Peru and the UN SDGs

By February 6, 2020Blog, Peru

Peru is one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the world – one where myths are still very much alive today. Most people want to visit Machu Picchu or sail down the Amazon river, but there is so much more. From indigenous people to historical tales, CAS Trips explores Peru differently.

During your trip to Peru, you will work with a total of eight UN SDGs. Below we will explain to you exactly how.

UN SDG Goal # 1 – No Poverty

Women are often considered the most vulnerable citizens of a community. In order to include women in the workspace, we at CAS Trips collaborate with a local weaving organization which empowers women. 

By working with the local women, we create a community, potentially connecting them with potential customers, giving them an opportunity to contribute financially to their community. Students will work together with the women, learn how to weave, and help them grow their business. 

UN SDG Goal # 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing

CAS Trips has been working with local villages and providing them with the necessary tools to live a healthy life, for example by teaching them the consequences of dirty water. 

In addition, we are currently investigating the potential of working with a project that provides mobile medical stations, which would revolutionize the health and wellbeing standards of remote villages in Peru.

UN SDG Goal # 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation 

One of the long-term commitments CAS Trips is continuously working on is constructing a sanitation system for remote villages in Peru. 

The process involves raising monetary funds that we receive through school fundraisers, which in turn help pay for experts such as engineers to collaborate with CAS Trips and construct the sewage system. 

UN SDG Goal # 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Due to the massive tourism influx to Peru, the smaller villages have suffered. In order to show students that there is more to see than just the top-sights in a country, we visit and collaborate with the Quechua community. 

Students participate in a ceramics workshop, learning the importance of this craft. In addition, students will learn how to make delicious empanadas, a traditional savory pastry. 

UN SDG Goal # 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Machu Picchu is truly one of the great wonders of the world. On average more than 5,000 people a day walked the paths to Machu Picchu during peak season in 2017. Nearly every year since 2007, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has recommended that Machu Picchu be classified as ‘in danger’ due to fears growing visitor numbers were damaging the site. 

In order to limit mass-tourism, CAS Trips works with local guides and ensures a sustainable visit to Machu Picchu. Moreover, students will be living with a local host-family and learn about the traditional way of life. 

UN SDG Goal # 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

While living in with your local guest family, you will learn about responsible consumption first hand. Your dinner will be prepared with locally planted crops instead of getting your dinner at the grocery store. 

Harvest for the local Peruvians means survival. If there is too much rain or the temperature peaks during summer, the production and meal planning is directly affected.  

UN SDG Goal # 13 – Climate Action

Climate change affects us all over – including the people and landscapes of Peru. Over the past 35 years 22% of Peru’s glaciers have melted away, which represents seven billion m³ of water. 

This affects water supply in the mountain regions, decline in overall health and economic hardship. Through the Changemakers Challenge, students will learn about the effects of climate change in Peru, and will get the chance to be involved in the reforestation of the country. 

UN SDG Goal # 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

In Peru, we work with the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Cooperative on various activities including the students being involved in the weaving process, as well as helping them potentially grow their business. 

In addition, our host families in the remote villages have built a long-term collaborative partnership with us to ensure an ongoing and sustainable development process in the region. 

Visit Peru with CAS Trips and learn about the hardships of overtourism, the traditional cultures of the indigenous people and much more. 

Contact us today and travel tomorrow!

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