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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GataGauer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UBELONG impacts are infinite!

With out a doubt, my time in Peru with UBELONG was the greatest summer of my life. Here are just a few things I have learned:

About volunteering –
1. It’s a strong drug; you just can’t get enough.
2. The last week comes up quickly and you will never have done it all. That is okay! Just be ready to go back!
3. You are important. You are not a faceless human lump just moving through. The people around you will appreciate the effort you put in, the children will love you for playing Red Rover, your fellow volunteers will appreciate the energy you have and your new friends will appreciate your different outlooks and perspectives.
4. Instead of thinking, “Am I doing it right?” think “Are they getting something from this?” My particular experience involved teaching children and there was nothing more satisfying that seeing the kids write the correct answer on the quiz. Don’t worry, just do.
5. It’s a total blast! Volunteering isn’t work, it’s fun. How often do you get to impact and change lives with a smile on your face the whole time?

About UBELONG-
1. Founders Cedric and Raul are pretty freakin’ cool.
2. Volunteer. Discover. Impact. – truer words were never spoken.
3. There is no better support than the support UBELONG offers. Though you may have only booked one seat on the plane, you are not going alone.
4. UBELONG has placements all over the world and there by opened numerous doors to you. Definitely open a new door as often as possible.
5. While you can’t put a price on the experience, the price of UBELONG is more than reasonable; it is unbelievably affordable and the quality of service belies it’s modest fees.

About myself –
1. I am strong enough to have done international volunteering and so I am strong enough to do anything.
2. Never say no; saying no only limits you. Experience, taste and appreciate everything that is offered to you.
3. Without a doubt, I will be back to Peru. I feel madly in love with the place, the people, the food, the music, even the dust.
4. Some of my very best friends in my life are from Huaycan and they have a perpetually open invitation to my home and I to theirs.
5. I am a Red Rover Champion.

If it hadn't been for my time with UBELONG, I don't know that I would be applying for the Peace Corps today. I owe UBELONG and all the wonderful friends in Lima a huge thank you.

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Huili
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Peruvian Journey

Sitting in my New York home, I can't help but let my mind wander back to all the bits and pieces of Cusco, Peru. The kids at the rehabilitation center, the friendly locals, the new friends I met in the Amauta school, the talent chefs who made us delicious Peruvian dishes daily, the "Viva el Peru" symbol carved into the surrounding mountains, the morning church bells, and the sparkling night lights are all unforgettable. The two weeks I spent in Cusco were more than just participating in a program. I learned to adapt to a new lifestyle, immersed in a culture built on tradition and history, became friends with the adorable kids at the Mother Teresa Care Center, and was amazed by the beauty of this new home of mine. The UBELONG experience is truly a remarkable one. The directors and managers of the program clearly value global services and want to provide this opportunity to everyone. Indeed, they do a very good job. From the moment we arrived in the Cusco airport to settling into our homes to discovering the city of Cusco to learning about our volunteering project, UBELONG provided support and assistance.

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amj9
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Teaching Program in Huancayo, Peru!

I just got back from a wonderful experience in Huancayo, Peru. Although Huancayo is a smaller city in Peru, the people in the community were amazing and welcomed us with open arms. Our host family and Cecilia, the UBELONG local coordinator, helped us navigate to our work sites and cooked us amazing food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My group and I worked in the day care and taught English in one of the local schools. We also had time to paint a mural inside one of the day care centers. We had a great time and I highly suggest looking into volunteering in Huancayo.

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Lisa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Volunteer Opportunities Made Easy

It has always been a goal of mine to travel the world and make a difference, but I felt like it would take so much effort to make that happen so I continued to push it off. After meeting Raul and learning about how simple and affordable UBELONG makes volunteering abroad, I simply had to go! The hardest part was just deciding on the location and project considering the vast amount of incredible opportunities available.

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laure
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching French, Huaycan - Lima, 2 weeks, UBELONG !

I voluntered for 2 weeks with UBELONG in Huaycan, Lima, Peru.

A typical day started around 9 or 10 am, with French private class with one or two adult students until noon. Then we had lunch all volunteers together, time to share our experiences, ideas, and more. During the afternoon, we had 2 to 3 classes, French but also sport, art or English. It was a good to be helping on other projects also. This gave us a larger image of people, to see them in different fields, and another chance to help them! At night we had a good time with other volunteers and students, for example we played soccer each Sunday night!

The most frustrating or challenging:
Peruvian schedules are very different than what we’re used to in France. One time we had a class at 1PM, but one of the students did not show up until 4PM. She apologized and said there had been traffic on the way. That is indeed the case, traffic in Lima is bad, but I think the culture is also more lax about timeliness. As long as you understand this and do not expect Peru to be like home, you adapt and accept that it’s part of the experience. In this particular case we just had a private lesson with the student. It went very well.

What I learn about myself:
I was reminded how incredible Peruvian culture is. It’s very welcoming and family oriented. The first Sunday I was there, the family next door invited us to their home. They were so pleasant and treated us as if we had been there forever. Family is at the heart of everything in Peru.

I also learned to be more patient and to take things more slowly. When I first arrived in Lima, I was at full speed. I had been coming from Paris where I was working, and it took a couple days to slow down and adapt to the local pace. I think this is common for most volunteers, especially when they’re coming directly from working.

I also was very pleased to have been able to make an impact on the students in so short a time. The students appreciated us being there, and I could tell they were interested in learning about France and the French language. Unlike the English project, the French project is much smaller so it was not as common for them to be able to sit in a French class. I hope the project can keep growing so other volunteers can build on it and have the students speak more French and learn more about France.

At the same time, I think the students impacted me even more than I impacted them. They have so little and face challenges we can’t even imagine. However, they continue being positive and there’s not the materialism that can exists in richer countries. It was inspiring to see their strength, and, as poor as the community was, I felt myself being more positive and hopeful.

UBELONG is a really good and professional organization. I highly recommend them. They are with you all the time: before, during and after your placement. They are very good advisers. And the project they choose to assist is the best choice in Lima, Huaycan is one of the poorest area of the city. You can feel they really need you, and you can do something very helpful for them.