Volunteer Work, Child Care, Health Care
flexible start and end dates, year-round
A trip to Peru is on almost everyone’s bucket list – and with good reason, since few countries can compete with Peru when it comes to cultural, historical, and natural beauty. Every year, many tourists visit Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, from where they can reach the famous Machu Picchu ruins and other amazing sites within just a few hours.
Unfortunately, Peru also has its downsides, and one of them is a big difference between poor and rich and insufficient public health care. Many people with health problems and little income are left on their own. This is also true for families with disabled children. In comparison to the support that families in this situation receive in developed countries, there are hardly any therapeutic or educational options for disabled children in Peru.
However, there are some non-profit organizations in the Cusco region who provide assistance to these families. There are a few elementary schools for children with special needs and a therapy center where children receive speech and physiological therapies without having to pay an excessive amount of money. There is also a children’s home for children with special needs between the ages of 0-17, where they are provided an education, therapies, and the opportunity to grow up in the best environment possible.
Although the children suffer from a variety of disabilities, most are affected by autism or Down syndrome. If you would love children and would like to work with those who need help the most, this is your chance to show your social commitment while volunteering abroad.
Your work tasks will vary and will depend on your volunteer work placement. We place volunteers in a variety of areas according to their skills, interests, and experience.
It is important that you have a proficient level of Spanish so that you and your co-workers, as well as the children and their families, can benefit from your volunteer work. If you would like to improve your Spanish skills prior to the start of the program, book your Spanish course in Cusco with us.
As a volunteer in the elementary schools and integration project for disabled children, you will support the team with the following tasks:
- Assisting teachers during the lessons and actively support them in their work
- Attending and helping during therapy sessions
- Organizing recreational activities for the children
- Assisting in the kitchen
- Playing with the children and do sports with them
- Supervising the children
In the children’s home, tasks are very similar to what is described above (working at schools), in addition to the following tasks:
- Assisting with physiotherapy sessions
- Helping children during mealtime (possibly feeding them)
- Helping maintain and clean the facilities
If you carry out your volunteer work at the therapy center, tasks will look a little bit different. Here, you will assist the doctors and nurses during therapy sessions. These include speech therapy, physiotherapy, and other kinds of rehabilitation.
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 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 with Children with Disabilities 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$ 1,045 (minimum stay 3 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 230
Costs when living in the residence
(single room, self-catering)
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 815 (minimum stay 3 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 155
There is a donation of US$ 100 that has to be paid on site to the project, not in cash but in as a donation in kind.
Additionally, you can book:
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