Volunteer in the vibrant ‘Land of the Incas’ and immerse yourself in Andean culture, delve into rich Latin American traditions, discover ancient wonders and observe diverse wildlife.

    Volunteering in Peru

    In Peru, many indigenous descendants live in poverty. Thus, by supporting one of our Peruvian projects, you’ll be helping some of South America’s poorest people. Work within communities by joining an Inca jewellery-making cooperative, or support young mothers to be independent in the city of Cusco. For those with a particular interest in health provision and well-being, we have a Global health and nutrition project that helps maintain balanced diets for Andean locals that lack crop variety due to their high altitude location.

    Peru boasts incredible natural landscapes, such as the Manu Biosphere Nature Reserve, where you can participate in our Conservation project in the heart of the rainforest. This is one of the largest natural, protected areas in the world boasting more than a 1,000 species of birds. On your weekends, explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Why not add extra time 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.

    For those based in Cusco, once the capital of the Inca empire, you’ll enjoy visiting the 16th century cathedral and getting caught up in the many local fiestas. Get a taste of local cuisine and try the delicacy of roasted cuy (guinea pig). Though Cusco is a tourist hub, you will get the chance to practice Spanish and hear a range of dialects spoken by local people. If you are not a Spanish speaker, don’t worry, you can take an intensive Spanish language course before you start your project or alongside your volunteer work.

    Join Kaya in Peru and contribute to vital, ongoing projects that make a real difference to communities and the environment.


    Here are some important facts about Peru:


    • Population 30,444,999 / July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Spanish (official) 84.1%, Quechua (official) 13%, Aymara (official) 1.7%, Ashaninka 0.3%, other native languages (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages) 0.7%, other (includes foreign languages and sign language) 0.2% (2007 est.)
    • Religion – Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, none 2.9% (2007 est.)
    • Currency – Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
    • Climate – varies from tropical in the east to dry desert in the west; temperate to frigid in the Andes


    Social Work Internship with Young Mothers in Peru
    Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers
    Multimedia Internship in Peru
    Multimedia internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help while supporting biodiversity conservation
    Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Business, Communication and Tourism Track
    Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
    Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Health and Nutrition Track
    Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
    Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Social, Art and Culture Track
    Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
    Environmental Conservation Internship in Peru
    Environmental conservation internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help with scientific research
    Volunteer Support For Young Mothers In Peru
    Volunteer in Cusco and support young mothers and their children in Peru.
    Healthy Kitchens Volunteering in Peru
    Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project.
    Environmental Conservation in the Peruvian Rainforest
    Be part of a leading research programme and help with sustainable community and environmental conservation initiatives in the Peruvian rainforest.
    Inca Jewellery-Making Cooperative Marketing Project
    Volunteer in Peru on this Inca Jewellery-making cooperative marketing project and assist with promoting traditional cultural techniques and products.
    Microfinance Volunteer Placement in Peru
    If you are interested in banking, accountancy or economics why not support poorer local people by joining this Microfinance volunteer placement in Peru.
    Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes
    Come to Peru and participate in global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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