Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Cusco from $320

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Teacher Strikes
Teacher Strikes
Teaching World Locations in English
Teaching World Locations in English
Me and My Co-Teacher at Maximo Nivel
Me and My Co-Teacher at Maximo Nivel
The crew at Plaza de Armas
The crew at Plaza de Armas
Jennifer
Jennifer
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The firestation I taught at
The firestation I taught at
View of the city
View of the city

About

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Cusco and 50+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 10 volunteer project options in Cusco and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a homestay, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Cusco, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Cusco program is available year-round, offering a start date on every Monday
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $320 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 25 and 60 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Cusco each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

Popular Programs

The aim of the Childcare project is for volunteers to provide individual attention and assistance to children from diverse backgrounds. Many children at the placements we work with do not receive the level of affection and education that they deserve, volunteers therefore play an important role in working alongside local staff to improve the educational, emotional and hygiene conditions of the children. Volunteers work in community centers, schools and kindergartens.

Compassionate volunteers looking to make a real difference can join our Special Needs Care project in Peru - Cusco. Volunteers work in homes for mentally and physically disabled children and elderly people where the levels of disability can range from moderate to extreme. Volunteers assist with the personal care of the children and elderly people, providing specialized attention and helping with feeding, clothing, bathing, and organizing crafts and games for playtime.

One of the ways we provide support to the different placements we work with in Cusco is through our Construction and Renovation project. Many of these placements are under-funded, run-down, and in need of renovation work. Volunteers work alongside a local construction worker who provides them with direction and motivation. Volunteers work on a variety of buildings, including schools, community centers and clinics.

Peru’s Amazon rainforest is an incredible place to visit - full of wildlife and raw landscapes but facing its own set of challenges. As a volunteer on this unique project, you can contribute to the ongoing preservation of this vital part of the natural world.

Clinics and hospitals for low income families in Cusco tend to be under-funded and under-staffed. As a result, volunteers play an important role in assisting local nurses and doctors, dentists and specialists while also learning about the healthcare system in Cusco. It is important that Medical volunteers have realistic expectations with regard to the activities that they will get involved in.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 63 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.4
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Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My 2019 Trip to Peru

I’ve always had a passion to see the world- and to leave each place I visit better than the way I found it. IVHQ offered me the perfect opportunity to travel with meaning- to do my part in making the world a better place while discovering some of the hidden beauties planet earth has to offer.

I didn’t expect to fall IN LOVE with Peru, but I fell hard! From the welcoming and kind feelings from our host family, connecting with volunteers from all over the world, to breathtaking sites like Machu Picchu- every minute spent during these two weeks was something priceless. Everything we did, from volunteering to site seeing, we did as a team- as a family. I am forever grateful for that. Peru is filled with so many hard-working people, many alpacas and mountains that literally take your breath away (and not because of the altitude! but that is no joke).

IVHQ gave me more than an opportunity to volunteer while abroad. It gave me new friendships that will last a lifetime, experiences that you can’t put a price tag on, a new cultural lens, and a heart that feels so full it could explode! It’s a beautiful thing- to be able to connect with people from all different backgrounds, cultures, and corners of the world- to come together under one common desire: to help others. This was an experience of a lifetime… And I’m already planning my next IVHQ trip!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I think the funniest moment during my trip was during our hike up Rainbow Mountain. We had been warned about the intensity of the hike and that we would be offered a horse to take. I start off the hike with my dad next to me. Somewhere along the route, I turn around and no longer see him! Once I was almost to the top with the rest of the volunteers, I ask around, “Has anyone seen my dad?!” One of my friends says “your dad? He hopped on a horse about an hour ago. He’s probably waiting for us at the top!” I almost passed out from both the lack of oxygen and because I was laughing so hard.
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Silvana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Peru, amazing experience.

This experience gave me a lot to learn and see, thanks to the Holiday Program I got to experience the majority of the opportunities for volunteering, and I got the chance to discover what I am good at, I could learn from a lot of people, met amazing people and got to know myself better. Now I can not wait to volunteer again for more time and a new country to visit! All the volunteering activities helped me to grow and think how fortunate I am which means I have to give back some of the luck I have. The best way to do it is giving a small piece of your kindness wherever you go or volunteer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be sure to be "normal fit" because all touristic activities involve a lot of energy, trekking or hiking! (and some of the volunteering stuff too)
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Monica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BE A VOLUNTEER

