Peru Volunteer and Travel

Assistant at Zoo

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You will work to remedy this by providing care and rehabilitation for various animal species at our zoo , a super rewarding volunteering experience! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

With a mission to provide recreation and education alternatives to the community, the Zoo exhibits species from the Andean and south-eastern Amazon region and the development of strategies that recognize the importance of conserving the biodiversity of fauna present in our country.

Our Animal Care Program gives volunteers the chance to help animals that lack the proper care in Peru. At the program your time and talents will be greatly appreciated by not only the staff but the animals that deserve quality living conditions. 

The project is located in the city of Cusco and belongs to one of the best Universities. And is care for by the 2 caretaker who coordinate de local activities and have sure all animals are in good conditions. They have help from the Biology and Veterinary students.

The project requires volunteers who are innovative, motivated, and willing to take charge. At the project, you will help staff to take care of the zoo animals, by assisting with feeding, cleaning, and maintaining their living environments. Volunteers are able to help in the mornings or afternoons as the work is taken all day. Volunteers can participate in guided tour with local students. From the zoo staff you will learn about the variety of animals and the unique habits and histories behind each one.

We will give you the equipment you will need for working, during raining season (November to March) you may require to bring raining jackets so you can walk around the project easily and it is important that you bring adequate clothing as you will get a little dirty.

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. 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, for most projects we will take the public transport (or in some cases walk).

Monday to Friday:

7:30 AM  Breakfast with host family

8:00 AM  Volunteer leaves to the project.


8:30 AM  Arrival at the project, beginning of Volunteering


1:00 PM  End of project

2:00 PM-3:00 PM  Lunch is free to explore the city and enjoy the restaurants around Cusco.


2:00 PM-5:00 PM Volunteers at this point is free to visit and explore the city.


The volunteer at this point is free to visit and explore the city. Or can chose to take Spanish classes, which can be arranged at our office.

7-7:30 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 and you will have a small briefing about your itinerary in Cusco 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.


Free-time activities

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!


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 English (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Application form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
innovative, motivated, and willing to take charge
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Peru Volunteer and Travel.

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
    •  Accommodations - Sundays through Saturdays at Host Family
    • 2 meals per day ( breakfast and dinner)
    • 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.


Most volunteers will stay in a homestay where they will live with a local family. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other .We highly recommend staying with a family; that way you will also learn the Peruvian way of life, meet local people, eat typical food, speak the language (Spanish) and engage in local customs and traditions. Living is comfortable and all homestays have electricity and running water.

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.

Volunteers will be sharing bathroom and common areas with other volunteers and members of the family.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

2 meals are included (breakfast and dinner). Volunteers can expect to experience a variety of flavors and meals during their experience as Peruvian food is diverse.

Lunch will be free to explore the city’s best restaurants or to cook at our kitchen.

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.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 389
3 weeks
$ 459
4 weeks
$ 586
5 weeks
$ 757
6 weeks
$ 892
7 weeks
$ 1,027
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,702
Average fees
$ 168 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 2 weeks and 12 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.
  Americas South America Peru  Cusco, Calle Umanchata 140

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