Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Peru

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Volunteer at an orphanage in Peru with Projects Abroad
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Coach Sports in Peru with Projects Abroad
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With an extensive coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the Andes, Peru gives you the opportunity to visit South America and see much of its character in one country: wildlife, beaches, historical sites and mountains.

Join us in our Archaeology project to learn more about the Incan & Wari civilization, work in the heart of the Amazon in our Rainforest Conservation program, or help improve the lives of local children in a Care, Sports, or Teaching project. You can also intern in Medicine & Healthcare fields and boost up your resume!

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Popular Programs

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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help with vital conservation work.

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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centers.

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Work with experienced archaeologists on ancient Incan and Wari excavation sites in Peru.

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Work at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills.

Questions & Answers

During my stay in Peru, I didn't travel to the rainforest, but I would think it is best to dress in layers depending on the weather and time of year travelled there (nothing too heavy as it will probably get warm there). Also, definitely important to have bug spray/mosquito repellent or some kind of netting for protection from the different insects in the rainforest.

I did my volunteer abroad 7 years ago and at the Animal Conservation in Peru so my perspective may be a little different, but while I was there volunteers are supervised to an extent. However volunteers are left alone when not working which is quite often, and its hard for new volunteers who don't know much of the area. Doing more group activities not related with volunteering would help people...

Reviews

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based on 32 reviews
  • Impact 8.4
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 8.9
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Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Peru Taricaya Conservation Project

I travelled to Peru to participate in Projects Abroad's Wildlife Conservation project in the Amazon Rainforest. As an 18 year old girl travelling on her own for the first time, I could not have felt more safe, welcomed, and impactful on my project. Mikaela, the volunteer coordinator is an amazing, reliable, and responsible girl who made the adjustment as smooth and comfortable as I could have hoped. Not only did I make connections with other volunteers, I also had the opportunity to make friendships with South Americans living and working at the reserve. My six weeks spent in Peru were an amazing experience. The week days can be hard work, especially in the heat, but the evenings and weekends are relaxing and tons of fun! The Amazon, along with its biodiversity, is disappearing at an alarming rate. Taricaya Reserve definitely deserves the work and resources provided to it by volunteers.

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Caroline,
I'm so glad to hear that you had such a rewarding experience on the Conservation project in Peru. You made a worthwhile contribution to our ongoing sustainable goals – you were really appreciated by the local community. You are very welcome to volunteer or Intern with Projects Abroad again!

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Lucia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Inca & Wari Archaeology Project

I took part in this program in 2017.
When I was young, I dreamed of being an archaeologist and my dream came true in Perù.
We did many things in the field: measurements, excavations, cataloging, cleaning and the fatigue of work was shared with the group.
Staying in a host family gives me the opportunity to discover and meet Peruvian culture up close.
Cusco is an amazing city rich in history and monuments. During the weekends I visited Machu Picchu (of course) and I saw from there the sunrise, then Arequipa, the White City, and Lake Titicaca.
It was the first time I travelled alone on the other side of the Ocean, from Italy, and I didn't know what to expect. At the airport, PA staff welcomed me and organized a tour of the city in afternoon, in order to allow me to move on my own.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The first time I found a small decorated pot shard.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hello Lucia,

Thanks for leaving your review about our Incan & Wari Archaeology in Peru. It’s warming to hear about your story, what an experience you’ve had – I’m sure you’ll remember it for a lifetime! You are most welcome to volunteer or Intern with us in the future.

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nutrition project in Peru

I volunteered through Projects abroad's nutrition program in Cusco. The contact with Project abroad's team in Cusco was fantastic and supportive, and the experience itself completely eye opening and thoroughly enjoyable! I spend most days in a Wawawasi, getting and idea of the typical foods and recipes used, as well as some of the challenges face by the group leaders there. We spent some time in the local markets too to become familiar with the produce available and prices. Towards the end of the placement I delivered a couple of presentations on the importance and strategies to increase the micronutrient content of the meals as part of the work to reduce childhood anaemia, and having analysed the menu at the Wawawasi provided some suggestions on portion sizes etc

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Worked harder before going to get my Spanish up to scratch!
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Sophie,
Thank you, for your brilliant review. It's warming to know that we are able to provide such beneficial experience for both the volunteer and the recipient community. Your hard work and effort towards the Nutrition project in Peru is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again on one of our projects or internships.

