INCAS, MOUNTAINS, AND SOCCER
June 26-July 13, 2020
July 17-Aug 3, 2020
Tuition does not include round-trip group flight from JFK to Peru
*We offer need-based grants ranging from $1000-$2000 based on income, as well as full scholarships. Please visit our Grants & Scholarships page.
Train with Peruvian soccer academies
Enjoy meals out at traditional Peruvian restaurants
Organize a rural soccer camp in the mountains
Visit world-renowned Machu Picchu
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm PST
Phone: (206) 900-5436
Peru is one of South America’s great soccer destinations and the game is especially strong in the Andes Mountains, where every turn reveals picturesque soccer fields and ancient Incan ruins. Focusing our time in the Sacred Valley, we’ll enjoy 18 days of exploration, service, and soccer. We’ll gain a rich sense of culture and history, while developing connections with the warm, welcoming people of Peru. Our experience is highlighted by a few days in the mystical city of Cusco and a spectacular train ride and hike up to Machu Picchu.
New York, NY (JFK)
New York, NY (JFK)
Our Peru program takes advantage of several different service opportunities as we travel through the Sacred Valley, ranging from organizing scrimmages at a children’s center in Urubamba to offering clinics in a rural mountain town, Huilloc. Woza Soccer is especially proud of the relationship formed with Escuela Chicón, a rural school currently receiving less funding than schools in more populated areas. Their limited funding prevents them from offering physical education classes or hiring physical education teachers and sports coaches. Past Woza groups have loved the mornings spent at Escuela Chicón, leading students in physical activities and soccer drills. Woza has further committed to helping Escuela Chicón realize their dream of transforming a nearby pasture into a community soccer field through a Woza alumni-led fundraising initiative.
Below is a sample itinerary which is subject to change.
Days 1-2: Trip Start
We will meet at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) ahead of our group flight (booked by Woza), and spend time getting to know one another through group games, a juggling circle and maybe a "chip challenge" or two at our gate. We'll take an overnight flight to Cusco, connecting through Bogota. Upon landing in Peru, we will take a private shuttle across the famed Sacred Valley to our accommodations in Ollantaytambo. There we'll have a chance to catch up on sleep and explore our new surroundings.
We'll base ourselves in the Sacred Valley - the region spanning from Cusco to Machu Picchu - for the duration of our time in Peru.
Days 2-6: Ollantaytambo
For the first few days we will call the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo home. This Incan center was the last stronghold before the Spanish conquest and is known for its nearly 1000-years-old ruins and the massive archaeological site at the northwest edge of the town. There are narrow, stone-lined streets and many homes still in the ancient style of the Incans. During our time here, we'll tour the ruins and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who comprised the largest empire in pre-Colombian America. We will begin to learn about Peru's history and culture, practice some basic Spanish, and enjoy Peruvian food in local restaurants around the city’s beautiful main plaza as well as traditional food home-cooked by our hotel's owner.
In Ollantaytambo we'll partner with the local municipality team, training in the afternoons alongside skilled Peruvian teammates and playing in friendly mixed-team soccer matches, gaining an appreciation for the Peruvian style of play, and creating a unique opportunity to bond with our new teammates.
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Our time in the mountains will be highlighted by visiting Machu Picchu - the majestic lost city of the Incas. We’ll take a scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes and then take the beautiful hiking route from there. Once we’ve arrived at the top of the trail to Machu Picchu we’ll experience the famous mountain city, exploring the various ruins and peaks before returning by train to Urubamba at the end of the day.
Day 8 & 9: Huilloc
We'll take the weekend to visit Huilloc. A high-mountain village best-known for the traditional colorful woven cloth and outfits worn by all residents. Here there's a strong love of soccer (across all genders!), but limited access to organized coaching. We'll have the opportunity to learn a bit of Quechua (the prominent local indigenous language) as we put on morning soccer clinics for the towns youth, and play friendly matches in the afternoons with older players.
