making a difference in peru

making a difference in peru

Written By

The Vivint Smart Home Team

When over 100 Vivint volunteers traveled to Cusco, Peru, to help in service projects, they knew it would be hard physical work. But they didn’t know just how hard.

The various service projects took place over a week’s time and also took place at elevations as high as 12,000 feet. Despite the challenges of working at such high elevations when your body is not used to doing so, the volunteers remained focused and dedicated to their projects. Some of Vivint’s top executives, including CEO Todd Pedersen and his family, also participated in the trip and rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

On one particularly arduous day, the volunteers hauled 1,500 40-pound bricks up a hill to construct an animal shelter—the first of its kind in the remote area outside of Cusco. Even with significantly less oxygen than they were used to and an incredibly physically demanding task, the volunteers didn’t give up.

“We could hardly breath,” said volunteer Shawn Nelson. “It was the hardest day of work in my life, but giving this type of service in Peru was a good reminder as to how fortunate we are in the U.S. and Canada and how much we take for granted.”

Volunteers also participated in other service projects such as school renovations, including cleaning and painting. The most touching experiences, however, happened when volunteers were able to interact with those they were serving. On one particular day volunteers renovated an orphanage and were able to spend time with the orphans themselves.  The volunteers were greeted with hugs and kisses from the children and were grateful for the opportunity to show love to children in need.

“It was so touching to meet the children we were serving,” Nelson said.

Jason Clark also participated in the service project and was grateful for the opportunity to serve the Peruvian people. Says Clark, “We stayed in a boarding house where many of the service projects took place and we got to stay with the kids. It was so fun. Every morning when we woke up and every night as we returned we were welcomed by the kids.”

And when all was said and done,  when all the bricks had been moved and all the paint had dried, that’s what this trip was all about—the people.

“I love Peru,” said Clark, “but if all you do is go to see its beautiful landscapes and wonders you’ve missed the most beautiful part about this country: the people.”