Work with Underprivileged Children

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Learn more about the rich culture of Peru!
Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society!
Boost your CV adding international experience!
Make unforgettable memories that will be life-changing!
Visit famous archeological sites in Peru!
The children’s homes in Huancayo are a temporary place to live for children and adolescents who can’t live with their families for various reasons. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

As a volunteer for this project, you will work with children from impoverished families. You will support a children's home and help orphans to rehabilitate from their traumatic past, giving them confidence and skills they need to have for a brighter future. Working with these children will give you an insight into the problematic situation of poor families in Peru who live on the margins of society and struggle for survival every day. A great deal of empathy and sensitivity is therefore particularly in demand when it comes to rehabilitating children, gaining their trust and integrating them into society.

The orphanages are staffed by specialized people who provide comprehensive care and education for children and adolescents between 5 and 18 years old. The aim of the facilities is to help the children in dealing with the often terrible experiences in their family and to give them a positive future perspective through good education and a safe home.

Since the care of so many children and adolecents is very labor-intensive, the help of volunteers is necessary. Supporting this volunteer project in Peru is meaningful and you can make a real difference in the children's life.

Typical day

Volunteers should be sensitive and have fun working with children and adolescents. The proactive interaction with the children is the top priority. Keep in mind that you have a role model for the often traumatized adolescents. 

On a typical work day, your tasks will include helping the workers caring for the children, assisting with activities that stimulate intellectual and social development, organizing and participating in games, helping with homework, and teaching subjects such as English and art.

No previous experience or special skills are required to participate in this project, however, volunteers need to have patience and a positive attitude. It is also very important that you can work independently and show initiative because these centers are usually understaffed, and you will be working without regular supervision.

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

In your spare time, there is a wide range of activities to choose from, such as playing soccer and other sports in the local community. Most volunteers choose to spend their free time exploring the city and taking in its rich culture. There also are bars nearby where you can go to socialize.

Still an insider tip, Huancayo has become one of the tourist attractions of Peru and has cemented an image of tranquility, community and progress of life well valued by visitors. In Huancaya and surroundings you have lots of options to spend an excellent day off your volunteer work. There are tourist places for any type of trip, whether cultural, fun, family, to relax or sports. Don't miss out on to try typical foods, buy souvenirs or stay on the banks of the river next to lagoons and waterfalls, in the middle of breathtaking landscapes.

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

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School 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 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Accommodation homestay
  2. Full board (3 meals per day)
  3. Consultation of our experienced staff
  4. Translation of documents
  5. Placement in volunteer project
  6. Orientation upon arrival
  7. Orientation kit
  8. Local support
  9. 24h-Emergency Number
  10. Advice on travel insurance
  11. Certificate of participation

  12. Note: Prices refer to the accommodation in a homestay with full-board. Accommodation in the volunteer house (no meals included) is also available upon request.

    An airport pick-up in Lima can be arranged for an extra cost. Please contact us for price information!


During your project, you will have the chance to live with a Peruvian family in a single room with shared bathrooms and living areas. This gives you the unique opportunity to learn about the rich local culture and improve your Spanish. The homestay includes 3 meals per day.

Volunteers can also be accommodated in the shared dormitories at the Volunteer House (guest house). No meals included.

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board with 3 typical Peruvian meals per day is included when living in a homestay. No meals are included when living in the volunteer house.

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 Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. 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
$241 /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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Work with Underprivileged Children

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