- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Peru
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Running, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Youth Outreach
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
STRIVE Trips international immersion programs are specifically designed to give high school student-athletes an opportunity for a real-life, community-based learning experience. Train at a high altitude alongside the world's greatest runners. Volunteer at a local community, as well as discover the wonders of Peru.
STRIVE has been called “the world’s coolest running camp” but it’s really so much more. Yes, you’ll spend 3 weeks training at altitude in the majestic Andes Mountains, but you’ll also learn how to serve a community, order a smoothie in Spanish, and pace yourself on a hike up to 15,000 ft. Cap it off with one of the new 7-Wonders: Machu Picchu!
Welcome Home In Peru’s Sacred Valley, STRIVE student-athletes will enjoy settling into their Andes lodging in the colorful town of Pisaq. Located at over 9000 ft. (3000m) above sea level and about 40 minutes down the mountain from the ancient city of Cusco, Pisaq is best known for its Sunday market and giant Inca fortress towering on the hill overlooking town. With imposing (sometimes snow-capped) mountains in every direction, patch-work fields rimmed by vast 500-year-old terracing, and a night sky you have to see to believe, it’s easy to lose track of time as you take in the beautiful views.
All service work begins with learning how to serve others. The service projects that we do work on are always community driven and therefore often change from year to year. Projects that our students have undertaken in the past include working as teachers’ assistants in local school, helping tutor local students in STRIVE’s year-round, free after-school programs, and even promoting health and fitness through local sports days and our annual Pisaq 5K road race. Lastly, there may be days where you need to “get dirty” – clearing the local running track of brush, helping paint a building, or even helping dig at an ongoing Inca ruin excavation.
The dirt roads hugging the curves of the Urubamba River will be your main training grounds if running is your passion. If you’re not a runner, the training facilities on-site are available to meet your needs. You’ll be able to work out daily in the gym or even take a bike out along the river roads. There truly is something for every athlete: basketball courts, soccer fields, and just about anything your inner athletic soul could desire.
Upon arrival in Miami as a group you’ll fly to Cusco where our private transportation will meet us and bring us directly to Pisaq. You’ll stay at the beautiful Chaska Wasi Hotel, a tranquil location on the river banks with the rooms set around a beautiful, sunny courtyard perfect for a game of cards, a solitary reading session, or a group meeting.