Alpaca and Llama Farm

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Provide valuable support to the local farm enabling a competitive advantage so they can grow their business and create a better life for there family and community
Volunteers provide supplementary skills and assistance which provides a competitive advantage for Peruvian farmers
Cusco, Peru – easily one of the top 5 ancient civilization centers in the world, is also home to immense scenic beauty, bio-diversity and incredible culture.
Experience an authentic way of life away from the main tourist track, then yes this is a great project for you.
This project words directly with a local family run farm in a rural village approx 30 minutes from Cuzco. The farm's objective is to make traditional Peruvian textiles This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
50+

Imagine living like a local 3000m above sea level in Cuzco Peru and working on a Llama & Alpaca farm!   🙂    This placement is a bit left of center but that’s what makes it so cool..   The placement is close to Cuzco (about 30 min) so you’re still close to civilization, but far enough away to feel like you’re really off the beaten path.   Located in a small village in the Andes mountains, experience this family run farm which has dedicated their work to caring for Llama and Alpaca, both native species of Peru.    

This operation is a private enterprise which produces incredible native Peruvian textiles from the wool using traditional shearing, dying and weaving processes.   As a leader in this space, this family run farm also has a mission to increase education locally and internationally around these native Peruvian animals.   

Location 

Cusco, Peru –  easily one of the top 5 ancient civilization centers in the world, is also home to immense scenic beauty, bio-diversity and incredible culture.    In this project, you’ll be situated in the outer regions of Cuzco, approx 15 min bus ride to central Cuzco where the volunteer center is located.

Project Tasks

  • Work closely with animals
  • Maintain pens, clean, grooming and feeding the animals
  • Veterinary services and caring for sick animals (for suitably qualified volunteers)
  • Light construction to help maintain the farm including fencing, barn and land maintenance
  • Assistance in the wool textiles production and supply 
  • Assistance in creation of educational materials for tourism and local purposes

Typical day

Sunday – Arrival & Welcome
Monday – Orientation in Cuzco
Tuesday to Friday:  

  • Breakfast at the accommodation
  • 4-6 hours of volunteer work either in the morning or afternoon
  • Your own lunch at the accommodation or project site
  • Free time
  • Dinner at the accommodation
Saturday – Free time
Sunday – Free time

Free-time activities

Machu Picchu Baby!

Built somewhere in the 1400's, this is the site of massive significance spiritually & historically to the Incan people .  Tourists from around the world travel to Peru just to see it, and Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu.   We can help you book your tour in advance or when you arrive in Cuzco.   There are various options including train ride + hike or a 4 day hike.   Book in advance to ensure you get a spot though!

Cuzco
The historic capital of the Inca Empire, rests at very high altitude in the Andes Mountains.   It's really one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world.   Besides just soaking up the atmosphere of Cuzco, some sights to visit include; Cristo Blanco monument offers amazing views of the city, the Planetarium provides Incan history, the ruins of Qorikancha, in the heart of the city or for the foodies, check out the Choco Museo for everything chocolate!

Moray, Maras And Salinas
These are incredible Incan ruins with many levels of concentric circles like an ancient amphitheater.   This is located only a short bus ride from Cuzco with a nice 4km hike to get to the Maras village and a further 9km hike or taxi to the Moray ruins.   A brilliant day out. 

Amazon Jungle
Peru has managed to do a great job in protecting the Amazon, and has many well protected very large forest areas where you can explore with a guide.   Take a boat down the Rio Tambopata river, experience jungle lodges from Peurto Maldonado and experience one of the most bio diverse regions in the entire world!  

Lake Titicaca
The largest lake in South America, is the birthplace of the sun according to Andean legend.  The town of Puno is a great base with cool local culture and nightlife also with various ruins sights scattered around the islands. 

Huacahina
An overnight bus from Cuzco will take approx 20 hours, alternatively you can fly to Lima and take a 5 hour bus.   This area is best known for dune buggy rides, sand boarding and cool bars, cheap cocktails and heaps of fun!
Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
  • Accommodation - Home Stays (Single or twin share rooms, you can choose.)
  • Breakfast & dinner daily 
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Project materials & equipment
  • Central volunteer learning center with free Wifi, computer lab & social opportunities
  • Free salsa lessons & spanish cooking classes
  • Optional Spanish language lessons (additional cost)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Complimentary Arrival TransferYou’ll arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ).   When clearing immigration it’s best to simply state ‘tourism’.    When you arrive you will be greeted by a member of our local team and taken to the homestay or the volunteer center for orientation.In-Country TransportationMost volunteers will use in-expensive bus transport to get around and to travel to the project placements.  Our coordinators will assist you with all the details while in country. A one-way trip rarely costs more than US $0.50 in Cuzco or nearby neighborhoods and maybe US $2 for longer distances. Taxis are also readily available in and around Cusco. Taxis cost approximately US $3 – $10 depending on duration.  We recommend using formal taxis that use a meter to calculate the fare based on time and distance.
Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in home Stay’s with middle class Peruvian families in Cuzco.  You’ll likely be placed in a home stay which is approx 15 bus rise from the central volunteer & training center.    This is to ensure you are closer to the placement for less daily travel.  You can request to either share with other volunteers or have a private room in the home stay.   For shared rooms, you’ll normally share with 1-3 other volunteers of the same gender and age group.

All host families are very experienced in hosting international volunteers and go through a rigorous process to ensure very high quality standards are met.  (See below pictures of typical houses).  These homes have electricity, western style toilets, running water, bed linen & basic amenities such as clean drinking water.    Hot showers are less common however!

You’ll be provided a key to the house and are free to come and go as you please while being respectful of the house rules of the family.  WiFi is available at some home stay’s however most volunteers will purchase a data plan for cheap to be used with their own device as required.  Most families are happy to help with laundry, but you should expect to pay around US $2 per load if going to a local laundry service.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast & dinner are included each day.   Peruvian food is very nice!   Rice, beans, and corn are popular ingredients, and fresh root vegetables like cassava, taro, and sweet potato are in most dishes.   You can also expect some fruits and vegetables, such as avocados (palta) accompanied by spicy aji salsa.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year round starting Monday's (Arriving Sat/Sun)

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens January 2021. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$625
2 weeks
$795
3 weeks
$995
4 weeks
$1,185
5 weeks
$1,285
6 weeks
$1,450
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1,765
Average fees
$423 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Alpaca and Llama Farm

This project words directly with a local family run farm in a rural village approx 30 minutes from Cuzco. The farm's objective is to make traditional Peruvian textiles

$423/week

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