Cultural Immersion & Sustainable Development

Volunteers will be placed in very small villages of approximately 60 people in the Andes Mountains outside of Cusco.

This project provides an income source for small communities and promotes cross cultural understanding. Volunteers will be able to take part in local festivities and gatherings both within their host family and the community. Volunteers should consider this project an intense, cultural encounter and be able to live with only basic necessities. It will be very rewarding but also very challenging.

Volunteers help families with the following activities:

Agriculture — As an agriculturally based community the most common crops are potatoes and quinoa. Volunteers assist with planting, harvesting, storing, and transporting crops.

Livestock — Volunteers help by feeding and taking care of the animals and sometimes milking the cows owned by the host family.

Textiles — Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about traditional weaving skills and natural dyes by working with the women who create traditional textile products to sell at local markets.

Please note that the accommodations and meals will be very basic due to the extremely remote setting of these communities. Hot showers will not be available and running water is not guaranteed. Locals bath in a mix of boiled and cold water that they put in a bucket. 

Another important point is that no English is spoken in these communities. Quechua is the local language. Most locals also speak Spanish as a second language. It is still possible to have a rewarding and full experience even though there will be a language barrier. Furthermore, the community is very warm and welcoming to all volunteers.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

While our programs are flexible and can be fit to your requirements, an example of a typical day is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast with the host family
8:00 AM/2:00 PM Volunteer will either work with the family directly at their house or go to the local community. Where you volunteer for the day will depend on the time of year (for agriculture) and the type of duties available. Work hours are generally four hours in the morning or afternoon.
12:00 PM-6:00 PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to relax or explore the local area.
7:30 PM Dinner with the host family.

Weekends

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

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Application Form and copy of passport
Other Skills
Volunteer must have intermediate level of Spanish in order to have a full experience at the program.
Spanish classes are available at our office if needed.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:30

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Peru? Volunteer World directly connects you with Peru Volunteer and Travel

Cultural Immersion & Sustainable Development Accommodation 2 Working on the field 2 Working on the field Feeding the guinea pigs Spinning at the project Accommodation Working on the field 3

Free-time activities

The project is located around the mountain in the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Cusco, where it can give you the opportunity to take great hikes and get to know Incan paths!

Climbing
Hiking

Services

What's included?
Volunteer placement in your preferred project
Volunteer project management and administration for your selected program length
Accommodations in a Family Stay - Sundays through Saturdays
3 meals per day in Family Stay
Airport pick-up
Volunteer certificate
Transport to volunteer project the first day
24/7 support from our staff in Peru
Volunteer discounts on tours throughout Peru

**Your fee also contributes to the purchase of needed supplies for improvements at your project.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We will need your flight details. Upon arrivail a representant from Peru Volunteer and Travel will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco and will take you to your host family.

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in a homestay where they will live with a local family. Volunteers may expect to share a room with other volunteers, but in some homestays volunteers get their own rooms. When staying with your family you will be able to learn the Peruvian way of life, meet local people, eat typical food, speak the language (Spanish or Quechua) and engage in local customs and traditions.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

All 3 meals are included ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) 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.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs
1 week (min. stay)
$280
2 weeks
$433
3 weeks
$586
4 weeks
$739
5 weeks
$891
6 weeks
$1044
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1350

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 1 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Peru Volunteer and Travel will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$224/week
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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