Support Communities and Promote Food Security

Live and work alongside communities upon the incredible Lake Titicaca and undertake the amazing Machu Picchu trek.

About the Program
Based on the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, you’ll be living and working alongside rural Peruvian communities. Work on projects focused on improving their standard of living; we listen to what the community feel is needed to ensure maximum benefit for them. Get stuck into improving the primary school facilities. Malnutrition is an issue in the the local community, you’ll work building greenhouses, planting seeds and saplings and running educational workshops. The 4 day trek to Machu Picchu is a real 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. The bustling and culture filled cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to a market to stock up on Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. Your month in Peru will be packed full of rewarding project work and plenty of adventure. You’ll make a real impact on the community and won’t want to leave your new lakeside home.

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Welcome to Peru! You arrive into the beautiful city of Arequipa, where you will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city. You have a couple of days to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa.

Day 3-9: Today we hit the road and head to our stunning Camp Titicaca! The journey is between 5-6 hours and we recommend a good iPod playlist to accompany the incredible journey views.
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 10: Today is a rest day and we will take you to explore the island community of Isla Taquille and the fascinating man made islands of Uros.

Day 11-16: Back projects at Camp Titicaca.

Day 17-18. You will say your goodbyes at Titicaca this morning before we get back on the bus and head to the beautiful city of Cusco. The next day will be spent getting ready for Machu Picchu!

Day 19-23: Early start this morning (around 4:00 AM!) You are about to embark on a challenging, yet incredible journey. Day two and day four are particularly grueling and it’s a really good idea to get some hill walking training in before you depart for Peru. The evening of day four is spent in a hostel in the small town of Aguas Calientes, where there are bars to get a well deserved celebratory drink. We will leave early the following day to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu, which is truly breathtaking and definitely worth all the hard work!

Day 24-27: Today we will take you to experience the beautiful Camp Moray! This is our highest camp, sitting at an impressive 3,500 metres above sea level. The camp is set within a village up in the hills, just above the sacred valley, making the views phenomenal.
You will undertake your final project phase here alongside the neighbouring community. You will do more work in a local school and help with nutrition initiatives for the locals.

Day 28: Today we will head back to Cusco and you can get some last minute souvenir shopping in before a farewell meal with your group in the evening.

Day 29: Your Camp Peru adventure ends today! We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

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

  • Building community facilities
  • Building of classrooms
  • Restoring a school's greenhouse
  • Promoting nutrition

    Program Requirements

    Minimum Age
    18 years
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    required
    Required Documents
    Application Form
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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

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    Free-time activities

    During days off you will 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.

    Concert/Music
    Hiking
    Museum/Opera

    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
    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

    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!

    Accommodation

    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.

    Camping
    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
    Costs
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    $1415
    3 weeks
    $2008
    4 weeks (max. stay)
    $2600

    You can volunteer at the project site in Cuzco /Peru between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Camps International will tell you your final price during your application process.
    Average Fees
    $679/week
    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.
    Budgeting
    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?

    Airport
    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.
    Free-time
    What can you do in leisure-time in Peru while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
    Packing List
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