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Construction and Renovation Volunteering in Lima - Peru

Construction and Renovation Volunteering in Lima - Peru

Want to be a Construction and Renovation volunteer in Peru - Lima? International Volunteer HQ’s Construction and Renovation project is a fantastic chance for volunteers to make a tangible difference to the lives of people in disadvantaged communities in Lima. Volunteers gain building and renovation experience while

Highlights:
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from CA$453 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help upgrade and improve schools and community buildings

  • Discover Peru’s amazing scenery and ancient history

  • Stay with volunteers or a local family near the stunning coast in Lima

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Key information

Improve infrastructure for the local community
Based in Lima with placements in Pachacutec
Volunteer house or homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+
Fully hosted experience from CA$453 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Spanish language lessons available
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Active volunteers who enjoy physical work and using their hands to improve and upgrade buildings. You will need to be able to speak English fluently, and having some Spanish is enormously helpful on this project.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Families in disadvantaged communities around Lima often live in makeshift homes that they can’t afford to improve, and community buildings that house valuable services are also often in need of basic maintenance and repairs. Volunteers can play a big part in bringing these buildings up to a good standard for the people that use and live in them. You can assist with:

  • Roofing
  • Flooring
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Gardening
  • Other repairs

The scope of the project you’ll assist with will vary depending on the need in the community and feasibility of completing tasks, based on the number of volunteers available. You don’t need any building or renovation experience to participate, but if you list any relevant skills on your application then we can ensure you’ll be able to use them to make a difference.

Volunteers during the busy season from May to August generally have the opportunity to assist with more large scale projects, with September and October involving continued renovation and beautification activities.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

As job losses escalate as a result of Covid-19, it is estimated that nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. We must improve access to jobs, decent work conditions and community services in order to achieve peace, sustainable economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Lima with IVHQ?

As a building volunteer in Peru - Lima you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving vital infrastructure for the community
  • Supporting local initiatives with construction projects
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining building and renovation experience
  • Immersing yourself in Peruvian culture
  • Exploring the stunning mountains and ancient ruins of Peru

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16 or 17 on their program start date are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional document 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.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Lachlan McMillan
25 Oct 2023

I feel I gained a greater appreciation for the life I have. I am comfortable with it and seeing the less fortunate parts of the world has opened my eyes. My advice would be to definitely learn the language before going over as I didn’t and made it hard, and I'd also recommend volunteering for a longer period of time.

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Spencer Marlier
16 Oct 2023

I feel like I have gained a whole new understanding of a part of the world I never thought I’d get to see. Advice that I would give to someone who is hesitant is to just do it, it may seem scary at first but it’s 100% worth it!

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Matthew Pence
09 Aug 2023

I definitely have a better appreciation for what I have and the way I live than I did before. I am glad I was with a host and would encourage everyone to explore that option, I learned so much about the culture and their way of life.

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Stephen Danev
02 Aug 2023

My Program Manager and the local team made it really easy to follow the process, sending me detailed instructions and keeping me on schedule. The organization before and after arrival in Peru was excellent and communication was prompt and to the point. My host family was very friendly, open and accepting us. I made good friends and enjoyed the time we spent together. Our host showed us the local famous cites and entertainment.

My volunteer experience was an eye opener: meeting local people and immersing in their culture. I have gained appreciation of the way of life of the Peruvian families in a different walks of life. From our friendly hosts to the people in need in Pachacutec. This experience helped me develop further my confidence and see the difference I can make to others. I am planning to do it again next year, now that I know what to expect. Thank you IVHQ team!

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Nicholas Houghton
22 Jul 2022

We were volunteering at a dog shelter, fixing up the walls and painting them. Finishing the murals on the last day was my favorite part! The local team was happy with the work and everyone there seemed to love it.

Being immersed in the lifestyle and culture of Pachacutec was very impactful to me. The poverty there was shocking; the people live without fresh food, without water, and without power. Many houses don't have roofs, and the walls are not a solid foundation. I think it is important for people to experience how other parts of the world live their lives. It felt like the work that we did there was impactful and meaningful.

All you have to do is show up, IVHQ takes care of all the little details for you. If you are hesitant, know that the experience will help you just as much as it helps those you are working with. The personal growth and commitment to others is SO worth the time.

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Michaella Bressler
05 Jul 2022

Just do it. It will be an experience where you will learn more about yourself than you would anywhere else.

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Volunteer Abroad in Peru, Lima with IVHQ

Location

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 Lima – 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

First Day You’ll kick-start your program with a warm welcome from our local staff, who will provide you with an orientation and a local city tour to prepare you for the week ahead!

