The volunteer in Peru and the internship program are in the beautiful colonial city of Cusco and the surrounding area.
Pickups are available from 8 am-10:30 pm all Sundays expect the last two Sundays of the year.
Pickups available in:
-Cusco bus stations
-Hotels in Downtown Cusco.
Can’t make on a Sunday?
Let us know, we are flexible!
We don’t expect volunteers or interns to be experts in Spanish, but we expect them to be able to communicate in their projects.
If you don’t know Spanish, don’t worry! We offer intensive Spanish classes before your program.
Bear in mind that if you join an internship in Peru, you will need to communicate in Spanish most of the time.
The volunteer program in Peru includes:
Welcome at the Cusco airport and transport to your accommodation.
24-hour on-call support from in-country staff and emergency assistance.
Program and project orientation,
Walking tour of Cusco.
Flights to and from Peru.
Transportation upon finishing the program
Travel health insurance that covers you while in the country.
Visa fees (if any)
Any additional travel and tours
Two accommodation choices are available:
Host Family: You will be provided your own private room in welcoming local host family near your project. The host family provides two meals per day.
Volunteer Guesthouse: The accommodation is dormitory-style.Cooking facilities available.
Many volunteers are surprised to find that they have to pay a fee, but in order to make our programs sustainable, we have to charge a fee per volunteer. Many of the costs are incurred even before you leave your home country.
Included in your program are Spanish classes (if you opted for them), housing, food, orientation, walking tour, emergency support, transport from the airport, use of our facilities, etc. Your fees go into paying our kind staff, teachers, legal fees, taxes, host families, food, transportation, internet, phone bills, other utilities, maintenance, rental space, insurance, office supplies, the volunteer application process, emergency support, arranging and designing all of our programs, infrastructure, maintaining our website, making promotional material, establishing new partnerships with other organizations and much more! But most importantly, these fees go into making sure you have great experience volunteering and everything runs smoothly.
You can arrive at Cusco Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Alejandro Velasco Astete -CUZ)via an international flight or a local flight within Peru. You can also arrive via bus from many destinations. Just please remember to notify us in advance of your travel plans to coordinate your pickup.
Costs vary depending on how long you want to stay, visit our costs section to choose your program length.
“Situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil, and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth not common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the hub of the Inca’s empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for ecological tourism).
Although Peru has rich natural resources and many great places to visit, the poverty scale reaches 25.8% of the population. The rich, consisting mostly of a Hispanic (or “Criollo”) elite, live in the cities. Nevertheless, most Peruvians are great nationalists and love their country with pride (largely stemming from Peru’s history as the hub of both the Inca Empire and Spain’s South American empire). Also, many Peruvians separate the state of Peru and its government in their minds. Many of them distrust their government and police, and people are used to fighting corruption and embezzlement scandals, as in many countries.
Peruvian territory was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization in Caral (one of the oldest in the world with settlements as old as 3200 BC) to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty with its capital in Lima, which included most of its South American colonies. Ideas of political autonomy later spread throughout Spanish America and Peru gained its independence, which was formally proclaimed in 1821 after the occupation by military campaigns of José de San Martín and Simón Bolívar and only after the battle of Ayacucho, three years after proclamation, Peru ensured its independence. After achieving independence, the country remained in recession and kept a low military profile until an economic rise based on the extraction of raw and maritime materials struck the country, which ended shortly before the war of the Pacific. Subsequently, the country has undergone changes in government from oligarchic to democratic systems. Peru has gone through periods of political unrest and internal conflict as well as periods of stability and economic upswing.
Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. It is a developing country with a high Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 25.8 percent. Its main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture, and fishing.
The Peruvian population, estimated at 31.2 million in 2015, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.” -Wikitravel