CUSCO, PERU EXPEDITION

August 12 – 20, 2017


WHAT IS CHARITYVISION?

285 million people in the world are suffering from visual impairment and blindness that prevents them from working, providing for their families, connecting with others and living a fulfilling life. CharityVision is a nonprofit organization with a focus on empowering local physicians in the developing world to create sustainable solution to blindness in over 25 countries worldwide.

WHAT IS AN EXPEDITION?

An expedition is an opportunity to experience our work first-hand and have some fun seeing the world at the same time. You can expect to spend 30% of your time doing humanitarian service and 70% engaging in cultural experiences. Participating in screening children and adults for refractive error, cataract and other eye problems, you will be immersed in our outreach projects throughout the region. After meeting our expenses, your participation in this expedition is a donation that will help us expand our programs in Peru which provide sight to over 3,000 Peruvians a year.

HOW DO I KNOW AN EXPEDITION IS “FOR ME?”

Our expeditions are for the adventurous, fun-loving, outdoorsy, flexible young and young-at-heart. As is with all things in life, it will be what you make it! We expect all of our participants to be team players with positive attitudes. Peru is a world away and has its own set of rules, and we roll with what comes our way. Not everything will go exactly as planned. There will be a lot of walking and moderate hiking, as well as some exposure to the elements on the days we are doing outreach. Bring a smile and a sense of humor for an amazing trip.

ANY REASON I SHOULDN’T COME?

If you aren’t willing to get your hands dirty, rough it a little and be adaptable, this isn’t the experience for you. Our hotel accommodations will be modest and comfortable, but we will work in areas where the standard of living is not what you may be used to. If you are not interested in that sort of experience, we do not recommend participating in CharityVision expeditions.

WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?

Each expedition is $3,500 USD, including airfare and all expenses. We will arrange all accommodations. We will leave Salt Lake City for Cusco on Saturday, August 12th, arriving in Cusco on Sunday, August 13th. We depart from Cusco to Salt Lake City on August 20th.

To apply, fill out the attached application and send it to haleigh@charityvision.net with a $1,000 dollar deposit* to CharityVision to secure your spot. For further questions, contact Haleigh at haleigh@charityvision.net

*Check may be sent to mailing address below, or paid via PayPal account nate@charityvision.net. If sending via PayPal, please select “Family and Friends” to avoid fees.

CharityVision International   •   3210 N Canyon Rd. Suite 107 Provo, UT 84604   •   919-259-6680

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

CUSCO AT A GLANCE:
“Cusco is a city stopped in time. Once part of the Incan empire, it was conquered in the 1500s by the Spanish conquistadors. The result is a city caught between two worlds. These people are fiercely loyal to the deep-rooted ancient traditions that define its culture today. It is home the great monuments of the Inca (including Machu Picchu) and the sacred Inca culture. Be prepared for awe-inspiring vistas, mountains, overflowing rivers, amazing food and service to some of the world’s most traditional people.” Days and locations may change as plans finalize.

SUN, AUGUST 13TH

Arrive in Cusco early in the morning. Expect late-night layover in Lima, hotel not included. Group transportation will be provided to hotel in downtown Cusco. Leisure time provided to rest and acclimate to the high altitude of 11,200 feet above sea level. Group dinner and trip orientation scheduled this evening to discuss the week’s activities. Overnight at Cusco hotel.

MON, AUGUST 14TH

Participate in a school screening at a rural elementary school near Chinchero, an ancient Incan village town built atop the palace of the Inca. Take a beautiful vista hike from Chinchero to Urquillos, experiencing the villagers go about their daily routine. Overnight Cusco.

TUES, AUGUST 15TH

Meet our partner doctors at a screening in a rural Cusco community school (TBA). Conduct volunteer project with a partnering nonprofit to benefit the school and children’s education. Overnight Cusco.

WED, AUGUST 16TH

Free Day! Tour any number of Incan sites or go on a hike! Overnight Cusco.

THURS, AUGUST 17TH

Deliver our made glasses to the elementary school in Chinchero. Hiking at archaeological site of Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory. Overnight Cusco.

FRI, AUGUST 18TH

Climb higher into the Andes via bus and tour the legendary, impenetrable fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight Aguas Calientes.

SAT, AUGUST 19TH

Tour famous Machu Picchu, with an option to hike its sister mountain, Wayna Picchu. Train back to Cusco. Traditional dance show outside of Temple of the Sun and farewell dinner to follow. Overnight Cusco.

SUN, AUGUST 20TH

Flights depart from Cusco to the United States early in the morning.