On the Machu Picchu Challenge, you get to spend two weeks working in the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving education quality before ending your journey with the amazing 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu!

Experience

During your first two weeks, you’ll be immersed in the local culture in and around the Sacred Valley, volunteering in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of educational workshops. You could be teaching sessions that focus on conversational English, life skills, the environment, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and teach fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.

You will also have the chance to volunteer on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!

You can find out more about the Machu Picchu Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website. 

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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Costs

The program fee is $2,850 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding

Accommodation

Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 September 
Host: 28 September

Program Dates

Start: 23 November 2019
End: 14 December 2019

Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Peru
Credit: Not-for-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

OS-HELP Loan

If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​

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