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Inca Trail Adventure & Children Support

Cuzco, Peru

A specially designed 2 weeks program that offers a great blend of some meaningful volunteer work and exciting weekend trips. Witness a typical Peruvian lifestyle!

The project

Combining the essence of contributing for welfare of poor communities and adrenaline of adventure activities, VolSol brings you this 2 Weeks Special Program in Peru. This program is particularly convenient for volunteers who do not have time to commit to a month or more of volunteering abroad but would like to make some contribution and also travel along with other volunteers on the weekends to one of the most spectacular places in Peru.

Volunteer work

As a part of this program, volunteers will get to work at Intercultural programs, spending time with children in community centers and schools. Volunteers will be working in rural nursery schools where there is just 1 teacher for 30 little kids aged between 3 and 5 years old.  During those two weeks you will be helping four hours daily from Monday to Friday. You will provide care, love and attention for these children as well as assisting the Peruvian staff at the projects. 

These intercultural projects mainly contribute to the development of the poorest families in the local population, principally in poor rural areas and marginalized urban areas in order for them to attain integral human development, which translates into better living conditions in harmony with nature. 

The tours

While, weekdays are spent in altruistic activities, weekends are all for fun, frolic, and adventures. Explore the beautiful city of Cusco, its intact traditional lifestyle, and heritage sites. Discover the Sacred valley of the Incas - go on a guided tour to visit the beauty of Pisaq, Ollantaytambo ruins, and small towns around. And, the highlight of this two weeks trip, visit the enchanting world heritage site of Machu Picchu. 

All in all a fantastic 2 weeks to understand the age old culture and traditions of Inca dynasty, which is still very much alive in the region, while contributing to make the society a better place to live in for one and all. 

Typical day

A typical volunteer schedule during this 2 weeks program is as below:

Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 4-6 hours in a day
  • Volunteers work at these local schools and community areas, while spending time with children.
  • You can help them with their subjects, play with them, teach them new skills, etc.
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing included in Cost
  • First weekend will be local city tour of Cuzco. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco by yourself, you will need to get the Cusco Visitors Ticket at the Local Government office to visit museums, cultural centers, small ruins, and Cusco festivities. 
  • Second weekend will be a long one, as it'd begin from Thursday itself. Starting with a visit to the Scared Valley region. This will be a guided tour, where volunteers will be taken to some of the best spots in the region; such as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo ruins, and small towns around followed a lunch in a traditional Inca restaurant. Then take the Train at Ollantaytambo to overnight in Aguas Calientes town to visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary the next day.

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program:

August         06 & 20
September 03 & 17
October         01 & 15
November 05 & 19
December 03

The program start date is also the arrival date, and so volunteers need to arrive in Cuzco on the same date as their selected program start date. For example, if you have selected 20th August as your program start date, then you need to be in Cuzco on the same day.  

Free-time activities

Over the weekdays, when volunteering work will be conducted during the first half of the day, evenings are usually free for the volunteers. You can utilize this time to visit local markets and other places around your project location. Places like Barrio de San Blas, Church of La Merced, and Cathedral of Peru have been declared as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and must be visited by volunteers during free time.

Over the weekends, being a volunteer and travel program, activities are already aligned along with best tourist spots to be visited. This includes city tour of Cuzco, Sacred Valley, and Trek to Machu Picchu.

Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
General at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport and parental consent(for under 18)
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 and Thursday from 09:00 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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The total cost for the program includes;

  • Pre departure guide
  • Assistance from support staff and in-country program coordinator
  • Airport pick up from Cusco airport
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Project placement
  • 3 meals a day from Monday to Saturday (only during volunteering days)
  • Trip to Sacred Valley and Connection to Machu Pichu.
  • Tour in Machu Pichu Sanctuary
  • 01 bus ticket to machu Pichu Sanctuary.
  • Double room (shared room) in a hostel in Machu Pichu pueblo

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.

Volunteers must share their flight information, so that the local coordinator can arrange pickup on time. 

Accommodation

Volunteers are provided accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. 

Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have WiFi connection and cable TV as well.

Guest Family Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc. 

Those with special food requirements (such as vegan, allergic to a particular food item, etc.) can mention the same, and it will be taken care of.

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.
Vaccines
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)
$1,025.00
2 weeks (max. stay)
$1,025.00
Average fees
$513.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cuzco/Peru between 2 weeks and 2 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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