As part of community work in Peru, Projects Abroad volunteers between 18 and 25 help children in the classroom.

Volunteer with Children in Peru as a Group

Team up with a group and support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

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.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates throughout the year

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Cusco (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 18 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is childcare volunteering in Peru for groups right for me?

This project is the perfect fit if you enjoy working with kids and want to team up with other people to support a local community. At the same time, you’ll be able to explore a South American country together. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. And best of all, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to improve early childhood education in Peru.


You don’t have to worry about organising anything in Peru, as you’ll follow an itinerary. From the moment you arrive at the airport in Cusco, we’ll plan everything. You’ll have a full schedule of volunteer work, cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip to Machu Picchu. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be there for you.


Joining a group trip like this can also benefit you. A Childcare & Community Work programme is a great way to gain practical childcare or teaching experience. This could help your future career, and it will give you interesting points to talk about in applications or interviews. In addition, you’ll develop personal skills like planning and communication, which you can apply to any career you pursue. And we strongly recommend taking the opportunity to learn or practice some Spanish!  


You don’t need to previous experience to join. You’ll support local teachers and caregivers, and Projects Abroad staff will also be there to help and guide you at all times. 


Our Childcare & Community Work Team Trip in Peru runs over fixed dates at different times of the year. You can choose the dates that best fit your schedule.

Projects Abroad volunteers on a group trip doing community work in Peru relax at their placement during free time.

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.


Experience Peru


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?

Cusco

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.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aim of this project is to bring like-minded people together to help support local teachers and caregivers in disadvantaged areas.


In Peru, many of the placements we work with are understaffed and overcrowded. There are large numbers of children in each class, and teachers and caregivers need extra pairs of hands. With your team’s help, we can make sure each child learns the skills they need to thrive. We also work with elderly care centres, where staff often have their hands too full to give each senior the companionship they need. 


By doing community volunteer work in Peru with a group, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support local people. We’re working toward specific goals in Peru. These include promoting early childhood development, increasing numeracy and literacy, and raising English levels. We also help the community through renovation work, doing painting and building work that meets their needs. 


Join us on a Childcare & Community Work Team Trip in Peru and help us give local disadvantaged communities the support they need.

Projects Abroad volunteers on a group trip doing community work in Peru make children laugh during a fun activity in the classroom.

Management Plans

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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Cusco. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.