• Peru
    • Cusco
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Apartment Host Family
Small Group (1-15)


Price Details
The costs start from £335 for 2 weeks and include your accommodation, 3 meals a day (only for homestay option), airport pick-up in Cusco, training and supervision by project manager, WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support. Your airfare to Peru, airport drop-off, travel/medical insurance, Spanish course and personal expenses are not included within these costs. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Airport Transfers Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Nov 19, 2019
Feb 28, 2022
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About Program

Come experience the beauty of Peru and volunteer in the ancient city of Cusco. You can volunteer with children and animals in the local communities, and if interested, also take proper Spanish lessons to learn or further enhance your Spanish skills with a professional language teacher. If you are interested in working with children, you can join the After-School projects, but if more keen on working with animals, you can help out at the Dog Shelter project.

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Program Highlights

  • Make a positive difference to the local communities of Cusco
  • Learn Spanish or enhance your Spanish skills in one of the most ancient cities of South America
  • Experience Peru's natural beauty, while meeting and interacting with locals and other volunteers from around the World
  • Choose what project you work with.
  • Work with children at after-school projects or with animals in a shelter project.

Program Impact

Participate in projects that make sustainable changes in the community.

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Program Reviews

9.5 Rating
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  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.9
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Emma Liva
Yes, I recommend this program

Sport project, Peru

Great experience! So many nice people around the project. I felt very safe and welcome at my host mom’s house, the staff around the basketball project and the Projects Aboard staff too! There was a good balance between free time alone, to enjoy and experience the city on my own, but also activities with the other volunteers in the city.

The only thing I could have missed, was a little more influence on the basketball practice/the work, but with help from the coaches to translate from English to Spanish

I can definitely recommend Projects Abroad!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have practiced more Spanish before I went to Peru, and also spent a little more time on practicing Spanish in my “home” in Peru.
-Would have been nice to talk more with my host mom and people in the city, even though it still worked out with a very small vocabulary.
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Internship

I’m very thankful for my trip to Peru. It gave me some clarity on what I want in the future, I felt very safe there, the country was beautiful and filled with culture and history, and my house family was the absolute best. My host family and those that worked for the organization were available at any moment and were so willing to help with anything. This internship confirmed that I definitely want to do medicine overseas. I always look back through my pictures and feel very thankful for the opportunity and the growth I experienced there.

What was your funniest moment?
I found myself laughing with the other volunteers all the time. I also remember times when there would be street performers that would do things intentionally to make other people laugh which of course, worked.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


The project offers more than just the work experience. The project was incredible at giving the volunteers a social outlet with one another, which made the whole trip amazing. They also regularly gave advice on the places to visit, and guided us to others that could safely take us around. The archaeology program was amazing, and more hands on than I had imagined. If you do the archaeological project, you will have the opportunity to work with ancient artifacts and explore the most beautiful ruins.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers; let yourself become completely immersed into the culture. Don’t hold back, and don’t let yourself get too caught up in your own expectations to enjoy the curveballs.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime!

I had an amazing experience in Peru! It was incredible to work in a foreign country and serve the local people. I learned so much about health care and public health while having lots of fun. Experiencing a new culture, working hands-on at the clinic and health campaigning, and meeting the Peruvian people and host family was the highlight of my summer. I met great people from all over the US who were part of my team and became lasting friends. I had an awesome experience exploring the country especially Machu Picchu. I really wish I could have stayed longer and it is has lead me to apply to college in the medical field concentrating in public health. Thank you!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
At a local restaurant I tried Alpaca and Guinea Pig. Like most people say, it tasted like chicken:)
11 people found this review helpful.
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Trip of a lifetime

As a 50-year-old woman travelling with her teenage daughter I was filled with trepidation before the trip. However it was all needless worry. From the moment we arrived in Puerto Maldonado we will made welcome and part of an extended family. Despite a trip to the local hospital on the middle weekend This trip was absolutely the trip of a lifetime. Highlights included, but are absolutely not limited to, hand feeding bears, holding hands with monkeys, keeping a Nightingale warm in the palm of my hands, meeting amazing people from all over the world and making friends for life. Even the accommodation which was basic was more than enough as time in them was limited through work but also socialising. All in all .... a FANTASTIC TIME was had.

What would you improve about this program?
The food was basic but to be fair the kitchen was pretty basic too.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Extraordinary Experience

I don't have much time, so this reviiew will be short.
That being said, I can't put into words how much working with Project Abroads has helped me develop as a character.
On my trip to Peru I met unique people, experienced different cultures, and ate some great food!
On the way there you can see many phenomenal works such as Macchu Picchu along with other temples.
I live in a small town in the USA, and my experiences there are limited.
I practically live in a bubble, but my experience in Peru has changed my perception of the world (in a good way!).

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What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Alpaca meat, Guinea Pig meat, eggs with chicken, along other things.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco, Peru, Archaeology

Sverything was amazing!!!!! I would defenetly do it again if it would not be that expensive. I paired around 3000 for two weeks. For other volunteer or internships I pay that for two months. Besides that it was fantastic!!!
The stuff was very open and easy to work with. They fought you everything you needed to know and let you work alone. It was a great way to learn to take responsibility. We also did not only go to already excavated areas but also explored new sites. That was very exciting. The text they sent me right before the trip was extremely helpful. I had everything with me and I actually needed everything on that list.
It was freezing at night, so my house family kept on giving me blankets. It was amazing to life with a family there!
Thank you for that wonderful experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate for the first time lama, alpaca, and guinea pig. The guinea pig was one of the best thinks I ate. If you are not vegetarian, defenetly try it. You can eat it with the head off. Makes it a little easier to try ;)
16 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Wawawasi in Peru

I've just returned from Cusco, Perú where I worked for the last three weeks. In January I decided to join Projects Abroad, a project that wasn´t well known in the country where I live (Buenos Aires, Argentina) but I made my research and decided to go for it. In february I arrived, unsure of what I would find there, but everything went excellent, I have absolutely no complaints. My host parents were nice and welcoming, and I lived with other two volunteers from Australia and the UK with whom I became really good friends. My role at the placement was working with little children in a Wawawasi, which is Quechua for a daycare center. I helped making activities for the children, teaching maths and hebrew to both students and teachers; helping with the cleaning, cooking and others. I feel as I received much more than I gave; everyone was so caring and lovely that they were constantly telling me how much they appreciated my visit. In fact, the teacher invited me for lunch to her place the last day and cooked for me a typical peruvian dish! I couldn't be happier for my experience, and I would definitely recommend it to others, and even repeating the experience in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be really helpful if the prices lowered a little, but it is really worth it.
20 people found this review helpful.

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