Volunteer in Peru with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects

Video and Photos

Volunteers and I
Volunteers and I
Ashley Doherty, Pre-Medical Volunteer
Ashley Doherty, Pre-Medical Volunteer
Jumping photo
Jumping photo
Cusco Salt Mines
Cusco Salt Mines
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Team work
Team work
Construction crew
Construction crew
Dog shelter
Dog shelter

About

Peru is one of the world’s richest countries in terms of natural resources. However, its social development has not kept pace with its commercial development, and Peruvians still wrestle with illiteracy and basic social justice. Peru works hard at self-improvement, making it an ideal place for international volunteers to get involved, contribute to sustainable programs, and provide help to vulnerable populations. There is no shortage of things to get done in Peru and international volunteers can truly learn to serve here.

Maximo Nivel provides volunteer abroad projects at our institute in Cusco, Peru, both in and outside of the city center. Projects are also available off-site in the Sacred Valley (mountains), the Amazon region (rainforest), and Quillabamba (rainforest), some of which are rural areas and offer a more “off-the-grid” experience than the city of Cusco. Volunteers always have the opportunity to serve in both urban and rural communities.

Highlights
  • New volunteer programs start every Monday year-round
  • All-inclusive—shared accommodations, meals, and many extras
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Academic credit available
  • All-inclusive program fees from $645

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Popular Programs

Working with Kids

Homelessness and poverty have left many children in Latin America without access to proper education and a loving environment. Maximo Nivel’s childcare projects aspire to change children’s lives by providing caring and nurturing volunteers to work, study, and play with them.

Teaching English

Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries, because the language opens both academic and professional opportunities, and provides a path out of poverty.

Conservation projects in Peru

Your work may be focused on reforestation, organic gardening, wildlife and animal monitoring, trail maintenance, and educational workshops for local communities.

Construction projects in Peru

Maximo Nivel’s construction programs focus on community development. Construction projects may include building or repairing homes, adding classrooms to schools, or making structural improvements to clinics.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 124 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.4
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Kim
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco, Peru-Childcare and Jungle Programs

I loved both programs during my six weeks and the program staff was always great! I started in an after school program and loved working with the kids. Some spanish is necessary, basic is okay, we did a lot of math and reading. Consistency of volunteering hours from day to day was also a must for an effective relationship with both the teachers and kids.

The jungle was fantastic! The work was good, we did some reforestation, walked trails to document wildlife, and some construction projects. The food was great-all vegetarian. The bungalow we stayed in was open, but all beds had mosquito netting for the many many insects that occupy the jungle. There was no electricity, so people had time to read, play cards, etc. A small town was just a ten minute walk away (snacks, no internet), a larger town with internet was a 20 minute taxi ride away.

What would you improve about this program?
To include at least one week of Spanish lessons in the program fee, and possibly make it specific to the program. My vocabulary was very different for the jungle than it was for childcare, but I found that in both, I used some phrases over and over again. For example, with the after school program, a fourth grade math lesson (how to say: add, subtract, multipy, divide, convert, fractions...) in spanish would have been very quick/easy and would allow a volunteer to jump right in on math homework from day one and build from there into other subjects.
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LissVal
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco - Childcare Program

The overall program was great. I really liked my placement and the experiences that I got from it. Working the little girls and the teacher in a classroom seating made it easier in regards of the planning of activities for the day. Everybody at Maximo and the school placement was very kind and helpful, and happy to have us there to help them out. My host family was wonderful too. Always open to questions and very warm and kind. The food was delicious. I will totally recommend this program.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I will suggest is to make future volunteers aware that knowing the basics of the native language in any program (in this case Spanish) will help them out big time. I think that those that didn't speak any Spanish and were just starting to learn it, wouldn't get as much out of the experience as those who did speak a little bit and were able to help out even more while interacting with the locals.
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Rachael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maximo Nivell - Cusco

This whole experience was incredible. The placement was challenging, working with kids from very different backgrounds, yet when you see them understand something or enjoy themselves it makes it worth it. Maximo staff were so supportive of any challenges I encountered. In the second half of my placement time, the project was taken over by a spanish only speaker, where my spanish is poor it was difficult to communicate. Maximo sent a member of their staff to all the meetings we had and they came regularly to placement to reduce the language barrier. It was very helpful and supportive of Maximo. Their facilities in the Maximo building were appropriate to the needs of the volunteers. The accommodation was amazing, It felt like being in a 5* hotel with the care and services offered to us.
Overall, the projects are very well organised in an amazing and beautiful city. I wish I could go back!

What would you improve about this program?
I would make the Spanish lessons more relevant and accessible to beginners. I found them a little bit too difficult and it would be better to be taught things we would actually need, rather than random phrases.
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Marty
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco-Peru

Had a blast teaming up with Maximo Nivel in Cusco Peru! The staff were welcoming, helpful and treated us like family! Cusco is rich in culture and you can definitely meet people from around the world there. Lastly, the volunteering part was a very great experience and I wished I had stayed longer!
Marty