Volunteer in Peru | Most Affordable Volunteering & Internship Projects

Video and Photos

Rainbow Mountain
Rainbow Mountain
Cusco
Cusco
With the kids
With the kids
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
With the kids
With the kids
Me and other volunteers at Machu Pichu
Building blocks with children
Kindergarten class photo

About

Volunteering Solutions, in association with the local organizations and NGOs, offers some interesting and affordable volunteering projects in the city of Cusco. Despite the popularity of Peru as a tourist destination, much of the population still lives in poverty, especially in rural areas. You can be a volunteer and meaningfully contribute towards the lives of these people. You can choose to volunteer for Teaching Project, Kindergarten Program, Disabled Care Project and others, depending on your areas of interest.

Students who wish to become dentists in future can also choose the Dental Elective Program and gain first-hand work experience by shadowing the professionals. Also, being such a culturally rich country, volunteering in Peru will help you to broaden your horizon and learn more about the country's history, heritage and lifestyle.

Highlights
  • Choose from a range of 8 different programs available in Cusco, for a minimum duration of 1 week to a maximum of 24 weeks.
  • Get a chance to do some meaningful work and gain incredible experience.
  • Go and explore the Inca Trails - hike up to Machu Picchu, and walk down the trails of Sacred Valley.
  • Go for the Rainbow Mountains trek and be amazed by nature's beauty.
  • Learn more about Peruvian culture & heritage.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 69 reviews
  • Impact 8.5
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9.3
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Shi-Yo Jill
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at C.S. Buena Vista

Overall, I had an amazing time here. The staff were very patient with me and taught me how to perform various tasks in the clinic. I worked mostly in the department of niño sano and they showed me how to measure the weights, heights, and head perimeters of the babies. They also let me help with the vaccination of babies. It was a lot more paperwork and documentation than I had expected but I enjoyed learning and experiencing the amount of work the staff have to do every day. I was able to learn more about the health system in Peru because they let me perform various paperwork and documentation. I had taken Spanish for 4 years in high school so I was able to understand and speak enough Spanish to communicate with the staff. I recommend that people interested in this program should have a basic grasp of Spanish going in as most staff only speak Spanish (only one or two spoke a little bit of English).

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I advise people interested in the program to have a basic grasp of Spanish as most of the staff only speak and understand Spanish. The staff would be able to teach you more and allow you to perform more tasks if they could communicate well enough with you to trust that you understand them. In this way, you will be more helpful and will get more out of the experience.
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Seung Woo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Turning Point in Cusco

I realized how the healthcare was so inaccessible to so many. I also realized how the economic state of the country can lead so many people to violence and poor healthcare. The small number of technology available was also very shocking. It was a very humbling experience to witness so many unfortunate families and children. I would love to come back after becoming a medical professional some day and treat them too.

When I saw people waiting in line, it broke my heart to see that there wasn't a technology that seemed to expedite any process. there was only one doctor and several nurses that shuffled papers around that somehow one of them eventually gets lost. However, the one important thing I learned in this clinic is that we can gain happiness from the smallest things in life. It's not about going big or becoming successful, but to build relationships that we can both help and depend on. These little things are eventually what help us to become a better person with a better perspective of the world.

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly thought that they coordinated everything very well, from orientation and phone set-up to machu picchu trip. perfecto!
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall Amazing

I had a really great time volunteering in Peru. It made me understand the real problems that healthcare workers and normal citizens in Peru face. Lack of iron supplements, lack of computer software for patient record, and a large group of underprivileged families working to vaccinate their babies. I would not have understood these problems without fully experiencing the Cusco city and volunteering in a health clinic outside of US. I only wished that I had some Spanish background to communicate with the clinic employees and help them better.
I also was able to travel to Machu Picchu, and this was an invaluable experience, something that I would have never done if I did not volunteer here. Cusco city was also amazing with its amalgam of Inca and Spanish culture. Food was especially cheap and amazing!

