Volunteer in Peru | Most Affordable Volunteering & Internship Projects

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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.

*Looking for a great summer program? Check out the Volunteering Solutions Summer Volunteer Program in Cusco-Peru!

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.

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Reviews

92%
based on 42 reviews
  • Impact 8.4
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 9.1
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Amy
8/10

Kindergarden Cusco

Coming to south American for 2 weeks without family was a challenge for me at first, but the welcoming staff members/host family helped a lot. I also made loads of friends from all around the world. I worked at a nursery for children ages 3-5, and really enjoyed it. I couldn't speak any Spanish when I came, but i ended up learning some from the children. I got to see how the community in Cusco lived and saw how different it was to home life. I got to see parades (even walk in one with the children), celebrate in festivities and do lots of sightseeing in my free time. I felt very safe here and enjoyed the social life in the plaza. I would highly recommend this programme, but would suggest relatively strong spanish speaking levels.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marta
8/10

Review

Me parece que en mi caso, mi programa ubicado en Anta estaba demaseado lejos para ir y volver cada día... Además, costó un poco que los profesionales del hospital nos adaptaran a la rutina, por no decir que no nos dejaron participar las enfermeras en cosas tan simples cómo limpiar heridas, cosa que una estudiante de 4o esta capacitado! Por otra parte, muchas enfermeras y doctores fueron muy amables y nos dejaban hacer cosas!

How can this program be improved?
Mejorando la proximidad del centro y que los medicos/enfermeras se impliquen un poco más.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Noe
9/10

Kindergarten Peru

I volunteered in a kindergarten in Cusco for two weeks. The experience I had was absolutely amazing. The people at the kindergarten were great and I loved working there and I met many new friends from all over the world. Eventhough I was there to volunteer, I still got to see a lot of the city and go on many fun daytours. My host family, the other volunteers and the staff of Volunteering Solutions were all very welcoming and made my trip even better!

How can this program be improved?
Improving the information you receive beforehand.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marina
7/10

Experiencia auténtica

El programa, aunque corto porque el horario es muy reducido, ha cumplido mis expectativas. El contraste cultural ha sido importante pero he realizado muy a gusto mi tarea, ha sido muy gratificante. Quizá en el programa de kindergarden, la profesora podría compartir su programación con los voluntarios.
Tanto el personal del programa como la familia anfitriona han sido muy acogoderes y me han brindado todo su soporte. Vivir en comunidad tan amplia a veces es un poco complicado pero también enriquece la experiencia.

How can this program be improved?
Se debería especificar más sobre el horario de las tareas y sobre las condiciones de hospedaje. La información me proporcionó una expectativa diferente a la realidad.
Yes, I recommend this program
Sophie
9/10

Great experience all round

I had an absolutely amazing time volunteering for 4 weeks teaching English in a secondary school. The accomodation and food was great and I loved every moment I spent with my host family and getting to know the other volunteers. My project, although a bit challenging and nervewracking at the start, was so much fun and such a great idea of what it’s like to be a teacher. I really enjoyed it and was very sad to leave! It was also great to have all the afternoons and weekends off to travel in and around Cusco and go into the centre with friends in free time - we did so much and were always busy.
It was such an amazing 4 weeks and I feel like I have a second family in Peru as well as many very memorable experiences :) Definitely recommend it; welcoming lovely family, delcious food, organised, safe, loads to do in Cusco and great fun.

How can this program be improved?
Wouldn’t change anything
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maor
8/10

Medical Volunteering Mission

I reallly love the host family that I am staying with. The clinic is a little run down, not many things work but for what we do do, it great. I love helping the people of Cusco. Also, the other volunteers are great this shows good quality in the program. I will tell all my friends about this and maybe they will do it also. I hope to reconnect with this host family in the future, they have been nothing but great. Loving every second.

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice to know a little bit more about the clinic we will be working at so we can be more prepared. But otheriwse its all great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amos
8/10

Peru Healthcare Program

The the healthcare program in Peru is an excellent way to engulf yourself in another culture and build upon your own healthcare skills and learn new ones. Living with a host family really helped me settle in and feel at home in Cusco and the other volunteers were great. The staff are friendly and easily contactable if you have any problems, the clinic staff love having new faces to talk to and teach. Overall an excellent program that is affordable and worth the trip wherever you decide to go.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nguyen
9/10

Volunteering With Deaf Children In Peru

First, my host mum Edith is one of the kindest and funniest people I've ever met. I lived in her home well fed with great food cooked by her and her maid, and I slept comfortably in a decent size room with warm blankets. Second, I had the pleasure to work with deaf children from the age of 3 - 8 at San Martin school of disability. The kids are crazy energetic. It was tiring work, and sometimes I do feel like quitting. But I learned to be patient and this would not have been possible if it wasn't for the love I have for the kids. They might be a crazy bunch, but they are so full of compassion and intelligence I just couldn't help but fell in love with them all. Last, Volunteering Solutions is incredibly fast at answering emails. One of their staffs here in Peru, Kelly, is great. She showed us around the center of Cusco and informed us about the bus system, restaurants we should eat at and food that we should avoid.
Overall, this is probably one of the most fun I have had. The program allows us a lot of free time to enjoy and explore Cusco. But this awesome experience wouldn't have been possible without my fellow volunteers. I was able to meet people from Germany, Italy, UK and America (from 4 different states) - bare in mind that there were 9 volunteers living in the same host family as I am.

