Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Cusco from $320

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Trusted by 90,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Cusco and 40+ 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.

Current IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Cusco:

  • Teaching English
  • Special Needs Care
  • Childcare
  • Medical
  • Jungle Conservation
  • Animal Care
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Andean Immersion
  • Spanish Service Learning Course
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 90,000+ 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

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Reviews

96%
based on 48 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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Meet Nicole Pochat!
Nicole
10/10

Unforgettable experience at Cusco, Peru.

It all started with a spontaneous decision to do volunteering abroad this summer and International Volunteer HQ made it all possible. Their guidance, accessibility, interactive training and full support in my process made me feel prepared enough to take a flight to Cusco.

In an eye blink I was already in Peru. The city of Cusco is completely surprising every moment you spend at it; it’s such a vibrant, beautiful, magical little town from whom you fall in love with. Filled with so many polite and helpful people at every corner, delicious and exquisite cuisine, Incas history is so extraordinary and each day you experience something completely different from the one before.

I was the luckiest to be placed in orphanages with kids that are so sweet, bright, happy and grateful every minute of the day. We spend our time together playing, dancing, singing, laughing and letting me teach them English because they have the will to learn every moment. I gained so much sensitivity and closeness from this kids and they have the biggest affection for life that’s so inspiring.

Also, making new friends from all over the world everyday, spending my nights partying while getting to know the city at night and traveling the weekends to places like Machu Picchu, Sacred-Valley, Moray, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Humanity where pictures and words are not enough to explain what it's like to be there, will be memories that will last in my heart forever.

I can honestly say it was one of the best life changing experiences I have ever had. My time in Peru was full of all kind of emotions, amazing stories, close bonds with friends and unforgettable days and nights. This was my first IVHQ experience but I'm sure that after what I lived, it will not be the last one and I'm so excited to see what future volunteers abroad have for me.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicole, Wow! What an awesome review! Thanks so much for taking the time to so eloquently share a little of your experience volunteering and exploring in Cusco, Peru. Is has been a pleasure to assist you in making this trip happen and we are excited to see where the journey takes you next!
Andrea - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ghardie
10/10

Best Experience

Spent two weeks working the medical project in Peru, and even though the first week was uneventful due to a Medical strike, the second week was changed to a Medical campaign and I loved it! This allowed us to work closely to the locals who needed medical aid. From admitting the patients, to taking their vitals and checking them for pain while working with the doctors. It was truly a one of a kind experience. I would absolutely participate in another IVHQ program.

How can this program be improved?
It was great.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ghardie, Thanks for sharing! It is awesome to hear about the Medical Campaign you were able to join during your second week volunteering in Cusco and we are glad this made up for the first disrupted week due to the strikes. It would be great to have you join us again!
Andrea - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
10/10

Teaching English in Cusco

I had the most amazing time in Cusco teaching English to the Bomberos (Firefighters). I was fortunate enough to be one of the first people on this project, and could thus sort of shape it to be the best way for me to teach, which was super amazing. The people there were all incredibly nice and so, so, so excited and willing to learn. Our homestay was also incredible! The food was amazing and the location was somewhere not many tourists see! I love the city of Cusco - I was never bored. There was always a different placed to explore in the city. Besides that the day trips and excursions were 10/10! I cannot wait to go back!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rebecca, We are so happy to hear that you had the most amazing time in Cusco, Peru! Thanks for being open to teaching in a new placement and for making the most of your time volunteering, getting to know the local people and exploring Cusco. We can’t wait to have you back!
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
9/10

Childcare in Cusco, Peru

I was lucky enough to volunteer in Cusco for two weeks working in childcare. I spent one week in a preschool setting and another in a local hospital (pediatric unit). My experience was so amazing. The children are so grateful for your help and love having the volunteers around. You can see the excitement in their faces every morning and really feel like you are making a difference in their lives. Even with a language barrier, I took so much away from my experience in Cusco and would definitely do it again. The city itself is amazing and has so much culture and history to learn about.

How can this program be improved?
Knowing your placement, or at least if you will be working morning or afternoon, would help with planning.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Lauren, Thanks for sharing! It sounds like you experienced two diverse volunteer placements and we are glad that you also took the time to learn about the history and culture of Cusco, Peru. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Andrea - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
Sophie
10/10

Teaching English in Cusco

I took part in the teaching English project in Cusco. The project was interesting I got to teach two classes English and plan my own lessons. I felt like I really got to experience what it is like to be a TFEL teacher. All my students were also really interested in learning English and were always asking me questions about the UK. I definitely feel like my lessons were having an impact on them even though I can only speak a little Spanish so do not worry if you cannot speak the language. I was put in amazing home stay where breakfast and dinner were including. I was lucky enough to meet other volunteers from all over the world as well as making friends with some of the local people in Cusco. I could also go to the volunteer office if I ever needed help with anything. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone. It's a great way of travelling and staying in home stay in Cusco was a great way of truly experiencing the culture.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sophie, Thanks for sharing! We are stoked to hear that you had a great experience Teaching English in Cusco, Peru! It is awesome that you were able to develop your own lessons plans and that you felt that your lessons were having a positive impact on your students – this sounds like quite an achievement. Thanks again for sharing and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Donna
10/10

Merida, Mexico

I worked at a summer camp in a small Mayan village outside of Merida. The local children really enjoyed the program and had a lot of fun with the volunteers. I really got to understand how people live there and there customs; makes you appreciate what you have and want to help them more. The kids were adorable and very friendly and grateful for the opportunity. I would definitely like to do something like this again.

