Peru

Peru

Servant Life began a partnership in Peru in 2019, working with a local ministry that has two different primary areas of ministry focus with a variety of ongoing ministry projects and needs.

Teams will fly into Cusco and be serving in this region of Peru. Cusco is in the 12,000 foot range of the Andes, and some physical demands should be considered as a team plans for this opportunity. Missional experiences will primarily focus on one of the two locations: a ministry center near the Cusco area, or an orphanage about five hours outside of Cusco in Cachora that will be both a ministry site as well as a base camp for your team to go out and do community ministry (for more info on the difference in these sites, read below). It is best if teams have a healthy number of adults joining the trip, and teams should hold to conservative theological doctrine and be prepared to share testimonies, teach Bible lessons, and present the Gospel regularly throughout the trip. The house church network is constantly growing and many teams will be working in regions where new churches are being planted. Teams are encouraged to prepare for specific passages of Scripture to teach and preach, and bring an excitement for sharing their own journey of faith that is both contagious and consistent with biblical doctrine.

What will my team be doing? For teams staying in Cusco, ministry is focused on house church ministry as well as "Life and Work", a training program for young adults in life skills for future work opportunities. Short-term missional teams assist with house church teaching during weekly gatherings, work to encourage and build up house church leaders, and be part of evangelistic outreaches within specific communities such as door to door ministry, block parties, movie nights, or other relational gatherings where we can meet and invest in people. Our partner in Peru is working to establish a house church in each of the 2,000 communities in Cusco and your team will join with them in that goal by using the specific giftings of your group.

The second area of ministry focus is in the mountains of Cachora. This location is several hours outside of Cusco, and the work is anchored at an orphanage in the Cachora valley of the Apurimac region. The orphanage is home to 30-40 children and staff and is the home base for an outreach ministry to the entire valley of Cachora where currently there are only two house churches beginning to meet and no other formal church gathering on a regular basis of any religion or group. The valley is home to 35,000-40,000 people scattered over the mountainsides and is the first target for evangelism and outreach in the area. Teams that join the work in Cachora engage in daily teaching times with the children as well as evangelistic outreach throughout the community. Teams also assist in house church gatherings and interact with the children of the orphanage regularly. At the orphanage, ministry will take the form of leading and teaching children through story book Bibles, discussion groups, as well as teaching Bible classes at the school the children attend. 

In addition to the time involved with the ministry efforts, there are a few special opportunities available for teams who choose to have some additional experiences while in country. An extra day can be added to the trip to include a visit to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, or the Rainbow Mountains. Also, in planning for the trips some added cultural experiences can be added to include more historical context of the Cusco area and its culture with guided tours of the churches and sites that have shaped the contemporary Peruvian culture. 

Please let us know if you have a preference of working in one ministry location or the other (Cusco ministry center or the orphanage in Cachora), and we will do our best to accomodate you!

What does my cost include?
• In-country transportation
• Housing (beds, hot running water for showers)
• Meals
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals

Airfare is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations. Contact us if you're looking for a quote!

Peru is known for its ancient ruins and incredibly colorful culture and is the 3rd largest country in South America. 

Cuy (Roasted Guinea Pig) is the national dish of Peru and the national animal is the vicuna, which is a smaller version of an alpaca. 

It takes between 500-600 hours to spin, dye, weave, and create one of the famous and traditional Peruvian Ponchos. 

It is said that the potato originated in Peru. Now there are over 4,000 varities of the Peruvian Potato. 

Lima is the capital city of Peru and it's metro area is the 27th largest metropolitan area in the world. 

Servant Life makes every effort to keep our teams safe during their entire experience with us. You help us by using traveler’s common sense. Staying in groups, not flaunting or bringing expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics, being aware of your surroundings, and not leaving bags unattended are all encouraged practices.

Take along all prescription medicines needed for your trip in their original prescription container. 

Do's and Don'ts

DO

DO feel free to give gifts, but please ask the ministry partner before doing so.

DO use the “buddy system.”

DO bring any medicines that you may need. If it’s a prescription, make sure it has the original prescription label with your name on it.

DO sanitize your hands before eating. But do it discreetly, not blatantly just after holding a child or shaking an international’s hand.

DO be friendly toward Internationals. Their culture places a high value on friendships and time spent visiting with friends.