Weekdays - A typical day would be as follows:

6:00 AM Breakfast: Start your day with breakfast that is provided at the volunteer house and homestay, fueling up for the day ahead.
7:00 AM Departure: At this time, volunteers, accompanied by local coordinators, embark to their placements to commence their day of volunteering.
12:30 - 1:00 PM Volunteer day concludes: Volunteers will now journey back to the volunteer accommodation, where you can prepare your lunch in the communal kitchen or enjoy the flavors of the local cuisine at a nearby food cart or restaurant.
2:00 - 6:00 PM Free Time: With your volunteering duties complete, the afternoon is yours to explore! Whether you’re immersing yourself in Spanish lessons, discovering hidden gems in Lima, or simply soaking up the vibrant culture.
6:30 - 7:00 PM Dinner: This is when typically when volunteers unwind, enjoy their dinner, and make any necessary preparations for the following day.

Weekends

During the weekends, explore the wonders of Lima and beyond! From paragliding over the cliffs of Miraflores to surfing the coastal waters of Barranco, the possibilities are endless. Venture further afield to discover the ancient ruins of Pachacamac or the breathtaking beauty of Machu Picchu.

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Peru - Lima? Check out our Lima Travel & Tours page!

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers will either be accommodated in the main volunteer house or a homestay experience. Typically, volunteers are housed in our main facility, unless capacity is reached or you express a preference for a homestay.

Our volunteer accommodation strikes a perfect balance between independence and camaraderie. Featuring shared bedrooms and a communal area, it fosters a sociable atmosphere while a dedicated local team member is available on-site for support. It’s important to mention that volunteers will be accommodated on the third floor, while a local family resides on the floors below. We’ve had a longstanding partnership with this family since 2015, and while their presence has been warmly received by volunteers, there is often minimal interaction between volunteers and the local family due to the separation.

Each room is equipped with single bunk beds, usually shared with up to 6 volunteers of the same gender. Amenities include Wi-Fi, hot water, bedding, a fridge, and a TV in the common area for your comfort. Additionally, you have the option to upgrade to a homestay experience (shared room) for a more immersive interaction with a local Peruvian family. Please note that this incurs an additional cost. During quieter seasons, you may be accommodated without other volunteers in the homestay. Conversely, during busy seasons, a small number of volunteers may share the homestay with you.

For those seeking a quieter retreat, private single or matrimonial rooms are available as an accommodation upgrade. This option places you either in the volunteer house or in a homestay with a local host family. While preferences can be noted, room allocation cannot be guaranteed. Reservations incurs an additional cost and is subject to availability.

To ensure the safety and respect of all volunteers, our local team enforces an 11.00 PM curfew from Sunday through to Thursday. Exceptions may be granted for special occasions if requested in advance. The curfew is explained in detail during orientation.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with both breakfast and dinner through their stay on the program. Breakfast is conveniently available as a self-service offering in the volunteer kitchen, featuring selection including tea, coffee, toast, breads, fresh fruits, cereals, assorted condiments, as well as savory options like ham and eggs, alongside yogurt and cheese.

Although lunch is not provided, you have the flexibility to explore the diverse flavors of Peru. You can either utilize the fully equipped kitchen in your volunteer accommodation to prepare your meals or explore the nearby food stalls and restaurants for a taste of local cuisine.

Dinner offers a fusion of Peruvian and Western style dishes. Featuring locally-sourced ingredients, our menu provides pasta, rice, bread, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flavorful chicken dishes.

Should you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please inform us in advance, and we’ll make necessary arrangements. While we strive to accommodate your needs, we also recommend bringing extra spending money for any personal dietary snacks. As a volunteer, flexibility is key, so expect some variation from your usual dining habits.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $315 Equivalent to $45/day
2 weeks $568 Equivalent to $41/day
3 weeks $820 Equivalent to $39/day
4 weeks $995 Equivalent to $36/day
5 weeks $1,174 Equivalent to $34/day
6 weeks $1,354 Equivalent to $32/day
8 weeks $1,724 Equivalent to $31/day
10 weeks $2,084 Equivalent to $30/day
12 weeks $2,444 Equivalent to $29/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$473) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Lima generally find US$50 - $100 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as snacks, lunches, in-country tours, and Spanish language lessons.
  • Anyone volunteering during the week before Christmas will have a one-off surcharge of US$70 added to their file when registering, for Christmas activities within the community.
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Lunch
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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 can be pre-booked by the hour via your MyIVHQ profile and the class schedule confirmed 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$20 (approximately CA$28) per hour for a private class.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

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.
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Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 32 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00

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.

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