Volunteering in Peru
Volunteering in Peru the home of the Incas is a special experience. Life is hard in Cusco, Peru, and with the recent heavy flooding volunteers are needed more than ever. Many of our projects are community focused including: child nutrition and our working with disabled children and medical volunteering opportunities. You can also help keep the ancient art of Inca jewellery making alive by volunteering on our Inca Jewellery Making Cooperative marketing project. If you’re a wildlife lover, you can volunteer at our jaguar conservation expedition. If you aren’t already a Spanish speaker there’s no need to worry you can do a week long intensive Spanish course before you start or you can arrange to have Spanish lessons that can be arranged to fit around your volunteer schedule. For those looking to compliment their scientific studies, why not join our 6 month Environmental internship in the heart of the Manu Biosphere.
If you would like to volunteer in South America then you can also look at our projects in Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil.
Known as the ‘Land of the Incas,’ Peru, with its geographic and cultural diversity, is a must-go destination at any time of year. Explore the jungles, beaches and ancient Andean trails whilst living amongst the Incan descendants, and join effective projects which help thousands of South America’s poorest people.
Kaya projects in Peru are all based on the 'Sacred valley of the Incas', high in the Andes mountains. While thousands flock to travel the ancient trails each year, few will see the daily struggles of the indigenous people living off the beaten tracks. Supporting projects that have been running up to 10 years in the region, you can be sure that you can make a real difference here.
$500 scholarships for Latin American Volunteers. Click here for more information.
Peru Travel Highlights
Sandboarding on Huacachina
Sandboarding is a fast-growing activity around the globe with strong roots in Peru. This is one of the best locations in the world for sandboarding as Peru boasts the largest sand dune in the world, Cerro Blanco, which stands at 2070m. Flying down the slopes with tremendous speed you are guaranteed an adrenaline rush and a thrilling experience.
The most exciting experience available near Cusco, the sport of canyoning introduces you to the beautiful countryside within the archaeological complex of Pisac while delivering an unsurpassable adrenaline rush. At Pisac a canyon cuts into the Vilcanota River valley from the NE. The gorge is 100 meters deep. This is wet, upside-down climbing on some beautifully sculpted river rocks.
Manu Biosphere Nature Reserve
Manu National Park is one of the largest natural protected areas in the world. To see biodiversity on such an unparalleled scale is such a special experience. This UNESCO world heritage site contains about 15,000 species of plants, 250 varieties of trees, 800 species of birds and 200 species of mammals, including the endangered Jaguar.
The potato is originally from Peru and the country produces more than 3000 varieties.
81% Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist 1.4%, other Christian 1% and unspecified 16.6%.
Spanish and Quechua
44.4% live below the poverty line
• Average Temperature: 10 -15°C
• Wet Season: October - March
• Dry Season: May – September
• Is a visa required?: A Visa is required to enter Peru
• Allocation of Tourist Visa: Tourist Visa is received at the airport of Origin
• Duration of Tourist visa: Lasts up to 90 days
• Cost of Tourist Visa: £20
• Tourist Visa Extension: Up to 3 months extension is possible
• Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: £20/month
• Passport validation: Must be valid for at least 6 months
• Return/onward flight ticket: Required upon entering the country.
• Confirmation of Funds: Must have a balance of £1000 to enter and must show balance on statement and mini statement on day of entry.
•For more information: Peruvian Embassy in London
• Usual International flight cost: £450 - £650
• Airport Fees/taxes: About £25
• Airport Codes: Lima (LIM), Cusco (CUZ)
• International Flights: Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity
• Domestic Flights: LAN Airlines S.A., TACA, Star Peru
• Currency: New sol
• Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards.
• Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
• Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
• Travellers Cheques: Will only be able to exchange in major cities and best to take them in Dollars.
• Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Peru the same day.
• Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required
• Malaria medication: Is required in Cusco
• See local GP: If vaccinations or medication is required see the doctor 4-6 weeks before your departure.
• Less than 4 weeks before you leave: You should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.
• Check the following for up to date information: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention