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Peru: Volunteer and Visit

March 3-11, 2007
U.Va. Faculty: Cindy Fredrick, Senior Director of External Partnership and former Executive Director of Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia

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Make a difference in children's lives with the University of Virginia's inaugural "volunteerism" program in Peru in conjunction with Cavaliers Care, U.Va.'s alumni service organization. This trip is specially designed to combine two-days of volunteer work with a spectacular vacation in Peru, a land of beautiful Andean landscapes, archaeological treasures, a rich colonial heritage, and colorful indigenous cultures. This remarkable opportunity to make a difference in a land of amazing cultural and geographic diversity will remain with you long after you return home.

Our adventure begins in the bustling colonial port of Lima and continues to Cuzco, once the capital of the Incan Empire. Using Cuzco as our base we'll put spend two days, in true Cavalier spirit, assisting the small Andean town of Huarocondoo. Children travel many miles from their homes, far away in the Andes, to attend school in Huarocondo. We will help by building a shelter (already started by previous groups) for them to reside in during the school week. Your program fee includes a $100 contribution for supplies.

After our unique volunteer experience in Huarocondo, we'll spend a day visiting the village of Pisac with its colorful market; the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; and Chinchero, also called El Pueblo Del Arco Iris (the town of the rainbow). Then we begin a dramatic train ride to the serene and enchanting sanctity of the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. An optional post-tour extension to Arequipa, Puno, and Lake Titicaca.

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Program Highlights

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Cindy Fredrick, Cavaliers Care Director & Senior Director of External Partnership, U.Va. Office of Constituent Engagement

Cindy has been an active volunteer since she was nine and a professional volunteer manager since 1984. Cindy served as the Executive Director of Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia, for 14 years where she coordinated the annual efforts of 3300 student volunteers working in over 70 community agencies. Cindy became the Senior Director of External Partnerships at the University of Virginia in July 2006 and provides overall leadership and direction to the UVaClubs program and regional engagement efforts. Cindy holds a BSW from Luther College and a M.Ed. from California State University-Sacramento. Cindy and her husband John Piller have two sons, Samuel and Lucas. All are involved in community service.

What is Cavaliers Care?

Cavaliers Care is a worldwide volunteerism initiative based on one of the core principles of a Jeffersonian society - citizenship. Cavaliers Care is local and national in scope simultaneously. The concept is simple - harness the enthusiasm of Virginia alumni in local volunteer initiatives across the country into a coordinated effort nationwide.

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Day 1-USA/Lima
Depart from U.S. to Lima, Peru. After arriving in Lima we transfer to our hotel.

Day 2-Lima
Our day begins with a brief orientation meeting followed by a visit to some of Lima's main colonial sites, including the Cathedral, Plaza de Armas (main square), Government and Archbishop's Palaces. We continue on to visit the Larco Museum, which contains a fascinating private collection of pre-Inca and Inca pottery, one of the finest in the country. After a "welcome lunch", the afternoon is unscheduled for independent exploration of Lima.

Day 3-Lima/Cuzco
This morning we fly to Cuzco. Perched in the high Andes at 11,155 feet, Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire. The oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, Cuzco is a fascinating and colorful paradox of the past and the present. An afternoon city tour includes superb examples of colonial Spanish architecture built atop the thick stonewalls of the Inca. We'll also visit the Inca ruins surrounding Cuzco including the renowned and massive fortress of Sacsayhuamán, which overlooks the red tile roofs of Cuzco. Here, massive stone blocks were fitted together so tightly, without the use of a mortar, that a knife blade cannot be inserted between them.

Day 4-Huarcondo
We depart early in the morning to the town of Huarocondo, located 45 minutes from Cuzco. On the way, visit the famous Pampas de Huarocondo, which offers an amazing view with spectacular agricultural terraces of more than one thousand meters long and one hundred meters wide. Huarocondo boasts a beautiful Colonial Period church and a picturesque countryside. Here we'll see the Temple of Huarocondo, which is a monumental temple of the colonial times where paintings of the Cuzqueño School and gold work can be appreciated. Afterwards, we start the volunteer work. Afternoon, return to Cuzco and gather for dinner and a show of Peruvian music and dances.

Note: Work has begun on the shelter for the students in Huarocondo. Other groups have helped to paint, install windows, doors and finish a kitchen. The exact nature of our project will be sent to you prior to your departure. Jobs in the past have varied from painting walls and furniture, assembling furniture, gardening, installing tiles, installing windows, erecting shelves, moving in furniture, and organizing materials. You will be assigned work according to your abilities and the area you feel best in making a contribution. All work is volunteer so no one should feel any pressure.