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Alicia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome time helping archaeologists in Peru

I have a PhD in archaeology, and so when a one-month career break became possible I jumped at the chance to volunteer on an international project. Projects Abroad were so easy to deal with, and within a week my trip to Cusco was all booked.

A friendly volunteer coordinator met me at the airport, my host family were absolutely top notch, and the induction to getting into and around Cusco my the lead on the archaeology team was perfect. Soon I had a local sim card and phone number, and was all ready to go.

Made lots of friends, and had a life-changing experience. The archaeology in Peru is *amazing* and it was a total privilege to work with professional archaeology teams on World Heritage sites in and around the capital city of the Incan Empire.

Highly, highly recommend this programme!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Occasionally the buses in Cusco were really full, and I felt a bit claustrophobic. This turned into an excellent adventure. If I needed to, I got off one bus and waited for the next. Learned to navigate my way round the city quite quickly, and got lots of extra people watching in as well. Remember waiting at one bus stop with a lady carrying a tray of guinea pigs... taking them to market!
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Alicia,
I'm so glad to hear that you had such a rewarding experience on the Archaeology project in Peru. You made a worthwhile contribution to our ongoing sustainable goals – you were really appreciated by the local community. You are very welcome to volunteer or Intern with Projects Abroad again!

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Peruvian Adventures

Projects Abroad: Incan and Wari Archaeology is an amazing program that allows its volunteers the unique experience of experiencing both ancient and modern Peru. Participants learn all about what it takes to be an archaeologist and get to participate in real archaeological projects, including maintenance, cataloging, and excavation. The program is organized perfectly to have volunteers working throughout the week and giving them the opportunity to travel both inside and outside of Peru during the weekends. Evening are open for volunteers to explore Cusco during their free time, to explore museums, eat Peruvian food, and more. Weekly cultural events allow participants to experience Peru from a natives perspective. The staff is helpful, personable, and enjoyable to interact with.

What would you improve about this program?
The only think I would change is that it would have been amazing to have a Quick Tips from previous participants of the program.
Response from Projects Abroad

Emily, wow!
Thank you for your incredible review. Projects Abroad and the local community really appreciate your hard work towards the Archaeology project in Peru. We’re here anytime to help you organise your next meaningful adventure.

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nursing Internship Peru

I did the Nursing Internship in Cusco to decide whether I wanted to peruse a career in nursing or public health. Though it didn’t make my decision any easier it was still one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I felt like I gained more exposure here than I would at a health care facility in the States while feeling totally immersed in the culture. I had a wonderful host family (though I heard some complaints from others about their families. Some, however, were for cultural differences and other complaints were similar to ones you might hear from a son or daughter about their parent lol). I also felt that I had plenty of time to travel and good people to travel with. The people who work with Projects Abroad have plenty of gathering opportunities. They also host workshops based on your field, so I was able to do a suture workshop at the office! No regrets and no hesitations of doing it again!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay as long as you can! I was there for 5 weeks and I wish I would have done a least 3 months! Try as many programs as you can! I did nursing but wish I would have dabbled in English or archeology.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hello Elizabeth,
It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic time away on our Nursing project in Peru. The effort that you put into the project was admirable; you are truly appreciated by the local community and Projects Abroad. We’ll see you soon on another project or Internship!

Irazema Arizabal, Country Director for Peru

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Kira
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazon Rainforest - Peru

My first experience with Projects Abroad was in 2016, when I did a high school project in Cambodia. I absolutely loved it - what a wonderful way to travel and see a country, by giving back to the local community. Travel with purpose has always been important to me, and it brings the opportunity to see more of a country than most tourists.
In June of 2018, I went to the Peru project for a month and absolutely loved every minute of it. I was dirty, sweaty, covered in monkey poo, mosquito bites and bamboo splinters, the showers were cold and tarantulas crawled up the outside of my bathroom fly screen - and yet there was no where else I'd have rather been. It definitely pushed my comfort zone and yet there was just something so magical about the forest. I learnt so much and saw so many beautiful things - I want to go back!

