Travel to South America with people from around the world, and volunteer with children in Peru as a group. Together, you’ll help local teachers and caregivers at schools or childcare centres. You’ll do this by supporting early childhood development. This is a great way to work with others to make a difference, and travel safely at the same time.
In Peru, your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to help children. You’ll teach important early childhood skills by doing educational, creative, and fun activities. This could be something like playing a ball game to improve hand-eye coordination. Your team will also do renovation work designed to improve the children’s learning environments, like painting a classroom or building furniture.
You’ll live and work in Cusco with your group, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, we’ll organise social and cultural events for you to enjoy, along with an exciting weekend trip to Machu Picchu. You’ll have Projects Abroad staff by your side constantly.
We currently don’t have any available dates for this project. Contact us on 021 234 8002 to discuss future dates or alternative projects.
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged over 18 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
Your team will work at schools or childcare centres, and sometimes at elderly care centres. The rest of your time will be taken up by renovation work. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Work with children and help them learn important early childhood skills
- Help create educational materials for your placements
- Help care for senior citizens on visits to elderly care centres
- Help with general community work to improve placement environments
- Explore and experience Cusco and its surrounds with your group
You work will be divided into four main categories:
Working at schools or children’s care centres
Your team’s main role will be to support local teachers and caregivers at your placement. You’ll focus on helping them teach vital early childhood skills. You can do this by using games, songs, and arts and crafts with younger children.
If you’re working with older children, you’ll help students improve literacy, numeracy, and English. You’ll do this through educational activities, reading, and games. You should also encourage the children you work with to practice speaking English to you as much as possible.
Another part of your role involves encouraging children to practice good hygiene each day. You’ll help make sure that they wash their hands before meals, and brush their teeth properly. You’ll also help with creating educational materials such as flash cards. This is important work, as the school or care centre can continue using them long after you’ve left.
Working with the elderly
In Peru, we’ve also set aside time for your group to work at our partner elderly care centres. Your role here will be to support staff with general care, and provide senior citizens with companionship. Spend some time playing board games, accompanying them on walks, and just chatting.
Assist with community projects
A big part of our work to support education in Peru involves improving learning environments. The community volunteer work you do with a group in Peru depends on the community’s needs at the time. It could include painting or building things such as furniture or a greenhouse. Be ready to get your hands dirty and help wherever you are needed!
This is a wonderful way to give back as a group. In the short time you’re in Peru together, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot and create something that will benefit your placement for years to come.
When you aren’t working, you will be exploring Peru with your fellow volunteers. You will go on several tours of popular attractions, visit markets and, of course, make your way to the legendary Machu Picchu. Our Projects Abroad staff will be there to support and guide you throughout your stay in Cusco.
Where will I be working?
Your team will live and work in Cusco, Peru. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. A gateway to nearby attractions, Cusco is an ideal base from which to explore and experience the wonders and beauty of Peru. This is also where the Projects Abroad Peru offices are based.
Together, you’ll work in schools, care centres, or elderly care centres. Most of the children are from disadvantaged families, and their parents often have to work long hours to support their families. The placements also have limited funds, meaning that they don’t always have the resources you may be used to seeing at home.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.