Our programs allow you to take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the people, sights, sounds, and tastes of Peru. Volunteering in Peru is a way to totally immerse yourself in Spanish culture.
Language & Cultural Immersion: Delve into a new language. This is a great opportunity to take Spanish lessons while being part of a community project in Cusco. Be fully immersed in Peruvian culture, learn Spanish, live with a local host family, all the while contributing to the volunteer project. Language Immersion classes can be combined with any of the Cusco based volunteer project: teaching, medical, orphanage support, pre-medical. Language lessons are given by licensed professional instructors. Lessons focus on conversation practice, grammar, vocabulary and will be customized based on your Spanish levels.
Teaching English Education: Having English is necessary for children in Cusco to evade poverty. By speaking English, new opportunities are available to the children that would otherwise be destined to stay in the cycle of poverty. With the growing tourist trend in this area having English will only increase the child's chancing of securing a job in tourism, and advancing his own education and horizons. Volunteers will focus on grammar, proper pronunciation, spelling and will work with the local teacher and create a syllabus. TEFL certificate is not required, however volunteers need to be proficient in Spanish. This program can also be combined with the Language and Cultural Immersion program
Premedical / Predental: We have many undergraduate students who volunteer with us in health related projects. These projects, which welcome pre-medical and pre-nursing, pre-dental students, provide a learning opportunity in universal health care practices. Pre-dental students can shadow in a local dental office and assist the staff with non evasive tasks. Options for pre-medical and pre-nursing students include a children's clinic which provides care to kids with cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and other disabilities. Another program is a residential center for adults and children residents with physical and mental ailments. Volunteers would help with early stimulation therapy, physical therapy support, verbal interaction, as well as feeding and cleaning. We also recommend our Language and Cultural Immersion projects where you can learn Spanish while working in a health program.
Orphanage / Child Care: The Inca Empire, with Lake Titiaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the Andes, Amazonian rainforests, cloud people, coastal wildlife preserves and cosmopolitan cities are just some reasons to visit Peru. Although in recent years Peru has benefited from a rise in tourism offer some economic relief, millions of Peruvians live below the poverty line. More than half of the country's people struggle to survive, close to one fourth of the population live in extreme poverty. As a volunteer in our orphanage assistance project you spend your days interacting with the children, reading books, playing soccer and other games, helping with the vocational training like hand crafting or baking. One of our orphanage partner projects support children 0-5yrs old. Here ABV volunteers change diapers, bottle feed babies, help with activities and nap time also. Volunteering with children, of any age, can be a tiring and challenging experience - but very rewarding!
Amazon Conservation Environmental: This program is ideal for those interested working and living in nature. You will live and volunteer in the largest national park in Peru, staying in an ecolodge located in the Madre de Dios region. The volunteer project supports the ongoing community effort of tree reforestation, education of the locals on organic farming, medicinal plants and the importance of sustainable growth in the Amazonian rainforest. Volunteers tasks include research projects about plant life, flower inventory, transporting and replanting as needed, clearing paths, digging holes for new trees to be planted. Some work with rescued animals, building cages etc. Spanish is not required, although helpful especially when visiting the local community on education outreach projects.
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From the moment we arrived in Cusco, and we met our coordinator Beatriz at the airport, we received ongoing, wonderful support. Beatriz shared her wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of Cusco with us whenever the opportunity arose. She helped us to settle in (banking, telephone services, where to find a laundromat, and the list goes on) Throughout our time in Cusco, we had regular contact with her. She invited the two of us and other volunteers to her home to experience a wonderful Peruvian meal. Beatriz was diligent about asking how things were going at the volunteer sites, at the host family's home, if we felt well, etc. she helped us to shop for donations for different organizations. We truly enjoyed my time in Cusco. We volunteered at two sites and found the children to be open and loving. The whole experience was very rewarding and I would recommend volunteering abroad as something everyone should consider.
The support provided in country was very impressive. If I had any questions at all they would be answered within the day. The local ABV coordinator (Beatriz) was amazing. She went above and beyond by showing me everything I needed in cusco and was also extremely helpful with any questions or concerns. If working in the orphanage the girls cannot receive makeup or nail polish. Simpler items such as hair clips, bracelets, etc. are accepted. Layers are a necessity with the changing weather in cusco as well as cough drops due to the air and altitude! My accommodation was amazing. I lived with two sisters, Cecilia and Eva, both in their fifties and their parents who are in their nineties. It was great to learn from the different generations. My host family prepared amazing food and were always so considerate to the fact I am a vegetarian. They also provided many blankets because it is so cold at night, they are truly caring people.