- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Peru
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
Peru is filled with friendly people and is one of our most popular volunteer destinations. As a volunteer in Peru, you will help alleviate poverty by working at a wide range of community centers in Cusco. Partnerships with after school programs, child care centers, women’s shelters, and youth organizations allow you to build relationships and leave a lasting impression on the lives of those you meet.
Ancient ruins and breathtaking landscapes pepper the region, and the society is as complex as the woven tapestries that abound at the market. While volunteering in Peru and staying with host families in Cusco, you will get a firsthand look at the political and economic issues that impact locals on a daily basis. Whether this will be your first out-of-country volunteer experience or your hundredth, the warmth and kindness of Peru’s people will make you feel at home.
Peru Volunteer Projects:
Global Health Volunteer Projects
As a United Planet volunteer in Peru you will work closely with several health clinics in the beautiful city of Cusco. The placements that are available for volunteers are in state and private hospitals, psychiatric clinics, a clinic for mentally and physically disabled children, and two rural clinics. Healthcare professionals will assist with various medical tasks based on experience and certification. The primary task for students is observation.
Children and Education Volunteer Projects
Volunteers care for children in daycares, after-school centers, and child care centers. Other volunteer opportunities include assisting teachers in state schools and providing support at women’s shelters, juvenile detention centers, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, and disabled youth clinics. Volunteer work is available for all ages and skill levels.
Environmental Sustainability Volunteer Projects
Volunteers have the opportunity to work at an animal sanctuary that provides shelter for animals that have endured trauma during their lives, or participate in a tourism and hospitality internship with a local tour operator that organizes tours around Cusco and promotes sustainable tourism.