DO pray for your International friends. Only as God works in their lives will they be open to hearing more about Christ.

DO befriend Internationals who are of the same gender as your own. In other cultures, friendships between a man and woman who are not related are rare. Your witness will be more effective with International friends of your own gender.

DO remember that you are representing a ministry that has been around longer than you’ve been in the country and will still minister there after you have left.

DON’T

DON’T be a loud/obnoxious tourist that needs to be toned down.

DON’T encourage begging by rewarding the effort.

DON’T go out after dark.

DON’T bring anything that you aren’t willing to give up if someone asks for it.

DON’T attempt to tear down the different religions you come in contact with in your conversations with Peruvians. Rather, discuss the basic doctrines of your Christian faith, with an emphasis on salvation through Jesus Christ. Many Internationals enjoy discussing their beliefs and how they differ from other religions.

Population: 32.8 million

Capital: Lima

Area: 496,224 square miles

Language: Spanish, English

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant

Currency: the Sol

The currency in Peru is the Sol. 1 US dollar is usually equivalent to about 3 to 3.5 sol.

Locations
Servant Life has missions opportunities in Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, United Kingdom, East Asia, Dominican Republic, Houston, Dallas, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Canada.

Who Can Go
If registering and traveling with their church group, students must be 14 years old or older to participate in a Servant Life missions experience. If registering as an individual participant without an adult, students must be 16 years old or older. Student groups, college groups, adults, and individuals are all welcome on Servant Life mission trips. Teams may be made up of groups and/or individuals.

Trip Cost
Servant Life trips are priced at a BASE COST PLUS AIRFARE. The base cost varies per country and can be found by clicking on the link for a trip.

Airfare Information
Servant Life will book all airfare through our travel agency. Everyone on your team must travel together. We book group airline tickets and cannot accommodate special requests for different individual flights. Due to commitments to our missionaries to have groups there on set dates, trip dates are not flexible. Once a ticket has been purchased in your name, it must be paid for regardless of circumstances. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Activities
Servant Life works with missionary partners in each country. Your team will be helping our missionary partner with various needs, and exact details may vary from trip to trip. Specific details for each missions experience can be found by clicking on the trip's link.

Passports
We encourage anyone interested in a Servant Life missions experience to go ahead and apply for a passport. The amount of time it takes to get a passport varies, and we cannot book plane tickets without a copy of each person’s passport. Any costs associated with obtaining a passport are solely your responsibility. You can download a passport application and read instructions on obtaining a passport online at www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Immunizations
Immunizations and any costs related to them are the sole responsibility of the trip participant. All childhood immunizations must be complete (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus). We also HIGHLY advise any immunizations recommended by your physician and/or the CDC for the area of travel. Both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are strongly recommended for all international travel. It is solely the traveler’s responsibility to obtain information on required/recommended travel immunizations and travel precautions for the area. The CDC website is www.cdc.gov and has up-to-date info on immunizations for every country.

Once You Register
Shortly after you register, you will receive an email from the Servant Life team with forms your group needs to fill out. These forms, along with a deposit of $250 per person, are due by November 1. If you register after November 1, the forms and a deposit of $250 per person are due within 30 days of registering. A registration is not complete until we have received your deposit. Registrations cannot be held beyond 30 days if the deposit has not been received.

Parent FAQs

Will my child serve alone or as part of a team?

Your child will be part of a Servant Life team, which can be made up of groups and/or individual participants. If your child is registering alone, he or she will join the team at a domestic or international airport, and stay and work with them for the remainder of the trip.

What kind of supervision will my child have?

Servant Life teams are led by our in-country ministry partners. This partner serves as the host and leader for the team from the time they land in-country at the airport until they depart at the end of the mission experience.

How safe are these trips?

Servant Life makes every effort to keep your child safe during their entire experience with us. We visit every location before sending a group, and work with partners in the country who are familiar with the area we will be staying in and working in. We research and plan the safest places for your student to eat, stay, work and play.

Who will the teams work with?

All teams work with established Servant Life ministry partners. These are either missionaries or ministry leaders who have a history of service in the country and programs that fit with the mission of Servant Life. To read more about our ministry partners, click here.

Who do I call in case of emergency while my child is traveling?

