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Information for 2021 trip TBA.

Experience the trip of a lifetime!

Rising 11th and 12th graders and newly graduated high school students will be selected to join the YMCA of Northern Colorado Global Leadership Program. Monthly leadership and service-learning projects culminate in a two-week trip to Peru in the summer.

Students will participate in leadership training workshops and service-learning projects in the community in the spring. Workshop topics will include cultural competency, service vs. charity, trust and teamwork and basic cultural lessons. We’ll also do a team building day at YMCA Camp Santa Maria in Bailey, CO.

During the Peru trip, all students will be accompanied by trained professional YMCA staff who will be available 24/7 as well as staff from the Peruvian YMCA to help with local logistics.

Activities and Adventures in Peru

  • Service-learning projects including environmental construction and assisting students at an orphanage and a Y after school site in Lima.
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Sacsayhuan, Qenko, Ollantaytambo and of course, Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.
  • Visit the Anthropological Museum to learn about the culture and history of Peru as well as cultural tours of downtown Lima and Cusco.
  • Salsa and merengue dance lessons.

Cost is $3,800 (final cost to be determined by flight costs)

  • Includes all leadership training workshops prior to trip and a day trip to YMCA Camp Santa Maria
  • Round trip flights from Denver, CO to Lima, Peru
  • All transportation within Peru, including round trip airfare to Cusco and train service to Machu Picchu
  • All lodging 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Tours of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and cultural sites

All students must have the ability to secure and provide a copy of a valid US passportin order to participate. Expenses for passport and spending money (suggested amount $300) are separate from noted cost above.

The trip is capped at 13 students.

Contact Susan Coker at susan.coker@ymcanoco.org for more info.

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