What is PLB Voluntours?
Who are we? Who is NuttZo? Who is Project Left Behind?
Well it’s all pretty inter-connected and maybe a little confusing.. but we think we can help you make sense of it…
NuttZo LLC is an organic nut butter and snack brand based in San Diego. Founded by Danielle LiVolsi, NuttZo creates innovative and unique nut butter and snack products that blend seven healthy nuts and seeds in every creation. Sold nationwide in most natural foods and specialty stores, NuttZo is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and certified B Corp with a portion of every sale donated to the non-profit Project Left Behind.
Project Left Behind
Project Left Behind is a non-profit 501c3 started in 2010 by NuttZo founder Danielle LiVolsi and her husband Kevin after they adopted two boys from the Ukraine and wanted to give back to the orphaned and neglected children who were “left behind.” Today, Project Left Behind has provided food, medical needs, supplies and tuition to over 200 children in small independently run orphanages in Peru, India and Nepal.
Project Left Behind, focuses on helping small independently funded orphanages. Project Left Behind has found that these homes are often the most desperate for funding while overflowing with love and good intentions. Often, these homes just want to help the children but don’t know where the money is going to come from. Project Left Behind chooses these orphanages carefully and wants to help them with their financial burden so they can do what they do best — give these children the education and care they deserve.
Started in 2013, PLB Voluntours is the curator of volunteer trips to support the efforts of Project Left Behind. For now, our trips are focused in Peru… but Nepal and India are in the works! Stay tuned!
What is the goal of the trip?
The goal of the trip is twofold: volunteer at one of Project Left Behind’s orphanages and inspire the volunteers with a number of tours and stops over the course of seven days.
We invite a small group (12-15) of amazing women to join us on a 7 day ‘voluntour’ adventure to Cusco, Peru. Ages 16+ (under age 20 needs to have an accompanying adult). In the past we’ve had as young as 16 to as old as 72.. and everything in between. The diversity is awesome and we welcome it!
Is this luxury travel?
You will NOT go home feeling rested. Sorry. You’re probably going to feel exhausted. (You can sleep when you get home.) But, you WILL go home feeling ALIVE and INSPIRED and changed forever! This is our guarantee.
You will likely be a little cold, tired, out of breath (we’re at elevation), irritated, squished or sore at some point in the week. We pack a LOT in. But.. there’s something magical about this trip that we just can’t explain with words. You have to experience it to GET IT.
What volunteer work (and play) do we do?
As a group, we volunteer at the Semillas de Jesus orphanage in Urubamba, a small private orphanage established three years ago by a retired professor from Cusco that’s home to 22 children ages 8-17. Past projects have included: planting a vegetable garden, weeding, building a stone floor/foundation for a bike shed, painting, staining, cleaning and making dinner for the children.
While we won’t give it ALL away, we will tell you that we make many special stops along the way during the trip because we want to show the volunteers that we all can play a part in making this world a better place.
Over the last several years, for example, we have toured Casa Mantay, a safe house in Cusco for young mothers (11-18 years old) and Kausay Wasi Medical Clinic in Coya, a medical clinic that serves poor and underprivileged people from across Peru. We stay in hotels and eat in restaurants that help local children and introduce you to people you will NEVER forget.
Are we all work and no play?
Definitely NOT! This trip is carefully designed to incorporate fun, exploration, and inspiration!
We know many of the people who join us are probably feeling pretty burned out from their life and responsibilities at home and work. We want the trip to be rejuvenating, fun, and rewarding on many levels, so we take time to have some amazing meals together, take cervesa (beer) breaks, and of course marvel at the grand finale of Machu Picchu at the end of the week.
The most unique thing of all? Because of this balance of work and play plus the mix of participants of all ages and walks of life, the group organically bonds and develops friendships that last FAR beyond the seven days.
We’re still not entirely sure how it happens.. but, there’s no question, this trip is special!
Experiencing the history, breathtaking terrain, and welcoming people of Peru.
- Volunteer at a local orphanage and form deep connections with some remarkable people.
- Tour a number of truly inspiring children’s homes and facilities that help young mothers and the indigenous people.
- Stay in one of the most unique non-profit based hotels in Peru.
- Explore the amazing city that was the capital of the Inca Empire – Cusco, Peru.
- Discover some of South America’s most fascinating archaeological sites.
- Learn to make Peru’s world-famous Pisco Sour!
- Travel to the heart of the Sacred Valley, one of Peru’s most beautiful valleys. Discover the unique towns of Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.
- Ride the famous Peru Rails through the heart of Peru.
- Explore, at your leisure, the vast and mind-blowing ‘lost’ city of the Incas- Machu Picchu.
- Experience a week that will challenge you and change you forever!
Thinking about joining us?
This will be our 6th trip to Cusco and we’re so excited to share it with you. We’re only doing this once a year so if something deep inside of you is calling ‘YES! I want this.’ then just get on the list to receive updates and information about registering.
$2,750 (not including airfare)
What is included: Travel to and from airports and in-country group transportation such as train, taxi, etc. (excludes personal travel such as individual taxi ride); All travel and entrance fees to Machu Picchu; Hotel room charges; 4 meals (2 dinners, 1 lunch, 1 breakfast)
Note: additional meals, shopping and personal touring (museums, historic sites, etc) are not included.
15 maximum total participants will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. We encourage you to register as early as possible to ensure a space.
Registration open Wednesday, March 14th at Noon eastern standard time, on the Join page!
To secure a spot on the trip, you must make a non-refundable deposit of $500. The remaining $2,250 will be due 90 days prior to departure.
Interested but not ready to register yet?
If you’re interested in joining one of our future voluntour trips, enter your email at the bottom of this website so that we can keep you informed.