Family Project Peru (CANCELLED)

Project Full
June 17 - 28, 2020
Participation Fee
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.


***This project is currently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please see our update page for more information.***

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 part of your summer break 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 work with two congregations in Arequipa, Peru. The group will complete block walls for a new church for the Los Portales congregation as well as pour the floor and assemble the metal church structure for the Horacio Zeballos congregation.

In addition, volunteers will conduct community outreach including medical and dental clinics, children’s ministry, and health education. A special day camp will be offered for children 12 and under which will give younger volunteers a unique opportunity to learn more about life in Peru while also helping in all the other aspects of the mission trip as well.

There will be an optional excursion at the end of the project to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu.



Community Outreach

Medical and Dental Clinics

Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Wednesday, June 17
Arrival in Arequipa, Peru
Thursday, June 18
Work days
Saturday, June 20
Worship with the local congregations
Sunday, June 21
Work days
Friday, June 26
Travel to Puno, Peru
Saturday, June 27
Worship with the Los Uros congregation at Lake Titicaca
Sunday, June 28
Departure from Juliaca, Peru or Continue on the Optional Excursion
Sunday, June 28
Optional Excursion: Travel to Urubamba, Peru
Monday, June 29
Optional Excursion: Machu Picchu
Tuesday, June 30
Optional Excursion: Departure from Cusco, Peru
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Arequipa, Peru (airport code AQP) on Wednesday, June 17, 2020Please 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, June 28 2020 or continue on the optional excursion and depart from Cusco, Peru (CUZ) on Tuesday, June 30, after 2:00 p.m.
Manresa Retreat Center
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Peru. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Arequipa.

The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. Due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. There is also an optional excursion added to the end of the project that volunteers can choose to join. Please note that volunteers on this project arrive and depart from different airports.

Until registration is open the exact details of this project are subject to change. More information 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

At the end of the project the group will say farewell to the two church communities with a special celebration on the final Thursday evening. On Friday, the group will drive approximately seven hours to the town of Puno, which is located on Lake Titicaca–the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,500 feet. This lake is famous for the city of floating islands, constructed of reeds, where the Los Uruos Indian live. In 2005, Maranatha constructed a floating church out on the lake, and on Sabbath, the volunteers on this team will have the opportunity to worship with the congregation. After church the group will return for lunch and have the opportunity to visit the Stahl Museum. Fernando and Ana Stahl were Adventist missionaries who began the Adventist mission work in Peru. They started their ministry near Puno, and there is even a statue of Fernando Stahl in the small town square.

On Sunday morning, those joining the optional excursion to Machu Picchu will depart for the Sacred Valley. Those choosing not to join the optional excursion will have an opportunity to go shopping at the artisan market in Puno, where dozens and dozens of shops offer all kinds of Inca works for tourists in search of souvenirs and memory markers. The group will depart Sunday afternoon from the city of Juliaca, about an hour away.

Machu Picchu - Optional - $500

At the end of the project, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in Peru by joining an excursion to visit the world-famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains. This excursion has an additional fee of $500 per person. The fee will cover two nights at a hotel, food, ground transportation, insurance, and all entrance fees and tour guides during the excursion days. The excursion price is for double occupancy rooms.

On Sunday, volunteers will travel by bus from Puno (12,500-foot elevation) to Urubamba (9,500-foot elevation) in the Sacred Valley below the Inca Empire capital of Cusco. The 7-hour bus ride will include a stop in Pisac for souvenir shopping and a new museum that illustrates the development of the Inca Empire. We’ll stay in the same hotel in Urubamba on Sunday and Monday nights.

Early Monday morning, 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 as an estate for the Incan emperor, and it 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 the grassy plateaus. Volunteers will explore the ruins, learning about Incan life, before returning to the hotel that evening.

On Tuesday, the group will travel back to the city of Cusco, where they’ll have the morning to explore the old town and do some site-seeing. On the way to Cusco there will be a stop at an animal sanctuary where we can see rare, large condors. Volunteers will depart for home on Tuesday evening from Cusco.

Anyone wanting to join the Machu Picchu excursion will need to register and fully pay for the excursion portion ASAP.

Peru Facts & Figures




31,331,228 (July 2018)


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.