Applications for the summer 2020 Solidarity Trip are now open!


Every year Heart-Links takes a small group of Canadians to northern Peru for an unforgettable experience in solidarity. Join us for an inspiring life experience and explore your potential to engage in international development. Meet our partners and friends in Zaña, Chiclayo and Cajamarca and connect through friendship and support for mutual growth and enrichment. Spend quality time in each location with one of the development projects Heart-Links supports and exchange views and experiences with our partners and the people those projects serve.

You would benefit from a solidarity experience if you would like to:

  • Explore your own interests in creating change
  • Learn about Peru’s social and environmental issues
  • Experience a new culture and community
  • Share your talents and reflect with like-minded people
  • Join a growing movement of changemakers
  • Volunteer with Heart-Links and/or your community

Trip Details

Dates: Three weeks in late June and early July. While it is our hope that all participants will be able to commit to the full 3 weeks, we will consider applications to attend only the first or last 2 weeks.

Cost: Our trip fee is $1,500, and includes a trip leader, group translator, accommodations, meals and ground transportation during the trip. A needs-based bursary may be available. Participants pay for their own Toronto-Lima flights as well as domestic flights within Peru
(estimated cost $1,500). Flight arrangements will be booked with Ellison Travel & Tourse, TICO registration 2392471.

Preparation Requirements: You must attend three preparation and planning gatherings (Saturdays between March and June). While not mandatory, basic Spanish is highly recommended.

Eligibility: Participants should:

  • Have an interest in and sensitivity to social justice issues in developing countries
  • Have a willingness to volunteer with Heart-Links
  • Be in good overall health and fitness
  • Be 18 years of age or older

*Exceptions to these requirements may be made, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the trip committee

How to Apply

  • Contact info@heart-links.org if you would like to meet or ask questions before applying
  • Complete our application form by December 31, 2019

Itinerary

7 nights in Cajamarca: We will fly from Lima to Cajamarca, in Peru’s Andes mountains. Our partner-hosts will share with us about Indigenous culture and social and environmental issues the region faces. Participants will devote four days to accompanying a program run by one of our partner agencies.

7 nights in Chiclayo: Following a breathtaking bus ride out of the mountains, we will arrive in the bustling city of Chiclayo. We will be exposed to the political, social and economic realities of life in the city, while spending time with one of the projects by our inspiring and progressive partner agencies.

7 nights in Zaña: The Zaña Valley is a slower-paced small town experience that will include visiting families and Heart-Links’ friends who have been our partners for more than 20 years. Our Heart-Links’ partners in Zaña are working towards empowering children, youth and women in this region.

*Our preliminary itinerary subject to minor changes. Participants will be invited to contribute ideas about how to spend 2 flex days in each location. There will be time for exploring local archaeology and for beautiful hiking. As well, participants are welcome to extend the trip to see more of the country on their own.