Volunteer in Peru: Most Affordable & Real Impact!

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Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG
Volunteer in Peru with UBELONG

About

UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Cusco, Peru.

Volunteer in one of these world-class projects:

CAREGIVING
- Caring for vulnerable children
- Caring for the elderly
- Assisting at an after-school center
- Caring for children with disabilities
- Assisting at a shelter for abused girls

EDUCATION
- Kindergarten teaching
- Elementary school teaching

MEDICAL
- Psychological counseling
- Medical assistance
- Public health education

BUSINESS
- Cultural enterprise development

CONSTRUCTION
- Light painting and renovation

SPORTS
- Assisting at a sports center

Visit the UBELONG site for more details - the journey of a lifetime starts there!

Highlights
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Volunteer on projects that truly need you
  • Live in the heart of Cusco and enjoy delicious meals every day
  • Go with a US based organization - legitimacy and peace of mind
  • The #1 program in Cusco and with the best reviews!

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Questions & Answers

It seems you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Take a look at the FAQ page for more questions! https://ubelong.org/volunteer-abroad/cusco-peru/ Hope this helps you!
Throughout your programme mentors will offer their support to help you have the best experience whilst on your stay.
With so much choice it can be hard. For me when I chose my programme I knew I wanted to go to South America as I had not been to that part of the world before. After lots of research into the courses and the place I found Peru was the place for me. Reading reviews of other people's experiences also helped me to decide.

Reviews

94%
based on 50 reviews
  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.3
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Nico
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Personal schedule and what to bring for kids

I like the flexibility that we had during our placement. Volunteers can choose their own time available for work and schedule accordingly to make some spare time for free exploration of the local place -- as long as the work is well arranged.
I highly suggest volunteers (of the after school centre program) to bring toys and books based on quality as well as quantity. Make sure the stuff you bring can be distributed to most of the children and durable. Be patient and open; kids are so earnest and lovely.

What would you improve about this program?
Tell the volunteers more about the accommodation (that it is located in a Spanish school previous to their arrival), especially when it is mingled with other programs/organizations: in our case, the Spanish school. We would have had taken more of the classes if we had known that we were going to live there.
The brochure / instruction booklet is REALLY clear and straightforward; because of that, we didn't have any surprise or unprepared experience.
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Vanessa
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you UBELONG!

I spent 4 weeks volunteering in Cusco, Peru at a shelter for abused girls with UBELONG. My first week there was difficult - first with the cold, cold weather and lack of heat, the culture shock, and then getting sick; additionally, I also encountered a few unexpected obstacles with my project. However, to say that UBELONG went above and beyond to make sure that not only my stay was comfortable, but that I was also happy with my project, would be an understatement. I was lucky enough to even have the co-founder Raul in town to make my transition to a new project location as smooth as possible. Every single individual in Cusco's UBELONG program, from the staff, the cooks--I mean, I got 3 extra pancakes every Wednesday morning--, and the volunteers were exceptionally friendly. My first week in Cusco was challenging to say the least, but had I not had the support of UBELONG to get me through, I don't think I would have had enough strength to make it through the four weeks alone. It is with UBELONG that I was able to have a warm bed, despite the cold of Cusco at night, two great meals a day--the lunches especially were scrumptious--, health and emotional support when I was bed ridden with food poisoning, and make lifelong friends. I came to fall in love with Cusco, a city I knew nothing about until I set food there. This experience was rewarding in more ways than I could imagine. Thank you UBELONG! Until next time...

What would you improve about this program?
Tell the volunteers exactly what volunteer location they will be staying in before making it to their volunteer destination
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Simon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Cusco!

For me, it felt like UBELONG was driven entirely by making the international volunteer experience as wonderful as possible. Their love of volunteering and traveling and great spirit pervade everything that they do. The correspondence before you go is really helpful and kind, the projects they offer are exciting, and the website is inspirational. Also my experience as a teacher's assistant in Cusco, Peru was one of the greatest of my life. The volunteer coordinator showed me around and got me settled, I was welcomed each day by the class and I really felt like I was able to be a part of something positive and special. I'll always remember teaching some lessons the blackboard with amazing faces looking at me! Thank you UBELONG!

