I am proud to announce that after a four year break our popular volunteer program begins anew this March. In those four years Karikuy as a company has grown exponentially, due to this we have had the luck of being able to invest in the renovation of our Karikuy house which is now in the final phase of construction of the first 2 floors. The new house will be ready in March to house the first wave of volunteers since 2011. During the break I took some time to organize the company and focus on the business side in order to be able to house more volunteers. I also had a gorgeous baby girl and had to take some time off from administering the program.
Whats new for 2015? We now have a full floor to house our volunteers and offices. The price in general of the program has dropped to $55 a week and we have no longer included meals as we now provide a fully equipped kitchen for our volunteers and employees to use. We have added more bathrooms as well to avoid crowding as well as more patio space for leisure. The house now has a private entrance on the first floor and more security in general.
We hope to keep expanding the house in 2015. This year we hope to launch a Kickstarter campaign with the help of our volunteers to build more floors to house even more volunteers, we hope to house about 5 volunteers year round per floor in the future. Aside from fundraising our volunteers have some new projects they can work on. Our Volunteer Planet website has been in Beta for the last few years, we hope to update and finish the project by years end. Project Perupedia also continues to grow, in 2015 we plan to review the site with our volunteer as it may also be getting a complete overhaul for a more modern and informational site.
The Karikuy program in the past has been a truly unique experience for volunteers and travelers. We hope to continue the spirit of the old program by encouraging new volunteers to travel and experience Peru and all of its charm to the fullest. We are now taking applications, I hope you can all help in getting the word out so a new generation of travelers can enjoy this program as I know some of you past volunteers have in the past. We welcome all aspiring writers, adventurers, film makers, bloggers and free spirits to join us, we can’t wait to meet you all! To apply for the Karikuy Volunteer Program in 2015 please visit www.karikuy.org/volunteer