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Improving Infrastructure and School Facilities

8 weeks living and working alongside traditional Peruvian communities and undertaking the incredible Machu Picchu trek.

About the Program 
The ultimate Peru experience. Mighty mountains, deep canyons, bustling cities, floating villages, vast lakes and Machu Picchu. Need we say more? Make a real impact on the communities that you’ll be living and working alongside by working on projects that will improve their quality of life. Get stuck into work refurbishing primary school facilities. Build greenhouses, plant seeds and saplings, and carry out workshops on healthy eating for the local children.

Trek for a few hours to Cruz del Condor to take in the unbelievable scenery and spot the world’s largest flying bird, the condor, soaring above you. The vibrant bustling cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to the markets to pick up some Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. The 4 day trek to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime adventure. You’ll trek the Salkantay Trail to the amazing World Heritage Site. There’s also a visit the man made floating islands of Uros, a vibrant community living on islands made purely of reeds.

Day 1-2: Welcome to Peru! You will arrive into the ancient Inca city of Cusco, where you will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city.
You will have a couple of days to relax, acclimatize to the altitude and explore the bustling city. Cusco has some great bars and restaurants and is a very popular stop for backpackers from around the globe.

Day 3: Today we head to Camp Moray which is approx. 2 hours from Cusco. Camp Moray is set in The Sacred Valley, boasting some seriously impressive views.

Day 4-8: Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. You will work with us on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children. You will also have the opportunity to teach English.

Day 9: We head back to Cusco early to enjoy another day in the beautiful city.

Day 10: Today we kick off the epic road trip (approx. 8-9 hours) to Camp Colca. The journey across the Andes is absolutely spectacular.

Day 11-15: Our project work here focuses on improving infrastructure at local schools. In addition, you will be working in collaboration with the wider community on a number of micro finance initiatives designed to promote sustainable livelihoods.

Day 16-17: We then travel across to the very beautiful city of Arequipa. At some points on the journey the road reaches an incredible 4900 metres in altitude. Arequipa has a lot to offer with historical sites, museums, great bars and restaurants.

Day 18-22: We return to Camp Colca to continue with project work.

Day 23: 3-4 hour Trek to Cruz del Condor to view the magnificent condor bird (the largest flying bird in the world). The viewpoint over the canyon is truly breathtaking.

Day 24-27: Back to projects at Camp Colca!

Day 28-30: We leave Camp Colca and head back to Arequipa for a few days. You have some time to chill and enjoy the city.

Day 31-37: Today we hit the road and head to our stunning Camp Titicaca! We are working on a number of community initiatives at Camp Titicaca including primary school development, a greenhouse initiative to promote nutrition and food security and ICT lessons for school children and other members of the community.

Day 38: Boat trip day taking in the amazing man made Uros floating reed islands and lunch on Taquille.

Day 39-44: Back projects at Camp Titicaca!

Day 45-46: We head to the beautiful city of Cusco. The next day will be spent getting ready for Machu Picchu! We will deliver a briefing to let you know exactly what to expect from the next five days.

Day 47-51: Machu Pichu Trek!

Day 52-55: Head back over to Camp Moray for a final few days of project work with the community.

Day 56: Last minute shopping in Cusco and a final meal with your team.

Day 57: We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure. 

Suitable for


Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.

  • Restoring school's greenhouses
  • Restoring school's kitchen's 
  • Building community facilities
  • Building classrooms

    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).
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    Required Documents
    Application Form
    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

    Any questions? Just ask. We at Camps International are happy to help you.

    Free-time activities

    During days off you can spend time in the beautiful and bustling cities of Cusco and Arequipa. You will have opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and taking advantage of the vibrant nightlife.


    Included Services

    What's included?
    Food - Drinking water - Accommodation - In-country transfers - All project costs and materials - Machu Picchu trek - Pre travel support from dedicated UK team - Orientation and language lessons - 24-hour emergency support
    Airport Pickup at Velazco Astete

    All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!


    Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.

    Food & Beverages

    Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.

    Internet Access
    Sorry, no access at the project site
    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.
    Costs (Prices in USD)
    8 weeks (min. stay)
    8 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees

    You can volunteer at the project site in Cuzco /Peru between 8 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Camps International 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 Camps International during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

    Get ready to volunteer in Peru

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    Visa Regulations
    Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Peru. Please check the visa regulations for Peru.
    Travel Seasons
    Find out the best time to volunteer in Peru and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
    Living Costs
    Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Peru.
    Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.

    What's next?

    The nearest airport is Velazco Astete (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.
    Vaccine Checker
    If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
    What can you do in leisure-time in Peru while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
    Cuzco, Cuzco , Peru

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