Women's Empowerment & International Development

founded in 1998
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Coordinator | Bella
Coordinator | Bella
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Learn about Andean unique culture Work closely hand in hand with local communities and learn about the different challenges and solutions.
Contribute to developing a holistic project with different national and international renowned organizations.
This program is being developed in close communication with local communities to give them ownership.
Practice skills like intercultural communication, public speaking, and training which can be added to your CV.
Live and work with other GVI participants from around the world.
Support the local community members of Cusco, including girls and women, to achieve their individual goals and those of their community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Participate in locally led sustainable development initiatives in communities surrounding Cusco. Work to support the goals of local youth and women as well as other community members. In the process, learn about how we can identify the most important needs of the communities.

Depending on the needs of the community at the time of your participation in the program, you might get involved in a range of activities such as supporting community associations related to rural tourism in business topics or providing English workshops, facilitating English lessons for professionals looking to work in the tourism sector, or supporting local business owners and entrepreneurs with creating more sustainable businesses. Volunteers might also get involved in environmental initiatives such as seasonal reforestation, lake clean ups, and environmental education workshops at local schools. 

Please note that communication with community members on this program is conducted in Spanish. If you are not fluent in Spanish, Spanish lessons will be required. 

Health & Hygiene:

The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols. 

Typical day

Our team in Cusco has developed a collaborative and varied program. No day is the same as the last when volunteering and we encourage you to embrace the variety of opportunities that the experience offers. There is no ‘typical’ day, however we have provided an example below to help you prepare for your volunteer experience. Note that most days will be spent onsite with the community and we will leave earlier in the day and arrive back in Cusco around 3pm. 

Example Schedule 

7:00 Wake up, shower and get ready 

7:30 Meet for breakfast (buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, bread, cereal, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, fresh cheese, ham, tea, coffee and Milo) 

8:00 Planning sessions or transfer to project site. 

9:00 At community: school, institute, reforestation day (seasonal), community work, etc. 

13:00 If at project, lunch at community. If in Cusco, lunch at a local restaurant or hotel. Cusco offers great meat, vegan, and vegetarian options. 

15:00 Arrival to Cusco 

16:00 Spanish class/free time/UN SDG lecture/Peru’s challenges lecture 

18:00 Meet for dinner in the hotel – excellent meat, vegan or vegetarian option always available. 

19:00 Free time

Remain flexible and open minded as things can change based on our program partner needs. 

Free-time activities

There are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Peru. These could include taking a tour of the renowned Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the best-known archaeological sites in the world. In Cusco, you can visit the Salt Mines and plenty of archaeological sites and museum all around the city. For example, Cusco is at the heart of the Sacred Valley, and there are plenty of other Incan sites to visit including, Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Pisac, Puka Pukara, Moray, and Qenko. Or you could visit Peru's capital, Lima, stroll the promenade sampling the city’s famous street eats or join the local surf cult hanging ten just off the edge of the capital’s limestone cliffs.You could also book an Amazon tour experiencing the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon or learn how local people make their own islands using reeds that float on one of the highest lakes in the world, Titicaca.



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) or Spanish (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 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 provided online 8 weeks prior to departure:

  • 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
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Most volunteers arrange flights to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco (CUZ). Most flights fly via Lima, Peru. When booking your flight leave time between each connection. If you are flying through Lima please check with your airline if you need to pick up your luggage in Lima and then do a check in again in order to board to Cusco.

We recommend you to book your flight with Latam Airline (https://www.latam.com) or Avianca Airline (https://www.avianca.com). Previous volunteers have experienced problems (cancellation due to weather, delays, etc.) with domestic airlines, such as Peruvian Airlines, without any solution from the service provider. It is highly recommended that you arrive a few days earlier in order to get acclimatized to the high altitude (3399m) as altitude sickness can occur. 

Airport pick-ups can be arranged the day before your project starts, please request this from the GVI office. 

Please make sure you book a flight that will allow you to arrive in time however be mindful that early morning flights from Lima can be subject to delays due to fog over Cusco.


The accommodation is at a local Hotel. Accommodation is in shared mixed sex rooms (3-4 volunteers per room) with shared bathroom facilities.

All bedding is provided (sheets, pillows, pillowcases, quilts and blankets). Towels are also provided. The bathrooms have running hot and cold water available for showering and western style toilets. Rooms get cleaned everyday and there is a laundry service available at an extra cost. . Drinking water is provided by GVI staff. 

Please note that since this is a hotel, no alcohol consumption is allowed inside it. Also be aware that due to health and high altitude, alcohol consumption is limited in the program, you can find more information in the training manual and your staff will guide you about this when you get to base.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast: provided in the hotel all week and is cooked in the traditional local style. There is a good variety of fruits, vegetables and meats, while vegetarians and vegans can also be accommodated.

Lunch: mostly will be on location at the project and will usually be potatoes, corn, cheese and salad. We encourage volunteers to always carry snacks as your appetite will decrease the first few days but increase over time since you will be burning more calories than usual at this altitude. 

Dinner: provided at the hotel Monday to Friday or you can choose to eat out at your own expense. 

Lunch or dinner may be provided at the weekend if you are staying in Cusco.  There are many cafes and restaurants in the local area to suit your personal budget and food choice.

If you are on a self-organized trip you are responsible for your own food if it is not provided by the tour operator. 

When having meals out, GVI covers up to an amount. Check with the staff upon arrival.

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

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost.
  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 23 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,126 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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