• Peru
    • Cusco
1 to 26 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family Lodge
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Prices vary by program and timeframe.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Mar 09, 2023
Jul 30, 2019
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About Program

Home to incredible bucket-list destinations including the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, the Andes mountains, and the Amazon Rainforest, Peru is the perfect place for the adventurous traveller. Kaya Responsible Travel offers volunteer and internship placements in Cusco and the Amazon which allow you to give back and make a real difference, while you travel.

Based in the ancient city of Cusco, you can work on community-based projects, and make a real difference to vulnerable communities including young mothers, at-risk youths, and people living with disabilities, as well as our Healthy Kitchen Clean-Burning Stoves initiative.

For environmentalists, our Amazon rainforest project works on environmental and wildlife conservation. Living in a remote location in the heart of the Amazon, each day you will experience its incredible biodiversity. With thousands of species of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and plants indigenous to the Amazon, this experience will stay with you forever.

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Program Highlights

  • Live and work in the Amazon Rainforest, and experience one of the world's most diverse ecological sites
  • Intern/ volunteer in environmental or wildlife conservation in the Amazon Rainforest, and make a real difference to conservation efforts and research
  • Volunteer on community and social projects with vulnerable communities such as at-risk youths, people living with disabilities, and young mothers
  • Travel Peru in your spare time and witness incredible sites including 15th century Inca Citadel - Machu Picchu
  • Experience traditional Peruvian food and festivals in the beautiful colonial city of Cusco

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Peruvian lady in the market

Peru is not only famous for their scenic landscapes but they also have made a mark with their Peruvian textiles that has been a part of ancient cultures.

Booking this internship will give you the chance to get hands on in different fields including multimedia, website management and social media platforms while you help the weaving cooperatives create a sustainable livelihood for the indigenous community.

Contact a Kaya placement advisor now to check the availability of the dates.

activity of peruvian children at school

Education is vital and with the limited resources that the small primary schools have in the outskirts of Peru, they still manage to make the academic learning possible for Peruvian children.

If you are enthusiastic about teaching, this is where you come in to assist the teachers in facilitating the classes as well as extra curricular activities and conduct initiatives for school improvement.

Peruvian special children

If you have a special spot for special children and you plan to earn credits for your degree, this program is perfect for you! You will be working in a centre in Cusco that hosts around 75 special individuals from 5 to 35 years old with different cases to help them with their special needs, improve their speech and motor system and in promoting their skills to perform daily activities with minimal aid.

Monitoring Peruvian species in the conservation project

If you are passionate about conservation work this internship will give you opportunities to learn more about wildlife, habitats and scientific approaches and develop your skills on data collection, research and even leadership.

Enjoy an in depth experience of Peru's forest and wildlife while immersing in the Peruvian culture.

Peruvian Kitchen

Work in a Peru kitchen while promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices to local families as they aim for a healthier community with less cases of ailments and better performance at work and in school.

This is also a great jumpstart to know the Peruvian culture by learning their native dishes at their kitchens.

Heating metal jewelry in Peru

Learn from Peru's local artisans on traditional jewelry making which have been passed on from their great ancestors.

Build a connection with the community as you unravel their culture and in return help them how to market their craft for them to have a sustainable living.

Program Reviews

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  • Impact 3.35
  • Support 4
  • Fun 3.7
  • Value 3.35
  • Safety 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Peru Speech Therapy Internship

I spent 3 weeks in Cusco, Peru working as an intern at CEBE Don Jose San Martin, a school for kids with communication and intellectual disabilities. I worked in a classroom helping a teacher plan and create activities and lessons for the kids. It was an amazing experience and I am so happy to have done it. The Kaya team was so helpful and supportive throughout my entire experience and made it run very smoothly. The internship is now called a special needs internship probably because the job is more useful for people wanting to work with special needs children. Cusco is a magical city and I definitely wish I could've spent more time there. There's always an exciting tour waiting for you. The food is great, the people are friendly, it's a wonderful time. I strongly recommend it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have an open mind, be willing to go out of your comfort zone and take part in as many adventures as possible.
63 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English In Peru

I spent 3 weeks in Cusco, on the 'Teaching English in a Rural Province' project.
I would meet the other school teachers in central Cusco in the early morning, to be driven half an hour to the school is a smaller district. The facilities were limited there, with most classrooms only having a light as the electricity in the room. I would teach English to a class of 21 9-12 year olds for around an hour, though this varied depending on the day. To do this, I was expected to develop my own teaching syllabus and all my own materials - which was a struggle as I hadn't been told this prior to my arrival and did not have access to a computer. Still, the lessons went well and the kids were all very enthusiastic to learn. Another thing to note, was that I had been told only a basic level of Spanish was needed, which didn't turn out to be the case - future volunteers on this programme should be proficient, as no other staff members at the school speak English.

My homestay family were lovely and very welcoming, and luckily another volunteer with a different project lived very close to me, so we did lots of after work things together. Had there not been another volunteer it may have lonely though.
Over all, I enjoyed the project, but hope some minor changes have been made to make it easier for future volunteers.

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the level of Spanish required from a volunteer to be accepted as part of the project, as it would make it easier for everyone involved.
49 people found this review helpful.
Response from Kaya Responsible Travel

You will be happy to hear that we have reviewed the Spanish level requirement for schools teaching and have already put in place a short language test that helps us evaluate better the levels of Spanish prior to finalising the placement. Our home-stay families, as you experienced, are friendly and helpful and get consistently great feedback, and they love hosting Kaya volunteers. We also have a new coordinator who we welcomed onboard this month who is expanding the reach of our Kaya projects in Peru as it grows in popularity. Thank you again for sharing your experiences and inspiring others to join in our great work.

Heilwig Jones - Director, Kaya Responsible Travel.

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Hospital volunteering in Cuzco

I was placed in a local private hospital for my volunteering project. I felt that this particular hospital was very well run, and operated in a similar fashion to those in England. Though this did mean, that as a third year medical student, I wasn't experiencing anything particularly new. The staff were helpful and allowed me to speak to patients where possible, perform minor examination and attend theater. I would advise learning to speak as much Spanish as possible to really make the most of the experience.

With regards to the social aspect, i felt that this could have been improved. I was told i was the first person to sign up for this particular course and that others would join during my first week. This didn't happen. I found this disappointing. Although i did attend Spanish classes in the evening where there were more people of my own age which was nice.

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