Be a volunteer is always something that everyone wants to be. But most of the people that don't have courage enough!
My experience this year was in Peru-Cusco and it was the first time that I have done some experience like that! And I love it!
I have chosen to do Special needs care at Madre Teresa it was no doubts the best project that I could have! Plus you always can choose another programs to do!
You never feel alone, the people that you meet are unbelievable, the trips that you do are incredible and in the end you really feel that you achieve the fullfillment in life!
In the end you feel that helping another people is something that you really appreciate in life and you just want to do more and more!
So be a volunteer and enjoy your life!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Monica, thanks for your review of our Peru program. It's great to hear that you had such a rewarding experience and made some lasting memories. The effort that you put into your contribution to the program - it is really appreciated by the community. We look forward to having you volunteer with us at IVHQ again soon! ^ Aydan - IVHQ Peru-Cusco Program Manager

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Cara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Cusco Program

This program was wonderful. Starting from the pickup at the airport, everything was taken care of. This was my first volunteer trip with IVHQ and it will not be my last. I made so many friends in this program. I recommend to anyone looking for an affordable and impactful way to travel!

All of the staff that I encountered were wonderful and the homestay felt very safe and welcoming. I was conveniently located just a few blocks from the town square as well. As for excursions, the staff was more than willing to make recommendations. I ended up doing a day trip to Machu Picchu through America Inca Trail. As for my volunteer placement, our staff member showed us how to use the public bus system in order to get there and made sure we knew what was expected of us. This was a great time!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Cara, I'm so glad to hear you had a rewarding experience on our Peru - Cusco program. The effort you put into your contribution to the project is greatly appreciated. We can't wait to have you back again with IVHQ. ^Aydan - IVHQ Peru - Cusco Program Manager

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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience!

I had a really great time! There were many opportunities to book excursions like ziplining and quad biking that were fairly priced and completely organized for us. I went to Machu Picchu for a day which was really lovely. I went alone but met a lot of great people there, so I never felt alone. My host family was so nice. I saw a lot of really wonderful things and I would definitely recommend this trip!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I think I would spend a whole weekend in Machu Picchu rather than taking a day trip.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Natalie, Thanks for your review on the Peru - Cusco program. I'm glad to hear that you had a rewarding and enjoyable experience on your project. The effort you put in is appreciated by the community. We look forward to having you volunteer with IVHQ again soon. ^ Aydan - IVHQ Peru - Cusco Program Manager

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zhen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable experience in peru

The reserve is located kind of far from city of Cusco, however, the overnight transportation is so far the best of the trip. Panthera reserve, the place in which I spent two weeks working and observing the nature may be one of the best options for jungle adventures. Each day on the reserve is well-organised and properly carried out by the staff on board, Alex, Pierre and the other staff are always willing to help at any time. I engaged myself to learning and communicating with people all day; the more time spent on the reserve, the deeper you feel attached to the surroundings. Personally, being immersed in the pure nature is a good way to figure out how you want your life to be; meanwhile, you may also come up with an idea on what to do for making your personal contribution. Signing up for jungle conservation program with IVHQ could be a life path changing step.

What would you improve about this program?
I would suggest a better orientation for the volunteer before their departure.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Zhen, thanks so much for sharing this feedback with us! It's great to hear that the project has had such a great impact on your life and we thank you for your contribution to the project. All the best! ^Aydan - IVHQ Peru Program Manager

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Jasmin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Program in Cusco

The two weeks I spent in Cusco, Peru was an amazing adventure, both for me and for my future in medicine. I enjoyed the city so much and loved the culture I was able to experience. I think I could have had a better volunteering experience if the clinic in Chinchero maybe was more aware of volunteers and had set protocols for us. I found myself really looking to fill in time and just roaming around trying to find something to do. The nurses were very kind and I learned a lot about the medical system in Peru. Overall, some of the changes that could have been made also come from my desire to just be more outgoing and just ask others if they need something from me. The adventures I did on my own time were amazing and I loved my stay. I really enjoyed the food and my host family were always very helpful and supportive. I felt extremely lucky while staying in Cusco and would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is thinking about doing an IVHQ program.

What would you improve about this program?
I felt that the fees and registration were a little on the high cost end and would have liked to be warned about the extra costs while applying. I also would recommend on improving communication with the volunteer before heading out there. My initial thought was that the program was only $665, but really was about $900-$1,000 after registering (which is nonrefundable) and the extra fee of using card.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I am a pediatrician, I have stayed for 2 weeks in Peru, most of the time in the mountains, in the picturesque Cusco. I loved it, all the people I have met were incredibly nice and helpful. I had a great time, learned a lot on a personal level of truly lovely people and amazing culture. Besides, professionally, I could see a lot of the system differences, which was interesting and also rewarding for a volunteer. We were in a big enough clinic in Belampampa, where diverse cases were attended. So, I did get to see children, but also pregnant women. Nevertheless, I have met people of different backgrounds who volunteered with IVHQ, heard great life stories. It almost felt like time was flying by. Wish you all enjoy your experience just as much!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would double the time to spend more time in the clinic and also get to go to the Amazon and to Colca canyon