Family Project Peru

Project Full
December 19 - 29, 2019
Participation Fee
$800 Adults. $650 Children 12 and Under.
What's Included


Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. This year, spend Christmas in Peru!

Maranatha worked all throughout Peru in the early 2000’s. The churches and schools that were completed have since blossomed and created a need for even more urgently-needed church and school buildings. Local church leadership have requested assistance once again, and Maranatha is gladly responding to this call.

Volunteers on this project will be the first volunteers on this new round of projects and will be working just outside of Lima near the city of Ñaña. In 2005, volunteers on Maranatha’s Christmas Family Project constructed a large Education and Evangelism Center near the Universidad Peruana Unión, the large Adventist University, which is used as an elementary school. Volunteers will help with annual maintenance by painting the exterior of this large building.

In addition, volunteers will work at the nearby Huaycan church where they will construct Sabbath school classrooms using brick construction. In addition, the group will also paint a nearby church called La Alameda that was built by Maranatha volunteers in 2004. This church has grown extensively since it was constructed and now has three daughter churches, which the groups will also interact with.

In addition to the painting and construction that the group will complete, this is also an area where medical and dental clinics are needed and would be well received. Depending on the volunteers who join, this project will include a large medical and dental clinic, health education, and children’s ministry programs. A special day camp will be offered for children 12 and under.



Medical and Dental Clinics

Community Outreach

Kenneth Weiss,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Jeff and Vicky Wesslen,
Construction Superintendent and Children's Day Camp Leader
Dr. Jaime Lewis,
Medical Team Coordinator
Thursday, December 19
Arrival in Lima, Peru
Friday, December 20
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, December 21
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, December 22
Work Days
Wednesday, December 25
Outreach and Christmas Celebrations
Thursday, December 26
Work Day
Friday, December 27
Fly to Lake Titicaca Region
Saturday, December 28
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, December 29
Depart from Juliaca, Peru or Continue on the Optional Excursion
Sunday, December 29
Optional Excursion: Travel to the Sacred Valley
Monday, December 30
Optional Excursion: Visit Machu Picchu, Explore Cusco
Tuesday, December 31
Optional Excursion: Depart Cusco, Peru
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Lima, Peru (airport code LIM) on Thursday, December 19.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Juliaca, Peru (JUL) on Sunday, December 29 or continue on the optional excursion and depart from Cusco, Peru (CUZ) on Tuesday, December 31. More information including departure airports and times is available for download in the information packet.
College Dorm Rooms
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets from their home airport to Lima, Peru, a domestic ticket within Peru (the specific flight numbers is in the information packet), and home from Cuzo, Peru . The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the Peru, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day before the arrival date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Lima.

More information including specific flight guidelines is available in an information packet available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Lake Titicaca - Included

On the final Friday, volunteers will fly across the country to southern Peru. This flight is not included. See information packet for specific flight guidelines.

Volunteers will stay in Puno, a town on the edge of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water (at 12,500 feet) famous for man-made islands made of reeds. It is on among these reed islands where Maranatha built a “floating church” more than adecade ago. Volunteers will have a chance to worship with one of the Adventist congregations, take a short trip in a reed boat, and enjoy the scenery. In the afternoon, volunteers can relax at the lakeside hotel or travel to a nearby town to visit the Fernando Stahl museum; Fernando and Ana Stahl brought the Adventist message to the Lake Titicaca region of Peru.

Machu Picchu - Optional, $575

At the end of the project, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in Peru by joining an optional excursion to the world-famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

On Sunday morning, volunteers will travel nearly seven hours by tourist coach bus to the Sacred Valley region of Peru. The following day, the group will take a train to Aguas Calientes which is located at the entrance to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu has been voted one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Incan city was built in 1450 once an estate for the Incan emperor and was abandoned approximately 100 years later during the Spanish Conquest. It is truly a sight to behold as you come up over the hill and gaze into the ruins below. The mountain peak of Huayna Picchu stands above the city and alpacas roam around the grassy plateaus. Volunteers will explore the ruins, learning about Incan life, before returning to Cusco that afternoon. Cusco and the surrounding area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru, and the group will get a chance to explore the city’s highlights and the local markets before departing on Tuesday morning.

Peru Facts & Figures




34,528,657 (January 2024)


Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara


Varies by region and altitude. Dry in the west, tropical in the east, temperate to frigid in the Andes.


Catholic 60%, Protestant Christian 15%, Unspecified 21%


Peruvian Sol

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival
  • Valid return ticket
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.