Leadership Eco-Venture Peru

A Leadership Adventure Like No Other!

Get up close to a fascinating culture and ancient civilizations within wondrous Peru and Machu Picchu.  We developed this new hybrid leadership eco-venture to combine the best in youth leadership training, cultural immersion, and service learning ecology.  This program gives participants the chance to not only see, hear, taste, touch and feel what Peruvian culture has to offer, but the chance lead change to communities desperately in need.


  • Work, learn, live and experience a full week of leadership training through-out Lima, Peru!
  • Complete 40+ hours of community service and service-learning hours.
  • Take an eco-venture trek of a lifetime across the Inca Trail to experience the one and only Machu Picchu up close.

What is the Leadership Eco-Venture Schedule?

Participants will arrive through-out this first day.  Local pick-up and transportation will be provided by Powerful Youth from Jorge Chavez International Airport to Casuarinas International College.  As students arrive on campus, they will welcomed, shown to their room, provided a brief orientation, provided food, and a chance to unpack and settle in.  Today is a chance to unpack, get some rest, have some fun and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in these next 2 weeks.

Today is all about getting everyone on the same page about the 2 week adventure ahead.  We will go through the schedule of exciting activities to come as well as provide an opportunity for participants to get to know each other, our staff and the campus facilities.  From the campus, surrounding neighborhood, cafeteria, and other points of interests, participants will get know everything they need to know in order to have a comfortable, safe and exciting 2 weeks. Since jet-lag is common on this day, optional evening entertainment is usually a popular blockbuster film.

Today is about taking the time to really understand what “leadership” means and some of the research behind it about how to develop it.  The process to become a better leader is a learning process a lot like learning to swim, you need to practice and get coaching to get better at it.  Today’s activities and experiences are focused on exploring and testing your skills, ideas and experiences that you define “a leader.” Participants will discuss, work together, test themselves, set SMART goals and be introduced to the exciting Service Day Challenge.

Today is about getting an opportunity to practice leadership through much needed service to the historically underprivileged area of Pamplona.  Leadership development demands getting outside your “comfort zone.”  Through-out today, participants will be asked to explore, challenge and overcome their physical and emotional fears which hold them back from future success.  They will also be introduced to project management tools they can use at school, home or to make their own ideas into solid projects.

Our morning begins learning more about and volunteering at a local community organization in Pamplona.  Participants will not only get to give back, but they will also gain a better perspective on the issues and challenges that leaders face in trying to change their community for the better.  The afternoon we depart for a farm in Pachacamac overnight to get lessons and experiencing Peruvian dance, music, and food.

Leadership is a collection of skills and behaviors that when developed and used appropriately, becomes what we know as “great leadership.”  Today is dedicated to identifying and developing your specific strengths as well as focusing on one universally important aspect know as “confidence.”  Confidence is about taking on something you may not be sure you are able to do, but in simply making the attempt and focusing on what you did do, versus what you didn’t, you can become more confident in anything.

Great leaders must be great team members and great at collaboration with others.  What better way to test and develop your skills than through various art forms such as: dance, music, theater, film, studio art.  As you choose your favorite medium, you are given a team, a task and a time to create an original piece to be performed later that evening at a talent show.  We end the night with putting final details on your Service Challenge Project that you have been working on with your team.

Today is about truly leading meaningful change with a youth driven purpose according to your teams passions and values.  Service Challenge is a highlight in our programs with a simple premise: With $20, several hours to plan, and a team of youth, generate as much good, impact and/or benefit for the people in the Pamplona community.  This is both as real, exciting and tough as leadership challenges get but at this point participants will have all the tools to be successful.  The evening will be a special dinner and party celebration.

Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Your Tour Leader will welcome you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. On route he will explain the next days’ activities. Cusco is a favorite destination of many visitors to Peru. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings. The city itself is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca Empire for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Take the time to acclimatize to the city’s 3450-metre high (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city. By the afternoon, your leader will take you on an orientation walking tour around the center of the city. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street and the Temple of Qoricancha, which was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. Then, you will head to the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. In this place you will see the beautiful Cathedral. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI and it contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. You will visit the Coca Museum and learn about the Inca’s Sacred Leaf. Next, you will explore the San Pedro Market where you will find vegetables, meats, local cheeses, local chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat ‘mystery soups’. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals.

Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley for approx. two hours. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. For lunch, visit a community that live in the valley and learn about the local lifestyle and language. If it’s market day, you may have the opportunity to browse the local handicrafts such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night. If there’s time, you may like to see the town’s archaeological site, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement.

Today travel by minivan to the 82 kilometer marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 meters above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Peak.  Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 kilometers long and often steep. Each day’s journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

This is the most challenging day of the trek as you ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views ofthe valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 meters.

Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 meters). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 meters), also known as ‘Town above the Clouds’. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night’s campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 meters). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around two to three hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 meters), also known as ‘Town above the Clouds’. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night’s campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

This day starts before dawn with breakfast served nice and early at approximately 4:30am. The early start serves two purposes, one we farewell our porters as they descend to the train station to catch their 6:30am train home and two, you are ready to start hiking by 6:00am by when the gate that leads through to the Inti-Punku (sun gate) opens. The walk to the sun gate takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Here you will enjoy your first views of the complex of Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear morning the view from the Sun Gate can be quite stunning and creates a lasting impression that will stay with you long after you return home. You will have a guided tour to this great archaeological site. You will then have some free time to explore by yourself, before taking the bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes for lunch. You will have 1 or 2 hours free time to discover this beautiful town. Perhaps visit the open-air market, filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo town. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the train station and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

What you will gain

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 40+ Service Hours • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project • Earn Credit

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Hands on Exposure to Leadership Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of South America!

    Hiking • Swimming • Snorkeling • Sailing • Kayaking/Canoeing • Climbing • Fishing • Dancing

  • Experience the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu up Close

    Ancient History • Rain Forest • Trekking • Camping • Guided Tour

2017 Dates and Tuition


Admissions Process

Submit your application by clicking any APPLY NOW buttons or links.

Select the specific program(s) dates you wish to attend.

If you require financial scholarship support, please indicate that on your application and submit your scholarship essay or a link to a video submission with your application.

To officially register for a program, we must receive an initial $300 USD deposit to reserve your place into the program(s) as well as issue an official letter of registration required to issue a tourist VISA.

You may pay the non-refundable deposit as well as the remaining tuition balance at once or in installments.

You must complete and return all mandatory admissions forms such as:

Medical Health Form: Powerful Youth – Medical Form

General Registration Waiver: Powerful Youth General Waiver

Please arrange and share with us your flight/travel to/from Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) so we can arrange pick-up and drop-off from that airport.  We are happy to help you research and select the best possible flights.

Check to see if you need to apply for a Peruvian Visa.  Participants need only a “visitor” visa.  You do not need a custodian declaration form to attend the GLA program

You can check and apply for immigration documents online at this address: https://www.visahq.com/

We will issue you a registration letter required for obtaining a visa once we receive your deposit payment.

PACK YOUR BAG: We will provide you with a complete packing list suggesting what and how much to bring to have the best possible time with us.  ARE YOU READY?: For the challenge and fun of a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

To be considered for financial aid or scholarship we ask that you submit a written essay or create a 3-4 minute video that answers these 3 questions when you submit your online application:

1. Why are you interested in attending the Global Leadership Academy?

2. What sort of clubs, social activities, service, or sports have you been involved with and why?

3. What is a strength that you have already as a leader?

Feel free to be creative and fun, but make sure to answer the questions as best you can. The file can be uploaded to this site by using the File upload button below. Since videos are too large to upload, please send us a link to a YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video hosting site to dcharron@powerfulyouth.com

The Global Leadership Academy is open and encourages all young adults around the world to apply.  Our only requirements for admission are that you will be between the ages of 15 to 18 years old by the time that you attend the program.

All instruction is done in ENGLISH, however we do not have English language requirements as we are an experienced based program.  We do suggest that students have at least a proficient level of English, or the ability to speak and understand short statements/questions, but this is not a requirement.

Youth will stay on campus in school dorm rooms with capacity for 4 students.  Each room is large enough for each participant to have their own bed, dresser, desk, and closet space.  We assign students to dorms according to gender and to promote diversity, we reserve the right to decline all requests to stay in the same room with someone you may know.

If cancellations are made
  • 8-weeks prior to program start date: Full refund of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • 4-weeks prior to program start date: Refund 50% of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • Within 4-weeks of program start date: No refund of program fees
  • Deposit is only refundable in the case of a denied visa. Proper documentation must be provided.
Payments for the Powerful Youth’s programs may be made securely and online through Paypal.  We will issue an online invoice once we have received and issued an admissions welcome letter.