How can this program be improved?
If the Spanish lessons were more affordable than more people might take them. Having conversational levels would definitely help but the children also make you understand somehow.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Donna, Thanks for sharing this lovely review of your time on our program in Merida, Mexico! We would love to have you join us again in the future.
Andrea – IVHQ Mexico Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hayan
10/10

IVHQ Cusco Peru

I spent 2 weeks in Cusco , Peru I volunteered in the animal care project in the zoo of the university of San Antonio . I had the best experience working with all the animals I would definetly volunteer again with IVHQ it was affordable and everyone was very helpful . My homestay was very clean and the family I stayed with took very good care of me and everyone else in the home. The homestay was very comfortable. On the weekend I was able to travel outside of Cusco with other volunteers and explore and see all the other amzing sites like Machu Picchu IVHQ organized everything so perfect . I would definetly use IVHQ again I have so many great memories that I made in 2 weeks and a lifetime of new friends.

How can this program be improved?
Everything was perfect you guys are awesome!!!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hayan, We are so happy to hear that you had a great experience on the Animal Care project in Cusco, Peru! It sounds like you made the most of your time on the program by also making friends with the other volunteers and exploring in your spare time. We would love to have you join us again in the future!
Andrea – IVHQ Mexico Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sydney
10/10

Medical Volunteer Program in Cusco/Pisac

As someone who spent a long two months in Cusco I can say I enjoyed essentially every minute of my program and my time in Cusco. I was lucky enough to work in a relatively busy clinic in an incredible little town outside of Cusco called Pisac. Since I'm pre-med I shadowed doctors and took vitals (height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature). My Spanish level is intermediate, so I got to interact with patients by asking why they came to the clinic and begin exams while the doctors started the mountainous amount of paper work they need to do. However, I worked with other volunteers of all different Spanish levels and you almost never volunteer alone, so we helped each other out if there was something we missed or didn't understand. A lot of the doctors are able to understand English so you can communicate to a certain extent. The people I met on this trip have been the best part, not only at my placement but also at the house I was staying at. I was staying in a relatively large house with, at most, 13 other volunteers and they were all fantastic people who were always up for going on adventures or excursions like Rainbow Mountain, Moray Salt Mines+ATVing or Humantay Lake. I was lucky enough to volunteer in June when there are a ton of celebrations and parades for the entire month, it was beautiful!

The IVHQ organization was helpful and supportive the whole time, before and after my volunteering program. I was definitely sending them a bunch of emails beforehand and they checked in about a week or two after I had landed in Cusco. I would most definitely recommend this organization and am planning on using them to volunteer in Cusco again after my first or second year of medical school. The cost was affordable and the experience priceless. Thank you IVHQ!

How can this program be improved?
It can be hard to budget properly because the local organization does not tell you where you're placed in terms of housing and program site until you get into the country
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sydney, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed every minute of your time in Cusco! Two months is a really decent amount of time to spend on a volunteer program and we thank you for your hard work, commitment and positive attitude. We are stoked to hear that other fantastic and adventurous individuals joined you in your homestay – we love our volunteers! Thanks again for being an awesome volunteer and we can’t wait to have you join us again!
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jacob
9/10

Construction in Cusco was Fantastic

I volunteered in the construction program in Cusco for 3 weeks from May 29, 2017 to June 16, 2017. Our Peruvian foreman Marco was a great teacher and he gave us a lot of valuable and interesting information about Peruvian culture. He also organized a football match every Friday where we as volunteers would get to play him and his Peruvian friends. My homestay was with an 80-year old retired couple. They made great food and it was a nice quiet place to live. I made a lot of friends through both my homestay and through volunteering and I had a blast exploring Cusco with them. The city of Cusco is fantastic. It has a fun night life and a wide variety of tourist attractions both within the city and in the surrounding Andes Mountains. On the weekends I toured Lake Titicaca, hiked the Rainbow Mountains, went surfing and to a football match in Lima, and backpacked to Macchu Picchu at the end of my program.

For anyone considering Cusco or Peru in general, I would highly, highly recommend it!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jacob, Thanks for your recommendation! It sounds like you had an action-packed time in Peru and we are delighted to hear that enjoyed your placement, homestay, and meeting other volunteers. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lucy
10/10

Cusco!

I volunteered in child care, and it was an amazing experience. And I did not expect to meet new people. I didn't expect to make friends who I plan on seeing again. I thought it was just going to be me and my best friend, and it was so much more. Cusco is such a beautiful city, so rich in history and culture. And very high up, too! The coca leaf tea is great for altitude sickness. I only wish it were legal in he states, ha!

