Global Builders - Peru

Peru is located in western South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas. Currently, Peru is a country where 44 percent of its people live below the poverty line and over 70 percent of the rural population live in homes with dirt floors.

The Fuller Center in Peru has started working in the small migrant community of La Florida, which is roughly 2 1/2 hours south of Lima. The Peruvian coastline south of Lima is some of the most arid land on earth, receiving little or no rainfall. Agriculture is maintained through a system of irrigation canals that bring water from the higher elevations of the Andes or from artesian wells sunk below the desert. Most of the families the Fuller Center is working with are migrant workers or day laborers who don't earn enough for decent homes so they live in structures made of reed panels. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with these families and other locals to build safe, decent and affordable homes for these hardworking families.

Learn the Basics - Area Info

Spanish (Official) 84.1%, Quechua 13%, Aymara 1.7%, Other 1.2%        
Age Structure:
0-14 years 28.5%, 15-64 years 65.1%, 65+ 4.4%
30,147,935 (2014 est.)
Life Expectancy:
72.73 years (Male 70.78, Female 74.76)
December-April: Highs 80s to 90s, Lows 50s to 60s
May-November: Highs 60s to 70s, Lows 40s to 50s
Sol: $1USD = 2.9 Sol
Literacy Rate:
92.9% (Male 96.4%, Female 89.4%)
Ehnic Groups:
Amerindian 45%, Mestizo 37%, White 15%, Other 3%
Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, Other 3.3%, None 2.9%

Most of the families with whom The Fuller Center will build are migrant workers or day laborers. In a desperate search for work, they came to La Florida from other parts of Peru, particularly the Andes. Unable to earn enough for decent homes, they live in structures made of reed panels among the sand dunes in the region. These houses are flimsy and lack privacy, and few have access to basic human services.

The project will mostly serve families who own their own land. The homes built through the Fuller Center will be the first permanent dwellings for many of these families. Most of the families cannot obtain normal credit opportunities because of their low incomes and lack of collateral. Each family will perform sweat equity and sign a low-cost, nointerest mortgage with The Fuller Center.

Pricing - What's Included

Trip Length: 7-14 days (price varies depending on length)
Materials Provided:

-In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect
-Pre-trip safety training
-Fundraising guide
-Option to create online fundraising page
-T-shirt and hat
Trip Support: Yes - from trip leader and Global Builders staff
Clean Drinking Water: Yes    
Food: Yes - 3 meals a day are provided
Transportation: Yes - to and from the airport and work-site
Lodging Accommodations: 
Two options - Hotel or Camp (cabins with common area)
Meaningful Work:             Yes - led and coordinated by dedicated Peruvians
Travel Medical Insurance: Yes
R&R Opportunities: We'll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities

Upcoming Trips

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City Team Leaders
Cost Status
La Florida Lana Moore September 5-12, 2015   Full
La Florida Break Free Expeditions Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2015   Full
La Florida Serve Beyond Cincinnati December 12-19, 2015   Full
La Florida Penny Sandoz January 2-9, 2016   Full
La Florida Kelly Vander Schuur & Leah Thompson January 23-31, 2016   Full
La Florida Bob and Leslie Bell May 7-18, 2016   Full
La Florida Wanda Smith May 28-June 8, 2016 $1200 Join
La Florida Frederick Church of the Brethren July 9-17, 2016   Full

More Info - Learn more about what a trip is like

Typical day

6-7 a.m. - Wake-up
7 a.m. - Breakfast/Devotions
8 a.m. - Build begins
12–2 p.m. - Lunch/siesta break
2–5 p.m. - Build continues
5–7 p.m. - R & R
7 p.m. - Supper
8–10 p.m. - Relax/Group discussions

Type of building

The volunteer work for the new homes being constucted involves making and pouring lots of rebar, concrete, digging holes, moving construction materials, piling brick and more.

We do not require Spanish speakers on the teams, but they are helpful. Our project leader speaks fluent English, but if or when he is away, there may be no other English speakers present.


Local public vans will be provided to transport your team to and from the work site. Vans will be hired to drive teams from the airport to the bus station.


Volunteers will stay in the town of San Vicente. The housing includes electricity, running water, and bathroom facilities. Internet access can be found near the lodging as needed, but it is not yet available in the village near the worksite.

Laundry is available. Mosquito nets are not needed.

To Pack

You will want to bring toiletries and towels. Bedding is optional. It is helpful to have long pants or Bermudas for work as well as sturdy shoes. You may want to bring basic first aid supplies, sun screen, bug repellent for gnats, Frisbees, balls.

Any kind of small hand tools could be helpful to bring, like tape measures with both inches and metric.

Rest & Relaxation

One day of the week will typically be for rest or tourism.

Local sight-seeing opportunities include horseback riding, white water rafting, ancient sites (Inca ruins), local open-air markets, cultural folk music and dance program and Nazca Lines.

Trip Preparation

Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links - Preparing For Your Trip!

What happens after the trip?

Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.

Learn more

• Watch a video made by a volunteer who went to Peru
View pictures of our volunteers in Peru in: 2015 | 2013-2014