Volunteer Projects and Community Connections – Maska
The majority of our volunteer work will be with a family farm in the remote village of Maska. The farm, Kausay Punku, serves as a conservatory for ancient grains and seeds, a school of traditional and organic agricultural practices, and a place of practice for traditional Andean medicine. In previous years, our teams have helped the family build the physical infrastructure that will serve as a teaching space for the surrounding community and a place where endangered seed species are preserved and brought back to life. Our projects this year will, as always, depend on the needs of the Ccapa family. Our time at Kausay Punku will be full of learning as the Ccapa family is an invaluable resource for knowledge on sustainable agricultural methods, cuisine in the sierra, traditional medicine, and the real story on the Incas.
Beyond all this, we will spend one morning hiking up to the magical ruins of Pisac, an ancient Incan village nestled in the mountains at the mouth of the Valley. We will also take weekend trips and hike in other areas of the Andes. Sun salutations overlooking ancient Incan villages, anyone?