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Volunteer Peru

Volunteer in Peru -the 'heart of the Inca empire' - and discover a country with a cultural history as rich as its part of the lush Amazon rainforest. Hiking up to Machu Picchu is a bucket list must-have! Take the volunteer opportunity to give back to your host country and work for a good cause at a social project in Peru.

Volunteer Peru


Do you come from a medical background or plan on studying medicine? The healthcare projects in Peru need skilled and motivated volunteers. Win-win! Volunteer in Peru at community projects in Cusco or Lima and improve your Spanish skills at the same time. Pass on your knowledge and teach English to underprivileged children. Apply to volunteer in Peru and start making a difference in South America!

If you ask volunteers about their volunteering experience in Peru, the answers are quite similar: Peru is a country that impresses everyone because of its natural diversity, vibrant colors, and wonderful people.

So, what can you do to help? Volunteers who want to help these communities and want international work experience can volunteer for local NGOs in Peru that need your knowledge and skills. Check out the following categories:

Amongst your tasks as a volunteer in Peru, you will help new social organizations expand their connections. With your skills and motivation, you can help NGO projects improve their marketing strategies, administration processes, and coordinate different tasks.

By choosing to volunteer in an educational social project in Peru, you are going to support under-resourced schools by teaching e.g. English or sports. This is also your chance to introduce students to new ideas and a new culture Besides teaching subjects, it's crucial to provide emotional support during the program. This can prove to be especially important for girls.

As a teaching volunteer in Peru, you will not only be a teacher or coach but a person of trust who gives guidance and advice. Changes in society start with education. Take this opportunity to volunteer for one of the education projects in Peru.

Help protect this precious habitat that is home to so many incredible species. Learn all about environmental conservation during your volunteer program as you spend most of your time out in the forest. Keep an eye on the wildlife and help rehabilitate and maintain the forest.

Peru is a country with rich natural resources and an abundance of animal species. It is home to the Amazon basin and several national parks. Unfortunately, threats such as deforestation, illegal hunting, and pet trade have put many species in danger. If you have a heart for animals, these are the top 3 ways to support animals as a volunteer in Peru:

Peru struggles a lot with stray animals in major cities. There are many projects with street animals where you can volunteer with dogs or cats. Rescue dogs from the streets of Cusco or Lima and help find them a new home. Make their time at the shelter as pleasant as possible by taking good care of them and giving them the attention they need.

Join a volunteer program with horses in Peru and help care for rehabilitating horses. Learn what it takes to run a horse farm while you gain insight into how to train them. Help out with daily chores as you take in surroundings and take a break from the daily grind.

Volunteers who are drawn to the rainforest can volunteer in the Amazon rainforest and help at a wildlife sanctuary in Peru. Protect endangered species by maintaining their habitat and rescuing animals that have been harmed or injured. Discover some of the rarest species as you help out with daily chores at the sanctuary.

Volunteer in Cusco to admire the lost city of Machu Picchu tucked away in the Andean mountains. Help with various volunteer opportunities in Cusco ranging from working with Andean communities to medical care or helping stray dogs. Volunteers who want to admire some amazing landscapes are in for a treat in Cusco.

The amazon rainforest is an enchanting destination where volunteers can truly escape the daily realities. Volunteer for a rainforest conservation project. You will help with reforestation efforts and protect its precious wildlife. Get ready for an unforgettable once in a lifetime opportunity.

The suggested daily budget for living as a volunteer in Peru is between US $21 and US $35. This is an estimate made considering the average price of some of the goods and services you may want to buy. It gives you a general overview of how much things cost in this country, so you can be prepared and save the money you will need.

There are quite a high number of volunteer programs in Peru that are free. This is great for those who are on a budget. The majority of free projects are located in Lima, the capital of Peru. This may require you to arrange your own accommodation so definitely keep this in mind when booking your volunteer adventure abroad. Be sure to check the program page to find out exactly what is included in the program.

When you volunteer and travel abroad, it is important to familiarise yourself with the culture. This will help you to settle in quickly and avoid misunderstandings. These are some tips you may find helpful when preparing for your volunteer work in Peru:

Please note: the Zika virus is a risk in Peru. This means that pregnant women should NOT travel to or join a volunteer project in Peru. All travelers should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during and after their trip such as using insect repellents, wearing long sleeves and trousers, and sleeping under a bug net.

Each project requires different skills and abilities from their international volunteers. While you can find the specific requirements for each project on their profiles on Volunteer World, here are some general requirements that apply to most projects in Peru:

As a citizen of most American and Western European countries, you can enter Peru on a so-called tourist visa which is obtained when entering the country. With this visa, you can volunteer in Peru for up to 90 days continuously. Here is an overview of the countries that can enter without a visa.

Women in Peru must face machismo (an attitude common in Spanish and Latin American cultures that displays aggressive and excessive masculinity) and gender discrimination regularly. Domestic and sexual abuse is fairly common. A long history of social prejudice causes women to face higher unemployment and poverty levels than men. Any volunteer project that helps empower women will also benefit the general population of Peru.

How Volunteering in Peru Will Help Your Future: Networking and volunteering with a well-established Peruvian organization will give you experience like no other experience could. Your Spanish skills will improve considerably. Living in such a diverse culture will also give you valuable insight into working with new and different people. Document your experience and continue to learn from it the rest of your life.

Free or Low-Cost Volunteering Opportunities: Free opportunities can be found through organizations such as WWOOF and HelpX. Low-cost opportunities include projects run by Love Volunteers and IVHQ. To help defray program costs, consider applying for a grant or scholarship to volunteer in Peru like the Ethical Global Engagement Grants offered by Omprakash.

United Planet is an international non-profit organization with a mission to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect people who want to make a difference in communities across the world through overseas volunteer travel programs, global virtual internships & volunteering, and project-based virtual exchange programs. With opportunities in more than 40 countries, you will learn, teach, work, engage and immerse yourself in a culture outside your comfort zone. For many, volunteering abroad is the most fulfilling experience of their lives!

Santiago is a tourism student from Cusco. He enjoys interacting with the volunteers, showing them around the city and sharing his culture. Santiago loves sport, especially football, and plays whenever he gets the chance.

Yessika joined Projects Abroad in December 2006 after previously working for an NGO and a bank. She enjoys being able to work with young children as part of her job. In her free time she likes spending time with her family in Cuzco and socialising with the volunteers.

An ex-gold miner now dedicated to conservation, Fernando administers the day-to-day running of the lodge. He is the longest serving staff member there from the start with Stuart. His English is excellent and his 20 years of experience in the jungle gives him great all round knowledge. His family in Puerto Maldonado runs a small hotel where volunteers usually spend the weekend.

Elvira joined the Projects Abroad team in January 2010. She is originally from Lima, but has been living in Puerto Maldonado for many years now. She knows Taricaya and the local town very well and is happy to assist volunteers on their trips into town. Elvira will be in touch with all Peru Conservation Project volunteers before they arrive and she also meets the volunteers at the Puerto Maldonado airport.

Be a volunteer in Peru with Volunteering Solutions and choose from a wide range of volunteering projects including Teaching, Kindergarten, Childcare, Disabled Care, etc. For dental students and medical as well as pre-med students, the Dental Elective Project and Health Care Project are also available, which would give them a first-hand learning opportunity while working with professionals. If you have a time crunch, you can join our 1 Week Special & 2 Weeks Special Voluntour and experience the best of work & travel opportunities in Peru. All volunteer programs in Peru are located in Cusco.

We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with other participants and our team.To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website. 041b061a72


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