How can this program be improved?
The program should organize kids with not too much of the age difference with each other. I met this girl who was twice my age, and her interests are totally different from mine and the other volunteers'. Therefore, it was very difficult for her to follow and enjoy the conversations during the meals we had together.
I love meeting people, but on my second week here, we had quite too many volunteers that our host mum had to sleep on the couch and not have a place to sit on the dinner table. This ruined the family vibe I had with my group in the first week. However, I have to say that as a family, we did laugh a lot harder than the first week ;D
The program should inform their volunteers that there are many options regarding trips to places such as Mach Pichu. The trip offered by the program was very expensive compared to the other trips my friends and I were able to find.
It would've been a lot better of an experience if Peru would've gotten through the World Cup's qualifying round.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Christian
8/10

Volunteering Experience in Peru

My experience as a volunteer in Peru was truly amazing. From the second i stepped foot into Cusco and the school I felt safe and welcomed. I enjoyed helping the staff and the children as well as the traveling to get to know the surroundings and the culture of Cusco. With time I was given more resposibilities and I realized that we can actually make an impact in the life of the students.
The host family was great. Very nice and helpful people who stand by your side whenever you need them. My favorite part about Peru was the close proximity to locals and the variety of tasty food offered to us.

Yes, I recommend this program
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chantelle
10/10

chantelle's experience

I felt very safe with the staff and the people here. I do wish that it was more guided in terms of transportation as we were unaware that speaking Spanish was basically a necessity, but after the first few days we got the hang of it and I quite liked the independence of the program. Our program leader Kelly had to take me to the hospital at one point, and I have never felt more cared for. The staff, other volunteers, and our lovely host mom made us feel very accepted and welcomed. It was a wonderful experience and very affordable for me as a student looking to help without money.

How can this program be improved?
I think a better sense of how much Spanish is required would be lovely so others can know what to expect and can learn more before they arrive.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Thomas
10/10

Thomas's trip

Most of my notes were made on my sheet where I reviewed each week, so I will try to keep this brief. The trip was amazing. For the price, I can't believe what we all got. Stay, food, and the trip included. It is great. We had so much fun. The kids were a handful but were still so amazing. I am going to miss them and hope that one day I can see them again. There were some days where they would spit on me and hit me, and some days where they would sit there and rest their head on my shoulder. Each day I never knew what to expect and I loved it. I felt like I built such a good relationship with them and when I was leaving they wouldn't stop giving me hugs. In all honesty I was nervous and not overly excited to work with kindergarten students just because I know how they can be, but by the end of the program I found myself wanting to stay longer. This program has made me want to do so much more in my community and makes me want to make more of an impact at home.

As for the after volunteer hours, my girlfriend and I had an amazing time. I was able to try Alpaca, guinea pig, lamb, and octopus. I enjoyed it all. The restaurants are amazing and all speak fairly decent english. We also got to experience some nice massages for really good prices. Everything here is priced very well and getting by is a lot easier without speaking spanish than I would've thought. Everything in this country is amazing and I want to come back one day.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe a little more description on how traveling to the project would be. And the amount of english people speak here because we thought that there would be more.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Manfredi
9/10

Manfredi Bizzarri Review

The experience was really positive: I came in contact with a different reality I had never experienced before. The teachers were welcoming, helpful and trusting: I progressively was given more responsibilities and felt I could really make a difference in the kids' school life.
I learnt how to treat children with disabilities and I developed important skills such as patience and perseverance. Overall I am glad I chose this program since it suited me perfectly.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Istvan
10/10

Medical Volunteering Mission in Peru - Alex Bittles

I had the most wonderful time during my three weeks in Cusco. It was a great way to gain some more experience in the medical field while practicing my Spanish speaking skills. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys helping others, experiencing other cultures, and practicing their Spanish. I will definitely return in the future to do something like this again, and to see all of the wonderful people I met along the way.

Yes, I recommend this program
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susan
9/10

Worth it! Learned a lot

The program was truly amazing! Although, I would recommend speaking some level of spanish. You get a lot more out of it if you speak the language. The staff here was very helpful and our host family was amazing and sweet. In the weekends you can travel to many places like machupichu, huacachina, lake Titicaca, rainbow mountian, arequipa, etc. honestly there are a lot of things to do in the weekend. The placement was not a hospital, but a clinic, so there are no surgeries but you do get to learn a lot. Injections, suturing, cleaning wounds, etc. The exposure was amazing especially if you already have some medical training. Some tips include in the markets there isnt 100% alpaca, there are many good restaurants to try, and explore as much as you can! Also, bring gloves and some medical equipment because the clinics are very poor.

How can this program be improved?
The program could be improved by maybe giving volunteers tips before going so that you dont get ripped off in peru, what restaurants are safe to consume food at, etc. Other than that it was pretty great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Istvan
6/10

Medical Volunteering Mission

I liked the hoast family we stayed with and how the staff helped us with everything. I was a little disapointed at the description of the program because it stated that we would be assistissng in surgery and shadow doctors, but we never did any of that. What we mostly worked on was cleaning wounds and putting injections. The hospital practices were unsterill and we had to bring our own gloves and medical equipment. We had multiple ocations were we bought needles for patients that were poor (the staff would reuse old needles if we didnt buy new ones). Other than that Peru is a beautiful country with many hidden treasures. I would recommend visiting Huacachina and Huayana Picchu. If you choose this mission trip I wish you best of luck. Just remember that nothing in cusco is real alpaca apart from the high end stores. Sweaters should be 20-35 Soles in the San Pedro market (for 20% alpaca).

How can this program be improved?
I would want a system of checks and balances to make sure that we are meeting the description of the program. And the ability to relocate if its not being met.
Yes, I recommend this program

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Since 2007, Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) has been working with the aim of providing support to the underprivileged societies of the world in order to make a difference. Over the last 11 years, VolSol has placed more than 13,200 volunteers across...