9 Volunteer programs in Peru

In Peru we have 9 Volunteering, Internships and Experience Programs available including Kindergarten, Teaching, Spanish Classes, Special Needs Care and a Surfing Experience. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs. You can join from a short term 1 week program up to 12 weeks.

Location: Cajamarca, Peru
Start Dates 2019 : 7 January, 21 January, 4 February, 18 February, 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June, 17 June, 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 16 December
ArrivalMayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA) on Sunday
Duration: 1-12 weeks
Age: Join from 18 years old

about the programs in Peru

We are delighted that you are looking into doing a volunteer program in Peru. Doing a volunteer program in Peru is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people.

We see volunteering and meaningful travel as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills. We aim to provide life changing volunteer & travel experiences for individuals looking to take part in placements during a volunteer abroad experience, gap year, career break or a meaning trip abroad.

You need to arrive on Sunday before the start date of the program at Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation.

You can join the program from 1 to 12 weeks. We have several projects available in Peru available and you can build your own program from the different projects from a short term 1 week to 2 weeks program up to 12 weeks.

Requirements

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate
  • You need to have your own travel insurance in order to join the program
  • Participants need to be in good health
  • As this is a cross-cultural program it is important to be flexible and open to local customs and traditions
  • All participants must have a clean criminal background check and present it to the coordinator upon arrival

Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our the team of local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.

Location

Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire.

You will be staying in the Los Baños del Inca district found in the east of Cajamarca. Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city (Capital and largest city of Peru’s Cajamarca Region, enriched in culture and history), this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after a day out.

Accommodation & Meals

You will be staying in a volunteer accommodation. You will stay in a single gender shared room together with other participants. 

There are 3 meals included from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends.

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volunteer programs in Peru

You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project or experience you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own program in Peru. You can start the regular projects from 1 week.

Here are the programs in Peru :

Culture Week in Cajamarca

Immerse yourself in northern Peruvian culture and have a breathtaking week at the same time with this introductory program. You will be introduced to the traditions of Northern Peru, visit some of the highlights, try some local dishes, and learn some basic Spanish phrases to help you feel at ease during your time here. All in all – this is a great kickstart for your time in Peru!

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Teaching Experience in Cajamarca

Assist as a teacher of various exciting subjects to primary or secondary schools in rural areas of Northern Peru. Your main objective will be to assist a local Peruvian teacher in their class. The flexible setup of this program allows you to assist the teacher in not just formal school subjects, but also other fun and active extra-curricular activities!

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Kindergarten Experience in Cajamarca

Get up close and personal with the local pre-schoolers of rural Peru and help out with daily activities around their kindergarten. Aside from helping out in the day-to-day operations you will also be asked to teach the children English through fun activities and make their learning experience enjoyable and beneficial. The children are between 2-4 years old and are eager to learn and interact with you!

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Special Needs Care in Cajamarca

Help out at a local children’s home in Peru and be a part of improving the lives of the physically and mentally disabled. This program is for those looking to assist this special needs center in a variety of ways. You will be part of daily therapy sessions, helping the local staff with disabled care, and interacting with these special children. After this program you are sure to gain a new appreciation for life and caring for others!

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Spanish Language Classes in Cajamarca

Our classes are a great way to learn Spanish and immerse yourself in the local culture, lifestyle and cuisine of Peru. Learning a language has never been so fun. This program gives you the chance to bond and participate with your fellow classmates in a positive learning environment designed to give you individual help from our teachers. These classes will improve your Spanish allowing you to easily spend your time in local Peru.

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Eco Build Experience in Shaullo Grande

Help improve living standards for local families by providing eco friendly maintenance, renovation or construction, of their mud homes and community facilities. Even if you have never built anything before, you can learn, as you participate in our program which will use eco friendly Tapial or Rammed Earth construction methods. This green building project is good for the environment and good for the people who will get to use it. You’ll immerse yourself in Peruvian culture in a very unique way!

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Endangered Animal Sanctuary in Lambayeque (Chiclayo)

Improve the lives of endangered species native to the coast and jungle of Peru. Support the good works at the centre that supports the Humboldt Penguins. Take part in activities that will help build and maintain safe habitats for vulnerable animals and stop a further decline in their numbers. Efforts to assist Humboldt Penguins continue, but are challenging. Your ongoing help is needed! The energy you put in, will truly help many endangered animals out!

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Surfing Experience in Pimentel (Chiclayo)

Enjoy the sandy beaches of Peru, riding the perfect waves of the nearby coast while playing a part in the wildlife bird reserve that will host you. You can find many surfing programs in Peru, but our Surfing program is more than that. It is a program designed not only for you to enjoy the perfect waves of the Pacific coast but being hosted by a wildlife reserve you’ll also get to support the conservation of its endangered animals and ecosystems.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the program in peru

Prices in Pounds
1 week :  465 Pounds
2 weeks : 665 Pounds
3 weeks : 865 Pounds
4 weeks : 1065 Pounds

Prices in US$
1 week :  695 US$
2 weeks : 895 US$
3 weeks : 1095 US$
4 weeks : 1295 US$

Prices in Euro
1 week :  495 Euro
2 weeks : 695 Euro
3 weeks : 895 Euro
4 weeks : 1095 Euro

* There is an extra cost of £155/US$195/€175 for the eco build, animal sanctuary & surfing

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, 4% international banking fee

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest & Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £35/US$45/€40.

Combine Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second location/country.

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again and they get a discount on their program of £35/US$45/€40.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.