What would you improve about this program?
Recommending that Basic Spanish is a MUST! I also wished that the health clinic had computers or tablets to improve faster patient seeing time and create better record keeping measures.
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Nikita
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Alternative Breaks

Overall, this has been one of the most inspiring weeks that the rest of my group and I have ever experienced. Our tour guide and country coordinator, Jorge, was extremely accomodating, patient, kind, and very passionate about his country. He helped us immensely with everything we had to do with the school and our host families. When our own team leaders could not handle certain things, he stepped in and made everything go smoothly. We appreciate all he has done for us. During our project, my team and I helped to renovate a school for children between the ages of 3 and 5. We painted ad repaired tables and chairs and also painted the classroom. For us, this experience felt like it came full circle. Many of us are the children of parents or grandparents that were not able to get a proper education. We have all been fortunate enough to get an eduaction and see different parts of the world because of the sacrafices made by our parents. Seeing how excited these kids were to learn and how involved their parents were really inspired us. We hope that the work we have done really makes a difference in the childrens´ education.

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Cusco Peru

My experience in Cusco, Peru was absolutely amazing. The VolSol staff was very helpful when I first got there and was very accomadating when my flight time changed last minute. The host family that I stayed with was awesome and the food they my host mom made for me was delicious, I loved everything that I tried. This was my first time traveling completely alone, and it was amazing to meet so many different people during my excursions to the Sacred Valley, Macchu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain. Even though I was traveling alone I met and kept in touch with so many new people and ended up meeting up with them many times over the course of my trip to explore Cusco. Working in the clinic was also super beneficial. I learned so much from the doctors and nurses and even got to give a lot of vaccinations. This has been my favorite trip that I have taken so far and I would highly recommend it to literally ANYONE.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate “cuy” which is guinea pig and I absolutely hated it but I ate the whole thing because my host family bought it for me and it was super expensive.
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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Insuperable¡¡¡¡

Translation:
It has exceeded my expectations by a thousand, the family has been affectionate, kind and always to tempt our needs we made each day a different trip of typical Peruvian food, they took us to places to try the best dishes!
In the kindergarten super comfortable with the children drawing, teaching them to play new games, always with a welcome with a smile and a hug of those who hurt, I was painting the street mural ... I leave a small memory 😁
The organization of the excursions have been perfect, subject of schedules, almost always arriving the first place to be able to enjoy without the passing of people, which is appreciated, the insurmountable guides, the agency to tempt to all our questions
I would repeat with my eyes closed.

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Ha sido una exprerencia IMPRESIONATE¡ha superado mis expectativas por mil,la familia ha sido cariñosa ,amable y siempre a tenta a nuestras necesidades nos hacian cada dia un tipp diferente de comida tipica de Perú,nos llevaban a sitios para probar los mejores platos !!
En la guardería super agusto con los niños dibujando,enseñandoles a jugar a nuevos juegos,siempre con una bienvenida con una sonrisa y un abrazo de los wue hacen daño,estuve pintando el mural de la calle...dejo un pequeño recuerdo 😁
La organizacion de las escursiones han sido perfectas , tema de horarios ,casi siempre llegando los primeros paea poder disfrutar sin eceso de gente,cosa que se agradece,los guias insuperables ,la agencia a tenta a todas nuestras preguntas
Volveria a repetir con los ojos cerrados.

What would you improve about this program?
That the programs and the information that is received is also in Spanish.
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Marcela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mi experiencia

Translation: This experience in Cusco, Peru was excellent. Really more than I expected.

The project with the nursery was very rewarding, the children, the teachers and the facilities. Every day we learned something new with the children, we played, we painted, we danced. A complete accompaniment.

The house where I stayed was wonderful, Mom Edith is a great woman, the typical food she cooked was delicious, she looks after me like a daughter and is always willing to help us.

The tours that organized us were wonderful, the historical places, the organization of them allowed me to do both the volunteer projects and the exploration of the country in a parallel way. Love my stay every day. I will definitely return to Cusco and the volunteer program.

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Esta experiencia en Cusco, Perú fue excelente. Realmente más de lo que esperaba.

El proyecto con la guardería fue muy gratificante, los niños, las profesoras y las instalaciones. Todos los días aprendimos algo nuevo con los niños, jugamos, pintamos, bailamos. Un acompañamiento completo.

La casa donde me hospede fue maravillosa, la mamá Edith es una gran mujer, la comida típica que cocinaba era deliciosa, me cuida como una hija y siempre está dispuesta a ayudarnos. Los tours que nos organizaron fueron maravillosos, los lugares históricos, la organización de los mismos me permitieron hacer tanto el volutarariado como la exploración del país de forma paralela.

