Family Project Peru

December 23, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Participation Fee
$1,050 (Adults) $900 (Children 12 and under)
What's Included

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


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 the country of 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.

Prior to the project, the group will have the opportunity to visit the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu!


Church Construction

Community Outreach

Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
George Alder,
Construction Superintendent
Luther Findley,
Construction Superintendent
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Josue and Emilyn Quispe,
Outreach Coordinators
Monday, December 21
Optional Excursion: Arrival in Cusco
Tuesday, December 22
Optional Excursion: Machu Picchu
Wednesday, December 23
Arrival in Arequipa
Thursday, December 24
Orientation and First Work Day
Friday, December 25
Partial Work Day and Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 26
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, December 27
Work Days
Friday, January 1
Travel to Lake Titicaca
Thursday, January 2
Worship at Floating Church, Stahl Museum
Friday, January 3
Souvenir Shopping, Departures from Juliaca
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Arequipa, Peru (airport code AQP) on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Those joining the optional excursion arrive in Cusco (CUZ) on Monday, December 21 and transfer from Cusco to Arequipa on the 23rd on a specific flight listed in the information packet. 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 (airport code JUL) on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Manresa Retreat Center
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets according to the flight guidelines in the information packet.  Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival at the final destination airport.

Please note, this project has different arrival and departure airports. More information is available in the 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

Machu Picchu Optional Excursion - $500

Volunteers can choose to extend their stay in Peru by joining an excursion to visit the world-famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu prior to the project. The excursion will take place December 21-23 and has an additional fee of $500 per person.

After arriving in Cusco and spending the night in Urubamba, the group will take a train 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. Volunteers will take a guided tour of the ruins.

The following day, the group will have time to explore the city of Cusco before departing from Cusco and flying to Arequipa to start the volunteer project.

Anyone wanting to join the Machu Picchu excursion will need to register and fully pay for the excursion before November 9. Non-refundable train tickets must be purchased using passport copies, so please include that with your registration. After the tickets are purchased, $250 of the excursion fee becomes non-refundable.

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.