What would you improve about this program?
There was a really nice balance between gradual transitional responsibility and occasional increased responsibility, however I wish I could have talked a little more with the teacher of the class about how to lead the class. I'm sure though had I asked she would have been happy to instruct me.
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Volunteer
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Service Trip to Cusco, Peru

My first international service experience was fantastic, thanks to UBELONG. They made sure we were prepared before leaving for Peru, had good living accommodations in Cusco, and had a local support team to help us every step of the way. We had great volunteer placements in schools around Cusco and were able to make a difference with our public health education project. I had a wonderful time, and I would definitely volunteer with UBELONG again!

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Kristyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBELONG - Cusco, Peru

UBELONG is a well organized and incredibly accommodating group that supported me in taking 8 college students from Bloomington, Indiana to Cusco, Peru to volunteer with children for a week. From start to finish UBELONG ensured that my group was prepared for our trip, provided comfortable accommodations, created meaningful volunteer work, and proved constantly able to address questions and concerns. Overall, our trip experience was very rewarding as we were put outside our comfort zones and had to learn about how to care for others despite cultural and communication barriers. I gained a great appreciation for all of the blessings in my life and am inspired to continue to give back to others. I will never forget all of the wonderful children we met in Peru and my amazing experience as a UBELONG volunteer!

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Lawrence
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBELONG is a great choice

I think that anybody who is looking to connect with local populations in need should consider UBELONG. It is an economical and meaningful experience for people of all ages. UBELONG sub-contracts with local charity organizations, but that did not cause any problems during my time in Cusco.

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Lainey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Opportunity

UBELONG appealed to me as an organized way to be able to enter an area that was foreign to me and make an impact right away. Their staff was so helpful in each step of the process, from pre-departure planning to making our stay in Cusco as comfortable as possible. I could tell they truly cared about our development as volunteers, and their relationships with the kids at the clinic we worked at were so inspiring to me! I feel so lucky to have been able to work with UBELONG and to come back to the U.S. refreshed and inspired to keep serving!

What would you improve about this program?
Provide more ways to continue making an impact with those we worked with once the trip is over.
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Elena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A quality guarantee!

Already having some volunteering experience I can safely say that UBELONG is a valueless association to work with.

Reliability on the first place: starting from the incredibly efficient support before leaving, to the amazing in-country support, when there always a supervisor to refer to at all times.

The organization is really transparent and does what it promises. In my volunteering work I ended up doing what they had told me and even more! My work was really satisfactory and rewarding, and I had the possibility to learn and do things that I hadn't even hoped for. Furthermore the place where the volunteers live is a really safe and enjoyable environment where you really can feel at home.

Also the price was incredibly good and no hidden costs: by far the best deal I could find.

For sure I will choose UBELONG again when I next leave for another volunteering experience!

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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBELONG Volunteer in Cusco

I spent 12 weeks volunteering in Cusco, Peru on the Elementary School Teaching project. I had always wanted to travel to South America and I truly feel that this was the best way to do it. While I certainly wanted to visit all the amazing tourist sites, I was more interested in connecting with people, experiencing life in Cusco, and making a positive contribution. I chose to live with a host family and could not have asked for a better experience. My Spanish improved exponentially, but more importantly, I was able to experience family life in Cusco. By spending birthdays and holidays with them, I gained a much better understanding of the traditions surrounding those special dates. Regarding my volunteer project, I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I had a wonderful time working with the kids and faculty at the school. I felt that I was given the right amount of freedom and structure to be effective.

This was my first time traveling alone outside of the U.S. and I wanted to come with a well-organized program. UBELONG did not disappoint. They provided ample pre-departure support so I felt extremely prepared upon arrival. I can't wait to volunteer with UBELONG again in the future!

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Jenn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Proud member of UBELONG's volunteer community

My trip to Cuzco was absolutely incredible, and looking back, I doubt it would have been as enjoyable without UBELONG and my mentor. From day one, UBELONG provided me with resources and information for nearly every aspect of the trip planning process. From back and forth emails, to brief phone calls and updates, all of my questions were answered in a timely manner. Prior to my departure, I felt equipped with the skills and knowledge that would make me an excellent volunteer. This eased a lot of nervousness I originally felt and replaced it with the confidence I needed to travel abroad for 6 weeks.

