This unique project is very different from the other projects offered on the Cusco program. You will be volunteering in a small rural village in the Andes Mountains 90 minutes from Cusco, assisting families with all aspects of daily life. These are families that get great personal benefit from having your assistance, and offer an immersive volunteer experience in return.
You’ll live with a Quechua-speaking family, where the pace of life is slower and the standard of living is very basic. Often these families will speak no English, but some Spanish, so you should come prepared with at least basic Spanish language.
The type of work you’ll be doing varies greatly according to the needs of each family - it could be anything from helping with physical agricultural or construction work to more domestic chores and helping to weave fabrics to sell. Your help will make the family more efficient, both economically and around the house.
Immersion volunteers should come prepared for basic but comfortable living conditions. There is running water, though it’s not heated, limited electricity and no internet. You’ll eat traditional food and live day to day life the way locals do.
Please note, the Andean Immersion project has an extra cost of US$75 (approximately £56) per week for extra supervision, materials and logistics. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now