Volunteer Programs in Peru
Locations for Volunteers in Peru: Arequipa, Cusco and Iquitos
Travel to this fascinating and diverse country in Latin America: Volunteering in Peru is a unique experience, and our prices are among the cheapest. You can volunteer as a teacher and give English lessons, like Marco Fiorito from Italy, who traveled to the Amazon region near Iquitos, and took home unforgettable memories with his open-minded students. Another highlight is the Andean Immersion, where you will get to know the life of the villagers high in the Andes near Cusco. In addition, there is the possibility to look after and teach children in a rural "Kindergarten", as well as to participate in construction projects and renovations. One of the most popular programs are medical internships, also possible in the three cities of Cusco, Arequipa or Iquitos, and in Cusco there is a dental program for volunteers.
We offer volunteer programs at 3 different stunning locations for you to volunteer in Peru: Arequipa, Cusco, or Iquitos.
Arequipa is Peru’s ashlar white stone city; it is awash with snow-capped mountains, volcanoes including the famous El Misti, deep canyons such as Cotahuasi and Colca, small coves and beaches.
Cusco is the home of the Incas and the archaeological capital of the Americas. Cusco is a cosmopolitan city, yet you shouldn’t be surprised to see a pet llama; it is the gateway to sacred valley and Machu Pichu, and is steeped in rich heritage.
Iquitos is the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Forests grow on white sands and are home to an extremely diverse array of flora and fauna.
Volunteering in Peru - Programs
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers working with us in Peru are placed either into host families or at a volunteer residence depending on the project. Three meals a day are provided from Mondays through Saturdays (breakfast & lunch are full meals, dinner is light).
Start & Duration
Projects in Peru start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Participants on our volunteer in Brazil programs should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks
Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
To enroll in our volunteer in Peru programs it is important that you have a grasp of the basics of the Spanish language; in order to be able to communicate with the local people, the other staff/ patients/ children. We offer a week of Spanish lessons on arrival, it is highly recommended that you take at least these 20 hours before you start with the volunteering. Once you speak enough Spanish to communicate with the people, you will start work in your program for at least one more week. If you already know Spanish, or would like to take more than one week of classes, that can be easily arranged with your program coordinator.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
Volunteering in Peru: some of the most affordable Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee*
What is included in the program fee?
- Airport Pickup in the volunteer location
- Accommodation for all projects (shared rooms in home-stays or volunteer residence)
- 3 meals per day from Monday to Saturday
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. These programs are the most affordable to volunteer in Peru.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Peru programs normally find US$ 70 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country during the orientation only (credit cards accepted).
*Refundable up to 60 days before the program start date according to our Terms & Conditions
Construction & Renovation
Project requires an extra cost of $45 per each week. This extra cost will go towards purchasing basic supplies, for example brooms, paints and paint brushes. The construction project is for a minimum of 5 participants arriving together.
Medical and Dental Volunteer Programs in Cusco
Require an administrative fee of $100 for 1 week to 4 weeks, $200 for 5 weeks to 8 weeks, $300 for 9 to 12weeks. This is a mandatory requirement to place a volunteer in Cusco volunteer project and is added to the Program Fee invoice.
Very important information: The weather in Amazon is unpredictable. There will be some activities that are not viable under harsh weather conditions so Iko Poran reserves the right to change the activities described previously at the discretion of the in country Coordinator, based on safety/weather operational considerations.
Volunteers in Arequipa and Cusco should also be aware of the altitude. Altitude sickness is common, and it often takes a few days to acclimatize.