Global Builders - Peru

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 Peru is at work in the small migrant community of La Florida, which is roughly 2 1/2 hours south of Lima.

It falls within one of the most arid regions 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.

As of June 2015, 59 homes have been completed. They are typically 650 square feet and built on families' own land.

For many of these families, their Fuller Center home is the first permanent dwelling they have ever lived in and owned.  Families perform sweat equity and sign an affordable, no-profit, no-interest mortgage agreement. 

Getting involved
There are several ways that you can get involved. Donate to support this specific partner. Volunteer on one of our Peru Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. Or join a trip as a virtual volunteer, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip. We make that fun -- see virtual volunteering explained here.

House sponsorship cost: $5,500


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%

In a desperate search for work, families came to this area from other parts of Peru, particularly the Andes. They typically work very hard as day laborers, but at the pay rate are unable to earn enough for decent homes. These families also cannot obtain normal credit opportunities because of their low incomes and lack of collateral.

As a result, they live in structures made of reed panels. These houses are flimsy and lack privacy, with only about 10 percent of the dwellings in the area substantial enough to be considered permanent.

We are helping move families from homes of woven sticks to homes of bricks. The area is susceptible to earthquakes, so the homes are built to be earthquake-resistant.

About volunteering in Peru
Each trip to Peru will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers - typically 8-20 total - who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include sightseeing. Our country leader, Zenon Colque, loves to show off his country!

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

Click on the leader's name to learn more about the leader and trip details. Click Join to apply for their trip. Have a spot reserved on a "Full" trip? Complete your registration here.

Or learn about sending funds to support local labor by joining as a virtual participant.

City Team Leaders
Cost Status
La Florida Breakaway December 5-12, 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 and Leah Thompson January 23-31, 2016   Full
La Florida University of Alabama March 12-19, 2016   Full
La Florida Georgia Southwestern State University March 18-25, 2016   Full
La Florida Johnson State College April 1-8, 2016   Full
La Florida Pi Kappa Alpha (University of Cincinnati) April 30-May 7, 2016   Full
La Florida Bob and Leslie Bell May 7-18, 2016   Full
La Florida Purdue HFH May 21-28, 2016   Full
La Florida Wanda Smith May 28-June 8, 2016 $1200 Join
La Florida St. Francis Builds July 1-9, 2016   Full
La Florida Frederick Church of the Brethren July 9-17, 2016   Full
La Florida First Baptist Church July 23-30, 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