Perú Service Project

For High School Boys

The 2021 Peru Service Project has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Check back later for details about the 2022 Peru Service Project.


An adventurous way to deepen your commitment of service to others.

Join the Perú Summer Service Project and you will have an ideal opportunity to live solidarity by serving those who are poor and less fortunate. You will do so with your friendship, your knowledge, and your hard work. At the same time, you will learn a great deal from the Peruvian people, their culture, and their way of life.

Application & Payment Information

Click here to apply.

Applications received before January 31, 2021 will be given priority. Notifications of acceptances will be mailed out beginning February 15, 2021.

A non-refundable deposit of $30 is due at the time of application.  For those accepted, full payment is due by May 1, 2021.  Deposit will apply toward cost.

The Program

Every day, participants will split their time by working on a construction project and teaching at the village school.

Teaching: Participants will be paired up to team-teach English and Catechism to a group of young Peruvian children in the province of Yauyos.

Work Projects: Construction projects aimed at helping the local villagers will be organized in the surrounding towns. Participants will spend 5-6 hours a day on these projects.

On weekends, participants will have a chance to go on cultural trips and hiking expeditions.  The daily schedule will include Mass and times of prayer.

Eligibility: The Summer Service Project is open primarily to high school boys who will be entering juniors in the Fall of 2020 and are keen on deepening their commitment to service. Interested students should carefully follow the requirements of the application process. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.

Accommodations: Our home will be a residence owned by the Instituto Rural de Valle Grande (, an organization which promotes research and educational activities for agricultural workers in the province of Yauyos. The residence is located in the village of Llapai.

Program Cost: The program fee is currently $800.  This fee will cover all expenses of our 3-week stay in Perú, but not the cost of the plane ticket. Based on past years, the plane ticket will be approximately $700. YSI will coordinate air travel arrangements once you are accepted to the program.

From participants of past YSI service projects:

“The happiness of the people we met, and their gratitude for our little time spent and work that we completed, had a profound effect on me.  I think this experience will influence the way I live my life, [and] the choices that I make.”

–Charles L.

“The trip itself was very well structured with a good balance of work, spiritual development and recreational activity which made the time pass all too quickly.  It was by far the greatest trip I have ever experienced…”

–Leo N.

Contact Information

Joe Cardenas, Program Director
Perú Service Project
4300 Garrison St. NW
Washington, DC 20016

202.360.3482 (cell)