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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do to help?

Visit How to Help to find out what you can do.

Where are you located?

We are located in Portland, Oregon, but we are currently trying to build an east coast presence. One of our directors is currently located  in Massachusetts. We are also hoping to have an office in Peru in the future.

Do you currently have people working in Peru?

No, we are working with a partner organization, Expand Peru. We plan to send volunteers down to implement our joint projects in 2012.

Is Peru a dangerous place to visit?

Peru is generally a very safe and friendly place to visit. Those Peruvians who live further from the cities, in the communities we serve, are warm and friendly and would love to invite you over for meals and conversations.  However, all around the world, there are dangerous neighborhoods to avoid.  When visiting a new place, it is important to be mindful of your surroundings and to behave in a manner that will not attract the wrong people.  We also suggest getting to know someone trustworthy that can help orient you.

You mention that rural areas have limited accessibility. How do you overcome this challenge?

The accessibility to many communities is limited; however, by knowing the routes and having a willingness to hike, as well as some patience, it is possible to arrive anywhere.

There have been times when the rainy season makes staying on schedule for projects nearly impossible. We have been stranded in a community for more than a week due to washed out roads. Peru functions with these conditions in mind. It is important to remain relaxed and easy going when working to complete a project there.

You also mentioned that you were in Cajamarca during your time in the Peace Corps. Does the Peace Corps still have a presence there?

Yes, Peace Corps has more than a hundred volunteers in various departments of Peru. They work in four sectors: community health, small business, evnironmental issues, and youth development. For anyone interested in volunteering two years of your life to help others and gain experience and perspective on the world, the Peace Corps is highly recommended.