What was your funniest moment?
There was a recently released toucan, Hank, that lived around the lodge - he would break into the kitchen to steal food, nibble people's backs when they were relaxing in hammocks, try to steal lunch from tourists and jump on the mesh ceilings like it was a trampoline. He had such a beautiful cheeky character, and never failed to entertain us!
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Kira,

Thanks for leaving such a lovely review. You couldn’t have picked a better project to volunteer on for your second time around. Our team at Taricaya are so dedicated and passionate about the work they do. Out of all our projects this is the one I am busting to do myself the most!

You should be incredibly proud of the work you have put in. There aren’t many people who can say they have contributed so directly to the rehabilitation and sustainability of one of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems and the species who call it home. I am sure Hank the toucan is very appreciative!

You made good use of your Alumni Discount vouchers volunteering for your second time. If you are ever looking to gear up for another project you have a fresh bunch of vouchers to use, or you can pass them over to a friend!

Keep up the amazing work!

Cheers,

Brett
Project Expert Australia

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Beth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Archaeology and Conservation projects in Peru

I joined the High School Special project in Peru for 2 weeks on the archaeology project and I loved it. It was only two weeks and I definitely should have stayed longer! It's such an amazing location and as a history geek, it was an amazing experience. Projects Abroad organised a trip to Machu Picchu as well, which I can recommend to anyone (it's a must see in Peru). My coordinator was so friendly and he really looked after us, and Dan on the Archaeology project is a brilliant teacher.
I then flew for one week to the Conservation project... again, I should have stayed longer and I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. That project was one of the best things I have ever done; living in the Amazon rainforest, surrounded by nature and helping protect one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet is an unforgettable experience. The staff here are great (special mention to Elvira who is so kind) and so passionate about what they do. You get a perfect mix of looking after rescued wildlife and conservation activities, so anyone who is passionate about animals should definitely join this project.
I can't recommend Projects Abroad enough!

Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Beth,

Thanks so much for the lovely review, it’s so nice to hear you had such a good time on both projects.

I’ll be sure to mention this to our in destination staff, they love to hear when their volunteers have had such a good time. As for Dan, I couldn’t agree more, he is a good teacher. He certainly knows his stuff when it comes to Incan and Wari History, it also helps with his vast experience, and passion for Archaeology!
It’s funny you mentioned that you wish you stayed for longer, as that is the most frequent feedback we get from our volunteers over all of our projects. If you join us on a Flexi trip next time around, you can always extend in country for as long as you want, and it only costs the difference between weeks.

If you loved the wildlife side of things, feel free to look at our Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Botswana, our wildlife enthusiast love the work we do there!

Thanks again!

Chris

PS. If you do choose to do a Flexi trip, don’t forget about your Alumni vouchers to get £200 off!

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Paola
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My month in Cusco as a teaching volunteer

Before I left to Peru I was quite nervous as I had never been so far away alone and really didn’t know what to expect from the project. I can now say it was one of the best things I have ever done and I’m happy that I took the plunge and really thankful for the way it worked out and the impact it had on me. I was teaching in a small school in a very poor area of Cusco. It was really hard work as the kids are quite behind in their learning and classroom discipline was scarce. However I really put my mind to trying to help them and help the teachers with their tough job. The reward was immense. The kindness and love from the children really struck me and they were so appreciative of my help. The staff in the Projects Abroad office in Cusco are so kind and helpful and genuinely nice people so that made being so far away from home a lot easier. Also it was great to get to know other volunteers and socialize with them as you are all sharing a unique experience. For me the experience was a perfect mix of voluntary work, traveling and socializing and I would really recommend it to someone looking for a unique gap year experience also in such a lovely, interesting country.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to the experience and immerse yourself in the culture. Also do something you’ve never done before! I went downhill mountain biking with another volunteer in the beautiful sacred valley which was scary but amazing!
Response from Projects Abroad

Hey Paola,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review and sharing your experience for all future volunteers to see. I am so glad your trip to Peru was everything was what you expected and more – it sounds like you had an amazing time!

