Peru Volunteer and Travel

Cultural Immersion & Sustainable Development

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Volunteers will be placed in very small villages of approximately 60 people in the Andes Mountains outside of Cusco. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

This project provides an income source for small communities and promotes cross cultural understanding. Volunteers will be able to take part in local festivities and gatherings both within their host family and the community. Volunteers should consider this project an intense, cultural encounter and be able to live with only basic necessities. It will be very rewarding but also very challenging.

Volunteers help families with the following activities:

Agriculture — As an agriculturally based community the most common crops are potatoes and quinoa. Volunteers assist with planting, harvesting, storing, and transporting crops.

Livestock — Volunteers help by feeding and taking care of the animals and sometimes milking the cows owned by the host family.

Textiles — Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about traditional weaving skills and natural dyes by working with the women who create traditional textile products to sell at local markets.

Please note that the accommodations and meals will be very basic due to the extremely remote setting of these communities. Hot showers will not be available and running water is not guaranteed. Locals bath in a mix of boiled and cold water that they put in a bucket. 

Another important point is that no English is spoken in these communities. Quechua is the local language. Most locals also speak Spanish as a second language. It is still possible to have a rewarding and full experience even though there will be a language barrier. Furthermore, the community is very warm and welcoming to all volunteers.

Typical day

Upon arrival in Cusco, we will be waiting for you at Cusco’s airport, from where we will go to our host family in Cusco. We will give you a health & safety and program orientation, and you will have time to rest.

Work usually starts on Monday; we will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to your project at the Sacred Valley, about 1.40hours from Cusco. Upon arrival we will introduce you to your host family and you will have time to get to know the surroundings.

Your day:

7:30 AM Breakfast with the host family

8:00 AM/2:00 PM Volunteer will either work with the family directly at their house or go to the local community. Where you volunteer for the day will depend on the time of year (for agriculture) and the type of duties available. Work hours are generally four hours in the morning or afternoon.

12:00 PM- Lunch with the family

1:00 PM volunteer at this point is free to relax or explore the local area.

7:30 PM Dinner with the host family.

Details on Arrival

Upon arrival to Cusco, we will be waiting at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Cusco and you will have a small briefing about your itinerary including important information about the security, time, money, and also some recommendations for places to go. After this you can accommodate and meet other volunteers.

FLIGHT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE SENT TO US PRIOR ARRIVAL IN PERÚ.

Free-time activities

The project is located around the mountain in the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Cusco, where it can give you the opportunity to take great hikes and get to know Incan paths!

On the weekend, volunteers have spare time and usually relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Peru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Machu Picchu. At PV Travel we organize fun and interesting tours for our volunteers, so just let us know where you would like to go!

Climbing
Hiking

Program 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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Application Form and copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteer must have intermediate level of Spanish in order to have a full experience at the program.
Spanish classes are available at our office in Cusco if needed before your program starts
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Peru Volunteer and Travel (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Peru Volunteer and Travel
  • Volunteer placement
  • Volunteer project management and administration for your selected program length
  • Program and Safety orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cusco ( upon arrival and departure)
  •  Accommodations - Sundays through Saturdays at Host family
  • 3 meals per day
  • Airport pick-up
  •  Volunteer certificate 
  • Transport to volunteer project the first day
  • 24/7 support from our staff in Peru
  • **Your fee also contributes to the purchase of needed supplies for improvements at your project.

    Option:. Add tours throughout Peru to your program and make the best of your time!

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

We pick volunteers up from Cusco airport and transfer them to their accommodations. Flight information needs to be sent to us prior arrival in Perú.

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in a homestay where they will live with a local family. Volunteers may expect to share a room with other volunteers. When staying with your family you will be able to learn the Peruvian way of life, meet local people, eat typical food, speak the language (Spanish or Quechua) and engage in local customs and traditions.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages

All 3 meals are included ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) Volunteers can expect to experience a variety of flavors and meals during their homestay experience as Peruvian food is diverse. We will be glad to let the family know if you have special eating needs. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. You will be well taken care of, but as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible towards the new culture and traditions.

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 282
2 weeks
$ 465
3 weeks
$ 649
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 833
Average fees
$ 245 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Peru Volunteer and Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Peru Volunteer and Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
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