Volunteer Work, Child Care
flexible start and end dates, year-round
Peru is a beautiful travel destination, where there is a lot to discover and explore. Peru has a very interesting history and a rich culture that goes back thousands of years, as well as beautiful natural sceneries.
However, there are also clear downsides in this beautiful country: Many children in Peru suffer poverty, abuse and precarious living conditions or even living on the streets. A lot of voluntary help is needed here to give children in need security, care and better prospects for the future.
This volunteer program in Peru takes place in the beautiful colonial city of Cusco, which is the starting point for excursions to the world-famous Machu Picchu. Volunteers are placed in different children’s homes for girls or boys or mixed (depending on availability). These institutions offer a refuge for children and teenagers who come from socially disadvantaged and poor families.
Many of the kids are homeless or have been abused or mistreated, while others just need a safe place to stay because they do not receive the necessary care in their parents' homes. Most of the children have had traumatic experiences that have harmed them both psychologically and physically.
In the centers, the children receive shelter, balanced meals, clothing, and medical care. The organizations also ensure that children receive education and physiologic attention. The homes are a safe place for them to stay and provide them with the opportunity to get education and gain new perspectives that set them up for a hopefully brighter future.
The best way to get to know a country is by full immersion into the everyday life off the tourist track! Our volunteer work programs in Peru are designed specifically for travellers who want to experience this multifaceted country first-hand. You should be independent, energetic, patient, and flexible while carrying out volunteer work at the children’s homes. Due to the diverse and difficult backgrounds of the children, tolerance and understanding is necessary to successfully build their trust and carry out daily activities with them.
Your tasks as a volunteer may include:
- Organizing recreational activities, such as excursions, sports, arts & crafts, etc.
- Providing homework help
- Playing games, dancing, and painting
- Helping out with light chores necessary for the day-to-day operation of the orphanages
- Building the children’s self-esteem and confidence by paying attention and listening to them
- Helping with the preparation of the meals
- Keeping the orphanage tidy and clean
- Organizing cultural events
- Support in the construction or improvement of infrastructure
Volunteers are also encouraged to be creative and to bring any of their own personal skills while working with the children and teens. New ideas are always welcome and can be discussed with your in-country volunteer coordinator.
Although volunteers are not required to have special skills or a professional background in social work or psychology, they do need to be able to work independently, have a positive attitude, maintain sensitivity when dealing with children and teens, and be patient.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
It is very important for the success of your volunteer work that you feel comfortable during your stay in Peru. We therefore offer you two different accommodation options to choose from. All our accommodations are carefully selected.
Accommodation in a single room in a Peruvian homestay with half board allows you to get to know the local cuisine and immerse yourself in everyday life. In addition, living together with the hosts gives you the opportunity to get to know the warmth of the Peruvian people, their habits and their culture. You can also share your experiences with them and continuously improve your language skills.
For volunteers who prefer to live with other volunteers or Spanish students from all over the world, we offer single rooms in a residence. The bathrooms are always shared. No meals are included, but there is a kitchen for self-catering. Internet is available.
The city is known worldwide as a starting point for adventurous hikes on the Inca Trail and for the trip to the famous Inca city and World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.
As the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is itself a World Heritage Site and in the 13th century it had already reached a size much larger than all other Inca settlements. The history of the city is very eventful and legendary - traces of it can be found everywhere in the streets and alleys: today's very pretty cityscape is shaped by the colonial architecture, but there also are impressive remains from the Inca period, such as the legendary seamless walls that can be found everywhere. You can get a deep insight into the city's history in several museums.
Today Cusco is a lot in one: tourist magnet, starting point for adventures to Machu Picchu and surroundings, as well as a beautiful modern city in a spectacular scenery - you will be amazed!
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Peru, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by our partner organization in Peru located in Cusco.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in Child Care in Peru includes:
- Single room in Homestay (half board) / in Residence (self-catering)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Peru
- English-speaking in-country support
- Orientation session in Cusco
- Escort to the volunteer place on the first day
- Handbook Peru
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information regarding suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Costs when living in a homestay
(single room, half board)
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 800 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 200
Costs when living in the residence
(single room, self-catering)
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 715 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 160
Additionally, you can book:
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