Project World School | Peru – Amazon Adventure – 13 Day Learning Community
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Peru – Amazon Adventure – 13 Day Learning Community

Peruvian Amazon Retreat

Jan 3rd – Jan 15th, 2018

Our 13 day learning community is centered in the Peruvian amazon within the Manu National Park with a focus on wildlife and zoology, ethnobotany, volunteer work and reforestation and cultural studies. Within this hostile environment we will learn how to coexist, not only within our own community but with the outside world as well. This retreat is a must for adventurers, amateur botanists and anthropologists alike!

The 2018 Peruvian Amazon Retreat is a temporary learning-community, utilizing the landscape and culture of Manu as a means for immersive discovery in history, botany, reforestation, zoology and ecology. Project World School is not a typical study abroad program as it takes advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development and changes in global perspectives. This retreat will challenge the very nature of your being; the jungle is not kind.

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Nature & Sustainability 0%
Survival Skills0%


  • 01 WHEN

    Jan 3rd – Jan 15th, 2018

  • 02 WHERE

    Amazon Jungle - Manu National Park, Peru

  • 03 WHO

    6 or more participants (ages 14-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers

  • 04 COST

    $1900 USD ~ early bird before October 15th, 2017
    $2150 USD ~ after October 15th, 2017

  • 05 STATUS

    Open & Accepting Applications



Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
•  All airport transfers
•  All ground transportation
•  Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
•  Entrance fees to all the included attractions
•  All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
•  Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).
•  Fun!


•  International airfare
•  Laundry
•  Snacks
•  Souvenirs
•  Other personal items
•  Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
•  International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included


Many of our meals will be prepared by our team at our lodge. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, eggs, fresh yogurts, cheeses and local breads. Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, fish and other local flavors. For full-day outings, we’ll prepare and pack lunches for our trip, including sandwiches, fruit, chips and juice. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our lodging and dinners in local restaurants. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.


During the Peru – Amazon Adventure – 13 Day Teen Learning Community, we will stay in several locations within the Manu National Park. Generally, we always occupy dorm rooms that consist of multiple/bunk beds, so all of our teen participants will be sharing rooms at any given time.


Packing List

What to Bring?

You’ll be gone for a month, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘!  Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. near the beginning of the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.

NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs. 

Packing List:


1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
4 T-shirts
2 bathing suits
3 shorts
1 raincoat
1 sunhat with a brim

personal items / toiletries

tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
insect repellent (!!!)
travel towel


small flashlight
laptop computer
mp3 player/iPod
Thai outlet convertor


copy of passport
water bottle
day pack
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
duct tape
laundry bag
small padlock
ATM card
small journal or notepad and pens
musical instrument
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
sketch book





Schedule for Peruvian Amazon

Day 1  –Arrival in Lima
Day 2 – Icebreakers in Lima, Magic Water Circuit
Day 3 – Travel to Manu National Park via Cuzco
Day 4 – Path Exploration and Guided Walk
Day 5 – Waterfall Visit
Day 6 – Ecological Presentation and Reforestation Effort
Day 7 – Reforestation Continued, Measure Progress
Day 8  – Macaw Clay Lick and Oxbow Lake by Catamaran
Day 9 – Animal Watch with Guide
Day 10 – Animal Watch Continued
Day 11 – Free Day for Exploration and Swimming
Day 12 – Departure from the Reserve, Spend night in Cuzco
Day 13 – Departure from Lima

*Schedule is subject to shift