Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad
- Placement location: Cusco, Puerto Maldonado
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families, Shared volunteer housing for the Conservation Project
- Prices: from £1045
- Top places to travel: Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Huascarán National Park
With an extensive Pacific coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the magnificent Andes, Peru provides an opportunity for you to experience much of what South America offers within just one country. Wildlife, beaches, historical sites and the most beautiful mountains in the Andes range are found in abundance. There are also interesting cities, full of colonial history, especially Cusco, which is an archaeological paradise.
The following projects are just some of the volunteer options available in Peru: Teaching, Conservation & Environment, Care, Sports, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Spanish Language and Incan & Wari Archaeology. These are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Where we are Based in Peru
Projects Abroad has its office in Cusco, a designated World Heritage Site located near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It was the also the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the 16th century. Cusco is popular with tourists, with incredible architecture and historical monuments, as well as stunning landscapes and a thriving culinary scene.
If you want to work in the rainforest, our Conservation & Environment project is an hour's flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a one hour boat trip up the Madre de Dios river - it's a jungle adventure just to get there!
General Information on Peru
Peru, which is five times the size of the UK, was shaped by the Incas and the Spanish. Hispanic and Amerindians live, for the most part, in harmony, and Spanish and Quechua are both spoken in the markets of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, as well as in Lima.
The mysterious and magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu attracts tourists, archaeologists and historians alike. Incan ruins are everywhere; you will find they even form part of the structure for modern day buildings!
Travel and Tourism in Peru
Peru is the perfect place to immerse yourself in South American life while you're volunteering abroad. In the towns you can sample local brews like Pisco Sour or Cusquena and you may even find yourself celebrating your birthday with Cuy - guinea pig - as the main dish!
From Cusco, it's easy to visit the world-famous Machu Picchu. You can also go rafting on the Urumbaba River or see traditional Andean theatre and dance. If you're seeking thrills of an adrenaline-driven nature, venture into the Andes, which offer some of the best mountain-climbing and trekking opportunities on the planet. Take a weekend trip to explore the enigmatic Nazca Lines, or enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca: the world's highest lake.
Puerto Maldonado is a dynamic young town, home to 25,000 people. On your days off from the Rainforest Project, as well as taking the boat back to enjoy life in a frontier town, you may have the opportunity to take a river trip to the Sandoval lake, where you can enjoy fishing, wildlife watching or just meeting with the locals.
Although Peru is a great gateway to the rest of South America, there are so many rich things to see within the country itself that you may not ever want to venture over its borders! It's a magical melting pot of different cultures, stunning scenery and bio-diversity.
Projects available in Peru
Work alongside experts and explore ancient Peru with our exciting archaeology project based in Pikillaqta National Park, which will involve investigating, mapping and excavating pre-Inca structures.
Volunteer in the city of Cusco and help to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. Volunteers work in day care centres, special needs schools or kindergartens.
Live and work in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest on animal protection and sustainable agricultural projects. Collect data from the highest canopy walk in South America surrounded by monkeys, macaws, butterflies and many other incredible species.
Students on this Dentistry Elective placement will be based in the city of Cusco. You will be assigned a supervising dentist who will act as your mentor throughout your stay.
Peru is a fascinating country and if you choose to take your Medicine Elective here you are sure to have an unforgettable and valuable experience.
Our Nursing programme in Peru is based in the World-Heritage city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. You will gain worthwhile experience in one of our partner hospitals.
Work alongside local staff at health centres and clinics in and around Cusco. Dentists in Peru often struggle to convey messages about even the very basics of oral hygiene.
Volunteers in Peru may work in a hospital, health centre or children’s rehabilitation home in the World-Heritage city of Cusco. There are a variety of medical areas within which you could work.
Volunteer in the maternity unit of a large hospital or a public health centre in Cusco. You may observe pre-natal consultancies, births and caesarean sections.
As a Nursing volunteer in the vibrant city of Cusco you will benefit from the guidance and knowledge of experienced local medical staff.
If you are looking for an exciting yet worthwhile Nutrition placement then a volunteer project in Peru may be right for you. You will receive guidance and support from our partner organisations.
Volunteers work with partner organisations to train students, organise fitness sessions, coach advanced football skills to teenagers or run a basketball competition.
Volunteer as a sports coach in Cusco. Working alongside a local PE teacher, you will encourage your students to develop their sporting abilities in a range of sports.
Based in and around Cusco, our Teaching placements aim to improve the conversational and written English abilities of local students. We also run a teacher training programme during the summer holidays.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular placement. You can choose from Quechua and Spanish.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Peru
Work on a wide variety of daily activities aimed at improving the conditions in Peru, such as renovating and painting.
Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, volunteers participate in a conservation project to protect and preserve rare plant and animal species. Your tasks include wildlife observations, night observation walks and more.
Work alongside experts and explore the fascinating history of the Incan and Wari civilisations with our archaeology project based in Pikillaqta National Park.
19+ Specials available in Peru
Work alongside local teachers to assist them in the classroom while providing the children with one-on-one attention. You'll also be given Spanish lessons to help you better connect with the local people.
Volunteer in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and contribute to ongoing conservation work in Peru. You'll take part in a diverse range of activities from biodiversity studies to bird tagging.
Grown-up Specials for 50+ in Peru
Projects for professionals available in Peru
On this project you will be volunteering on one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Professional volunteers are required organise fieldwork projects and to assist local staff.
Professional volunteers will focus on helping to alleviate the chronic malnutrition of children in rural communities in Peru.
This voluntary medical project helps treat patients in hospitals in and around Cusco. There are simply not enough doctors in many institutions which means volunteer help is greatly needed.
As a professional volunteer on this project you will be based in hospitals and clinics in and around Cusco. Local staff will benefit from your expertise in caring for pregnant women and babies.
There is a huge demand for medical care in Peru. As a Projects Abroad PRO volunteer you can help ease the workload, treat patients and train local staff.
Experienced volunteers on this project will work at a primary or secondary school in Cusco. Your main role will include working with local teachers to create new ideas for the classroom.
On this voluntary teaching project you will be working in the city of Cusco. Your main role will consist of teaching sport to secondary school children.
This project helps to provide training for English language teachers in Cusco. As part of this project you will conducting workshops and exchanging ideas.
Volunteers on this project work at a rescue centre, alongside a qualified vet. With your experience and skills you will be involved in doing regular checks on the animals, help stabilise and treat any new animals, and more.