Local Volunteer Projects in Peru

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Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs Cusco, Peru. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work directly with local projects, get involved, and make an impact!

University credit is available for our service learning programs from our official School of Record: California State University, Monterey Bay.

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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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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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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!

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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!

Yes, I recommend this program


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Máximo Nivel (Maximum Level)—The Intercultural Center of Latin America

Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...