sell their product directly to the consumer. It will also give students access to elearning opportunities and scholarships.
Que esperas? Come with us!
Come prepared to be a part of something Great!
We are going to run three main projects in parallel
from December 5th to December 14th, 2012:
PROJECT 1: LATISM AFTER-SCHOOL CAMP
Yes, that’s right! We will run a Summer Camp for 250 kids and teens with a series of workshops to build capacity in a fun and engaging way through sports, visual arts, performing arts and technology. All workshops will have a concrete result at the end the week.
We will have a tournament, movie nights, and evenings where the performing and visual arts workshops can display their work. This will give our entire LATISM community an opportunity to be part of the project.
Initial Workshop Ideas:
Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball
Performing Arts: Theater, Film, Dance, Music
Visual Arts: Watercolors, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Weaving
Academic Skills: English as a second language, Spanish Immersion
PROJECT 2 – LATISM CYBER ROOM
We will build a cyber room in the village’s school in order to leave them connected with their new LATISM familia and the world. The following will be included/installed:
1) 10 Laptops
2) Satellite,1 Router
3) 5 Flip cameras (to lend for max 1 day by the community members)
4) 5 Digital cameras (to lend for max 1 day by the community members)
5) Microsoft Office Suite
Technology Training: Computer skills, Website maintenance, Social Media 101, Blogging 101, Vlogging 101
Trainings will be offered to the local students who will lead the future of this effort. However, we intend to train the leaders from surrounding communities so they can make use of the equipment and internet connection for their communities as well.
QUECHUA 101: Basic language lessons by the locals for LATISM volunteers
PROJECT 3 – Mobile Clinics
The scope of this project is to support the local nurse station, there is a clinic in Ollantaytambo but this is about one hour away by vehicle.
The mobile Clinic will give basic care: General physical exams, children medical examinations, vaccines, hygiene, dental care, etc.
PLEASE Research and Plan. Here are reliable sources of information:
Visit Peru website: http://www.peru.travel/en/
Please visit Peru tourism page: http://www.go2peru.com/peru_travel_guide.htm
Department of State http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35762.htm#travel
DOS has a traveler app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-traveler/id442693988?mt=8
Housing/Home Stays: You will be a guest with a family, will sleep, eat and participate with the family in their routine activities, unless you are volunteering with one of the above projects. We have a limited home space of volunteer spots. The volunteers must have a great desire to help the community become economically sustainable. Ideally volunteers will come to head up a workshop. (Please more information below under Home Stays costs)
Language: Spanish or Quechua are needed for some workshops. However most workshops will use the help of a translator. We will have a QECHUA 101 lesson for volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Apart from Camp leaders we can use the help of volunteers who can set up the cyber room and help build quick websites, blogs and e-commerce. So network experts will also be needed as well as computer teachers. We would like to hold a series of computer classes on Photoshop, e-Commerce, SEO Marketing, WordPress, Website Building and other skills that they can quickly use as potential income generator. Don’t worry if you have never taught (kids or adults) before. We will give you the workshop format and a brief training. If you are interested in joining us for any of the three weeks, please register here.
Schedule: The typical volunteer will work an average of 6 to 7 hours a day. This gives you the weekends to visit amazing communities, such as Ollantaytambo and Piscacucho… and a trip to the magnificent Machu Picchu is planned for the second weekend of your stay.
Cost: Each volunteer must cover his/her own expenses associated with the trip, which may include:
- trip to and from Lima Airport – (LIM) Peru
- Connecting flight from Peru to Cusco. (CUZ)
- One night stay in Cusco (this is needed to acclimate to the altitude)
- Ground transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
- Ground transportation from Ollantaytambo to Patacancha
- Home stay with a family in Patacancha
- Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Piscacucho
- Tour fees and admissions
- Follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu by foot or pay for a donkey ride
OK you got the idea. We will live the same life style of the Quechua people so you must eat what they eat and live where they live. You are also expected to follow them in their cultural rituals. This is part of the alternative tourism experience.
Home Stays: The cost is $55 per day including meals. Housing is limited so we MUST limit the number of participants on a first come first served basis. While camping is an option, expect to rough it out in the cold Andean nights.
Patacancha is about an hour drive up The Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo. These homestays rustic; most families have limited access to all the things you take for granted such as electricity, water, flush toiles, etc.
Nights are very cold, and because Patacancha is at about 12,000 feet (3,600 meters), the altitude can be a problem for some visitors. However, this is a very unique opportunity to engage indigenous Quechua culture. Visitors will often be taken out to pasture the family’s livestock, help with harvesting or yarn color dying or weaving techniques. It should also be mentioned that men and children may speak some Spanish, but most women in Patacancha only speak Quechua.
If you are bringing a gift for your host family consider items like soap, shampoo, and other toiletries.
Hostel in Cusco: The cost starts at $35 without meals.
You are welcomed to search on your own for 5-Star hotels in Cusco! (You MUST spend one night in Cusco to help your acclimation to the altitude, we cannot stress this enough)
Transportation: You must fly to Lima Airport (LIM) then to Cusco (CUZ) on August 10th. We will arrange for ground transportation for the group departing on August 11th to Ollantaytambo then to Patacancha. We still don’t know how much the driver will charge but you should be ready to pay from $15 to $20 for the trip.
If you arrive later you will need to arrange your own transportation. Of course we will give you information but there are options including public transportation bus or local train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo to Patacancha there is a bus that travels twice a week or you get private transportation.
Excursions: We will have a trip planned to Machu Picchu on the weekend before your departure. This is to make sure all participants have arrived and enjoyed the local community first.
We may have other outings, You should calculate these outings to cost from $30 to $50 depending on where we decide to go. The volunteers will vote on the destination.
*Don’t forget the Ollantaytambo ruins and the Fortress
Come with your kids: The LATISM Kids Camp will also be open to the volunteer’s kids. This will be a great opportunity to engage our kids to see a different reality while they learn Spanish, make new friends and have the best fun ever at the camp and the excursions. We recommend that your kids are older than 4 to bring them. There will be great volunteer opportunities for teens who might want to join us (accompanied by at least one parent).