Volunteer Abroad in Lima Peru with IVHQ

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Volunteer in Peru - Lima

Volunteer in Peru with International Volunteer HQ! IVHQ has a range of volunteer abroad projects available in Peru's capital city of Lima, including Teaching English, Orphanage Work/Special Needs and Medical.
Map of Peru - Lima
29.99 million
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Nuevo Sol (PEN)
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Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. The coast has moderate temperatures, low precipitations, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches. In the sierra, rain is frequent during summer, and temperature and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The selva is characterized by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.


The IVHQ Peru - Lima volunteer program has volunteer placements in the Peru's capital city of Lima.


Volunteer programs begin on the 1st and 15th of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.


Volunteers must be 18 years or older on the volunteer program start date, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Lima. Volunteers participating on the Medical Placement must have appropriate training and certification to be presented to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Lima. 


Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Peru - Lima volunteer program, however on certain projects, such as Teaching English and Medical, volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. We recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our partner staff in Lima. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking Spanish lessons can arrange these directly with the local staff once in Lima. Below is an outline of the various Spanish requirements for each placement.

Orphanage Work - Volunteers participating on the Orphanage Work project in Lima can have little to no Spanish speaking ability, but must be fluent in English. If volunteers have no Spanish, they must be prepared for some language difficulties at their placement and be willing to take the language lessons (offered by our program staff in Lima) if they are volunteering for a period of more than 2 weeks.

Teaching English - Volunteers who wish to participate on the Teaching English project must have at least a basic grasp of Spanish. Many of the children and adults who volunteers teach only have a very basic understanding of English, making it almost impossible for the local Peruvians to clearly understand the volunteers, unless they have some basic Spanish.

Medical Placement - Volunteers who wish to participate on the Medical project must have at least an intermediate level of spoken Spanish in order to work effectively on this project.


Between 5 and 20 volunteers start on our Peru - Lima volunteer program each month. What does this mean for you? More people to socialize and travel with, more people to meet from different cultures, more people to volunteer with, more projects to work on, more staff support, better infrastructure for volunteers and lower fees!


"I loved the experience and it was really worthwhile. I volunteered for a period of 4 weeks and I feel as if everyone involved was very appreciative of the work that we were doing and were very inviting. The children were very receptive, willing to learn and very loving. The accommodation in which I stayed was a lot better than I had expected." - Valeria Hernandez (Teaching English Volunteer in Peru - Lima)

Visit our Volunteer Abroad Reviews page to read more reviews from IVHQ Volunteers in Peru - Lima.


Peru - Lima volunteer project descriptions

Teaching English

The Teaching English project provides local Peruvians with the opportunity to learn English from fluent English speakers, enhancing their skills and ability to communicate universally. Volunteers on this project are placed in local schools, a language institute or orphanage schools. While volunteer work is primarily focused on teaching children in schools, there is also the opportunity for volunteers to teach English to adults in community groups. Volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers in order to participate, however initiative and confidence is required to independently manage a classroom and develop lesson plans with guidance from the local staff. IVHQ offers volunteers with the opportunity to upskill for their Teaching projects by gaining an internationally recognized TEFL certification. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn more.

Medical Placement

Poverty creates a large barrier to the acquisition of healthcare and in a developing country like Peru, where a significant percentage of the population is struggling to make ends meet, this effect is accentuated. The Peruvian Government has authorized our program partner in Lima to place medical students and professionals in local hospitals and dispensaries, based on previous medical training and experience. These hospitals and dispensaries have very basic equipment and facilities, which volunteers must come prepared to adjust to. In order to participate on this project, volunteers must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish. Volunteers also need to be training or qualified in a relevant medical field and are required to present a copy of their qualifications and certificates to our program partner on arrival in Peru.

Orphanage Work/Special Needs

Due to the large number of orphaned children in developing nations like Peru, there is a great need for volunteers willing to work in orphanages to help educate and give much-needed attention to these children. Volunteers on the Orphanage Work/Special Needs project in Peru - Lima have the opportunity to work in orphanages, caring for children and young people, some of whom are mentally or physically disabled. Volunteer work is varied and dependent on the particular orphanage where the volunteer is placed. Examples of tasks can include assisting placement staff in providing rehabilitation exercises for children with special needs, entertaining and educating the children with games, music, arts and other exercises, renovation work, such as painting murals at the orphanage, or providing help with garden maintenance. Volunteers on the Orphanage Work/Special Needs project can have little Spanish speaking ability, however we recommend taking advantage of the affordable Spanish lessons offered by our local team in Lima.


Volunteers in Lima are either accommodated in a volunteer house run by a local family, or in a homestay, both with other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single and double beds and volunteers can expect to share a room one to two other volunteers. Living is comfortable and there is electricity and running water in volunteer house and the homestays. While bedding is provided, it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag for weekends away, along with a towel and toiletries.

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of tea and coffee, toast, local breads, cereal, condiments, ham and cheese. A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice, sandwiches and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional meat and vegetarian stews and curries accompany the vegetables and rice. Bottled water is readily available in Peru and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. 


Orientation is taken by our Peru team at the volunteer house in Lima. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Peru – Introduction to Peru, Peruvian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Peru, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.


First Day: On the first day of the volunteering placement, you will be escorted to the project by our local staff and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical day would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

1.00 PM Lunch break. Volunteers may take a packed lunch from the volunteer accommodation.

2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing. If volunteers are taking Spanish language lessons, they will usually take these in the afternoon.

8.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.


During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Lima and Peru. Popular activities include paragliding from the cliffs of Miraflores, visiting the Pachacamac Ruins south of Lima, climbing to the top of the Huaca Pucllana Pyramid in the centre of Miraflores, surfing the coastal waters of Miraflores and Barranco, and sand boarding in Huacachina of Southwest Peru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further a field such as Machu Picchu.

Please note, Teaching English volunteers generally work Monday to Thursday and Saturday, having Friday and Sunday free for personal time.


Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ strongly recommends these for all volunteers, unless they are fluent in Spanish. If volunteers have little or no Spanish ability and are volunteering for a period longer than 2 weeks, they should strongly consider these courses, so they can work and communicate with all parties more effectively during their program. These language lessons are organised on your arrival in Lima at your program orientation. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer's current level of Spanish. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers at US$10 per hour.

Basic Language Course
10 hours per week (2 hours per day, 5 days a week)

Advanced Language Course
15-20 hours per week (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days a week)

Peru - Lima Volunteer Fees: 
Volunteer periodProgram fee US$
1 Week180
2 Weeks320
3 Weeks470
4 Weeks520
6 Weeks700
8 Weeks870
12 Weeks1220
16 Weeks1620
20 Weeks2020
24 Weeks2420

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Please note: All programs attract a Registration Fee of $249 USD on top of the Program Fee.

What do my fees pay for?

Registration Fee (refundable if you choose not to go*) – ongoing support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, IVHQ Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee – airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

What additional costs will I have?

Visa, flightstravel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Spanish lessons (optional), in-country trips and tours, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in Peru generally find US$20 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

* - Terms and conditions do apply.