Every year Heart-Links takes a small group of Canadian residents to northern Peru for an unforgettable two- to three-week experience in solidarity.

Meet our partners and friends in Zaña, Chiclayo and Cajamarca. Visit the different community development projects Heart-Links is involved with and exchange views and experiences with the people those projects support.

Applicants must be available for three planning meetings before the trip.

Join us for an inspiring life experience and explore your potential to
engage in international development.

Applications are now closed.

Explore – Learn

Pre-trip Preparation
  • Explore your own interests in creating change
  • Learn about Peru’s social and environmental issues

Experience – Share

During the Trip
  • Experience a new culture and community
  • Share your talents and reflect with like-minded people

Engage – Be the Change

Post-trip Opportunities
  • Join a growing movement of change makers
  • Volunteer with Heart-Links or your community

Our Mission is to link Peruvians and Canadians through friendship and support
for mutual growth and enrichment.


June 22 to July 7


Trip Fee: $1,500 includes trip leader, group translator, accommodations, meals and  ground transportation during the trip. (Bursary may be available.)
Flight: Participants pay and arrange for their own Toronto-Lima flight and domestic flights within Peru.
(Estimated cost ranges from $1,000 to $1,400.)

Preparation Requirements

Attend preparation and planning gatherings (3 Saturdays between March and June)
Basic Spanish (Though not essential, basic Spanish learned through a continuing studies course, online course, or other basic Spanish study is highly recommended.)


An interest in and sensitivity to social justice issues in developing countries
Willingness to volunteer with Heart-Links
In good health and fitness
18 years of age or older


(Preliminary itinerary is based on past trips; dates and length of trip will be finalized with our participants)

6 nights in Cajamarca: We will fly from Lima to Cajamarca, located in Peru’s Andes mountains. Our hosts from the Rural Libraries Network will share with us about campesino culture and social and environmental issues the region faces. Participants will volunteer with Rural Libraries for part of this stay, based on personal interests and skills and the needs of our partner agency.

4 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 visiting Heart-Links funded projects and our inspiring and progressive partner agencies.

4 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’ agents in Zaña are working towards empowering children, youth and women in this region.

Participants will be invited to contribute ideas for the activity plans. There will be time for exploring local archeology and for beautiful hiking. As well, participants are welcome to extend the trip to see more of the country on their own.

How to Apply

  • Complete our application form
  • Contact info@heart-links.org if you would like to meet or ask questions before applying.
    We will be more than happy to talk with you.
  • Application deadline is December 31, 2017.