All Servant Life participants will be given a list with emergency contact information and numbers. This list includes the contact information for Servant Life, as well as our ministry partner serving on the field with your child. If an emergency arises where you need to reach your child, please contact Servant Life first, and we will work closely with you to reach your child.

Will my child be able to call home and email while on the field?

Access to phone calls and email may be limited, and varies from location to location. As your child's trip approaches, more information will be given on phone and internet availability for that specific trip. In the event of an emergency, Servant Life will contact parents immediately. So remember that no news is good news!

We have a frequent flyer program. Can we use those miles to cover my child's ticket?

Possibly. We cannot guarantee which airline each team will use, as we are watching for competitive pricing and schedules. Please contact Servant Life if you are interested in learning more about using frequent flyer miles on a mission trip.

When should my child apply for a passport?

Your child should apply for a passport immediately after registering for a Servant Life mission trip. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to arrive. Costs related to obtaining a passport are the responsibility of the participant.

Is a visa required for my child's trip?

The only country that Servant Life is currently sending teams to needing visas is Kenya. Visas can be obtained prior to leaving or when arriving in country. Specifics will be provided to team leaders and/or students traveing on their own.

Will my child receive any training?

Servant Life will send a preparation manual filled with detailed information regarding your child's mission trip. Hands-on training will take place with the ministry partner once the team arrives at their destination.

Why should my child go serve over seas when there are so many needs here in the United States?

The first and primary reason we believe in sending teams on international mission trips is that God has commanded His followers to make disciples of ALL nations (Matt 28:19). Knowing that we are commanded to play an active role in global disciple-making, we have found that missionaries and ministries around the world have needs that short-term mission teams can easily and uniquely fill, thus helping to advance the kingdom of God in those countries. We also hope that participating in an international mission trip will leave such an impression on your child's life that they will become supporters of mission work for the rest of their lives, whether through prayer, financial support, church leadership, or even life service.

What is not covered in my child's trip cost?

The only expenses not covered in your child's trip cost are meals in airports on travel days, any souvenirs or snacks that your child may wish to purchase while in country, and any expenses related to obtaining a passport and immunizations.

Are there scholarships available for my child?

Servant Life does not offer scholarships. If needed, we encourage participants to raise support through fundraising efforts such as church partnership and personal support letters.

Financial Guidelines

Servant Life is committed to providing a quality mission experience at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to entertain, but rather to bring the teachings of Scripture to life.

The cost of the mission experience includes in-country costs, such as:
• In-country transportation
• Housing
• Meals
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• Sponsoring local students to attend camp
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Visa, if applicable
• Exit tax, if applicable

Costs not covered in base cost of the trip include:
• Airfare
• Passports
• Immunization Shots
• Snacks
• Souvenirs
• Personal expenses while traveling and in-country, including meals in airports
• Any additional costs associated with the trip before you arrive and after you leave

Financial Guidelines

Deposits:
Deposits of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due November 1. If you register after November 1, a deposit of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due within 30 days of registration.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Airfare:
Servant Life will secure all airline transportation through our travel agent to insure teams arrive together. Once your group is in place, let us know as soon as possible so we can secure your tickets at the lowest possible rate.

You are responsible for the payment of any purchased tickets. Once a ticket is purchased, payment for that ticket must be in our office within 5 business days.

All tickets must be secured and paid in full 60 days before departure. Payments for airfare must be made via check. We cannot accept credit card payments for airfare purchases.

Summer Missions Payments:
The first payment, which is half of the base cost, is due March 1.

The second payment, which is the balance of the trip cost, is due in the Servant Life office no later than 35 days before departure. If your final balance is not received by 35 days out, a $100 late fee may be applied.

PLEASE NOTE: All checks and money orders must be made out to SERVANT LIFE. Please mail all payments and donations to PO Box 36307, Birmingham, AL 35236.

Peru Trips

DatePrice (Per Person)
*Plus Airfare
DescriptionCapacityRemaining
Mar 07, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Mar 14, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 28, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 04, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Apr 04, 2020 - Apr 11, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
May 22, 2020 - May 29, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jun 05, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jun 12, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jun 19, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jul 03, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jul 24, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Jul 31, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
Aug 07, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020
Open
$999.00
$999.00Evangelism / Orphanage / Local Church Outreach20OpenRegister
* Dates and locations are subject to change