Family Project Peru

Project Full
June 16 - 26, 2022
Participation Fee
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 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 build a new church for the Los Portales congregation in Arequipa, Peru. The group will complete block walls for a new church. In addition, volunteers will conduct community outreach including 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.


Church Construction

Community Outreach

Steve Case,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Dustin and Heide Comm,
Day Camp
Mary Johnson,
Children's Ministry
Barbara Mayes,
Team Medic
Maggie Petersen,
Head Cook
Megan Holladay de Rosales,
Assistant Cook
Thursday, June 16
Arrival in Arequipa
Friday, June 17
Orientation and first work day
Saturday, June 18
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, June 19
Work days
Friday, June 24
Travel to Puno, Peru
Saturday, June 25
Worship with the Los Uros congregation at Lake Titicaca
Sunday, June 26
Departure from Juliaca, Peru or Continue on the optional excursion
Sunday, June 26
Optional Excursion: Travel to Urubamba, Peru
Monday, June 27
Optional Excursion: Machu Picchu
Tuesday, June 28
Optional Excursion: Departure from Cusco, Peru
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Arequipa, Peru (airport code AQP) on Thursday, June 16, 2022.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project and to ensure you book the right flight.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Juliaca, Peru (JUL) after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022 or continue on the optional excursion and depart from Cusco, Peru (CUZ) on Tuesday, June 28, after 5:00 p.m.
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Travel Information

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

The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. Due to travel time, you may need to leave a day before the arrival date. Please note that volunteers on this project arrive and depart from different airports.

More information including specific flight arrival and departure windows 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

Lake Titicaca - Included

On the final 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 Uros Indians live. In 2005, Maranatha constructed a floating church out on the lake, and on Sabbath, the volunteers 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 and started their ministry near Puno. 

On Sunday morning, those not joining the Machu Picchu optional excursion will visit an artisan market in Puno where you can purchase all kinds of Incan souvenirs. Then the group will drive to the city of Juliaca, about an hour away, for departures home in the afternoon.

Optional Excursion: Machu Picchu $475

Sunday, June 26: Those joining the optional excursion will travel by bus from Puno to Urubamba where they’ll spend the night.

Monday, June 27: The group will travel by train and bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu where they will take a guided tour. 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.

Tuesday, June 28: Visitors will explore the Sacred Valley and the city of Cusco before departing from Cusco that evening.

This excursion has an additional fee which covers everything you’ll need during the excursion including accommodations, local transportation, meals, and entrance costs.

Anyone wanting to join the Machu Picchu excursion will need to register and fully pay for the excursion prior to a set deadline. 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




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.