Volunteering in Peru
Volunteer on one of Kaya’s projects in ‘The Sacred Valley’, high up in the Andes mountains. If learning about different species in their habitats is a passion of yours, we have a Conservation project in the heart of the rainforest. If you would love working within the community, join the Inca Jewellery making cooperative project or a project supporting young mothers in Cusco. For those with a particular interest in health provision and well-being, we also have a Global health and nutrition project.
In Peru, many indigenous descendants who live off the beaten tracks live in poverty. Supporting one of the projects in Peru means that you will be helping some of South America’s poorest people. Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult as many live at altitude where starchy crops grow the best and form a large part of the daily diet.
Spanish and a range of dialects are spoken by the local people and English is common in popular tourist areas. If you are not a spanish speaker, don’t worry, you can take an intensive spanish language course either before you start the project or alongside your volunteer work.
At the weekends, visit the must-see Inca citadel Machu Picchu, voted one of the new wonders of the world, and imagine life in the Inca civilisation whilst exploring the ruins. Explore Cusco, once capital of the Inca empire. Visit its decorative 16th century cathedral and get caught up in the buzzing atmosphere of local fiestas. If you want a taste of the real Peru, try the local delicacy of roasted cuy (infamous guinea pig).
The Manu Biosphere Nature Reserve, one of the largest natural protected areas in the world, is definitely worth a visit. It has more than a 1000 species of birds and you can spot wildlife from high up in canopy towers. Why not add on an extra week to your trip and travel to Trujillo near the coast where you can visit the archeological site of Chan Chan and get an idea of what life was like in the Chimú culture. For the really adventurous, have a go at Sandboarding in Huacachina, one of the best spots in the world for this activity.
Join us at Kaya and volunteer on a project in Peru, contribute towards vital ongoing projects that make a real difference to communities and the environment.