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Programs

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We strongly believe in the power of integrating global skills with local skills to generate sustainable development.

Our programs have been created keeping community needs and project goals as a top priority. These programs are the result of the rapid growing interest of local community members to participate in the Llama Pack Project. We have reached out to national and international institutions that will provide necessary skills to increase our project impacts.

The programs allow student groups to contribute to the project while learning in a multi-resourced, highly entrepreneur developing country. Faculty and student groups may get involved in the different project areas according to their specific academic needs and disciplines while having a high-impact intercultural learning experience.

We address development from a holistic and multidisciplinary approach which enables almost any field of study to contribute to our different project goals and we provide highly customized programs that allow all stakeholders involved to reach their own goals.

Our programs have been designed within our four main action areas: Social Development, Environmental Conservation, Healthy Llama Breeding and Entrepreneurship and Empowerment.

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Sustainable Development

Socially minded community service activities will provide communities with new tools for improving their quality of life and allow collaborators to become immersed in the local culture.

Health / Education

AREA: Social development
PROGRAM NAME: Health Education
FOCUS: Healthy living.
RELATED MAJORS: Public health, community service, education and related fields.

Context: Access to health facilities and education in many high-Andean communities is quite limited due to their remote location. In most cases people will use traditional medicine to cure common illnesses and when facing more complicated illnesses they may never seek for a treatment. Many common health issues can be easily prevented through education and dissemination of healthy living practices.

Program activities: This program will focus on facilitating dialogue and exchange of relevant information that will provide knowledge and practical skills to local community members and leaders that will allow them to improve certain habits within their rural context.

Required skills: Ease of communication, empathy, speech clarity, proactivity.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List and ask for current project needs.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport education materials,* educational materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Medical / Dental

AREA: Social development
PROGRAM: Medical and Dental Campaign
FOCUS: Healthy living.
RELATED MAJORS: Physicians, registered nurses, dentists.

Context: Access to health facilities and education in many high-Andean communities is quite limited due to their remote location. In most cases people will use traditional medicine to cure common illnesses and when facing more complicated illnesses they may never seek for treatment. Many common health issues can be easily addressed and improved with a simple intervention from a professional.

Program activities: This program will focus on assisting remote communities with a professional approach to common illnesses and helping relief pain and discomfort through simple procedures accompanied by health education.

Required skills: Professional qualification in the health field, confidence, adaptability and flexibility.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required medicines and materials*, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Day Care / School

AREA: Social development
PROGRAM: Day care, pre-school and school support.
FOCUS: Education.

Context: Access to education in many high-Andean communities is quite limited due to their remote location. In most cases schools, if any, will lack infrastructure, teaching materials and professionals to assist with the amount of children. Many teachers are happy to have an extra hand while teaching, create new teaching material or even fix or build basic needed infrastructure that will improve their student’s education quality time.

Program activities: This program will focus on assisting remote community schools, teachers and parents with complementary education activities that will enhance the student’s education experience through general assistance and the implementation of workshops that promote creativity and play, or through material and infrastructure aid.

Required skills: Ease of communication, empathy, speech clarity, proactivity.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

 

 

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Environmental Conservation

Environmentally minded activities will provide communities with new tools achieving long term sustainable development and allow collaborators to become immersed in the local culture and environment.

Native Tree Reforestation

AREA: Environmental Conservation
PROGRAM: Native tree reforestation.
FOCUS: Reforestation.

Context: Native trees such as ‘queñual’ amongst others have specific properties such as twisting roots that prevent soil erosion or land slides during rain season. Their trunks have thin layers that trap humidity as a reserve for dry season and they host several species in their branches. Once cut down, they take a very long time to grow back. Native trees are being cut down in order to make place to build roads and houses. Eucalyptus plantations also frequently replace native forests since their trunk grows fast and can be sold as wood, however this is a foreign introduced tree that permanently deteriorates the local grounds. By planting native trees we will contribute to the native forests and species equilibrium and to prevent damage caused by natural flood and mud slide disasters.

Program activities: This program focuses on the whole process required for reforestation to happen and will be achieved by multiple group participation. The group may be required to work on the construction of a native tree nursery structure and the recollection and planting of native tree buds, or to build the irrigation system that will provide water for the following year until the trees are ready to be planted in a new area for reforestation, or for reforestation itself by transplanting the young native trees from their nurseries to a new patch of land handed out by the community. The activity will depend on the project needs and the current state of the nurseries. We will work with community members in order to prepare the area and materials, build the structures and transplant the plant buds according to specific project goals.

