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.
Tentative Itinerary (COMING SOON!)
TARAPOTO AT A GLANCE:
Tarapoto is a city in the San Martín region of northern Peru, characterized by Amazonian cloud forest and abundant palm trees. It’s known for the many jungle waterfalls in its surrounding areas, including Ahuashiyacu, Huacamaíllo and Shapaja. Southeast of the city, the clear waters of Lindo Lake and the larger Sauce Lagoon (also called Blue Lagoon) are ringed by dense green forests teeming with birdlife.