• Peru
    • Cusco
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)


Starting Price
Price Details
Love Volunteers registration fee, plus program fees
Program fees cover airport pickup, orientation, accommodation and food (see website for specific program details).
The Love Volunteers registration fee covers lifetime alumni membership
Sep 20, 2023
Jan 23, 2019
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About Program

Volunteer in Peru with Love Volunteers! Take this opportunity to help local Peruvian communities and to share your knowledge and skills. Anyone can volunteer anytime in Peru with Love Volunteers. No matter what your background and interests are, there is sure to be a project for you.

Based in Cusco volunteers can choose from health care projects, women's empowerment, teaching English, childcare and more. Check out the Love Volunteers website for more information!

Current Love Volunteers Programs in Peru:
Childcare & Development
Disabilities & Special Needs
Medical Internship
Teaching English (Pre-School)

Volunteer anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months
Make a noticeable impact in the communities you serve by working with local NGOs and Love Volunteers

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Love Volunteers is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience to Date

I could write about my experience in Cusco for days. I spent exactly 12 weeks from March to May of 2018 in the beautiful city I grew to call home. I began my stay working with disabilities and special needs, but soon discovered that volunteering in an animal shelter was a better fit for me after seeing so many stray dogs on the streets and knowing I had to help in any way I could. I can't even describe the feeling of waking up each morning with such a sense of purpose and love for what I was doing. Dogs are looked at as a means of protection for the household and nothing more. They are often mistreated, thrown out on the streets, sold on the black market, and even killed. The owner of the shelter was incredible - I have never seen such passion for animal rights and she taught me so much. At the shelter we took care of some of the animals that had been rescued every day by cleaning up after them, feeding them, and spending time with them and on the weekends we often did spay and neuter campaigns with local veterinarians. I even adopted two street dogs from the shelter myself - two sisters named Patricia and Bonnie. I was with Patricia for her surgery (spay) my second day at the shelter and was appalled at what I saw. The anesthesia is just awful there and she woke up three times during it. After that, I took care of her in her recovery and we bonded immediately. Three weeks after I arrived in the US she came home and five months later her sister joined us!

My host family was incredible and consisted of a mom and dad. I still consider them family. Because they didn't speak any English, my Spanish skills increased ten fold. It's a myth that people in Cusco speak English, so definitely practice your Spanish before hand! I was able to take Spanish classes at a local language center for two weeks which helped a lot.

Life in Cusco was so easy. Public transportation is only 80 cents by bus or you can catch a cab for around 5-6 soles (4 soles only for locals). The rain was constant my first month there, but soon it became dry season and the sun was out every day, however the cold was still a shock to my system as a fourth generation Floridian; the heat is definitely in my blood! My first two weeks I was alone since there were no other volunteers at the time. As awful as it was in the beginning I am so grateful for it now because it made me get out of my comfort zone and really immerse myself in the culture. The locals are definitely hustlers. You will have prices increased as a foreigner, but you can bargain with them - definitely stand your ground! On the whole, things were incredibly cheap with the exchange rate. We had a volunteer dinner every week which was a great way to get to know new people coming in (at max there were eight of us total). I could go to dinner with two other people and get two appetizers, three meals, dessert, and drinks for around $60. This also made extra traveling much easier in terms of price. I felt safe even late at night and usually walked home (about 45 min) if I was coming from the Plaza at night with no problems at all.

Every weekend I took a tour and I took off one week of volunteering to travel. From spending a weekend in Quillabamba, seeing Sacsaywaman, Puka Pukara, Qenko, Tambomachay and Qoricancha, Easter at the church of San Francisco, hiking Rainbow Mountain at 17,000 ft, white water rafting the Urubama, getting two new tattoos, taking an airplane over the Nazca lines, riding a dune buggy through the sand dunes of Huacachina, visiting a monestary in Arequipa, discovering Lake Titicaca in Puno and on Taquile Island, to seeing the incredible Machu Picchu, my tirp was nothing short of spectacular. Being in a place of such history and culture was like stepping into a book.

I learned so much about myself and really learned to take every chance that comes my way so I can look back on my life and say I truly lived it through both traveling and helping those in need. I have gained everything from my time in Peru and have made friends from all over the world that will last a lifetime (I am going to Jordan with one of them this coming July!). If you're even considering going to volunteer in Cusco, DO IT. You will not regret it. Love Volunteers was there every step of the way. They answered my emails so quickly and were checking up on me constantly. As a smaller volunteer organization, I feel they really created an authentic experience! I am forever grateful to them!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing would be for volunteers to know who is picking them up at the airport. I wasn't sure who I was meeting on arrival and even though the driver had my name on a board, I wish I had known his name just to double check for safety since it was my first time in another country by myself. Other than that everything was great!
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Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Rachel,
What an inspiring and motivating review! Thank-you so much; not only for taking the time to recount your amazing experiences in Cusco to encourage and assist future volunteers - but most importantly for your incredible contribution to the animal shelter, including providing a permanent home for Patricia and Bonnie!
Placing volunteers like you is what it's all about and we love that you took challenges in your stride, embraced the culture, language and opportunities available and made the absolute most of your time in Peru.
Thanks again and please do join us again if you get the chance :-) Enjoy your new family members and all the very best for your future adventures.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Yes, I recommend this program

Children with Disabilites in Peru

Volunteering in Peru was a great experience. It allowed me to not only fully immerse myself and explore the city of Cusco but also give back to that community.
I felt better taking part than simply being a tourist and my efforts were both appreciated and thanked.
Getting to know 8 children with disabilities over one month made it very difficult to leave upon the end of my time in Peru but I am still quite glad to have done this program.

What would you improve about this program?
It was a bit unorganized but I found this effected fellow volunteers more than my own trip. It seems "going with the flow" is the objective more than sticking to a standard plan.
63 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Seth,
Thanks so much for this review. You are totally correct that 'going with the flow' is the best attitude to take.

Often the reason volunteers are required is that staffing and resources are lacking in a particular area and this often means that things aren't as organised as they might be at home. By being open-minded, flexible and prepared to use your initiative (as you did) you can make a huge differences on these projects.

Thanks again and we hope to have you back with us again in the future. We're sure the children will miss you!
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Wow in Wyacocha

I traveled for twelve months to eighteen countries and volunteered in all of them. Love Volunteers placed me in six of the programs I served in. They were all outstanding and the first was in Cusco Peru working with the Wyacocha community located in the mountains outside the city. These families are the direct descendants of the Inca people and they are desperately poor in material things but rich in love and happiness. My time working with their children in an after school teaching and hygiene training program was incredibly rewarding and taught me about the purpose of life; to serve those in need. The result of this was my quitting my job when I returned to the US and starting my own 501C3 to support the people of Peru and the 13 other global communities I met along the way. "Love" made this all possible.

56 people found this review helpful.
Response from Love Volunteers

Thanks so much for being a part of the Love Volunteers Team. What a pleasure it is to help people like yourself who give so willingly of themselves to help those in need.
All the best in continuing to enrich the lives of others!
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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