Teacher-Led Trips in Peru
Students who join us in Peru, where we’ve been operating since 2008, have the opportunity to scale glaciated Andean peaks, explore ancient Inca ruins, enter the depths of the Amazon Jungle, and work alongside villagers in rural communities. Students partner with local organizations to understand some of the area’s most significant challenges, which include access to clean water and education for girls. Outside of service, Peru offers students a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, and more.
A graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in international relations, Alex has led programs since 2006 in Costa Rica and Peru. Alex is fluent in Spanish, a veteran program leader, and truly devoted to the Peruvian culture and global humanitarian work. Alex is the founder of a nonprofit educational dormitory that aims to provide school access for Peruvian girls from indigenous communities. Alex’s commitment to the rights of the indigenous people and his altruistic spirit allow the Peru community service projects to constantly improve and grow.
Our resident cusqueño, Aaron graduated from San Antonio Abad University with a degree in tourism. After traveling extensively through Peru and South America, Aaron began working with Rustic in 2012 and brings his strong work ethic and willingness to help to the team. After a long day in the office, you can find Aaron at a live music show or at a futból match with friends. Aaron and his wife, Carolina, recently gave birth to baby Joaquin! Aaron is tech savvy, a movie buff, and never leaves his infectious smile behind.
A program leader for Rustic since 2009, Kelci is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about sustainable service projects and travel. She is a graduate of Brandeis University with a double major in sociology and international/global studies. Kelci is a favorite program leader by students for her energy and positive spirit. She is fluent in Spanish, an avid mountain biker, and a loved member on Team Peru. When Kelci is not working for Rustic, she works as a social worker and snowboarding instructor in Taos, New Mexico.