VOLUNTEERING IN PERU
A country in South America, located on the western side of the continent, that has borders with Colombia and Ecuador in the north, with Brazil in the east, with Chile in the south and with Bolivia in the southeast.
When choosing a destination for your volunteering in Latin America, Peru becomes a very interesting one due to the great diversity of landscapes and climates. It also stands out for its valleys, mountains and one of its historical monuments considered world heritage – “Machu Picchu”.
An archaeological capital of America, it’s recognized for its majesty, impressive architecture and for being a living sample of the Inca period. This city enchants its visitors with its mysticism, its architectural fusion of the archaic and the colonial eras, its unstoppable nightlife and adventure activities.
The cradle of the Inca empire or “The navel of the world” is located at 3,400 meters above sea level and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1983. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for volunteers.
Cusco is a place full of life and joy, where festivities are very important for the local people. One of its most important holidays is Easter. Not to mention the great festival of Inti Raymi, which is celebrated in almost all the towns that formed the old empire.
In case you didn’t know, the Inti Raymi is the homage that the Peruvians make to the sun and to all nature. It’s a celebration that draws much attention of foreign visitors, volunteers and local people.
BUT PERU ISN'T JUST ABOUT CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU !
Being there you will discover that the country is more than what you were told or what you heard from travelers who have passed through Peru. So, we encourage you to put on your explorer’s shirt and start discovering so many places that, despite not being very famous, don’t lack in charm.
One way to get to know the impressive places of this beautiful country is through a solidary trip, volunteering or solidarity tourism as we usually call it.
Peru with its amazing landscapes, stories and people becomes full of surprises for visitors. It’s a paradise suitable for all kinds of tourists, such as those seeking: adventure, responsible tourism, cultural and photographic tourism, and why not, a volunteering experience.
This is general information, you will find specific information on each project in its section. Depending on each program, different information will be included or excluded and there will be different arrival and cooperation timetables.
PROGRAMS IN PERU
In Quisicancha, one hour from San Jerónimo, you will accompany the teachers to a community living more than 4000 meters away. From Monday to Friday, you will volunteer in a local public school, which has a lack of teachers. Here you will be surprised by both the way of life and the fact that you will have to give some Spanish classes, since half of the children only know Quechua. It's a very rewarding program that will keep you occupied the whole morning!
This program seeks to help women in communities and shelters for girls who have been victims of human trafficking. Volunteers work from Monday to Friday in the morning and as a rule of the centre, only female volunteers can participate in the program. Your support will help the women avoid being decieved again in the future, heal and have a decent future.
This program is intended for children of limited resources in the center of Cusco and is based on giving love to the children through playful and spiritual activities, computer training, games, dancing and helping them with homework. The program is a perfect first volunteering experience for its easy-going nature. Volunteers work in the mornings and/or afternoons and live in a hostel next to the little school.
COMBINED PROGRAM IN THE SACRED VALLEY
In the heart of the Sacred Valley, on the way to Machu Picchu and on the outskirts of the town in the river ravine, you will find this combined program that offers you disconnection from civilization and return to the land. You will be teaching children of the communities, cleaning rivers and jungle, and constructing spaces with good recycled materials. You will live in the project in beautiful facilities with everything you need to spend a few days in the heart of Peru.
WHEN CAN YOU TAKE PART IN THE VOLUNTEER PROJECTS?
All volunteer programs in Peru are available from March to December, with a schedule from 8:30 to 11:30am and in the afternoons from 2:50 to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.
For the holiday period in Peru, which is between January and February, the schedule is as follows:
School reinforcement schedule is organised from 8:50am to 1:00pm.
IMPORTANT HOLIDAYS (WHEN PROJECTS CLOSE)
- From December 22 to January 3
- Easter (Thursday to Sunday)
- National holidays (July 27, 28, 29)
The different accommodation options for the volunteers are located near Cusco. Depending on the program that the volunteer chooses, they will be assigned accommodation, which can be in family homes or in a volunteer house.
In both types of accommodation, rooms are shared with other volunteers. These are simple rooms with a set of sheets, pillows and a space to put clothes. The bathrooms in the accommodation are also shared.
With regard to food, you are provided with three meals a day. In the case that you live in the house for volunteers, you also have a kitchen that you can use.
In general, meals include rice, meat, fruits and vegetables.
- To take part in the volunteer programs in Peru, you will mainly need to pass the registration process and interviews of Adventure Volunteer.