Required skills: Good physical condition, adaptability.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with communities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List and ask for current project needs.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for outdoor activities, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials, native tree nursery and irrigation materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics.

Environmental Awareness Education

AREA: Environmental Conservation
PROGRAM: Environmental awareness education and workshops.
FOCUS: Environmental education.

Context: The Llama Pack Project strongly believes in the importance of disseminating environmental awareness amongst community members, especially children that will be responsible for project continuity within a few years. In order to do so, we need help to gather all the needed information, systemize it, design education toolkits and implement education workshops in which community members can participate and broaden their knowledge and sense of belonging to their environment.

Program activities: The group will visit a high Andean valley and a community. Once the group is familiar with the local ecosystem and Andean culture, they will implement education workshops with children or community members through interactive activities and play. Lessons may be systemized and put into a friendly toolkit for other groups to continue the same methodology.

Required skills: Ease of communication, empathy, creativity, speech clarity, proactivity.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Workshop on Local Biodiversity

AREA: Environmental Conservation
PROGRAM: Education workshop on local biodiversity.
FOCUS: Environmental education.

Context: The Llama Pack Project strongly believes in the importance of disseminating environmental awareness amongst community members, especially children that will be responsible for project continuity within a few years. In order to do so, we need help to gather all the needed information, systemize it, design education toolkits and implement education workshops in which community members can participate and broaden their knowledge and sense of belonging to their environment.

Program activities: The group will visit a high Andean valley and a community. Once the group is familiar with the local ecosystem and Andean culture, they will implement education workshops with children or community members through interactive activities, creative approaches and play. Resources will be created and lessons may be systemized and put into a friendly toolkit for other groups to continue the same methodology.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Workshop on Benefits of Llamas

AREA: Environmental Conservation
PROGRAM: Education workshop on ecological and economic benefits of llamas.
FOCUS: Environmental education. 

Context: Tourist traffic generated by many agencies and tourists every day has a high impact on local ancestral trails and forests. Llamas are the only native and eco-friendly carrier animals that can contribute to keep the local biodiversity stable, however travel agencies choose to work with horses, mules and donkeys instead. For llamas to be able to work as pack animals we need to focus on improving llama breeding practices and making llama breeding an attractive economic option for community members. In order to achieve so, community members need to understand all the benefits of using llamas as pack animals and be further motivated by this knowledge and its extensive possibilities. We also have the challenge to make llama breeding cool for future generations.

Program focus: The group will visit a high Andean valley and a community. Once the group is familiar with the natural habitat of the llama and the Andean culture, they will implement a plan in order to put all the information previously gathered by another group, into a friendly toolkit resource that can be used by themselves or any other group to teach about the benefits of using llamas as pack animals. Workshops may be held at local community gatherings, schools, or city schools of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Trail Cleaning and Education

AREA: Environmental Conservation
PROGRAM: Trail cleaning and education.
FOCUS: Environmental education. 

Context: Ancestral trails and the native woods that surround them receive constant impact from tourism agencies, tourist groups and hired horses and donkeys. State organisms still do not regulate many of these trails and therefore agencies do not take responsibility for their residues and garbage or the trail erosion they cause. These trails are also the sole road for community members and children to get back home. With this program we aim to mitigate the impact caused by tourism and start simple and effective education campaigns to generate awareness to the general public through signs and messages.

Program focus: With your presence you will give the local people an extra hand to do something that is important to their community and ecosystem. You will help community members keep their trails clean. You will work with them side by side and this simple action helps the local people understand the value of what they are doing, and reinforces environmental education ideas that will become stronger in further generations. You will be required to help with cleaning and maintaining trail paths, which are affected by plastic and other residues. Then we will analyze garbage and create and implement an education strategy.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, materials for signing the trails, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

 

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Healthy Llama Breeding

A technical and professional approach to common breeding practices will allow community members to improve their knowledge and techniques while collaborators get to become familiar with ancestral practices, contemporary problematic and access to usually inaccessible areas.

Animal Counting

AREA: Healthy Llama Breeding
PROGRAM: Animal counting
FOCUS: Llama training and care

Context: A very important area of the project is centered in improving the quality of the llamas owned by community members. In order to do so we need to document and analyze the current llama and livestock status.

Program activities: This program involves a lot of field work within the high-Andean communities.

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Llama Training and Care

AREA: Healthy Llama Breeding
PROGRAM: Llama training and care

Context: A very important area of the project is centered in teaching good llama breeding practices which means we have to implement a model breeding station which demands constant care and training for the llamas which need to be in optimum conditions in order to become effective pack animals. This program consists on taking care of the llamas and developing a daily routine of work with them.

