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

Meet our partners and friends in Zaña, Chiclayo and Cajamarca. 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.

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

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.
  • deadline for applications is December 31, 2019.

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

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 changemakers
  • Volunteer with Heart-Links or your community

Heart-Links connects Canadians and Peruvians through friendship and support
for mutual growth and enrichment.


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.


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

Preparation Requirements

Attend preparation and planning gatherings (3 Saturdays between March and June)
Basic Spanish (though not mandatory, independent Spanish-language 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
(Exceptions to these requirements may be made, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the trip committee)


(Preliminary itinerary subject to minor changes)

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.

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.