While in Peru, Projects Abroad volunteers love to visit the famous Machu Picchu ruins.

Volunteering in Peru

Do volunteer work in Peru, and live in a city where the ancient Inca once ruled, or in the Amazon

Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad and contribute to long-term goals on one of our many volunteer opportunities. In Peru, you can help us address specific needs to support local communities.

You can support early childhood development at understaffed childcare centres or help local teachers improve their English. Or, help us uncover the past on our Incan and Wari Archaeology Project. You can also discover your wild side by helping with conservation efforts in the heart of the amazing Amazon Rainforest.

Most of our projects are based in Cusco, and we have a Conservation Project in the jungle. Our full-time staff in Peru are there to support you 24/7 if you need it, wherever you’re based.

There is so much to see and do in Peru in your free time, like visiting Machu Picchu and soaking in hot springs. Make the most of your trip and do as much as possible!

Looking to become a Teaching volunteer in Peru? You can support Peru's Ministry of Education teacher training, starting 7 January 2024. Learn more.

Projects available in Peru

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Aerial view of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu
Gap Adventure: Peru & Bolivia (10 Weeks)
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  • Price: £10,495 for 10 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £1,310
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 10 weeks
  • Age: 17-24
Indigenous textile weaving, Cusco, Peru
Gap Adventure: Peru (6 Weeks)
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  • Price: £7,495 for 6 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £1,560
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 6 weeks
  • Age: 17 or over
A staff member shows teenagers different species during rainforest conservation volunteering in Peru
Rainforest Conservation in Peru for Teenagers
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  • Price: £1,905 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £405
  • Start Date: During school holidays
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 15-18
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01273 007 230


Where we are based in Peru

All of our Peru volunteer opportunities, except for Conservation, are based in Cusco. Our Conservation Project is further away, near the town of Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Rainforest.


Cusco is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Once, long ago, it was the capital of the ancient Incan Empire. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with archaeological remains and beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. It’s found in the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range.

In Cusco, you can enjoy varieties of delicious Peruvian cuisine, like the national dish, ceviche, which is raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers. During your free time, explore the city’s cobblestoned streets, or take a hike in the lush green mountainous surroundings. And no visit to Peru is complete without visiting the incredible Machu Picchu.

Puerto Maldonado

Our Rainforest Conservation Project is located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve. The closest town is Puerto Maldonado, and Taricaya is a one-hour boat trip down the Madre de Dios River from here.

At Taricaya, you’ll be surrounded by vast jungles filled with wildlife. Picture yourself waking up every morning to the sounds of the rainforest, listening to monkeys jumping from tree to tree. You’ll also be able to see the beauty of the rainforest from the highest canopy walkway in South America.  

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector

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