Participants will stay at a house rented by the project that will have common rooms and clean, but rustic and basic facilities. Conditions are provincial, and participants share accommodations. There is running water, but we do not guarantee that it will be plentiful, potable, or hot. Rolling blackouts may also occur. Beds are provided but students are responsible for linens and are encouraged to bring sleeping bags. Lastly, the project maintains a communal kitchen and dining area with a stove, coffee maker, mini-fridge, and other essentials like pots & pans, and dishes & flatware.
With respect to diet, the project provides plenty of nutritious but basic breakfast and lunch offerings in the tradition of local highland Andean (Quechua) cuisine. Breakfast usually consists of coffee, tea, evaporated milk, fruit, cereal, fresh baked bread, jams, butter, and oatmeal. Hot lunches, prepared and served at the site, are heavily based on staples like rice, corn, potatoes, legumes, pasta, and some animal protein such as eggs and chicken. Our cooks can’t accommodate strict vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher or other specialty diets. Those with specialized diets will find their options very limited and should be prepared to bring their own food down, or purchase items locally to supplement their diet.
Note that the project provides breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, but you are responsible for all meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner will not be prepared and provided by the project. Those who wish to eat out for dinner on weekdays, and for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekends, should allocate an additional $200-$300 for the duration of the project. Ayacucho is known as a foodie’s paradise and cheap-eater’s heaven. There are scores of very affordable restaurants which provide delicious foods and offer a diverse range of local, regional, and international cuisines.
Alternatively, the project will maintain a cupboard stocked with basic staples and foodstuffs. Participants can use the facilities and food available to prepare dinner for themselves, free of charge.