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Volunteer in Peru with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Peru

Volunteer in Peru with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects including Teaching English, Animal Care, Medical, Eco-Agriculture Conservation and Jungle Conservation. Volunteer opportunities in Peru are based in the capital, Lima, or the Andean city of Cusco.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 16 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around Lima and Cusco
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style rooms, volunteer house or homestay
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$180 (approximately CA$237) for 1 week
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available
  • Between 30 and 80 volunteers start in Peru each month
  • Incredible activity and tour add-ons including Machu Picchu Tours, Rainbow Mountain Treks and a popular 1-week Mini Adventure

The first day I arrived at my placement I was nervous, but the girls laced their fingers into mine and in a heartbeat I knew it would be heart-achingly sad when I had to say goodbye.

IVHQ Volunteer - Michelle Bedford
Michelle Bedford
Nationality: American
Age: 21
Destination: Peru - Cusco

Volunteer opportunities in Peru

Develops cross-cultural learning

Up to 6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$535

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a remote village in the Andes
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

A culturally immersive volunteer project, living with families in a rural community and experiencing life as a local. Help families with all aspects of work and domestic chores.

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$436

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a dog shelter or small zoo
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in either a dog shelter or rescue zoo for more exotic animals. Help to care for and play with animals, in settings where your input makes a significant difference to their hopes for adoption.

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$237

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in dog shelters in Lima
  • Volunteers aged 16+

Assist in a local dog shelter, helping staff with day-to-day tasks including feeding, playing, cleaning and shelter upkeep. Dog abandonment is an issue in Lima, but shelters can play a big role in helping animals be rehoused.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$436

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in community centers, schools & kindergartens
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in-demand childcare providers and enable them to give better care and attention to children from low-income communities.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$237

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in pre-schools and childcare centers
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

A great project for those wanting to be involved in all aspects of childcare. Assist centers, often in low income areas, with day-to-day operations, from helping with care and education to organizational assistance.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$237

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at projects in and around Lima
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

For volunteers who want to make the biggest difference and don’t mind what type of project they’re doing, you can help on a range of community-based initiatives in schools and centers for children and vulnerable people. Placements are allocated based on the ones that need help the most.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$535

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at community centers, schools & clinics
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Volunteer to help under-funded community building projects through to completion. Help with projects in schools, clinics and centers that can go on to host their own worthy causes.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$284

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Lima with placements in Pachacutec
  • Volunteers aged 16+

Assist families in low-income communities with much-needed repair work to makeshift homes and community buildings. A hands-on project that anyone can get involved in.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$951

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a remote rural village
  • Volunteers aged 18+, and 16+ accompanied

Immersed in a cloud forest in the highlands, volunteers help the livelihoods of local farmers by maximizing their harvests. Assist with seasonal tasks and help to implement sustainable practices.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$535

  • Duration: 1 - 2 weeks
  • Only available the weeks of Christmas and New Years
  • Based in and around Cusco
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help in a wide range of volunteer projects over Christmas and New Year. Perfect for those wanting to experience the holidays abroad, while helping out where it’s needed most.

Conserves the environment

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$951

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in the Amazon rainforest
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

An immersive and off-the-beaten-track experience based in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Volunteers help to conserve the natural environment and the animals that live there.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of CA$674

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based around Cusco
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project designed for volunteer groups, involving roving outreach campaigns delivering basic healthcare in local communities. Campaigns are customizable to your experience and specialty and aim to bring health services to locals in the comfort of their own neighborhoods.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$535

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Set in hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities
  • Eligible volunteers aged 18+

Assist local professionals in a wide range of specialist departments in clinics within low income communities. This program is open to volunteers from pre-medical/pre-nursing to fully qualified.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$284

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Work with health promotion campaigns
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help to bring medical campaigns to low income communities, assisting with checkups, evaluations and education to children and adults across parts of Lima where healthcare is less accessible.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$436

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in centers for people with disabilities
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in centers for disabled children or the elderly, providing care to alleviate the workload of local staff and their families.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$436

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in schools and community organizations
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to teach English to local children and adults, equipping them with vital language skills that help them to find employment in the booming local tourism sector.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$237

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in schools and language institutes
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Contribute your language skills as a lead or assistant teacher in schools and language institutes in the outskirts of Lima, where native English speakers aren’t often available for students to learn from.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Peru to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Peru will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Peru with your new-found friends.

How to get started

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