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IVHQ Video Tour: Peru - Cusco

What do our volunteers get up to in Cusco? The IVHQ Video Crew take us for a tour...

Next, we stay in Peru but head high into the Andes to the city of Cusco. Situated 3400 metres above sea level, Cusco was the principal city of the Incan Empire. Today, this beautiful city is a popular destination among tourists as well as the gateway to Machu Picchu. 

Thursday 6 December

Visiting an orphanage in Cusco with IVHQOur first visit in Cusco is Hogar Maria Salome Ferro, a boys' orphanage, home to around 50 boys aged 6-16 years. Here, three IVHQ volunteers work daily, providing much needed one-on-one attention and care to the boys. They firstly help them with homework and then run a range of activities,such as physical education, arts, crafts and music. The strong bond between the boys and the volunteers is very apparent here, with many of the volunteers having worked in the orphanage for several months.

Next we take a tour around Cusco, the central plazas adorned with historic buildings makes for a beautiful and interesting walk.

Friday 7 December

Visiting volunteers on IVHQ's Construction and Renovation project in CuscoThis morning, we head to a poor neighborhood in the hills, where a construction project is underway. Here the volunteers are assisting the local foreman, Marco, with the development of a new community centre and school. The structure is being built from adobe mud brick and today the volunteers are working on the roof structure.

Chatting with IVHQ medical volunteers in Cusco, PeruWe take a short ride down the hill to a local state clinic, Centro de Salud Picchu La Riconada. People who live in nearby villages and neighborhoods visit this busy clinic for care. Here, volunteers who are pre-med or medical professionals can work in a range of departments. Today, we meet two IVHQ volunteers who have been working here daily since arriving in Cusco. They are both trained nurses as well as friends from back home.

Joining an IVHQ teaching volunteer in Cusco, PeruIn the afternoon, we visit another orphanage, San Judas, which houses only girls. There are around 30 girls living here, aged from 6-17 years, many of whom have been abandoned or abused. This establishment provides the girls with important support such as food, education, health and psychological treatment. Today we meet an Australian volunteer who has spent most of her time working here with the girls.

Our last stop today is Qosko Maki, a community centre where locals can come to take free English lessons. From 6.00pm-9.00pm, IVHQ volunteers teach English classes at basic, intermediate and advanced levels. At night, this community centre also serves as a shelter for street children.

Saturday 8 December

Visiting Machu Picchu as a volunteer in Cusco, Peru with IVHQToday, we head of to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will embark on our tour of Machu Picchu. Almost every volunteer we have met has either visited or will be visiting this breathtaking site at some stage during their stay. Many choose to take the more adventurous (and grueling!) route, by hiking on the four-day Inca trail.


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