This year, Seattle Works is bringing you a partner program opportunity with Crooked Trails to travel to Peru to build smokeless ovens in the village of Vicos, high in the Andes Mountains.
Crooked Trails is an expert in sustainable traveling! They provide immersive travel programs in support of indigenous peoples around the world. For their trips they allow the host communities to take the lead, meaning that you have been invited to come to the village of Vicos and the community has developed the project that you will work on. It’s an experience of true cultural exchange unlike any other.
The team of volunteers will be creating smokeless cooking stoves for the village. These concinas mejoradas or “better kitchens” are becoming necessary for improved family health, saving money and conserving natural resources. These kitchens are designed to replace open fire pits which are currently what most families in Vicos use to cook.
A “better kitchen” means a stove, constructed in adobe with a steel plate on top plus a chimney to carry the smoke outside. The warmth produced by these stoves will keep the entire room up to 15 degrees warmer – and take a fraction of the burning material as the current set up does.
Each family that has been chosen to receive a “better kitchen” is responsible for making adobe bricks and providing local materials and labor to help. You will be helping the families to build, as well as fund the rest of the project. In about two days, the selected family and up to four volunteers will be able to complete an entire kitchen.
It’s not all work and no play though! Your late afternoon and evenings will be open for you to visit neighboring farms and families, eat around the fire with your host family, explore the area and sing and dance with all the new people you’ll have gotten know.
An unforgettable Machu Picchu extension is available and highly recommended – it is truly one of the great wonders of the world.
The service trip will be from Friday 10/19 to Sunday 10/28 and the optional Machu Picchu extension will be from Sunday 10/28 to Thursday 11/1.
The application deadline is September 4th. Find out more details about this unforgettable experience and sign up.
We will also be having a happy hour get together at El Camino in Fremont on Thursday August 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Come meet people who are involved in global and local community programs and find out more about Seattle Works, Crooked Trails, and the Young Professionals International Network as well as our unique opportunity.