Volunteer in Peru, a vibrant country and ‘land of the Incas’, Peru is a must-go destination in Latin America. Immerse yourself in Andean culture. Delve into its rich ancient traditions, discover spectacular buildings, artistic wonders and diverse wildlife in the deep Amazon rainforest.

    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.


    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 east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in 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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