Projects Abroad in Peru
The flight from Lima to Cusco is stunning on a clear day so ask for a window seat. On arrival in Cusco a member of our Projects Abroad Peru team will meet you. It's a small airport and you simply need to pick up your luggage and walk outside, and you will be able to spot the Projects Abroad sign. It's a beautiful drive from Cusco to Huyro for Inca Projects volunteers, or the Sacred Valley for Care, Teaching, Sports and Language volunteers.
"The social life was great! The other volunteers were brilliant and I quickly settled into a good group of friends. We did loads of treks and hikes. Urubamba and Cusco have some nice places to 'hang out' and getting to nearby villages was easy and cheap."
James West, Teaching in Peru
Teaching, Care, Sports, Community, Medicine & Healthcare and Language Projects are based in the Sacred Valley or Cusco. You will firstly be taken to our Peru office and be given an induction to the town as well as meeting the staff, and will then be transferred to your accommodation. Your host-family will be keen to settle you in and make you feel at home, and you'll no doubt be offered your first meal of arroz con pollo or lomo saltado, washed down with coca tea.
You will have a couple of days to settle in and find your feet before beginning your work placement. Projects Abroad Peru staff will collect you from your accommodation and take you to your school or care placement, introduce you to your supervisor, and discuss a timetable. You will usually have some time to observe at the beginning of your placement, and we encourage you to get more involved as you feel ready.
Inca Projects volunteers are based in Huyro in the La Convencion province. Huyro is about a three hour journey from our main office in the Sacred Valley and has an internet cafe and many small shops. Volunteers can arrive in Cusco any day of the week and will be transported to Huyro straight away. The work that volunteers are involved in consists of three main areas; archaeology, community work and expeditions. Volunteers live in a community house close to the centre of Huyro with a family of Projects Abroad staff that will cook and look after you. Volunteers are very much part of the Huyro community.
For volunteers based in the Sacred Valley we run Spanish lessons at the Projects Abroad office in Urubamba. There are introductory Spanish lessons for teaching and care volunteers in the first week, where we will help you with the basics. We then run either 14 or 60 hour 'Language Plus' courses for those who would like to work on their Spanish whilst carrying out their placement. It's helpful to learn a little Spanish as before beginning your placement -it makes life much easier!
You will generally be working Monday to Friday, and will have weekends to relax at home, visit a town or travel with volunteers you have met. During your independent travel time there is plenty to see - from jungle, to beaches, to rural Andean towns - and many volunteers travel to neighbouring countries such as Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador.
Volunteers can fly directly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado. You will be met in the morning at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and will be taken to a hotel or wait at the Projects Abroad office for a boat that will come in from Taricaya Research Centre, to pick you up. You will be taken down river to Taricaya - about 1 ½ hours - and there you will be introduced to life in the jungle. You will have an induction to the lodge, and over the following days will be shown the various projects that are taking place. We encourage you to get stuck in, ask questions, roll your sleeves up and get involved!
To read more about this project, the work and accommodation please visit the Taricaya Lodge dedicated web-site.
7-Day Conservation Projects
All volunteers in Peru now have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement.