Empowering Women in Peru

Our program partner in Peru urgently needs volunteers for it programs in Cusco, and surrounding regions. Working closely with our local partner, we offer the chance to interact (conversationally), work with children in orphanages and undertake medical placements, as well as a number of other programs. Your efforts as a volunteer will drastically improve the lives of people in the local communities.

As a volunteer in Peru, you can be sure that your skills and expertise are sorely needed. And the satisfaction and fulfilment that this can give a volunteer is not something that one often gets from a job or internship. Plus as a volunteer traveler, you will get a chance to interact with others on this project, and with the local community that your are immersed in on a day-to-day basis. You will be meeting people whose experiences of life may challenge your assumptions and values. You will meet people who are curious about you, and you will be learning all the time about this wonderful country, its people and its language.

Through volunteering in Peru you can gain insight into this fascinating South American country. And the flexibility of duration that our volunteer programs offer means that you can sign yourself up for as little as a two-week stay, or upwards of a six-month commitment.

Placements in Peru can commence on any day of the year and volunteers in can participate from as little as two weeks. There is no cap on the length of time one can stay. Costs vary by time in-destination, and cover registration fees, accommodation, food, orientation, transport, and in-country support staff throughout the duration of your volunteer placement. A small amount is also set aside for future program development. When you consider the costs you might incur at a hotel or eating at restaurants, the costs are minimal.Local partners are grassroot organisations, and in most cases are solely funded by volunteer fees. For them to be able to continue the amazing work they do, volunteer fees and donations are essential.

NOTE: Volunteers in Peru must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). All placements require a modest/intermediate level of conversational Spanish. However, if volunteers don't know Spanish they can spend the first 2 weeks taking Spanish lessons before they begin their volunteer placement. We recommend a very affordable Spanish course offered by the same local project partner, which can be arranged simultaneously with your placement team. The Women's Empowerment program has a minimum duration of 4 weeks.

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What to Expect?

The Women's Empowerment program aims to assist women who have suffered domestic violence. Most women have children, and the shelter also assists those children directly. The project aims to help with emotional healing as well as teaching skills and helping the women regain control of their lives.  Part of the volunteers’ responsibilities will be to help the women with English, support them during the professional workshops, as well as lend a hand around the shelter (cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.).

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to organize activities for the women, which is a great chance to provide skill-oriented training. Travelers will share their own experiences, insights end engage local women with construction and patient conversation.

You will stay with a local Peruvian family while volunteering in Cusco. All families have been fully vetted by out local team and have experience hosting volunteers in Peru. In most cases you will have your own room and shared bathroom. Part of your program fee is given to your host family to cover the costs of accommodation and food. It truly is the best way to throw yourself into the local culture and you are bound to meet people who will become lifelong friends!

Your host family will give you breakfast, lunch and dinner and Peruvian food is delicious and, yes, different. It is based around rice, potatoes, fish and lots of locally-grown fruit, such as cherimoya, lucuma, citrus fruits and pineapple. No doubt you will taste the national drink, pisco sour. This concoction is made by combining the Peruvian equivalent of Italian grappa, lemon, egg white and a pinch of cinnamon.

For volunteers, staying in Peru means they gain something that mere travellers miss out on: a ‘live’ authentic glimpse into family life and the character of the people. By having the opportunity to stay with a host family and by working right alongside the local population volunteers can really expereience all that Peru has to offer.

  • Program ID: # 2557
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    13° 31' 9.3432" S, 71° 56' 17.196" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cusco (CUZ)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Women's & Youth Programs
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