My placement at the Club C.o.r.a.s.o.n. after-school center was equally incredible and inspiring. I couldn't have asked for a better project, I feel like my responsibilities at the club were perfectly tailored to the vision I had prior to volunteering. During my volunteer project, my mentor was kind enough to check in with me and share my experiences through UBELONG's social media handles. It was nice to know that I had somebody to turn to if I had any issues or urgent questions. After a successful adventure and an awe-inspiring project, I feel truly honored to be a member of the UBELONG community.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing it would be to improve the menu at the volunteer house in Cuzco (Amauta).
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Michelle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco Peru, Caretaking Project, Michelle Woods

I had a remarkable Ubelong experience. Living in Cusco, Peru with warm and welcoming Peruvian family in the city center was a great way to settle in and to practice my Spanish. My volunteer coordinator, Martina, was very helpful and we had some meetings to touch-base about the project so that I could receive advice but also provide feedback. The schedule allowed me to get to know the city and travel on weekends, which was certainly an added perk! Peru is a fantastic country to explore and I would go back at the drop of hat.

I worked in a shelter that was a safe haven for girls who were victims of abuse and spent the month teaching them English, discussing pop-music, sometimes playing sports or doing crafts. It took a few days to find my footing and gain the trust of the girls, but once that was achieved and I was able to establish a relationship with the staff at the shelter, I really enjoyed the work and it broke my heart to leave. I have thought about my experience and the girls often since my return. I recommend Ubelong to anyone looking to get out and away, and try to make a small difference.

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Nicole
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After-school center, Cusco, Peru

Volunteering through UBELONG was a rewarding experience. Every detail was organized and planned out from the beginning to end. I was nervous before leaving to Cusco, but the preparation materials and briefing helped me feel more comfortable. My volunteer placement at Club Corason was amazing and it was such a joy to work with the children every day. This experience would not have been possible and as fantastic if it weren't for the help and support of UBELONG.

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBelong Cusco

Through UBelong I was granted the opportunity to travel to Cusco, Peru to work on a public health campaign for three weeks. Being able to volunteer and educate the youth of Cusco about important health and wellness topics was not only fulfilling but also eye-opening. The people I met and the experiences I had made such a large impact on my outlook on life and what I would like to do in the future. I learned so much more about myself and what it truly means to serve from my placement in Cusco, and I have UBelong to thank for that. I look forward to continuing a life of service and volunteering abroad again with this amazing organization.

What would you improve about this program?
The commute we had to one of the schools we were volunteering in was a little long, but to be honest, I do not really have any complaints about my trip.
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Give
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBelong: Give More - Live More

Ubelong enabled me to have such a great experience volunteering in Peru and I really respect their business and approach to supporting communities. There are several organizations that can facilitate volunteering abroad, but Ubelong it not only just that, it is also a community of like-minded volunteers and non-profits who collaborate together. Ubelong took care of a lot of the leg work and logistics so that I could just focus on my experience volunteering and focus on that. While in the field, you really see how Ubelong's bottom up approach works with the people from the local communities to empower them.

What would you improve about this program?
Telling the world about UBelong, as I think so many people could benefit from an experience like this!
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Piper
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBELONG; the only choice for service abroad.

UBELONG was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so thankful that I took her advice to travel with this incredible non-profit. And now I am thrilled to tell anyone and everyone who is thinking of taking a service trip abroad that UBELONG is the ONLY company to go through. With incredible, kind, and qualified staff, I was able to plan the perfect trip for my summer project abroad. They are so flexible and willing to cater to your needs, I've never been so pleased with a group of people. They were so interested in making the trip fit my wants and needs, and they even took the time to train me and give me plenty of information about Peru and Cusco before I made my trip. Without their expertise, I would have never had as successful or safe of a trip as I had. They even spent time speaking to my parents, making them feel comfortable with my travel plans. I can't recommend UBELONG enough, for anyone looking for a trip that will change their life- and change the world- choose UBELONG. Affordable, grass roots service and community work, is what is going to make a difference in this world for future generations, and UBELONG is busy pioneering just that.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that was difficult for me was other volunteers who didn't take things seriously- but not all of them were sent through UBELONG so that's not something that can really be fixed. Too many volunteers would not go to work everyday or would go to work still drunk in the morning- gave our service programs a bad rep.