- Another very important point to consider is that you will have to provide us with the criminal record certificate, since you will be working with children and adolescents.
- We will need you to send us a photocopy of your passport.
- You must have a return flight (from Peru) to participate in the volunteer programs.
- At the beginning of your program you must be at least 18 years old.
To be a volunteer in Peru, you must bear in mind that you are going to live with children, adolescents or communities, which have a totally different culture from yours. Therefore, the volunteer is expected to be a respectful, empathetic, dynamic, creative and involved individual.
You can be part of the Teaching volunteering programs in Cusco (Peru) from €460 for 2 weeks. Every additional week costs €180. This includes:
- Airport pick-up
- Accommodation in shared rooms with other volunteers
- Orientation and induction on the project and place
- Volunteering certificate of participation
- Continuos support from the staff of the local organisation
- Basic accident and civil liability insurance
- 24/7 Assistance
In each project you can see the costs according to the number of weeks you are interested in.
ARRIVAL TO YOUR DESTINATION
You should arrive in Cusco on a Friday or Saturday to start the program on Monday.
Our main role as coordinators is to provide you with all the information and support you will need before and during your volunteering in Peru, so that your experience would be the most rewarding.
When you apply for a volunteer project in Peru, the first thing we send you is an email with the first information you need to know to start organizing your trip. In this sense, our support to the volunteers begins long before the start day of the project.
Once in Peru, the volunteers also have all the help and support of the local staff.
In general, the weather in Peru varies thanks to the country’s diverse geographical conditions. In winter it usually rains moderately, and in summer the heat is not too overwhelming. So, the truth is you can enjoy a very pleasant climate throughout the year.
In Cusco, we can generally say that the weather is almost always dry and mild. The region here has two main seasons, which are:
- The dry season, which occurs between April and October. Some days might be sunny, but nights are usually cool.
- The rainy season, which is from November to March and the temperature is usually around 12 °C.
The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol. It’s usually issued in bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles.
At the airports you will find bank offices and ATMs in case you need to exchange currency.
The dollar is also well received in stores (they make the change and the return is given in the local currency). However, you should be aware of the exchange rates.
Although the official languages are Spanish and Aymara spoken by 24% of the population in Peru, 40% of the population speaks Quechua. Apart from these three, there are 55 more languages in the whole country.
WHICH PLACES DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST VISITED IN PERU?
We leave you a list of the places that many tourists who travel to Peru visit:
The capital of Peru, located on the coast. You will regularly find warm temperatures all year round. Its most recommended tourist destinations are:
- Bandurria Archaeological Complex
- El Marcahuasi
- Punta Rocas Beach
One of the main touristic points of Peru and also known as the “Navel of the World”. It’s also considered one of the most important places in South America.
Those who know it consider it a charming and mystical city for its streets, unique churches, and colonial structures, as well as the humility of its people.
We suppose you have heard of Machu Picchu. From Cusco you can reach this spiritual place, which is one of the archeological and touristic gems of the world that cannot be missed.
You can also visit the Square of Arms in Cusco and Sacsayhuaman.
NATIONAL PARK OF MANU
Here you will find the greatest biodiversity in the world. It’s a home to native communities of Peru that live here and still maintain their traditions. It’s also a place full of exotic animals and beautiful landscapes that can only be found in the Peruvian Amazon. The National Park of Manu is ideal for any volunteer, adventurer or individual who loves nature, responsible tourism and traveling.
CALLEJÓN DE HUAYLAS
It’s a valley of incomparable beauty and many different landscapes. It has a variety of tourist attractions, such as:
- Relics of past civilizations such as: Honcopampa and Tumshucaico
- Cheerful Andean towns with simple and humble people that harbor a desire to show you their attractive folklore.
- Its 22 hot springs, among which the main are: The Hot Springs of Chancos, the Thermal Baths of Monterrey and the thermo-medicinal center.
- Lagoons, waterfalls with crystal clear waters and deep ravines, which are part of the charm that this beautiful valley offers.
- First choose the destination, the program and the dates for your trip.
- Send us the form requested by the association. From the moment you fill in the registration form for a program in Peru, your place will be reserved for 7 days.
- For your place to be definitively confirmed, you must pay a deposit of €150 within those 7 days. Once the deposit is paid, you will formally become part of the Adventure Volunteer family of volunteers. Also, as soon as you make the payment of the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is guaranteed.
- The rest of the payment for the volunteer program is done one month before you join the project. After that, we will send you another email with additional information to explain everything you need to know in order to prepare your trip.