Ame cada día mi estadía. Sin duda volveré a Cusco y al programa de voluntariado.

What was your funniest moment?
Every day discovering the culture.
Every day receiving the love of children.
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Mariana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Programa Medico en Perú

Foi muito proveitoso! Poder conhecer um outro sistema de saúde e uma outra cultura é muito enriquecedor. Aprendi muito mais do que a pratica da medicina, aprendi como lidar com o lado social e com pessoas, com diferentes costumes e pensamentos. Não é um programa pra se aprender medicina, mas sim pra aprender cada vez mais qual medico ou qual pessoa você quer vir a ser.
Sem falar que cusco é uma cidade muito incrível. Mas recomendo se programar para conseguir fazer os passeios porque na cidade mesmo tem pouca coisa pra visitar.
A Host Family foi incrível também. Aprendi muito mais da cultura local por conviver com pessoas que vivem aqui. E sem falar que consegui ganhar muita vivencia no espanhol. Enriqueci meu vocabulario e minha desenvoltura para falar. Fui muito bem acolhida e com certeza vou sentir muita falta de todo o carinho e atenção que me deram (e da comida tambem hahaha)

What would you improve about this program?
Um pouco mais de participação dos voluntarios na parte social. Fazemos muito "paper work".
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Joshua
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer Solutions - Cusco

I spent a month in Cusco volunteering at a small health clinic and had a wonderful experience. It was amazing to see how healthcare works in a different country and to be able to help out. I got to work in three different areas of the clinic which included maternity, general medicine, and with kids. I helped out by doing a lot of paperwork but I also got to learn how to give injections and vaccines. I really enjoyed staying with my host family. It was nice to not have to worry about meals and the food in Peru is amazing! I also enjoyed spending time with the other volunteers. We explored the city of Cusco together as well as many other interesting sites near Cusco like rainbow mountain, Humantay lagoon, and lake Titicaca. Overall this was an wonderful trip and I would recommend it for anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program can be improved by having volunteers stay with the same host family when there are only 2 or 3 volunteers. The last two weeks there where only 2 volunteers and I spent a lot more time inside by myself since I wasn’t with any other volunteers.
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Rosa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Muy bien

Me pareció muy bien el proyecto y mi experiencia con los niños fue muy buena. Me voy muy contenta de haber podido servir un poco en la guardería y ojalá muchos más puedan venir y vivir esta experiencia, que me confirma que es mejor dar que recibir, porque todo lo que te dejan los niños es muy bonito y sobre todo agradecer el poder participar en este proyecto. También estoy muy agradecida con la familia que nos ha recibido por todas sus atenciones y también el poder aprender un poco de ellos. La atención por parte de los coordinadores fue muy buena, la orientación que nos dieron fue muy clara y siempre estuvieron muy pendientes de todas nuestras necesidades. Además fue una gran oportunidad para conocer este país del cual me llevo experiencias muy buenas.

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Ana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Grata experiencia

Fue una muy grata experiencia el poder participar en este proyecto, es una buena forma de llegar a conocer otras culturas. El staff es maravilloso, nuestra host family siempre fue muy amable, la convivencia fue muy buena y logramos crear unos bonitos lazos con ellos, en cuanto a los coordinadores locales no tengo más que agradecerles, su atención ha sido maravillosa y han sido muy comprensibles en cuanto los problemas que se nos han presentado. Definitivamente lo volvería a hacer, han sido dos semanas llenas de grandes experiencias, en todos los aspectos, hemos conocido mucha gente de otros países que también han estado como voluntarios y algunos otros en los tours que hemos tomado, además de poder conocer lugares hermosos aquí en Perú.

What would you improve about this program?
Sería bueno que pusieran un poco más de atención a las actividades realizadas en los proyectos, porque algunas veces no se toma muy en cuenta a los voluntarios.
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Nico
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great trip!

At first it was really strange to work with handicapped kids. But after a few hours everything was perfect. It got easier every day and you get to know how to handle it. To say goodbye was probably the hardest thing on that trip. I really enjoyed the host family aswell. At Edith's place you feel like your part of the family from the first day. All the other shorttrips to Rainbow Mountain, Michu Picchu etc. were good organized. It was amazing to see some of the most beautiful places on earth. The views were just incredible, outstanding and beautiful. The weather in Machu Picchu wasn't good but it was still totally worth it. The only thing I regret on this trip is, that I lost my phone in a taxi. But that is totally my fault. I might come back some day to look how the kids are doing, they are so adorable. I will definetly never forget this expirience.