Program activities: Collaborators will become familiar with the Llama Pack Project and llama handling, care and precautions. Collaborators will be organized in two or three teams in order to fulfill different tasks required for the gathering and training activities. Collaborators meet the local llama breeder that will join them the rest of the days, and the will be accompanied by a Llama Pack Project facilitator that will assist in translation and communication. Collaborators will start at the Llama Pack Pumahuanca Station, walk 20 minutes to the grazing spot where they will have to gather the llamas to take them back to their corrals at the station. Once the llamas are led to their corrals they will remove hay, straws and branches stuck to their fiber and comb them one by one. Collaborators may be asked to assist in other activities such as walking the llamas, loading the llamas or helping assist in curing the llamas. Collaborators will always be accompanied by a local llama breeder.

Required skills: Collaborators must feel comfortable handling big animals. Must be in good physical condition as they may need to run across the slopes to gather the llamas or avoid them escaping. Collaborators must be proactive and have a positive attitude to changing situations.

Positive Results:

  • Collaborators will understand the importance of llamas for our mountain ecosystems and for the social development of rural high-Andean communities.
  • Collaborators will develop leadership abilities by dealing with semi-domesticated animals, and they will have to develop communication and observation skills in order to get them doing what they need them to do.
  • Collaborators will develop teamwork skills.
  • Collaborators will participate in intercultural exchange with llama breeders.
  • Llama Pack llamas will further their domestication and training process by becoming comfortable to human presence and handling.
  • Llama Pack local llama breeder team will learn, by example, that llamas can get really comfortable with humans and that the can be trained.
  • These two previous results are a huge building stone to our general Llama Pack Project goals. Interaction between local community breeders, collaborators and llamas will turnout into a great motivation impulse for community members to value their llamas and expand their comprehension on all that can be done when taking time to interact with llamas. (All this knowledge and breeding practices have been lost throughout history, and the Llama Pack Project aims to recover it for the wellbeing of the Andean-communities and their highly vulnerable ecosystems).

General Considerations:

Llamas are big animals, precautions should be taken similar to when handling horses. Some llamas are noble and humble and some have quite a temper. Temperamental llamas or disturbed llamas may attempt to kick when approached, they may attempt to spit and male llamas may jump at each other. The grazing area is a steep slope with irregular terrain. Precaution may be taken to avoid tripping, sliding or falling into bushes with thorns.

Bring comfortable clothes appropriate for mountain climate. (Long pants, socks, trekking shoes, fresh t-shirt, fleece jacket, hat.) Mosquito repellant. Sun protection. Gloves will be provided. Llama Pack Project provides a First Aid kit to all excursions. Recommendations: Take water and snacks. 

Location: This program is developed within the Llama Pack Project headquarters in the outskirts of Urubamba.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Shed Construction

AREA: Healthy Llama Breeding
PROGRAM: Shed construction for livestock at risk
FOCUS: Llama training and care

Context: High Andean regions suffer from extreme adverse weather conditions every year. This results in hundreds and even thousands of livestock losses including baby llamas. The sheds that you will build will help keep the animals protected from heavy rains, snow and hail.

Program activities: This program focuses on providing the community with a good quality shed to protect their livestock during extreme weather conditions. Materials that are normally out of reach for these communities due to costs and distance will be provided in order to construct a durable structure combined with local traditional material that the community brings in. You will work with community members side by side to achieve a very simple and handy solution for one of the most important problems of the area. 

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

Llama Park Irrigation Design

AREA: Healthy Llama Breeding
PROGRAM: Llama Park Irrigation Design
FOCUS: Llama training and care

Location: This program may be developed in collaboration with community schools or community facilities from a wide range of high-Andean communities varying accessibility and necessary logistics. For options view our Community List.

Itinerary: To be defined according to each group and specific program goal.

Related costs: Program requires transportation for community visits, local interpreter, guide and guide assistant for treks*, llama herder and assistant to transport required materials*, education materials, accommodation, meals, local coordinator and pre-departure ground logistics. (*When working in communities with no road access.)

 

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Entrepreneurship and Empowerment

Activities with a strong focus on social business management will allow collaborators to become familiar with a developing entrepreneurship aimed at providing tools and access for rural communities to participate and benefit from modern world economies while generating a positive impact through the Llama Pack Project.

You may implement your own project or contribute on a specific phase of an ongoing project.

  • Crowdfunding
  • Marketing
  • Video / Multimedia
  • Tourism planning case study
  • Social business management
  • Micro business development.
  • Fundraising strategy design and implementation.
  • Awareness strategy. Local and international.
  • Llama park: a micro business developer machine….