I am so glad you felt the children where appreciative of your time there, I heard they applauded you at the end of your last lesson so it sounds like you made a real impact! Our team in Peru also said how great you were and they would be happy to have you back anytime, I will pass on your thanks to them all - they really are so wonderful at being able to make our volunteers feel like they home when away from home. Also, downhill mountain biking sounds very scary but incredible, it seems like you really did fully immerse yourself and take every opportunity. I hope the rest of your Gap year goes well and you had a great time in Chile too.

Welcome to the Projects Abroad alumni community, we are happy to have you are part of the family. I look forward to helping you plan your next trip and putting your alumni discount vouchers to good use!

Best wishes,
Holly

Projects Abroad – Project Expert UK & IE

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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Archaeology in Peru

I was in Peru for four weeks and they were some of the best, most unforgettable weeks of my life.

I was welcomed by the staff as soon as I got there who made me feel welcome, drove me to my host family, and helped translate my minimal Spanish into something they could understand. With the help of my family, volunteers, and staff I was able to improve my Spanish and immerse myself into the history and culture.

The sites were incredible, and I got to clean and handle Incan quipus textiles, and other artefacts. I also got to weed and clean walls uncovered at various sites around Cusco. In our spare time the volunteers and I would travel to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and just about everywhere else we had the opportunity to.

I had an incredible trip that I would redo in a heartbeat. If you get the opportunity to spend some time overseas seriously consider volunteering with Projects Abroad.

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Maddy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

School Sports Projects

Peru!! What an incredible place. From beautiful buildings to incredible views. The people, the food and the markets are great!! The schools and the children are so warm hearted!! Great experience!!

I have never meet a company that is so informative and helpful. They always answer all their emails, and even take phone calls. Very easy to communicate and organise things with. This was the same when I was in Peru. Always there and ready to help.

My experience during my placement has amazing. It was fun, heartwarming, and enjoyable time. I was lucky to work with a great group of students, and all different ages. I had time to work with them 1 on 1, as well as in a group.

I found the altitude a little difficult, but got use to it very quickly. My family actually gave me a special tea to help. My family did many beautiful things to help make my stay enjoyable. They took me on a tour around the city, cooked amazing food, spent time with me learning spanish, as well as taking me to the market.

During my time in Peru I got to meet with many of the other volunteers. We spent nights at restaurants having dinner, seeing in karaoke bars as well as doing some small tours. It was nice to feel safe and like I had a whole new family here.

It was a once in the lifetime experience, and I hope too and can not wait to go again!!! Thank your Projects Abroad.

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Shannon
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Peru conservation

Over the spring break, I went to the Taricaya Ecological reserve in Peru, and I loved it! This was technically meant for university students, however Projects Abroad was super accommodating and still let me go even though I am in high school. I received lots of information and my contact was incredibly helpful, and answered all of my questions quickly and thoroughly. They offered to book flights for me and sent me an option, but I ended up finding a cheaper option and booking them myself. Once I arrived in Peru, there were always staff around who were very helpful and kind. I loved working Taricaya, doing research and conservation work, and I felt like I was genuinely being helpful, rather than just volunteering to make myself feel good. The only thing that I wish could be improved is the overall cost, as it was a little expensive. All in all, I had a fantastic time, and Projects Abroad was very helpful during my travels.

What would you improve about this program?
Cheaper Cost
Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Shannon. Thanks for sharing! We are indeed very flexible in terms of dates and projects. It's great that you were able to join us in Peru over your Spring Break. This is such a unique project and volunteers' help is much needed and appreciated. The cost of the program does include a lot more than what may be at the sight, so not only does it include the arrangement of your project, housing, insurance and food, but also the support from our staff 24/7, the partnership with the reserve, materials, training and workshop, and so much more! You do get a discount as a member of our alumni community so hopefully you can join us again in another one of our projects soon!

