Lima and Sacred Valley, Peru

Mission Trip:

October 24- November 1, 2018

Travel abroad, get out of your comfort zone and join Smiles for Speech for an opportunity to make a difference! This adventure of a lifetime includes 7-days, 6 nights exploring the culture of Peru while volunteering to work side by side with children with special needs at a school, hospital and various non-profit organizations. Become a part of making the world a better place!

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Lima

Our first visit will be to Colegio La Alegria en el Senor, a Center for inclusion located in the La Molina District of Peru that educates, trains and rehabilitates disadvantaged, young people with physical disabilities. You’ll join an inspired community of like-minded people such as: speech-pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and educators in sharing methods of helping children with various special needs/disabilities while spreading smiles and joy.

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Urubamba

We will visit children at My Small Help and the Kiya Survivors/Rainbow House whose projects focus on providing support, therapy and love children with special needs as well as abused and abandoned children and their families.

During our mission trips, our goal is to serve not only the children and the families we visit, but also their communities. You will have the opportunity to experience agricultural life, traditions, and culture first hand while helping families improve their quality of life by participating in workshops such as: ceramics, chocolate making, Chicha (typical maize drink) preparation, bee keeping, flower growing, weaving, coffee processing or guinea pig raising.

Our last 2 days will be spent enjoying a spectacular and scenic journey to Aguas Calientes and Macchu Picchu.

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“I was reborn on my mission trip with Smiles for Speech. I was able to recognize myself and my spirit in the families and kids we visited. I think they made more of an impact on me then I did for them.” — Irene


Sample Accommodations

Package Includes:

  • 6 x nights /  7 days accommodation
  • Transportation to the Colegio La Alegria en el Senor/Neoplastics hospital/Peru Association for Laryngectomies  in Lima
  • Round trip flight from Lima to Cusco
  • Transportation to Urubamba-NGO’s My Small Help/ Kiya Survivors/Rainbow House
  • Chichumba Community Tourism Tour
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee/permit/tour
  • Excursion and hike through beautiful mountains of Machu Picchu

“I joined Smiles for Speech because I wanted to change lives… but every life I touched changed mine. “  — Jendayi


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Mission Trip Cost: $1390

NOTE: You only have to book your airfare by September 30th  to be registered. No deposit required. Pay your balance by October 15th and you are on your way. Email us at hello@smilesforspeech.org to  tell us a little bit about yourself and share why you would like to join the mission trip . *based on triple occupancy.

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Mission Trip Leaders

Sandy Dorsey, Founder of Smiles for Speech

Sandy Dorseyis a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist that for over 15 years has provided speech and language services to wide ranging populations, from early intervention to high school students in New York City. Sandy has witnessed first-hand how children with special needs from disadvantaged backgrounds do not always receive necessary help for various reasons.  Driven to close this gap and make an impact, Sandy founded Smiles for Speech, a humanitarian, education based organization dedicated to increasing awareness of this disparity while working with children with special needs and families within their communities to enhance their ability to reach their full potential by promoting self-esteem, self-expression and confidence.

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Ana Berrios is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, born and raised in Puerto Rico and trained at the University of Puerto Rico. Her interest in working with culturally diverse people motivated her to move to New York City in 2014 where she currently specializes in Early Intervention. Prior to becoming a Speech Pathologist, Ana volunteered and taught a Spanish course for an NGO in Brazil for children at risk.  She enjoys working with infants and toddlers and their families to support and enhance children’s developmental skills as well as parent education. This will be Ana’s second adventure to Peru!

Thanh Dinh is a Canadian-trained Occupational Therapist currently working with the geriatric rehabilitation. He received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. Thanh relocated to New York City in 2015 to begin his professional career, where he gained experience working with children and adults with physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities. He has a strong desire to help others while traveling and immersing himself in new cultures around the world.


Q & A

How many people will attend this mission trip?
We will travel with around 8-10 volunteers.

Who can attend?
We welcome those with a sense of adventure and a heart dedicated to helping children with special needs from disadvantaged communities.

When should I plan to arrive at the center?
We will leave the hotel on the morning of October 25th at 8am to make our first visit.

How do you assign the rooms?
Rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis based on when you make your deposit. We will match according to you who you would like to share a room with.

What airport do I fly into?
Please book your flight to the Jorge Chavez International, Lima, Peru to arrive the morning of Oct 25th.

Are transfers included?
You are responsible for your airport transfers to and from Lima.

What can I expect the daily program to look like?
Each volunteer can choose which activities to attend. However, a day will look something like this:

  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled Visits
  • Lunch
  • Free time / optional planned outing
  • Dinner

Have a question? Email Smiles for Speech at hello@smilesforspeech.org

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Au revoir Ghana, Bonjour Togo

When I resigned from my job last year, the plan was to work with Kailend for a month as an intern. This was to give me the opportunity to help make a difference in my community, learn a new language as Kailend is in a French speaking country – Togo, spend some time with Ellen who will be moving to Cape town soon, connect with other volunteers around the world, gain more experience in my skill and well, indulge in my love for traveling. However things don’t always go as planned so I had to put this on hold till this year. 

As I planned towards my trip, I informed a couple of friends with similar goals who decided to join me on my trip. So on Sunday – 16th April 2017, we made the 2-3 hour journey from Tema Motorway Roundabout to Lomé, Togo. The girls (Mary, Afia, Reggie) and I got a hired car (4 passenger) which charged 50 cedis per person and took us right to the border. This was so great as we had many luggages​ and weren’t prepared for the walk from the main station to the border as the trotro (bus) wouldn’t have brought us that close to the border. We however had to wait for the SASA Group who wanted to spend their Easter Sunday and Monday with Kailend to make an impact and learn more about the social enterprise. 

Since the girls and I got to the border earlier, we had to wait for the others for nearly an hour as their bus stopped several times for passengers. While we waited however we got our passports stamped at a fee, made some enquiries and got in touch with the driver who had to pick us up. When the others finally got to the border, we assisted them with the formalities and then left for Sammy’s (executive director of Kailend) family house for a talk. Over there, we introduced ourselves and met Shika – a volunteer from UK who plans on assisting the social enterprise for the next two weeks.

After some laughter and familiarisation, we left for the volunteer house which is around the Airport / Trade Fair area in Lomé. At the house, we were met by the lovely Sylvina who is the housekeeper and chef. Then Sammy explained to us the mission and vision of Kailend and we made plans for the next day. But before sleeping, the girls and I decided to channel in our energy by playing some drums and dancing at the sitting room.

On Easter Monday, we woke up to delicious omelettes, tomato sauce and baguettes then had a little freestyling singing and dancing before setting off for the day’s job. We took a drive through town, and visited some of Kailend’s projects in Lomè starting with the Mama Charity Orphanage where we learnt the importance of not only looking out for ourselves but also for those who aren’t as privileged as us, assisting, encouraging, and praying with / for them. 

Afterwards we went on a drive to the University of Lomè where Albert showed us around. Afterwards, we went back home to have a yummilicious meal then headed right back out to the Artisan market where we breathtaking paintings, carvings, bags, jewellery, clothes and souvenirs that depict the history, creativity and modernization of Togo and Africa. We were then sent to Sammy’s family house where we were privileged to watch a choreography, sing and dance, listen to a motivational speaker – Marie Ange and just chill. At that moment, the girls and I realised Togo is exactly where we should be at the moment. After a couple of hours, we had to leave for the volunteer house.

Upon getting back home, we had dinner and a meeting to encourage each other to be concerned about those around us and to help make a difference in our community. As the SASA group were living the next day, we had a little party at the Terrace where we all chilled, spoke about our dreams. This went on deep into the night. Friendships were made; minds were filled with new ideas and implementations; a family was created and love was shared.

As I plan on staying for the next two months, I am looking forward to the adventure ahead of me; the friends I will make along the way; the possible business opportunities; the joy of learning a new language; indulging in my love for travel and most importantly living a mark in the world by making a difference in the life of a person in need.

I believe moving to Togo for a while is a really good best decision and intend on utilising this opportunity to the fullest.