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Eco-Agriculture Conservation Volunteer Project in Peru - Cusco

Eco-Agriculture Conservation Volunteer Project in Peru - Cusco

Purpose
Promote sustainable farming practices
Start dates
Programs start every Monday
Duration
Choose from 2-24 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 5 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 18+, and 16+ accompanied
Accommodation
Homestay
Program fees
From CA$1175 for 2 weeks
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Fit and active volunteers who like working hard and getting their hands dirty. You’ll need to be comfortable staying in basic accommodation with few modern conveniences.

Project details

Love the outdoors and interested in being an Eco-Agriculture Conservation volunteer in Peru - Cusco? International Volunteer HQ’s immersive Eco-Agriculture Conservation project enables volunteers to assist Peruvian farmers in a cloud forest in the Amazon jungle. Volunteers will gain farming experience and learn about efficient practices and environmental sustainability while helping farming families maximise their harvests of coffee, tea and cacao and earn a decent living.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Peruvian farmers have operated in the highlands of the Amazon jungle for centuries, and volunteers can now join them. This is an immersive experience where you’ll be based in a small farming community in a cloud forest around four hours from Cusco, helping farming families to maximize their harvests.

As an Eco-Agriculture Conservation volunteer you’ll help with permaculture efforts on coffee, tea and cacao farms and learn about efficient practices and environmental sustainability. The money farmers earn depends on how much they can produce, so your efforts can directly impact their livelihood. You’ll help with seasonal tasks, including:

  • Planting seeds
  • Tilling fields
  • Harvesting
  • Weeding
  • Clearing land for new crops

There is also scope for volunteers to spend time in the organic orchard learning about the various fruits and vegetables or to participate in a language exchange in the nearby village.

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 Eco-Agriculture Conservation volunteering in Cusco with IVHQ?

When you volunteer on farms in Peru - Cusco you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Learning about sustainable and efficient farming practices
  • Supporting local farming communities with permaculture efforts
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining farming and agriculture experience
  • Immersing yourself in Peruvian culture
  • Exploring the stunning mountains of Peru

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers aged 18+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 16 and 17 will need to provide 2 character reference letters to participate
  • 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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Alyssa Akhtar
05 Jun 2024

IVHQ is always responsive with any questions or concerns, and the pre-departure checklists and guides are extremely helpful. The local team was also AMAZING. The people, accommodations, transportation, and homestay were so welcoming and knowledgeable. I loved staying with other volunteers in Cusco. I learned a lot from living in the culture. I would recommend this program to anyone.

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Christy Czworkowski
23 May 2024

We had the most amazing time in Cusco. My husband and I loved our projects (he did construction and I did childcare). Working until 12:30-1pm and having off the weekends gave us plenty of time to sign up for weekend trips as well as 1/2 day trips. Our entire experience in Cusco, Peru was one we will never forget.

The information we received pre-departure was outstanding. It was all very helpful, informative and valuable. Everyone in Peru was very quick to respond to texts, emails and phone calls. This was the most beautiful, amazing and humbling experience of our lives.

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Ashley Hammon
13 Sep 2023

Everyone at IVHQ was so so helpful through this whole process! I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful experience.

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Imogen Austin
01 Jun 2023

I enjoyed how engaged and supportive the local team was during my stay, and the host family was incredibly supportive and kind.

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Ben Regan
18 Dec 2022

This was the best experience of my life, and the team couldn't have done a better job supporting me on my program. To other volunteers I say, DO IT!!! Get out of your comfort zone!!!

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Lucas Smith
11 Mar 2022

The Eco-Agriculture project is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the small-holder agriculture that dominates across rural Peru. As someone from an agricultural background I was excited to apply my agricultural background but the farmers at the placement were very knowledgeable and I would highly encourage those without an agricultural background to consider this project to become more connected to our food systems and understand how many of the fruits and vegetables we cherish are grown.

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in Peru, Cusco with IVHQ

Location

Set in the tropical Amazon jungle, volunteers on the Eco-Agriculture project in Peru are based in a small rural farming community about four to five hours away from Cusco.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Cusco on the Sunday before orientation. Orientation will be held within 24 hours of your arrival.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco. 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 local team’s main office and then to a homestay. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. You will be taken to your Eco-Agriculture placement and accommodation after completing orientation in Cusco.

If you are traveling in Peru prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Cusco on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at their offices in Cusco. Orientation begins on Monday morning and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cusco – introduction to Peru, Peruvian customs, language lesson details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Cusco, introduction to your project and placement.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays - A typical schedule might be as follows:

7:00 AM Breakfast at your accommodation with other volunteers.
8:00 AM Volunteer work begins. You may be planting seeds, tilling fields, collecting fruits, preparing fields for new plants or taking out invasive weeds.
12:00 PM Lunch and a long break before continuing with volunteer work.
5:00 PM Start to wind down by doing less physically demanding volunteer work.
7:00 PM Dinner at your accommodation with other volunteers.

Weekends

Because of the remote location, volunteers tend to stay at the placement during the weekends and keep enjoying the immersive experience of living with a local family. We reccommend taking books, games or other activities. Volunteers are able return to Cusco at their own expense.

Accommodation and WiFi

Eco-Agriculture Conservation volunteers are accommodated in dormitory style rooms, separated by gender. Living is rustic but comfortable.

Because of its remote location, there is no WiFi access available on this project.

Meals

Volunteers on the Eco-Agriculture project will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

A typical Peruvian breakfast consists of bread, spreads, fruit and eggs accompanied by tea or coffee. Dinner commonly consists of meat, often chicken, soups, pastas, starches and vegetables.

Please note any dietary requirements you have so we can make special arrangements for you.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately CA$471) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

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
2 weeks $820 Equivalent to $59/day
3 weeks $1,107 Equivalent to $53/day
4 weeks $1,378 Equivalent to $49/day
5 weeks $1,668 Equivalent to $48/day
6 weeks $1,958 Equivalent to $47/day
8 weeks $2,538 Equivalent to $45/day
10 weeks $3,118 Equivalent to $45/day
12 weeks $3,698 Equivalent to $44/day
16 weeks $4,858 Equivalent to $43/day
20 weeks $6,018 Equivalent to $43/day
24 weeks $7,178 Equivalent to $43/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$471) 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 Cusco generally find US$100 - $150 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such lunches, public transportation, personal spending money, etc..
  • Breakfast and dinner while in Cusco when you first arrive
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while at your project site
  • Airport pick-up
  • Round-trip transfer from Cusco to project site
  • 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.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • 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.

Free-time experiences & tours in Cusco

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Cusco! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Cusco program.

Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)
Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)

Prepare to be in awe of this unique landscape and surroundings on this overnight tour!

CA$200
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour  - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)

Explore Machu Picchu on an exhilarating 2-day & 1-night tour.

CA$702
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)

Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu in just one day without stretching your budget!

CA$536

Affordable Spanish language lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Peru - Cusco program, however on certain projects 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 local team in Cusco. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

  • Group Class: 2 hours a day - starting at CA$127 per week
  • Private Class: 1 hour a day - starting at CA$136 per week
  • Private Class: 2 hours a day - starting at CA$272 per week

How to book IVHQ’s language lessons: Once you’ve paid your registration fee, you will be able to select language lessons as an “Add-on” via your MyIVHQ profile.

Spanish language lessons are not available on the Andean Immersion, Eco-Agriculture or Amazon Jungle Conservation projects due to their remote nature. However volunteers will have plenty of opportunity to practice with locals.

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Safety and support

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

Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 32 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian 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. In the mountains, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The jungle has heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.

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