Peru

machu picchu

VOLUNTEERING IN PERU

This country envelops its visitors with its mysticism and the architectural fusion of the Archaic and colonial era, its unstoppable nightlife and adventure activities,you can discover them while volunteering in Peru.

Being there you will discover that there is more to it than what you are told or have heard from travelers who have passed through Peru.

Every volunteer project in Peru is focused on meeting a need. Your collaboration in any of these projects is of great help in teaching children and young people from the Andean communities of Cusco, as well as in the empowerment of women.


TEACHING AND SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT

Aimed at providing social assistance to children and adolescents who come from families in the High Andean communities of Cusco, families in social exclusion.


WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

We support the empowerment and leadership of girls and women in the highly vulnerable rural communities of Cusco.


AFTER-SCHOOL SUPPORT

We support poor children in Cusco through playful, spiritual and computer activities, games, dances and help with homework.


REQUIREMENTS TO BE A VOLUNTEER IN PERU

You should keep in mind that you are going to live with children, teenagers and communities, which have a totally different culture from yours, so the volunteer is expected to be a respectful, empathetic, dynamic, creative and participatory person, in addition to:

  • Pass the Adventure Volunteer registration and interview process.
  • Very open mind.
  • Presentation of the criminal record certificate.
  • Photocopy of your passport.
  • Have a flight out of the country.
  • Be of legal age.

In each project, you can consult the requirements that are requested.


WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?

For the projects in Peru you will be located in two different points for the three programs, the project of teaching and school revision, is in the center of Cusco very close to the Plaza de Armas where the Hostel is attached to the care of children and youth.

The San Gerónimo neighbourhood is 20 minutes by bus from the centre of Cusco. It is a traditional Peruvian neighbourhood where you can buy in neighbourhood markets, where the houses for the volunteers are located. The coordinator also lives on one of the floors of the house.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN PERU?

  • Teaching and school reinforcement, it is open all year round.
  • Women’s leadership open all year.
  • After-school support from March to mid-December.

See specifications of times and arrival dates in each program through its link.

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

On your arrival at the Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) International Airport, located 3.7 km from the city of Cusco, you will be picked up by one of the coordinators (taxi) of the organization, which will have a small sign with your name on the exit. You will be recognized by the photo you sent us in the form.

The taxi driver will take you to the lodging where he will show you the room and the common areas of the house.

Once in Cusco, volunteers have the accompaniment and support of local staff. The local team has the capacity to handle different situations, from airport pick-up to emergencies.

IMPORTANT FACTS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN ARRIVING IN CUSCO

  • If you don’t have local currency, don’t worry, Ingrith (coordinator) can guide you to places where you can do the currency exchange.
  • If you want to have data (internet) outside the accommodation facilities, you can buy a local SIM card (movistar, of course, entel, bitel) that costs around 8$ and you can recharge it with scratch cards and activate an internet plan.

VACCINE

Only the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory, in theory only for people who have been to countries at risk at some point. Also consult the embassy of each country weeks before flying in case they require to show the vaccination card.

We suggest that you consult with your medical advisor about the recommended vaccinations for this region. Also, in most Latin American countries vaccinations are not mandatory.

VISA TO ENTER PERU

For Spanish nationals, no visa is required, (other countries consult the Peruvian Embassy in your country).

Necessary documentation:

  • Depending on the country of origin, no visa is required for stays of between 30 and 90 days.
  • Passport in order and valid for at least six months.
  • Ticket of exit of the country.

SECURITY IN PERU, CUSCO

Cuzco is very quiet and safe. But nothing is perfect, and as in many places in the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to drive in certain areas of a city.

Tourist areas are generally safe, but we still recommend that you keep these details in mind:

  • In case of an excursion, inform your coordinator, so that he can warn you about the places.
  • Have the address where you are staying and the phone number of your coordinator in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety.
  • Do not take anyone other than the organization to the volunteer’s home and the project.
  • Avoid risk zones in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and on your excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transport services or services such as Uber or taxis.
  • Avoid walking alone on unknown streets at night.
  • Never put someone you don’t know into an unknown vehicle, or someone you don’t know into yours.
  • Do not drink any drink of which you do not know the origin.

HOME AND HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION FOR VOLUNTEERS

The different accommodations for volunteers are in downtown Cusco and the San Jeronimo neighborhood.

Depending on the program that the volunteer chooses, he or she will be assigned to one lodging or another, which can be in

  • Volunteer houses or hostel

WHAT DOES ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE IN CUSCO?

  • Bunk beds, in a room shared with other volunteers.
  • Use of common areas.
  • Breakfast during your volunteering (only in hostel).
  • WIFI connection (internet).
  • Laundry use

In some accommodation the laundry is low cost and you have areas to wash by hand.

The contribution in the volunteer projects in Peru, Cusco for a period of 14 days is from 390€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 186€

WEEKSTEACHINGEMPOWERMENTSCHOOL REVIEW
2390€445€390€
3510€585€510€
4630€725€630€
Additional120€140€120€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

  • Welcome and transfer to the accommodation.
  • Accommodation during the stay of your volunteer.
  • 1 meal during your volunteer stay.
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
  • Orientation and induction to the project.
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
  • Receipt from NGOs about your program fee.
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program.
  • CR and accident insurance.
  • Volunteer t-shirt.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Flight to Peru.
  • Return to the airport on the last day.
  • Visa, if necessary.
  • Internal transportation or excursions.
  • Trips inside or outside the country.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Drinks, diets and special meals.
  • Bottled water.

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW TO BOOK?

CLIMATE

  • April and October (dry season) are generally sunny days, but nights and mornings are quite cool.
  • November to March (wet season) it usually rains and you find temperatures of 12 °C.

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/). Convert it

Example currency exchange in Cusco: (3,70 soles = 1€).

  • A cappuccino coffee 7,60 S/(2,07€).
  • A menu of the day, in economic places 10,10 S/(2,75€).
  • A bottle of water 1,58 S/(0,43€).
  • Transport by bus 1,50 S/(0,40€), can vary according to the route.

You can withdraw money using your credit or debit card at ATMs that you can find at the airport or in the city of Cusco.

FLIGHT

Your flight must have as destination the international airport Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ), where the taxi driver (coordinator) will be waiting for you.

  • You will find flights around 700€ (round trip).
  • You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscaner.

Other companies offering cheap flights are Iberia and Air Europa.

TOURIST SITES

LIMA

It is the capital of the Republic of Peru, located on the central coast, declared a World Heritage Site. You regularly find warm temperatures all year round.

Still in its urban areas you can find beautiful and interesting architectural monuments such as:

  • The Citadel of Pachacamac
  • The palace Torre Tagle Plaza de Acho
  • The barefoot mall
  • House of the Inquisition
  • National Museum
Voluntariado lima peru

CUSCO

Cusco plaza de armas voluntariadoOne of the main tourist spots in Peru and known as the «Navel of the World». In addition to being one of the most important places in South America.

Those who know it, see it as a charming and mystical city, for its streets, unique churches and colonial structure. In addition to the humility of its people.

I suppose you’ve heard of Machu Picchu… I’ll tell you, from Cusco you can get to this spiritual place. One of the archeological jewels of the world and for tourists. You can’t miss this impressive place in Peru.

You can also take a tour of the Plaza de Armas in Cusco or visit Sacsayhuaman.

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MANU NATIONAL PARK

Volunteer in Peru’s national parks where you find the world’s greatest biodiversity, where Peru’s native communities still live and maintain their traditions. It is also a place that includes exotic animals and beautiful landscapes, all this only in the Peruvian Amazon. Manu National Park is ideal for any volunteer, adventurer or person who likes and loves nature, travel and responsible tourism.

HUAYLAS ALLEY

Callejon del huaylas in peru volunteeringValley of incomparable beauty and privileged to have many landscapes. It has a variety of tourist attractions from its:

  • Relics of past civilizations such as:Honcopampa and Tumshucaico
    Joyful Andean towns with simple and humble people, eager to show you their attractive folklore.
  • Its 22 hot springs, among the main ones stand out: the Hot Springs of Chancos, the Thermal Baths of Monterrey and the thermo medicinal center.
  • Lagoons, cascades of clear and crystalline waters and deep ravines, that form part of the enchantment that this beautiful valley offers.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM TIME I CAN COLLABORATE IN THESE PROGRAMS?

The minimum time to collaborate will be from 2 weeks.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO VOLUNTEER IN CUSCO?

You must arrive on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, as it facilitates incorporation into the project on Mondays.

IS IT BETTER TO CHANGE THE MONEY IN SPAIN OR ONCE IT ARRIVES?

It is better to change once you get there, the change is quite real. You can also withdraw with your debit or credit card visa or mastercard.

DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO VOLUNTEER IN PERU?

It is not obligatory, if you are going to make an excursion near the Amazon or jungle area, it would be advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine.

WILL I HAVE A SUPPORT POINT FOR THE ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY?

We have international cooperation agreements with local organizations. You will also find a representative of Adventure Volunteer in the country and will guide and support you on the trip.

CAN I USE MY WHATSAPP IN PERU?

Yes, once you arrive, the coordinator will tell you where to buy a SIM card, you have plans from 5 soles, although for 2 weeks or more I recommend a plan with Bitel or Movistar of 30 soles and you have unlimited everything.

WILL I HAVE WIFI IN THE ACCOMMODATION FOR VOLUNTEERS?

In the house, hostels or family of the volunteer you will have Wifi to communicate.

DON’T I HAVE MUCH IDEA WHAT I CAN HELP WITH DURING MY VOLUNTEERING?

Empathy, flexibility, teamwork and a lot of love, nothing else will be needed, if you also have an outstanding ability you can exteriorize without problems.

YOU HAVE TO GO TO PERU

Although I was only there for two weeks and didn’t have time to participate as much as I would have liked, it was enough to see the great work the association does, training women in equality and rights, as well as working with children and teachers.

COOPERATIVE

I’m 56 years old and life never ceases to amaze me. You learn to value what you have, when you see how joyfully these children receive you and how little they are satisfied.
I feel lucky and happy to have participated in this project, thank you friends. I recommend it to everyone.

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