Day 5- Huarcondo
In the morning, we'll return to Huarocondo to continue with the volunteer activities. This afternoon we return to Cuzco.

Day 6-Pisac/Ollantaytambo/Chinchero/Yucay
This morning we'll journey to Yucay. We begin with an excursion to the village of Pisac located 20 miles from Cuzco and shopping at the colorful Indian market. We'll continue with a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterwards, visit Chinchero called El Pueblo Del Arco Iris (the town of the rainbow). Its residents are known to be some of the most conservative of the Inca traditions, wearing picturesque clothing.

Day 7-Yucay/Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu
Today we'll depart for the train station of Ollantaytambo to board a train for a dramatic journey through the Urubamba Valley to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu (altitude 7,600 feet). Located above the rainforest on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Machu Picchu was abandoned by the Incas and remained hidden in the jungle until 1911 when Hiram Bingham rediscovered it. We'll stay in nearby Aquas Calientes (at the base of the mountain).

Day 8-Machu Picchu/Cuzco
In the morning, we'll return to Machu Picchu ruins for a second visit. In the afternoon we return to Cuzco by train and transfer to our hotel. Tonight we'll gather for our farewell dinner at MAP Café on the colonial patio of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

Day 9-Cuzco/Lima/USA
Depart on a return flight to Lima. Upon arrival at the airport in Lima, you will obtain assistance with your connection and international flight home.

Optional Post-Tour Extension to Arequipa, Puno, and Lake Titicaca (March 11-15)
Instead of flying to Lima, those of us participating in the extension will fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno and scenic Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world. This is an area where horizons seem limitless, the air is unusually clear, the luminescent quality of the sunlight of the altiplano is surreal, and the lake is of a vivid blue. Visit the pre-Inca circular funeral towers of Sillustani. Navigate on Lake Titicaca with the Andes in the background, and see the floating island of the Uro Indians, ancient inhabitants of Lake Titicaca. Houses, boats, and the islands themselves are crafted out of the ubiquitous totora reed. Visit Taquile Island inhabited by Quechua-speaking Indians, see its hand woven textiles, their colorful dresses, and observe their ancient communal way of life. Explore the pre-Inca circular funeral towers of Sillustani. On our return will visit Arequipa, a beautiful city of mansions, temples and convents built out of white solidified volcanic rock and surrounded by three majestic volcanoes. Extension includes four night's accommodations with taxes (two nights in Puno at the Posada del Inca Puno Hotel, one night at the Posada del Inca Arequipa Hotel and one night in Lima at the Posada del Inca Miraflores), all transportation including airfare between Cuzco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Arequipa and Arequipa/Lima, eight meals, and leadership.

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Program Fees

$2,575 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $339.

Price includes:

Optional Post-Tour Extension to Puno, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa is $1,495 per person, double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $150. The price quoted is based on a minimum of 10 passengers on the extension. See above for what is included on the extension.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 800-346-3882. Or, e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 and one-half months prior to departure. Final payment is due December 1, 2006. Deposits can be made via Visa or MasterCard or check made payable directly to the vendor. Final payment must be made via check.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.


Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website

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Terms & Conditions


Deposits may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due December 1, 2006 and must be paid by check payable to the operator Royal Adventures. Royal Adventures handles all bookings, ticketing, and invoicing, CST #2009579-40.


Refunds, less a cancellation fee of $250 per person, are made if we are notified in writing on or before December 1, 2006. No refunds are made after that date. All cancellations must be made in writing. There are no refunds for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features.


We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. An application for trip cancellation insurance will be available upon confirmation. Neither The University of Virginia Alumni Travel Program nor Royal Adventures accept liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline ticket or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for the tour.


Royal Adventures (CST #2009579-40), its owners and employees act only as agents for the various independent suppliers and contractors providing transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services connected with this tour. Such travel and services are subject to the terms and conditions under which such accommodations, services and transportation are offered or provided, and University of Virginia and Royal Adventures and their respective, employees, agents, representatives, and assigns, accept no liability therefor. University of Virginia and Royal Adventures, assume no liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or other irregularity which may be caused by the defect of any aircraft or vehicle or the negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved. Additionally, responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, local laws, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws of the country in which they are provided. University of Virginia and Royal Adventures reserve the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience or safety of the tour participants. They reserve the right to withdraw this tour without penalty. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour, or to substitute another qualified leader or special guest. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. The price of the program is given in good faith based on current tariffs and rates, and is subject to change. Any tariff, exchange rate, security surcharge or fuel increases will be passed onto participants. Neither University of Virginia nor Royal Adventures accept the liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket. The air ticket when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the airline concerned. As part of the consideration and right to participate in this tour, each participant will be asked to sign a liability release.

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