Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad
With an extensive Pacific coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the magnificent Andes, Peru provides an opportunity for you to experience much of what South America offers within just one country. Wildlife, beaches, historical sites and the most beautiful mountains in the Andes range are found in abundance. There are also interesting cities, full of colonial history, especially Cusco, which is an archaeological paradise.
The following projects are just some of the volunteer options available in Peru: Teaching, Conservation & Environment, Care, Sports, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Spanish Language and Incan & Wari Archaeology. These are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Where we are Based in Peru
Projects Abroad has its office in Cusco, a designated World Heritage Site located near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It was the also the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the 16th century. Cusco is popular with tourists, with incredible architecture and historical monuments, as well as stunning landscapes and a thriving culinary scene.
If you want to work in the rainforest, our Conservation & Environment project is an hour's flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a one hour boat trip up the Madre de Dios river - it's a jungle adventure just to get there!
Our Project Partners in Peru
Projects Abroad works closely with many local organisations in Peru. By developing local partnerships, we can make sure that our volunteers contribute their time and skills where it's needed most, while supporting and developing organisations that work in these communities every day. It's one of the ways we make sure our volunteers make a long-lasting positive impact.
General Information on Peru
Peru, which is five times the size of the UK, was shaped by the Incas and the Spanish. Hispanic and Amerindians live, for the most part, in harmony, and Spanish and Quechua are both spoken in the markets of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, as well as in Lima.
The mysterious and magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu attracts tourists, archaeologists and historians alike. Incan ruins are everywhere; you will find they even form part of the structure for modern day buildings!
Travel and Tourism in Peru
Peru is the perfect place to immerse yourself in South American life while you're volunteering abroad. In the towns you can sample local brews like Pisco Sour or Cusquena and you may even find yourself celebrating your birthday with Cuy - guinea pig - as the main dish!
From Cusco it's easy to visit the world-famous Machu Picchu. You can also go rafting on the Urumbaba River or see traditional Andean theatre and dance. If you're seeking thrills of an adrenaline-driven nature, venture into the Andes, which offer some of the best mountain-climbing and trekking opportunities on the planet. Take a weekend trip to explore the enigmatic Nazca Lines, or enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca: the world's highest lake.
Puerto Maldonado is a dynamic young town, home to 25,000 people. On your days off from the Rainforest Project, as well as taking the boat back to enjoy life in a frontier town, you may have the opportunity to take a river trip to the Sandoval lake, where you can enjoy fishing, wildlife watching or just meeting with the locals.
Although Peru is a great gateway to the rest of South America, there are so many rich things to see within the country itself that you may not ever want to venture over its borders! It's a magical melting pot of different cultures, stunning scenery and bio-diversity.
Projects available in Peru
Volunteer alongside archaeological experts in Peru's Sacred Valley. You will gain hands-on experience in a range of archaeological and historical work areas and help with local community projects.
Volunteer in the city of Cusco and help to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children and the elderly. Volunteers work in day care centres, special needs schools or kindergartens.
Volunteer in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest on animal protection and sustainable agricultural projects. Collect data from the highest canopy walk in South America surrounded by monkeys, macaws, butterflies and many other incredible species.
Students on this Dentistry Elective placement will be based in the city of Cusco. You will be assigned a supervising dentist who will act as your mentor throughout your internship.
Peru is a fascinating country and if you choose to take your Medicine Elective here you are sure to have an unforgettable and valuable experience. As an intern, you will build on your existing knowledge of medicine, while exploring a different country.
Our Nursing programme in Peru is based in the World-Heritage city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. As a volunteer, you will gain worthwhile experience in one of our partner hospitals.
Work alongside local staff at health centres and clinics in and around Cusco. Dentistry volunteers in Peru play an important role in raising awareness about dental hygiene.
Volunteers in Peru can work in a hospital, health centre or children s rehabilitation centre in the World-Heritage city of Cusco. You can work in a variety of different medical departments.
Volunteer in the maternity unit of a large hospital or a public health centre in Cusco. You will have the opportunity to observe pre-natal consultancies, births and caesarean sections.
As a Nursing volunteer in the vibrant city of Cusco, you will benefit from the guidance and knowledge of experienced local medical staff, while making a difference in local communities.
If you are looking for an exciting yet worthwhile Nutrition placement then a volunteer project in Peru may be right for you. You will receive guidance and support from our partner organisations.
Volunteers work with partner organisations in Peru to train students, organise fitness sessions, coach advanced football skills to teenagers or run basketball competitions.
Volunteer as a sports coach in Cusco, Peru. You will work alongside a local PE teacher, encouraging school children to get involved in a range of sporting activities.
Based in and around Cusco, our volunteer Teaching placements in Peru aim to improve the conversational and written English abilities of local students. We also run a teacher training programme during the summer holidays.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Quechua language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular volunteer placement. Learning a language is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Peru
Volunteer on this High School Special and work on a wide variety of activities aimed at improving the conditions of a community in Peru. Your work will include teaching children and helping with renovating and painting.
Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, volunteers participate in a conservation project to protect and preserve rare plant and animal species. Your tasks include wildlife observations, night observation walks and more.
Work alongside experts and explore the fascinating history of the Incan and Wari civilisations on our Archaeology project based in Pikillaqta National Park. Volunteers help with excavating, cataloguing artefacts and more.
19+ Specials available in Peru
Join our Care & Community project in Peru, where volunteers are needed in care centres to work alongside supervisors and teachers, and offer daily support to the local children.
Volunteer in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and contribute to ongoing conservation work in Peru. You'll take part in a diverse range of activities from biodiversity studies to bird tagging.
Projects for professionals available in Peru
On this project, you will be volunteering on one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Professional volunteers are required to organise fieldwork projects and to assist local staff.
Professional volunteers provide important advice about nutrition and focus on helping to alleviate the chronic malnutrition of children in rural communities in Peru.
This voluntary medical project helps treat patients in hospitals in and around Cusco. There are simply not enough doctors in many institutions which means professional volunteer help is greatly needed.
As a professional volunteer on this project you will be based in hospitals and clinics in and around Cusco. Local staff will benefit from your expertise in caring for pregnant women and babies.
There is a huge demand for medical care in Peru. As a Projects Abroad professional volunteer, you can help ease the workload of local staff, treating patients and training staff.
Experienced volunteers on this project will work at a primary or secondary school in Cusco. Your main role will include working with local teachers to come up with ideas for creative and interesting lessons.
On this voluntary Teaching project, you will be working in the town of Cusco. You will help with teaching sports to children from a local secondary school.
This project helps to provide training for English language teachers in Cusco, Peru. As a volunteer on this project, you will conduct workshops and exchange ideas.
Volunteers on this project work at a rescue centre, alongside a qualified vet. With your experience and skills, you will be involved in doing regular checks on the animals, helping stabilise and treat any new animals, and more.