South America Inside

Childcare & Education Supporter

Cusco, Peru show on map
Be a role model for underprivileged children! Plan recreational activities, teach English, and play sports with kids of all ages! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

This volunteer project takes place in Cusco and some surrounding villages. Some of the institutions where you might volunteer are financed by the government, while others are private foundations. Regardless of where you volunteer, all institutions depend on donations and the help of volunteers. Some of the institutions are flexible with work schedules, so it is possible for participants to work either full or part time. As a volunteer, you are not required to have special skills or a professional background, but you must have a positive attitude and patience with the children and teenagers, who come from a variety of different backgrounds. It is also a plus if you already speak Spanish.

This project aims to help children and teenagers that come from socially disadvantaged and poor families. The institutions care for over 100 children, between the ages of 1-18. The kids come from different backgrounds- some are orphans, while others have been living on the streets. There are also kids that have been abused or mistreated. All of them need a safe place to stay and care, both of which you will help provide as a volunteer.

The facilities where this project takes place provides shelter, meals, medical care, and clothing to children and youth. They also make sure that the children can receive education and physiologic attention, in the case that they have had traumatic experiences (abuse, violence, etc.).

All of the social institutions provide education and positive encouragement that can help set the children up for a brighter future.

Your Tasks

If you are independent, energetic, flexible, and patient, then you are the perfect volunteer for this project. Volunteers work in orphanages, day-care centers, rescue homes for abused girls, a center for young mothers, or in a kindergarten. You will support the local staff with daily tasks and help take care of the children. Your tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Recreational activities (excursions, sports, arts, crafts)
  • Helping children with homework
  • Teaching English
  • Playing, dancing, painting, and singing with the children

  • Organizing educational activities
  • Planning recreational field trips

  • Creative activities with the children, like crafts
  • Helping with day-to-day tasks at an institution
  • Building up the self-esteem and confidence of the children

Volunteers are encouraged to be creative and to use their own personal skills and talents to help take care of the children. New ideas are always welcome!

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can go to a museum, concerts, or do sports. Cusco and the surroundings await you with amazing nature and ancient culture. You can visit the world famous Inca ruins Machu Picchu, hike through the Valle Sagrado, visit parts of the Peruvian Amazon, climb the Andes and much more!


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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
sensitive, proactive and creative
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Volunteer Work Placement | Orientation session upon arrival | Escort to the project site on the first day | Orientation kit | Local support | 24/7 Emergency Number | Accommodation | Advice concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and free) | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Note: the prices refer to the accommodation in the volunteer house. Accommodation in homestays have a slightly higher price since half-board is provided. 

The airport pick-up in Cusco can be booked separately. Please contact us for further information.


Volunteer live in a residence with fellow volunteers, Spanish students and backpackers. his accommodation offers a single bedroom with a shared bathroom. No meals are inlcuded. There is a common kitchen area where meals can be prepared. Internet WIFI is available.

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 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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