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Daniel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great volunteer experience in Cusco, Peru

I was part of a group of volunteers from the company I work for, and we had the great opportunity to be in Cusco, Peru doing some volunteer activities.
Before the trip, Projects Abroad assistant was very helpfull, we got to know the weather, traditions, type of food, money system, among others, ahead of time; that gave us the chance to be prepared and bring the right clothes for the trip.
In our volunteer activities, we helped in basic level schools, doing some projects with the kids and helping teachers with their classes, it was a very satisfying experience. Kids were very happy and they always participated. As a part of our volunteer duties, we helped painting part of the wall schools and desks.
From day one, Projects Abroad staff was there to assist us, since we got off the plane, they were waiting for us with transportation ready, they took us to our host family homes with a quick tour of the city. They'd be ready everyday with our daily plan and activities, on the afternoons, we'd have a meeting and feedback of our journey. It's essential to know the places we'd go, and situation we'd experience, with their help we were definitevly be more safe and calm, knowing that they're proffesionals and are there for us.
I'd reccomend to know the wheather depending the time of year you're going, so you could be prepared with right clothing. June and July are the coldest months.
It's definitevly a one-life time experience, Peru's landscapes of rainforest, mountains and of course Machu Picchu, are the extra ingredient to have a great volunteer experience. Go for it!

What would you improve about this program?
I'd suggest to calculate more accurate the transportation time, considering local traffic, roads conditions and distances in the city, so the activities in the schools could last longer.
Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Daniel.
Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Peru! We are always happy to hear that our staff is helpful and welcoming - they love having you on board and making your adjustment to your new environment as smooth as possible.
We understand that there are some external factors beyond our control, such as traffic and weather conditions, but we are always happy to offer additional ways to make the most out of your time abroad in your project.

Thanks for sharing!

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Lindsay
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved Peru!

My 4-week volunteer placement in Peru was the most enjoyable experience I have had abroad. Not only did I stay with an amazing family who welcomed me into their home with open arms, and make relationships with the greatest support staff in Urubamba/Cusco - but I spent my weekdays in a Kindergarten classroom with wonderful children. I spent time working alongside the teacher and she encouraged me to get involved by teaching games and basic lessons, in both English and Spanish. It was great to be involved and help out where I could. It is a placement I would do again and again, and an experience I will never forget!

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Tessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Four Weeks of my Life

Volunteering at Taricaya with Projects Abroad was one of the best months of my life. From the hands on activities to the supportive staff, I could not have asked for a better experience! It was amazing to be able to meet so many people from all over the world and to work with them to further the conservation of the rainforest.

All of the staff was so knowledgeable and ready to teach the volunteers everything they could. I learned so much not only about the Peruvian rainforest and animals that live there, but also about cultures and languages from all over the world. When we weren’t doing activities, the staff was more than happy to talk about their experience and what they have learned over the years and even sometimes gave lectures about their specialties.

The accommodations and food were great as well. Granted, they may have taken some getting used to, but the bungalows come to feel like home before long. I would recommend picking up some food in town if you are used to having snacks- but there is always a bowl of fruit and bread and jam to eat if you get hungry.

The weekends were a great time to go into town to get wifi and a change of pace. The staff is very helpful in getting you checked into a hotel and giving recommendations of things to do and places to eat. A few friends and I even took a weekend trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu and the staff was very helpful in the planning process and in giving recommendations for where to go and stay and the best ways to go about getting to Machu Picchu.

All in all, I would not trade my month at Taricaya with Projects Abroad for anything! It was absolutely an amazing month and I learned so much! If you’re interesting in the rainforest and are okay with not living in 5-star conditions and doing some manual labor this trip is definitely for you. I would recommend volunteering at Taricaya in a heartbeat! Oh, but don’t forget DEET because you can’t buy any good stuff there.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved by having more prep for the accommodations- other than that it was pretty near perfect.