Volunteering in Peru
One place usually springs to mind when people think of Peru: Macchu Picchu. And understandably so, as it was voted one of the “New7Wonders of the World” in 2007. However, Peru is this and so much more! The cultural, geographic, and wildlife wonders of this country are astounding. It’s an emerging country and is poised for a bright future. However, as with most growing countries, poverty is always a challenge. With nearly 20% of the population living beneath the poverty line; there is always a need for assistance. This provides volunteers with an opportunity to support an important cause and explore this amazing country.
Fast Facts on Peru
Capital City: Lima
- Lima is located on the Pacific coast of central Peru
Currency: Peruvian sol
- Find your currency’s exchange rate here
Languages: Spanish is the official language
- English is not widely spoken, but is more prevalent in tourist-heavy areas
Population (2016 estimate): 32 million
- About twice as many people as Cambodia
Size: 496,225 square miles or 1,285,216 square kilometers
- Slightly larger than Egypt & Ecuador combined
2018 Global Peace Index Ranking: 74 out of 163 nations (High)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
Our NGO partner in Peru strives to improve the future opportunities for at-risk children and teens in Huaraz, Peru. They offer a program for underprivileged children that not only helps them with their homework, but also teaches them life skills that will help them grow into healthy, responsible adults. The NGO school also offers assistance with nutrition, medical care, and emotional support.
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteering in Peru as a teacher is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
|Teaching Project: Accommodations||1 month||2 months||Additional months (each)|
|Dorm (shared) room with ensuite bathroom||$420||$840||$420|
|Twin-share room, shared bathroom||$440||$880||$440|
|Private room, shared bathroom||$460||$920||$460|
Per our partner's request, project fees for Peru are paid upon arrival in cash (US dollars) as this helps avoid transfer fees and is easier for the NGO.
Included: bus station arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Room in a shared, self-catering apartment • WiFi with Netflix • Filtered drinking water • 24/7 emergency phone • Project contribution
NOT Included: Meals • Flights • Visas (if necessary) • Vaccinations (if necessary) • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return bus station/airport transfer • Personal expenses • Towels & toiletries
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
The climate of Peru varies significantly based on location due to the country’s geography. Huaraz, where our project is located, is known as a “city of eternal spring” with its warm, temperate climate consisting of a dry season, wet season, and a shoulder season.
Wet Season: January to April
Dry Season: May to September
Shoulder Season: October to December
Temperatures throughout the year are consistently temperate month-to-month with an average of 55° F (13° C).
Hottest Month: September | average highs of 74° F (23° C)
Coolest Month: July | average lows hovering around 37° F (3° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Peru
Peru is packed full of incredible opportunities for adventure. The famous Machu Picchu, countless cultural sites, and stunning natural beauty provides for a wide range of outdoor activities.
All activities are optional as some/all may incur added costs to the volunteer. You can join in on the fun, do your own exploring, or just relax at the volunteer house.
For additional information, please visit our Resources page.