Overall, volunteering through IVHQ was incredible.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Lucy, We are so happy to hear that you had an incredible volunteering experience with IVHQ! Thanks for taking the time to share and we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophia
10/10

Volunteering in Cusco

I spent 4 weeks volunteering in a dog shelter in Cusco, Peru. I have volunteered in the past for a month in Sri Lanka and my time in Peru easily beats that time. The shelter I was at was run by an amazing woman. I try to tell everyone I meet about her because she is such an inspirational woman. I met other volunteers who are now my lifelong friends from all over the world. My host family welcomed me instantly with opened arms, and Coca Tea for the altitude! They became my home away from home. The local team was always available and by the second week they knew my name and would say hi to me on the streets. Cusco itself is an amazing city. I just got home a few days ago and I am already planning my trip back next summer to visit my family and the dog shelter.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sophia, Thanks for sharing! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time in Cusco at your animal shelter placement, were inspired by the placement founder, felt right at home, and made friends from all over the world. We can’t wait to have you back!
Andrea – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gregor
10/10

Jungle conservation at Panthera

I spent 12 weeks at the Panthera Sanctuary in the Amazon with IVHQ AND Máximo Nivel.

Ok, dealing with the above the impact was not 10 because the jungle is so varied, the multiple projects are ongoing. Support is not 10 because we are so isolated, a 10 would be impossible. Social scene in the jungle is you and the trees-awesome. Value, spectacular. Safety can't be 10 because it's the jungle, crazy stuff happens.

Now comes the fun stuff, stumbling upon huge snakes, wading through swamps, macheteing new jungle paths, eating food straight from the trees, playing with monkeys, watching Amazon sunsets, colourful birds, the rain, the sun, the peace, the adventure. It never ends. Plus, you learn, you get involved, you make a difference with the plants and the animals and the future of the beautiful Madre De Dios region.

A lot of people stay for two or three weeks and everybody wants to stay longer when their time is up. If you choose this project, you won't regret it.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gregor, We love your review! Thanks for encouraging other volunteers to experience “watching Amazon sunsets, colourful birds, the rain, the sun, the peace, the adventure” on the Jungle Conservation project. Your review makes us smile with glee and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Charlotte – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Siobhan
10/10

Medical Volunteering in Cusco

Hand on heart, my experience in Cusco was one of the best in my life and this couldn't have been possible without IVHQ. From the get go I felt supported, between the online workshops and coordination with the staff I could tell I had made the right decision. I was nervous when I landed in Cusco but I was immediately put at ease when I was greeted by a member of the team who brought us to our homestay. Our host family and accommodation were far more luxurious than I could have ever imagined and I felt at home at once. I liked how we shared accommodation with other volunteers and through this I ended up making lifelong friends from all over the world. The food was plentiful and delicious. Orientation was brilliant as it gave us a brief overview of our volunteering and also included a tour of the city. Everyone working for Maximo Nivel were beyond helpful, friendly and I felt completely part of the team. The volunteering itself was amazing. I spent 3weeks in a small clinic where I got to help with a vaccine campaign as well as carry out baby checks and STI testing. The fact that I only had basic Spanish didn't hold me back too much and by the end I could communicate effectively with the staff in the clinic. I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering, to go with IVHQ to Cusco because it is undeniably an unforgettable experience that is surprisingly affordable. Thanks again to everyone in Maximo Nivel Cusco :)

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Siobhan, Thanks for your awesome review! We are so happy to hear that you were well supported by IVHQ and our local team and had an amazing volunteering experience in Cusco, Peru. It sounds like you were able to offer valuable assistance to your clinic placement and weren’t restricted by the language barrier. Thanks again for your great review and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Charlotte – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jennifer
9/10

Amazing Experience

My visit to Cuzco could not have been more enriching and amazing! I loved staying with my host family and getting to know them. I made awesome new friends and had such a great experience at the orphanage where I worked. It was life changing, I highly recommend this destination, and I highly recommend IVHQ. I have traveled with the organization 3 times now, to Peru, and to South Africa twice before with my son. We just booked a 4th trip, to Kenya this time and we are so excited!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jennifer, We are so happy to have had you and your son join us in Peru! It is great to hear that you loved staying with a host family, enjoyed the volunteer work and that the entire experience was enriching. It is always interesting to hear from volunteers who have experienced multiple programs and we are stoked that you will join us again. Until next time!
Charlotte – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tyler
10/10

Amazing Experience

IVHQ made volunteering easy! Everything was incredibly well organized and straight forward. Throughout the entire planning process they were quick to email, and even checked in during my project. I had the most amazing experience doing medical in Cusco and learnt a lot! The country is truely amazing and I would have not found this opportunity if it wasn't for IVHQ! I suggest everyone looking through any of their programs, they are extremely helpful!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tyler, It is awesome to hear that you had an amazing experience on the Medical project in Cusco, Peru! We are stoked that you found IVHQ to be helpful – that is what we are here for! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Charlotte – IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program

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