Machu Picchu Trek and Cultural Immersion for Teens

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Coordinator | Shannon
Coordinator | Shannon
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Help with environmental conservation and local economic growth.
Live in Cusco which is in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit the famous Machu Picchu.
Earn your GVI Young Leaders award, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
Explore the dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures of the Peruvian Andes and work to conserve environmental resources and promote sustainable tourism. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+
Join teens aged 15 to 17 from all around the world to experience first-hand the cloud-covered Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Live in vibrant Cusco, known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, and work in a local Quechua community, the descendants of the Incas. 

Machu Picchu draws millions of tourists every year. This creates economic opportunities for locals but places demands on the natural resources surrounding Cusco, specifically the main water source, a local lake. Teens on this project will help to facilitate greater participation by the rural community in the tourism industry, protect natural springs and grazing areas, assist with reforestation and the recovery of original Inca terraces and irrigation troughs, and building greenhouses. They can also get involved in local handicrafts like Peruvian weaving and explore other archaeological sites.

Throughout this project, teens will be trained, guided, and supported by world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people. Greater supervision applies to our teen programs, than our other volunteer programs. 

Training and field experience will allow teens to develop skills beneficial to their college applications and future employability. Some of these might include intercultural competency, teamwork, and leadership, by interacting and working with teens from around the world. In fact, the teens on our under 18 programs can complete and earn a ILM Youth Leadership Certificate upon successful completion of the program. 

Although all teen participants are greeted by GVI staff at their arrival destination, flight chaperoning services are also available upon request. Chaperones provide on-flight accompaniment, and in-airport assistance. To book this service please contact one of our enrollment managers.

Typical day

Example Itinerary:

Saturday Day 1: Welcome presentation and  Health and safety presentation.
Sunday Day 2: Culturally appropriate dress and behaviour training & Child and vulnerable adult protection training.
Monday Day 3: Cusco cultural tour & Spanish lesson.
Tuesday Day 4: Welcome to community outside Cusco & Project introduction and training.
Wednesday Day 5: Project work (construction or farming) and Peruvian cooking class.
Thursday Day 6: Project work (construction or farming) & Spanish lesson.
Friday Day 7 : Travel to Machu Picchu hike starting spot & Start trek.
Saturday Day 8: Hiking & Arrive at lookout point.
Sunday Day 9: Finish trek and travel to Cusco.
Monday Day 10: Quechua lesson & Weaving lesson.
Tuesday Day 11: Project work (construction or farming) & Cultural context reflection session.
Wednesday Day 12: Project work (construction or farming) & Spanish Lesson.
Thursday Day 13 : Project work (construction or farming) & Leadership skills reflection session.
Friday Day 14: Project work (construction or farming) & Community goodbye session.
Saturday Day 15: Shopping in Cusco markets & Leaving presentation.

Free-time activities

During your program, several activities will be arranged on the weekend and during your adventure trip to allow you to see more of the local area and culture.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
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

What's Included

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)


  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting


  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

GVI provides airport pickup for all our participants. We have compiled a list of recommended flights from the UK and USA. Travelling on the recommended flight ensures you will arrive within the pick up and departure windows and also means you may be travelling on the same flight as another GVI participant. 

Accommodation is in shared, same-sex rooms with shared bathroom facilities. We will provide bedding (sheets, pillows, pillowcases), but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer (single bed). There is running water available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food will be cooked in traditional local style and vegetarians can be accommodated. During project days, we eat lunch on project. Dinner will be cooked by the group, with rotating cooking responsibilities. 
Internet Access
Limited 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.
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


Details on arrival

Start dates subject to availability, please inquiry with us directly:

  • 2020
  • 25 Jul 2020
  • 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. This added flexibility can be utilised until 31 December 2020.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,393 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Machu Picchu Trek and Cultural Immersion for Teens

Explore the dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures of the Peruvian Andes and work to conserve environmental resources and promote sustainable tourism.


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