Trip Dates: May 2-9, 2020
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 Hogar Semillas de Jesus, a children’s home in Urubamba. This small, private home was established years ago by a retired professor from Cusco. It is home to 22 children ages 5-17. 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!
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.
$1850 (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.
To secure a spot on the trip, your payment of $1850 is due January 15, 2020.
FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. An email with deposit instructions will follow.