Support Local and Young Mothers

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Learn more about Peru's rich culture
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Grow as a person while improving your intercultural skills
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Travel to arqueological sites of the ancient Inka empire
Many women in Peru are exposed to (domestic) violence. Get involved and support women and young mothers with their little children who look for help in women's refuges. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

If you would like to support young mothers with their babies and toddlers, this volunteer work project is a good fit for you. You will help young mothers in Peru who have suffered different kind of domestic violence and who look for refuge in women homes. 

The project was founded by a non-profit organization and assists especially young pregnant women or young mothers that have gone through cases of sexual abuse or come from violent family environments. They all share bad experiences and need rehabilitation and support. The goal of the local team is to provide them with a safe and loving living environment so that they are able to move forward and a caring home for their children so that they can develop normally. 

As a volunteer you will support the local team in their daily tasks. You will receive your exact work assignments upon your arrival.

Among others, tasks may include:

  • Supporting the team within different tasks in the facilities
  • Helping the children with their homework
  • Organizing workshops for the women
  • Helping during therapy sessions
  • Listening to the women
  • Teaching basic subjects, such as reading, writing, math to the women
  • Helping prepare meals in the kitchen
  • Organizing/playing games and sports with the children
  • Supervising and monitoring the children

You do not need to have any special profession or educational background to participate in this volunteer project, nevertheless, it is very important that you are empathic and respectful towards the women and their children. You should be a good team player and not hesitate to work hard. Furthermore, please be aware that you will hear stories that might shock you and that are unimaginable for you, but that you will have to cope with.

Typical day

It is important that you are aware that working in the women's shelter can be emotionally challenging at times. It is also essential that you are open and communicate with your colleagues so that you can quickly get involved and become part of the team.

This volunteer project in Cusco is very diverse and you will be able to learn and take a lot with you as a volunteer. It is important that you are aware that working in a women's shelter can be psychologically stressful. Be open and communicate so that you can settle in quickly and become part of the team. We are sure that you will experience a live-changing time.

Working hours are Monday - Friday, on a half-day schedule in the afternoons. This volunteer program can be combined with a Spanish course in Cusco in the morning.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The city is known worldwide as a starting point for adventurous hikes on the Inca Trail and for the trip to the famous Inca city and World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

As the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is itself a World Heritage Site and in the 13th century it had already reached a size much larger than all other Inca settlements. The history of the city is very eventful and legendary - traces of it can be found everywhere in the streets and alleys: today's very pretty cityscape is shaped by the colonial architecture, but there also are impressive remains from the Inca period, such as the legendary seamless walls that can be found everywhere. You can get a deep insight into the city's history in several museums.

Today Cusco is a lot in one: tourist magnet, starting point for adventures to Machu Picchu and surroundings, as well as a beautiful modern city in a spectacular scenery - you will be amazed!

Recommended activities:
Adventure sport: Trekking
Nature observation
Culture and heritage
Gastronomy (taste tycpical food)
Community tourism (immerse in local communities)
Mystic tourism (learn more about ancient cultures)


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 Documents
Detailed CV, criminal background check and Volunteer Questionnaire
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 South America Inside
  1. Single room with host family
  2. Half-board (breakfast, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

  14. There is a donation of US$ 100 that has to be paid on site directly to the project, not in cash but in as a donation in kind.

It is important for us that you feel comfortable during your volunteer work program in Peru so that you can enjoy and experience the culture of the Andean population. For this to be achieved, a nice and safe living environment is a must. You will live with a Peruvian host family in a single room.

Bedroom (Single) Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are included.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$288 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support Local and Young Mothers

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