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Volunteer in Peru

Discover International Volunteer HQ’s spectacular Peru volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of popular Peru volunteer projects, including Teaching English, Animal Care, Medical, Eco-Agriculture, Andean Immersion, Archaeology and Amazon Jungle Conservation. Volunteer work in Peru is based in the capital, Lima, or the Andean city of Cusco. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 138,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Peru.

Highlights:
  • 19 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $275 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style rooms, volunteer house or homestay

  • Exhilarating add-ons available, including Machu Picchu tours, Rainbow Mountain treks and a 1-week Mini Adventure

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $275
Volunteer from 1 - 24 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Lima & Cusco
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Explore magical Machu Picchu

Volunteer opportunities in Peru

Conserves the environment

6-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $820

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in the Amazon rainforest
  • Volunteers aged 18+

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.

Develops cross-cultural learning

Up to 6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $465

  • 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 $370

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • At a dog shelter, zoo or alpaca farm
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in either a dog shelter, alpaca farm, or rescue zoo for 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 $275

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in dog shelters in Lima
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

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.

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $820

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Urubamba Valley in the Andes mountain range
  • Volunteers aged 18+

An incredible and unique opportunity to safeguard the ancient marvels of the Inca Empire, preserving their rich heritage for future generations.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $370

  • 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 $275

  • Duration: 1 - 12 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.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $465

  • 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.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $275

  • Duration: 1 - 12 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 $465

  • 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 $315

  • Duration: 1 - 12 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.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $465

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Set in local dental & health clinics
  • Eligible volunteers aged 18+

Assist local dentists, hygienists, orthodontists, and their patients in dental and health clinics within low income communities.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $820

  • 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.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of $595

  • Set duration of 1 week
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based around Cusco
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project designed for volunteers traveling in groups of 8 or more, 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 $315

  • Duration: 1 - 12 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 $465

  • 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 $465

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in centers for people with disabilities
  • Volunteers aged 18+

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 $370

  • 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 $275

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in schools and community centers
  • 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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Free-time experiences & tours in Peru

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

$140
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.

$490
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!

$374

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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!

$140
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.

$490
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!

$374

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