Volunteers provide assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within Peruvian communities, focusing primarily on orphaned children, animals, rural communities and school children.
As a volunteer in Peru you can provide love, affection, education and support to orphaned children. You will help to improve education in schools ensuring children learn and flourish. As a volunteer you can practice and teach preventative healthcare, and hygiene. Depending on your interests you can also contribute to building projects in impoverished communities, or in animal/environmental conservation projects. You will also provide education, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Peruvian communities.
What to Expect?
At childcare placements volunteers assist the children with their homework, organise educational activities, and provide the children with love and attention. There are many different childcare placements available in Cusco, including working at orphanages, homes for abused children, daycares for babies, community centres, and at shelters. There is also the possibility to work at a program for kids with disabilities. If you have an area which you are particularly interested in please let us know, although it will depend on availability as to which project you will be placed.
At construction projects volunteers assist with construction and/or renovation usually at a childcare project. Tasks on the construction program may include: renovation, labouring, painting, decorating, and carpentry. Volunteers will assist with cement mixing, sand sifting, cutting wood, and transporting building materials. The building projects are to help the community improve their schools and community centres. Be prepared to be very patient and flexible, and to get your hands and clothes very dirty.
At teaching English placements volunteers assist the full time teacher with speaking, listening, writing, reading, grammar, and vocabulary lessons. Volunteers may also be asked to help with specific learners in terms of their pronunciation and for one-on-one tutoring.
Volunteers work at either the Manu National Park or the Tambopata Jungle in the jungle region of Peru in the Sacred Valley. At the jungle project, volunteers may assist in orchid planting, bamboo removal, teaching at the local school, helping maintain trails and creating an inventory of species.
Andean Cultural Immersion
At the Andean project, volunteers live with a host family in the mountains in the Sacred Valley. They assist their family with agriculture and textiles practices. They will also provide some workshops to members of the local community, for example teaching English or reading and writing.
Volunteers work at a clinic for mentally and physically disabled children. This project does not require any qualification or experience. It is in a clinical setting but volunteers essentially help to look after the children, organizing activities, and helping at meal times. There are options at this project to assist in physiotherapy and to shadow a doctor as well.
Volunteers work at a clinic for low-income families. This project is for med students or qualified nurses or doctors. Volunteers for these projects require at least intermediate Spanish as the staff they will work with have limited English. Notarized documentation of your medical school, nursing school, or other medical credentials will be required.
Volunteer at a zoo in Cusco, assisting with cleaning and feeding. This is a small zoo which also houses injured animals and volunteers are needed to maintain the facilities and support the staff in a variety of tasks (such as food preparation, cleaning of cages, hosting visitors).
- Program ID: # 2330
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: CuscoPeru13° 29' 47.3028" S, 71° 57' 37.6164" WPE
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: Lima
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsEnvironmental & Wildlife ProgramsTeach Overseas
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