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Community Projects

Contours Travel supports several initiatives throughout Latin America. Whether it is through direct loans, importing artisanal products, or through supporting local development organisations, we are trying to increase opportunities for the people of this beautiful continent. We invite you to visit rural communities and experience the work of these organisations firsthand.

Contours Travel will donate 1% of total land costs for any client who visits and contributes to any of the below organisation’s work. Ask us for more details about volunteering options in Latin America.

The initiatives and organisations below are just a few of how we are trying to give something back to the locals.

Agua Pura AGUA PURA
With the simple act of turning on a tap, we have access to clean, drinking water. Unfortunately, this is not the case for children in rural areas of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. Throughout these countries, many drink contaminated water comes directly from springs. Contours Travel has joined forces with Rotary Club of North Melbourne and the Rotary Club of Cusco to provide safe, drinking water to schools in very remote areas, in and around the Sacred Valley and Cusco.Agua Pura is a community project that relies on donations made by people like you: fellow travellers, travel agents, and small and large businesses. Agua Pura Project’s donations go towards buying and sending Sawyer Water Filters to local communities in Peru, providing them with access to safe drinking water. You also have the unique option of volunteering to go to the communities to distribute the water filters, as part of your travel itinerary. Learn more about Agua Pura here.
logo-wings.jpg WINGS WORKING TOGETHER
Wings Working Together is the not-for-profit branch of our Peruvian partners Condor Travel. Their pilot project in the village of Misinmay was very successful in creating economic and social opportunities for local people. Local men have been trained as porters for the Inca Trail, literacy and textile classes have been offered to the village women, and children are targeted through education and health care initiatives. Tourists are welcomed as volunteers to help in a range of activities or simply to visit as guests to learn more about the work of the organisation.
logo-peruschallenge.jpg PERU’S CHALLENGE
Dedicated to eradicating poverty by developing sustainable schools and communities in impoverished mountain villages surrounding Cusco, Peru. They partner with local communities to empower them through education, health, infrastructure and small business projects. With the invaluable help of volunteers, Peru’s Challenge has made significant achievements. Ask us about you can be part of this change too.
logo-explorandes.jpg EXPLORANDES
Since 1999 our Ecuadorian partner Explorandes has been working with indigenous women artisans from the province of Imbabura in northern Ecuador. Their goal is to assist poor women in rural areas by helping them improve their craft, providing a market for their products and offering classes in women’s rights & health. Trips to see the work of these women and learn more about the project can be arranged as an easy side trip from Quito or Otavalo. Ask us for details.
LIVING HEART
Living Heart is a registered Peruvian charity and official UK Charity supporting various communities situated in the high Andes around the Sacred Valley of Peru, near Cusco, and has been since August 2007. Their mission is to help develop self-sustaining agriculture, health, and education. In order to support vulnerable children, elderly, women and men we employ a holistic approach and encourage partnerships with community members that empower them to make the initiatives thrive.