Volunteer in a Girls Home with Volunteers Peru

Arequipa, Peru
2 to 50 weeks
Host Family
18 - 100 years
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About This Program

We are looking for caring and enthusiastic people with a passion for helping others to support at the Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte girls' home in Arequipa, southern Peru.

The Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte is a Christian home for girls and young women who have been removed from their families due to abandonment or abuse.


  • Gain international experience volunteering in a girls' home
  • Volunteer your time and skills to help others, from homework help to playing volleyball
  • Improve your Spanish by working closely with the staff and the girls at Casa Hogar
  • Learn about the Peruvian culture and enjoy their delicious cuisine
  • Explore Peru on the weekends

In the afternoons, from about 1:30 to 6:00, volunteers will be at the Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte. Volunteers will take a bus from the city center to and from the project location (the bus ride is about 30 minutes long) and assist in whatever activities are being carried out at the home that day. During months during which the girls are in school, volunteers’ main responsibility will be to help with daily homework, but volunteers are also encouraged to organize projects and activities for the girls after homework is completed, or on days without homework.

The Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte also organizes field trips, and volunteers will occasionally accompany the girls on daily excursions to local attractions.

Volunteers are usually free to spend their mornings and evening as they wish: exploring the city; taking Spanish, cooking, or salsa lessons; helping with lesson planning, etc. Weekends are free for volunteers to take adventures and see other areas of Peru, if they wish.

We have a one-time Program Cost of $230.

What's Included
  • 24/7 support and assistance
  • Administrative fees
  • Volunteers Peru uniform shirt
What's Not Included
  • International and domestic flights and transport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Visa fees

While accommodation is not included in program costs, living costs are relatively inexpensive in Arequipa. In addition, volunteers have the option of staying at Honey House, a hostel and family home owned by Marita, Volunteers Peru founder. Discounted nightly rates are offered for volunteers for a single or shared room, with bathroom and kitchen.

Our program managers provide assistance in securing a safe and affordable housing option of your choice during your volunteer placement.


Meals are not included in program costs, however, Arequipa is a culinary dream and countless affordable restaurants, markets, and street stalls crowd its white-stone streets. Peru is the home of ceviche, potatoes have always been a staple in the Peruvian diet, and if you like spicy food, try Arequipa's famous rocoto relleno.

Volunteers Peru is a small NGO based in Arequipa, Peru. We work in collaboration with several projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the community by assisting the children at each project to fulfill their personal and educational goals, and by promoting mutual cultural awareness.

Pricing and Availability

Start Dates

Volunteers can join the program at any time.


based on 20 reviews
  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.2
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Great, short stay

I stayed at Casa Hogar for a week last year. Because of my short stay, I was limited to doing tasks helping out in the actual home, which was good for both me and the girls that live there. I felt useful and maximized the short amount of time that I could work. I was so happy to help so that the long term program volunteers on their actual goals: providing a better environment for the girls.

How can this program be improved?
I can't say any improvements would help or hurt since I was only there for a short time.
Yes, I recommend
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My Volunteer Experience at Torre Fuerte

I stumbled upon Volunteers Peru while I was already in Arequipa; It is such a lovely destination that I was looking for something to do while I stayed a bit longer. I stayed in the Honey House (where most volunteers stay) during my time, which is a quiet hostel in a great location to catch a ride to the girls' home or to explore central Arequipa. Working with the girls was so much fun. We helped with school work, came up with crafts and games to do with them, and we assisted the girls with their assigned chores if needed. As a short term volunteer, I feel lucky to have been part of this growing organization. The project manager continues to send monthly updates on Torre Fuerte as well as their project in Cotahuasi, which just goes to show how much Volunteers Peru cares about their projects and helps form a close-knit community of volunteers and coordinators.

How can this program be improved?
I was a short-term volunteer (2 weeks). I know that long-term volunteers are preferred so that the girls are not seeing as many volunteers just come and go, and I completely agree with this idea. However, I would suggest considering short term volunteers to get involved with helping on home improvements. I was able to do this for one of the weeks I was there. I helped with fixing the swings, decorating the entry way, and fixing the youngest girls' drawers (which they tend to cleverly use as stairs). I think that this is a great solution to have for those passionate about volunteering with Volunteers Peru but only able to stay under a month.
Yes, I recommend
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Torre Fuerte Volunteer

I spent time with Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte for two months, and had a generally positive experience. The staff were so helpful and caring and the girls at Torre Fuerte were so sweet and loving and filled with energy. It was an intense and rewarding experience and I think two months was perfect to continue improving my Spanish and to expose myself to international development. Peruvians are some of the warmest people I have ever met. I hope I can come visit this program again in the future!

How can this program be improved?
Adding more concrete roles for volunteers may help keep things running smoothly and more organized.
Yes, I recommend
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Volunteering at Torre Fuerte

Volunteering at Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte has been a life changing experience. Initially I found it emotional knowing that each girl had a history of abuse or abandonment and yet they still were so loving and caring towards me; an unknown visitor. However, I quickly realised that the Casa provides a safe, caring and family environment for the girls and that they are in the best possible hands with Pastor Dario and co. I will miss the girls!

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps an induction into the house with background prior to volunteering.
Yes, I recommend
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re. my experience at Casa Hogar

I only spent a week of part time volunteering at Casa Hogar, but I had a very positive experience. I was welcomed warmly by the staff and the other volunteers and I liked the atmosphere and level of caring I witnessed at this facility.

How can this program be improved?
- Start building a resource list of educational and fun games and activities that future volunteers could do with the girls.
- I, as a volunteer donating my time, energy and love toward the girls at Casa Hogar, found it objectionable to be asked to pay 20 Soles a day. Wondering if you could come up with that money in a different way.
Yes, I recommend

Questions & Answers

Yes. Volunteers Peru requires that all who volunteer with us be at least 18 years old by the time they arrive in Peru.


About Volunteers Peru

Volunteers Peru is a small grassroots NGO based in the city of Arequipa in the Andes of southern Peru. We are currently working in partnership with two projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the local community. The first is a...