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Where is this project located?

This project is located in Oropesa , Peru ; Approximately 30 minutes from Cusco . Located high in the Andean plains, Oropesa sits at an altitude of 3,276 meters (10,751 feet) above sea level. It is a beautiful rural village surrounded by mountains, and is known as “the land of bread”, because almost all the villagers are dedicated to making bread, which is done in 300-year-old ovens. Oropesa is also home to the Incan ruins of Tipón.

What should I bring?

The Cusco region, including Oropesa, consists of two main seasons: Dry Season and Rainy Season. Rainy Season does NOT include monsoon like rains, but is does rain daily, coupled with bright sun and warm temperate days, with cool nights.

The secret to dressing for Cusco weather is to dress in layers. You need to be ready for hot, sunny days, cold/cool nights, and some rain during Rainy Season.

REGION

AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE

DRY SEASON
May - Sept

RAINY SEASON
Oct - April

Cusco

9 - 20C
45 - 70F

Warm dry days
Cold nights

Rainy days
Rainy cold nights

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST

•  Work gloves
•  Work boots
•  Comfortable walking shoes
•  2 pairs of work pants
•  2-3 work shirts
•  2 pairs of pants (lightweight)
•  2 T-shirts
•  1 short-sleeved shirt
•  2 long-sleeved shirt
•  1 pair of shorts
•  Underwear and socks
•  Fleece jacket
•  Hat or cap
•  Sun block, lip balm
•  Sun glasses
•  Alarm clock
•  Camera

Visas

U.S. and most western citizens receive an automatic tourist visa at the Lima airport upon arrival. The Department of Immigration routinely extends tourist visas for up to 30 days at a time, at an approximate cost of $27.00.

Work hours

Working hours are usually about 6 hours per day, 5 to 6 days a week. Working hours may vary due to weather, but generally volunteers work 9am - 12pm and 3pm - 5pm you're your free time, volunteers can explore Cusco , visit local tourist attractions, study Spanish, or just relax.

Health

Most foreign visitors experience some mild stomach problems and there can be an adjustment to the altitude. It is recommended that you bring medications for travelers' diarrhea and altitude sickness. Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) or Levofloxacin (Levaquin) are good choices for treatment of traveler's diarrhea. See your physician for specific recommendations. Acetazolamide is the drug most often used to prevent altitude sickness. The usual dosage is 125 milligrams or 250 milligrams two or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent, and continuing for 48 hours after reaching altitude.

It is recommended that travelers to Peru have vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Tetanus, and Polio. Other immunizations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of your project and personal medical history. Anti-malaria medication is NOT required, but is recommended if you are planning to visit the jungle. You should visit a travel-health clinic or your physician at least four weeks before arriving in Peru .

Arrival and Departure

Volunteers are expected to fly into Lima 's international airport, and then take a connecting flight to Cusco (1 hour). Bus service is also available from Lima to Cusco , though it is a 23-hour bus ride. We strongly recommend that volunteers arrive at least one day before the start of the project. Please let us know your flight number and the date and time of your arrival so that our in-country coordinator can meet you at the Cusco airport.

Local support

Throughout the project volunteers will be supervised at the project site by 1 or 2 local foremen. As well, volunteers have 24/7 support from Global Crossroad's in-country Coordinator based in Cusco



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