Days 10-12: Urubamba
The next week takes us to Urubamba, a centrally located town in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here we've partnered with an under-funded, rural school, where we have plans to help them construct a community soccer field. We'll host soccer clinics at the school in the mornings and spend the afternoons playing soccer at a children's home just up the road, a home where several of those same students from the school live! Through both of these service activities, we'll again focus on targeting local youth who don't regularly have access to organized coaching or even broader physical education. During our time here, we'll continue to practice our Spanish, sample the region's food and visit the nearby Incan Salt Mines (which are still used to this day!).
Days 13-18: Last Days in Cusco
As a group we will spend our closing days in Cusco, a World Heritage Site and the mountainous, historic capital of the Inca Empire. We will take a tour of the city and its plazas, temples, and museums. We’ll even see what it's like to train and play at over 11,000 feet in elevation! After a chance to shop at the extensive local markets, we'll say goodbye to our local soccer partners and enjoy a final dinner celebration on our last night.
Days 17-18: Trip End
At the end of the trip the group will fly together back to NYC, where students will be met by family members or take connecting flights home.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weather like in Peru?
When we travel to Peru, it will be the winter in the southern hemisphere. However, since Peru is close to the equator, it stays petty mild. Day time temperatures range from 60-70°F and at night it drops to 35-45°F. With such big temperature swings, packing different layers is critical. The winter season is also Peru’s dry season, so although rain is always possible, the majority of days in June and July are typically hot and sunny.
How often will my child have access to showers and laundry?
We will have access to showers every day. All accommodations offer hot showers, however, as is the nature of traveling in a country with less developed infrastructure, there’s always a chance of an occasional cold shower. Over the course of the 18 days, we will do laundry collectively as a group 2-3 times by leaving it at a laundry service for the day. We encourage students to wear things more than once before washing to cut down on packing and keep laundry efficient.
For answers to more frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ's page.
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
College: San Francisco State University 2016
Woza Trips: Costa Rica '18, Peru '19
Hannah currently lives in Liberia, Costa Rica where she plays for the local semi-professional soccer team. Before making the move south in August 2019, Hannah coached for Girls Leading Girls, a soccer club in San Francisco, Calif. using soccer to build confidence in young girls. She has also volunteered with Soccer Without Borders in Uganda and Nicaragua.
To learn more about Hannah visit her leader profile.
Before You Go
International travel requires a sense of adventure, as well as prior planning and preparation. You must have a valid passport, though no prior visa is required for Peru. Woza Soccer strongly recommends families of students traveling abroad consult their child’s doctor and visit a travel clinic well before the start of the program to discuss options for travel-related vaccinations and medications. Woza Soccer is not a medical authority and cannot directly advise students and parents regarding travel related medications or vaccinations. As a result, Woza Soccer does not require students to obtain specific travel-related medications or vaccinations. Typically, travel to Peru involves simply having up-to-date vaccines, and some travelers opt to bring altitude medication. We do strongly recommend altitude medicine to help with adjustment to the high elevation.
Again, we recommend consulting with the CDC and your child’s doctor. We will provide additional instructions regarding international travel preparation once you sign up for a Woza trip.
Travel to and from JFK
Each family is responsible for arranging transportation to and from the JFK airport during specified arrival and departure windows so the group can fly together to Peru. Woza staff will be at JFK airport to welcome you at the start of your trip and to assist with your departure (they will be the ones wearing Woza jerseys with huge smiles and a soccer ball). If you are flying to and from JFK, we will have you call home once you arrive and before departure. Additional specific travel information, as well as the group flight itinerary, is available for all Peru participants closer to the trip’s departure.
The Woza Experience
Woza Soccer trips are adventures full of soccer and cross-cultural connections while bonding with a new group of people and learning about the work of an inspiring local soccer partner. To provide the best immersion and group bonding experience possible, we ask that students leave their cell phones and other electronics at home (though cameras are more than welcome).
All Woza trips involve the rewarding challenge of visiting a new country and meeting new people while immersed in a different culture. Some days will be more challenging than others. We ask you to come prepared with a flexible mindset and positive attitude so if changes do occur beyond the control of you, your group, or your leaders (ex: weather, itinerary changes, or delayed travel) you can continue to contribute to an enthusiastic group, and help create a successful trip experience.