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Sam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kusi Wasi

We were able to work with dissabled children at the house „Kusi Wasi“.
You need some patience but it‘s wunderful to see the joy in the kids eyes when you arrive and threw the hole day. The programm was free, there are some people that work there and help you in every case. We played, painted, played again, went to parks and played there, showed them some games. They‘re happy about everything you do with them and that gives them attention.
We usally worked 3-5 hours a day. Either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Bring some „work cloths“ with you. Around 2 shirts and 1 pants that can get dirty and painted.
We stud at a host family (3 Persons) and they were so kind and he food was really good too. We had diffrent room/apartment witch gave us some privacy. The center is reached in around 20 minutes by bus. They show you exactly how the bus and taxi systems work. So you don‘t have to be scared that you get lost somewhere.

What would you improve about this program?
The description could be a bit more spezific. Everything else was totally fine.
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Rafaela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

El mejor viaje de mi vida

When I decided to come to Cusco, Peru, my expectations were very low in terms of the city, its environment and its people because it is not a place that according to what I found in google was very developed, that's why when I arrived and started Living the experience I realized that I was TOTALLY WRONG. From the second day, when I went with Kelly to the city tour, I realized that I was in a dream place, full of colors, kind people, affordable economy and above all history. I started spending days with Mama Edidth and I realized that this place had become my second home, the attention, the permanent assistance of her at all times made me feel at home ... the taste of their food is inexplicable, His human warmth is incredible and his way of treating people made me feel happy in Cusco. In the school where I was, I met many children of different personalities, stories and characteristics, but each of them left me a teaching, I leave a memory and a photograph full of love. Each one of the people that made part of this trip made me feel at home, made me understand a different but incredible reality, it made me feel that what I came to do was very worthwhile and above all they helped me to grow as a person and as woman. THANKS to everyone for making this trip the best of my life. I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON It made me understand a different but incredible reality, it made me feel that what I came to do was very worthwhile and above all they helped me to grow as a person and as a woman. THANKS to everyone for making this trip the best of my life. I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON It made me understand a different but incredible reality, it made me feel that what I came to do was very worthwhile and above all they helped me to grow as a person and as a woman. THANKS to everyone for making this trip the best of my life. I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON

Original review:
Cuando decidí venir a Cusco, perú, mis expectativas eran muy bajas en cuanto a la ciudad, a su ambiente y sus personas debido a que no es un lugar que según lo que encontré en google fuera muy desarrollado, por eso cuando llegue y empecé a vivir la experiencia me di cuenta que estaba TOTALMENTE EQUIVOCADA. A partir del segundo día, cuando fui con Kelly a dar el tour por la ciudad me di cuenta que estaba en un lugar de sueño, lleno de colores, de personas amables, de economía accesible y sobretodo de historia. Empecé a pasar días con Mamá Edidth y me di cuenta que este lugar de había convertido en mi segundo hogar, la atención, la permanente asistencia de ella en todo momento me hizo sentir como en casa... el sabor de su comida es inexplicable , su calor humano es increíble y su manera de tratar a las personas me hizo sentir feliz en Cusco. En la escuela donde estuve conocí muchos niños de diferentes personalidades, historias y características, pero cada uno de ellos me dejó una enseñanza, me dejo un recuerdo y una fotografía llena de amor. Cada una de las personas que hizo parte de este viaje me hizo sentir como en casa, me hizo entender una realidad diferente pero increíble, me hizo sentir que lo que vine a hacer valió muchísimo la pena y sobretodo me ayudaron a crecer como persona y como mujer. GRACIAS a todos por hacer de este viaje el mejor de mi vida. ESPERO VERLOS PRONTO

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Sandy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco volunteer as kindergarten teacher assistant

This is my first time experience with volunteering solutions and the experience was fantastic! The kids are all so cute and passionate, the kindergarten teacher really has so much to offer! I really admire her strength and courage!

The only thing I regret is not to learn more Spanish before I came, otherwise I would be able to communicate with the children more :). Highly recommend people to do so before coming

What would you improve about this program?
It’s all good