Location
  • Peru
    • Cusco
Length
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
Spanish
Age Min.
18
Age Max
100
Timeframe
Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse Host Family
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Solo

Pricing

Starting Price
675
Price Details
Please see more information about costs here https://www.inlexca.org/costs/

Includes:

Accommodations with a host family with 2 meals per day for all programs or dormitory in the wildlife/conservation projects only with access to kitchen.
• Participation in cultural activities.
• On call support throughout the service.
• Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
• Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
• Welcome at Cusco airport with transport.
• Certificate of program completion.

Extra costs

Airfare
Travel or health insurance
Weekend leisure travel.
Personal expenses

What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 28, 2024
Feb 09, 2024
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About Program

Peru is the cultural convergence point of South America. From beaches, jungles, high mountains, Inca ruins, rich culture, and adventure, Peru has something to offer for every traveler. Although majestic, the country also suffers from acute poverty levels and a portion of the population lacks access to basic services like education, health, and proper infrastructure.

INLEX offers a variety of projects in the areas of education, childcare, wildlife preservation, Microfinance, healthcare, and more. INLEX works primarily in the regions of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

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.

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Program Highlights

  • 24/7 support
  • A variety of projects that match your interests and the project's needs.
  • Set in the beautiful city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Improve your Spanish while staying at a host family and taking Spanish lessons.

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Program Reviews

4.80 Rating
based on 5 reviews
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  • Impact 4.6
  • Support 4
  • Fun 4.6
  • Value 4.4
  • Safety 5
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Rahel
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

12 weeks at Hogar Juana de Aza in Cusco

I spent 12 weeks in Cusco working at the Hogar Juana de Aza and living with a super lovely host family. Together with my host family I was able to get to know and explore the Peruvian culture and the country and I am grateful for this experience.
However, my work at Hogar Juana de Aza was different than expected. I had the idea of ​​working more with the young mothers, but in the end it was more like childcare. I spent my time playing with children between 2 and 6 and looked after them. Nevertheless I really enjoyed my time and took both the children and the mothers very close to my heart. I'm happy with my decision to stay for so long, because it obviously took some time for the children to develop a bond with me and for the mothers to fully trust me with their children. After the first few weeks, I realized that I could make an important contribution to the Hogar and that I was greeted with a big smile every day and said goodbye with a heavy heart after work. Even though I expected something different I was happy to be there. I would recommend going to this program but it's important to know that you will be working with children most of the time.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
After about 7 weeks I was alone with the 8 children in a small playground. As is normal with children, they tested my limits, but that day was special. Being alone with the responsibility for 8 children who fight, testing my boundaries and taking advantage of the fact that I don't understand them 100% (and I do have solid Spanish skills) was a big challenge that day. The feeling of not doing justice to the situation and the worry that something might happen overwhelmed me at that moment. At the end of that day I was grateful that everything went well (except some small bumps and bruises), but the tension and worry stayed with me for a few days. It wasn't the co-workers who helped me, but rather friends who had similar jobs and were able to give me tips and understood my worries and fears and just listened to me.
Pros
  • Experience in working with children
  • Becoming more independent (and making a home for yourself in a place where you know no one)
  • Cusco as a city for volunteering is the perfect place to feel home, save and welcome and experiencing the Peruvian culture at the same time
Cons
  • Starting work and it’s not what I expected
  • At first not really having something to do and having to finde work for myself
20 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Childcare in Cusco, Peru

I had a wonderful time in Cusco, Peru, helping in a Kindergarten in the mornings and an After School Project in the afternoons. I played with the kids, helped with the Organisation of the daily work and helped the teacher with everything. I learned so much about the culture, met so wonderful people and was very well received by everyone. So I was able to give a lot to the kids, even without speaking a lot Spanish. Thanks for this amazing time. I really enjoyed being part of the daily life. Living with my host family was also a great experience.

Pros
  • Social Impact to the kids and families
  • Learn about peruvian culture and way of living
  • You get so much back from the kids
Cons
  • Not a real contra: your impact is more emotional, so you don’t really know how the impact works, but I think you see it in the smiles of the child’s :)
69 people found this review helpful.
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Diana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

INLEX

My experience with Inlex was one of a kind.
They made me feel like a family.
Working in the kindergarten was amazing and they were very helpful.
The host family they put me with also were amazing.
Overall I would give them a 10/10 they were very helpful and accommodating.
If you ever needed additional help IO was always there to help and provide guidance.
The kindergarten was a great place to learn about culture and Spanish.
I would recommend this program to solo travelers. It was worth it at the end.

Pros
  • Learning spanish
  • Learning culture
  • Family environment
Cons
  • None
74 people found this review helpful.
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Andrea
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Volunteer in Peru

I was lucky enough to volunteer at a local clinic in Peru. I was really scared coming into this, because I had never traveled out of the country by myself. I'm really glad that I completed this trip, and feel like a stronger person coming out of it. My time here has not only confirmed that I'm on the right path, but has taught me a lot about the type of doctor I hope to be. I learned how to empathize with patients when you deliver bad news, and how to celebrate when you deliver good news. One thing I realized is how taxing it is on your mental health to be with sick patients all the time, but the doctors were constantly giving me advice and helping me through some of my first times with patients. The clinic opened their doors to me, allowing me to learn and thrive more than I could have imagines. From assisting in surgeries to perfecting my Spanish, no textbook or lecture will be able to teach me things I learned first hand in Peru. This experience has taught me to take risks and try new things; find my own path. I’m really excited to take everything I’ve learned and put it into practice, both in my personal and professional life.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was able to assist in a hysterectomy with a lady who had an 11cm tumor on her uterus. 11cm seems small, but on average a uterus is about 7cm.
103 people found this review helpful.
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DIANA
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Voluntariado en Perú

Translation: First volunteering and I had the opportunity to meet some amazing kids, every day I learned many more things from the people who helped there and the children, who have an incredible discipline at all times, are very applied and friendly.
This home offers a lot of love, reason more to leave all my help there.

Between adventures, help in the tasks and meet each of these people, I managed to strengthen my confidence in social work. I also had the opportunity to travel to Peru for the first time, and to explore how beautiful Cuzco is, its culture and tradition.
Walking through the streets of Oropesa with the children was quite an experience, they told me their school days and the way they could help was unequaled.

Primer voluntariado y tuve la oportunidad de encontrarme con unos chicos increíbles, cada día aprendía muchas mas cosas de las personas que ayudaban allí y de los niños, quienes tienen una disciplina increíble en todo momento, son muy aplicados y amistosos.
Este hogar ofrece mucho amor, razón mas para dejar toda mi ayuda allí.

Entre aventuras, ayudas en las tareas y conocer a cada una de estas personas, logre afianzar mas mi confianza en la labor social. Así mismo tuve la oportunidad de viajar a Perú por primera vez, y recorrer lo hermoso que es Cuzco, su cultura y tradición.
Caminar por las calles de Oropesa con los pequeños fue toda una experiencia, que ellos me contaran sus días de colegio y la forma en que podía ayudar, fue inigualable.

What would you improve about this program?
Translation: Transportation back to the airport, since the home is a bit far from Cusco, and being with the luggage makes it a bit more complex to return.


El transporte de vuelta para el aeropuerto, ya que el hogar queda un poco lejos de Cusco, y estar con el equipaje hace un poco mas complejo el volver.
104 people found this review helpful.

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