Peru Trek for PROMESA

  • Date: July 16-27
  • Location: Peru

You’re invited on a Peruvian adventure that will benefit you and K–12 students in Peru! Hike Peru’s Salkantay Trek, which ranges from Andes peaks to thick jungles and ends with a tour of Machu Picchu, the ruins of an ancient Inca citadel. The trek will raise money for PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school that offers high-quality, discrimination-free education. At the end, visit the school and meet the children you’ve been trekking for!

After the success of the 2017 Peru Trek, which raised over $58,000 to help PROMESA construct a new school building, EMM is excited to partner with Steep Adventures to offer another challenge with a cause. With its unforgettable views and life-changing purpose, this year’s 43.5-mile trek will be an adventure to remember forever. Join us!

Register by February 15, 2019.

Adventurers will start preparing for the trek at an orientation meeting — this information will be sent to you after you sign up. Get equipped with fundraising tips, forms to fill out, advice on how to prepare, and all the other info you need.

Questions? Contact Kaylene Derksen.

What’s the itinerary?
In addition to two travel days, the trip will include two days of exploring the city of Cusco, five days of hiking (four on the Salkantay Trek), a day at Machu Picchu, and a day at the PROMESA school. Read the full Peru trek itinerary here.

Who is involved?
EMM is excited to partner with Steep Adventures, an adventure company that works with nonprofits and charitable causes to support projects locally and globally.

What is adventure fundraising?
Participants sign up for an adventure challenge and agree to pay for trip expenses, as well as raising a set dollar amount that directly supports a specific cause.

How much money should I raise?
Trekkers will each work toward a fundraising goal of $4,000 toward the PROMESA school, not including trip expenses. EMM will help you accomplish your fundraising goal with creative and effective tools

What’s the cause?
PROMESA is a K–12 Peruvian Mennonite school. It was started to give Peruvian children a quality Christian education, as well as to provide indigenous Quechua children an education alternative free from racial discrimination. Watch a video about PROMESA here.

Ever since its beginning in 2005, PROMESA has gathered in a local Mennonite church building. Now that about 300 students are enrolled, the school has outgrown its building and is unable to enroll every new child who wants a PROMESA education.

Many children were being turned away due to lack of space and insufficient facilities, so the church purchased land in the mountains outside Cusco to construct a new school building. Volunteers from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) have created a three-phase construction plan. Walk through the planned campus here.

Just over $1 million is needed for phase one of building classrooms. PROMESA has begun laying the foundation for the new school. Funds raised through this adventure trek will help PROMESA continue to construct its new building.

What’s the cost?
In addition to the $4,000/person fundraising goal, the trip will cost $2,080/person without airfare (based on double occupancy). $400 supplement for single rooms/tents. Participants will have the option to register for group-rate airfare or purchase their own plane tickets.

What’s included?

  • Professional safety-certified guides
  • Six nights in hotels (double occupancy)
  • Vehicle support where necessary
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Three nights in tents with sleeping pads (double occupancy)
  • All meals per itinerary plus snacks, water, and drinks
  • Airport transfers in Peru (not including driver tip)
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