Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Peru

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Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad
Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad
Wildlife Conservation in Peru with Projects Abroad
Wildlife Conservation in Peru with Projects Abroad
Teaching projects in Peru with Projects Abroad
Teaching projects in Peru with Projects Abroad
Dentistry Internships in Peru with Projects Abroad
Dentistry Internships in Peru with Projects Abroad
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Volunteer at an orphanage in Peru with Projects Abroad
Coach Sports in Peru with Projects Abroad
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

9.19 Rating
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!