TGL Peru 2018
Peru: ancient, mysterious, stunning. Soaring peaks and carved valleys lead the way to a bucket list topper: Machu Picchu. Combined with wandering the cobbled streets of Cusco, and spending precious time with the amazing kids at Picaflor, TGL Peru is a slam dunk of a trip. We are so excited to be sending our fifth team to this amazing place!
2018 brings yet another team of photographers to the ancient city of Cusco, Peru, to work alongside Picaflor House! Picaflor House works tirelessly to provide a safe place for children who are struggling in Cusco. Whether from the street, or orphaned, or otherwise, Picaflor House offers food, education, and a safe place to any child who needs it.
Picaflor and TGL have started a small after-school photography program at the center, to help the children learn to express themselves, learn valuable skills, and allow others to see the world as they experience it. Our team will come in to do workshops with the kids, play, encourage, and shoot away! When not with the children we will explore Cusco and the surrounding area, as well as ascend the majestic, mysterious, bucket-listing Machu Picchu. For 6 years these kids have come to meet us and explore their town behind a lens - they've even had small gallery showings in Cusco! They've come a long way and we're excited to build on what we've done together so far.
April 22nd - May 1st, 2018
What is Included?
All Ground Transportation
From the moment you arrive to when you depart, we have you covered. Taxis, buses, tours, you name it.
All Accommodation and Meals
Rooms are double rooms with twin beds, paired by gender, and accommodation is always clean, comfortable, and safe. From dinner the arrival day, to breakfast the departure day, we will keep you well fed and hydrated.
All Entry Fees and Guides
Entry fees, shooting permits, guides, passes, etc. If the team is going to shoot there, we'll get you in. We'll even be sure to tip any guides on behalf of the whole team.
All Photo Instruction
You'll have 2 leaders available all day long to field as many questions as you can muster, provide one-on-one help, and offer group topics and instruction as required by the scene at hand.
A Donation to the NGO
While there are a lot of factors involved that determine the exact amount - which we're happy to be completely transparent about - you can rest assured we make a substantial donation to our NGO partner post-trip.
What is Not Included?
We're open to people from every corner of the world. This means we cannot possibly offer a flight that would suit everyone. If you can get yourself here, we'll take care of the rest!
We require every participant to have adequate travel insurance, and to carry copies of this insurance at all times.
Passport and Visa
Each participant is required to ensure their passport is valid for the time of travel, and to research, learn, and meet all the requirements of an entry visa specific to their country. If there are fees associated with the entry visa, they're not included.
Alcohol and Souvenirs
We do not provide alcohol for our participants, so that's up to you. As well, as much as we really really like you, we can't buy your gifts for you. Souvenirs are on you!
Some hotels have wifi, others do not, or sometimes it simply doesn't work. When wifi is available for purchase, it's up to you if it's worthwhile. Some participant opt to purchase a local SIM card and data plan - a great option that we don't cover.
TGL Peru - Behind the Scenes!
The NGO: Picaflor House
Picaflor House works with disadvantaged or impoverished youth and children on the streets of Cusco, Peru. Some of the children are orphans, while others just lack basic needs. We will be doing a camera drive to collect more cameras for the photography club, plus a few laptops, to help them have an outlet for expression, a way to explore their creativity, and also to build self-esteem.
Picaflor House is a grassroots organization whose aim is to be completely locally run. Currently they provide English classes, arts and crafts, dance, sports, and reading. The focus is to get children off of the street, support families, and provide education. They also hope to be a haven for trafficked girls in the near future.
Who Are Your Leaders?
Varina is a wilderness photographer, writer, and photography instructor with roots in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Northern Idaho. She spent most of her childhood outdoors, playing in creeks, climbing trees, building forts… and nurturing a life-long love for nature. She now lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Jay, where they have spent more than a decade building their freelance photography business. In between filming video courses in beautiful places around the globe, editing lessons at home, and handling various business concerns, Varina spends her time dealing with the insanity of parenting a handful of teenagers, rock climbing with Jay, practicing Yoga, and trying to fit in a few more hours of sleep.
I could start off like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. These days I spend my time traveling and photographing the world with my beautiful wife Varina Patel and enjoying outdoor activities like running, hiking, cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. Varina and I have spent more than a decade building our photography business that offer video courses about all aspect of nature photography.