Community Support Volunteering in Peru - Lima
Interested in being a Community Support volunteer in Peru - Lima? International Volunteer HQ’s Community Support project is a great way for volunteers to assist with a wide range of important community initiatives designed to help vulnerable people. Volunteers will gain experience in schools, elderly care homes, soup kitchens and childcare centers which have an urgent need for help and support.
- Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
- Affordable fees from CA$237 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
- Make a difference by helping with a variety of community initiatives
- Discover Peru's amazing scenery and ancient ruins
- Stay with other volunteers or a local family near the coast in Lima
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
This is a wide-reaching project that allows volunteers to assist in a range of important community initiatives, with a particular focus on helping vulnerable people. The work on this project is varied as volunteers are placed wherever support is most urgently needed at the time.
As a Community Support volunteer you can help in school physical education departments, elderly care homes, soup kitchens, childcare centers and in schools teaching English. Volunteer duties depend entirely on the needs of the community at the time but can include things like:
- Preparing and serving meals
- Small renovation projects and building maintenance
- Gardening, landscaping and outdoor work
- Charity and fundraising for disadvantaged communities
- English, art and sports workshops
This is a great project for those who don’t have a strong preference for volunteering in a specific area as it can give you experience in a range of activities. Work will also be influenced by volunteer numbers at the time of your placement.
Why do Community Support volunteering in Lima with IVHQ?
As a Community Support volunteer in Peru - Lima you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Improving quality of life for vulnerable people
- Supporting local community initiatives that need help
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining a wide range of volunteer experience
- Immersing yourself in Peruvian culture
- Exploring the stunning mountains and ancient ruins of Peru
- Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
- All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
”My volunteer experience in Lima, Peru changed my life forever. I was able to meet incredible people and learned things about myself that I would have not previously. Make sure to listen, have fun and put your best effort forward. The community that you become part of will definitely appreciate it! Finally, the time will go by faster than you think so make it worthwhile.”
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Lima, Peru’s capital city, is perched along the country’s Pacific coast. As the biggest city in Peru and one of the largest in South America, Lima is an important hub of culture, commerce, finance and politics. It’s also got a long history dating back to Pre-Columbian times as well as a strong Spanish influence and both of these can be explored in the many museums, art galleries, churches and ancient historical sites dotted around the city.
IVHQ’s Lima projects are set in and around the city, near the tourist hotspots of Barranco and Miraflores, wildly different in nature but both known for their beauty, great food and buzzing nightlife.
Arrival and orientation
The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive into Lima on the day before orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Lima. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. If you are traveling in Peru prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Lima on the day before your program orientation, or you can make your own way to the program site.
Orientation is hosted by our local team at the volunteer house in Lima. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. It covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cusco – an introduction to Peru, Peruvian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Peru, and an 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.
Volunteer schedule example
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:
|6:00 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.|
|7:00 AM||Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.|
|12:30 - 1:00 PM||Volunteers finish placement and return to their accommodation.|
|2:00 PM||Lunch at the volunteer accommodation.|
|2:00 - 6:00 PM||Volunteers are free to 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.|
|6:30 - 7:00 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, surfing the coastal waters of Miraflores and Barranco, and sandboarding in Huacachina of Southwest Peru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to visit other parts of Peru such as Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Looking for more ideas of things to do in Peru - Lima? Check out our Lima Travel & Tours page!
Accommodation and WiFi
You’ll stay in a volunteer house run by the local coordinator’s family or in a homestay.
Bedrooms have single and double beds and volunteers can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers. Living is comfortable and there is electricity and running water in the volunteer house and the homestays. Bedding is provided and you just need to bring your own towel and toiletries.
If you would like a more private setting, an accommodation upgrade can be arranged for a private room once you register for the program. For US$70 (approximately CA$92) per person per week, these upgrades place volunteers in smaller homestays with a local host family and a maximum of 1 to 2 other volunteers.
WiFi is available to volunteers in both the volunteer house and homestay accommodation.
Volunteers are provided with three meals a day.
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 accompany the vegetables and rice.
Bottled water is readily available in Peru and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 (approximately CA$6) a week for 2 litres a 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.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||CA$237 Equivalent to CA$34/day|
|2 weeks||CA$515 Equivalent to CA$37/day|
|3 weeks||CA$753 Equivalent to CA$36/day|
|4 weeks||CA$899 Equivalent to CA$33/day|
|5 weeks||CA$1051 Equivalent to CA$31/day|
|6 weeks||CA$1203 Equivalent to CA$29/day|
|8 weeks||CA$1507 Equivalent to CA$27/day|
|10 weeks||CA$1811 Equivalent to CA$26/day|
|12 weeks||CA$2115 Equivalent to CA$26/day|
|16 weeks||CA$2723 Equivalent to CA$25/day|
|20 weeks||CA$3331 Equivalent to CA$24/day|
|24 weeks||CA$3939 Equivalent to CA$24/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Discounts on language lessons
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of CA$395 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transportation to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Lima generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as snacks, in-country tours, and Spanish language lessons.
Spanish language lessons
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 organized 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 (approximately CA$13) 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)
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Nuevo Sol (PEN)|
Weather and climate: 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 precipitation, 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 jungle is characterized by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.