Volunteering in Peru
Making a difference to Peruvians original communities, the amazing Amazon Jungle and its wildlife
Why volunteer in Peru?
Peru is one of the world’s greatest centres for ancient civilization having hosted the well known Inca Empire who left behind one of the richest collections of architecture, metallurgy, ceramics and textiles known to man! The ancient 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a must for everyone travelling to Peru and we promise you won’t be disappointed once you discover this new Wonder of the World.
But this stunning country is much more than its history and culture: it’s one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world and hosts very diverse geography, climates, and cultures which includes the beautiful Pacific coastline, the amazing Andes Mountains, the iconic Titicaca Lake and the lush Amazon Jungle! Its internationally recognized gastronomy certainly deserves a special mention since each region boasts its own original dishes with unique flavours.
Whether you are looking to volunteer in the world famous city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the Andes Mountains or dive deep in a more off the grid adventure in rural communities or in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, Volunteer Encounter Peru has just what you are looking for!
Are you ready for an adventure in this enigmatic South American country?
For about four weeks, I volunteered inside the Amazon Jungle. Pretty much all I have to say is that this was hands down one of the best times of my life! The jungle is incredible. We did reforestation work like planting trees and removing invasive species. As well as other necessary jobs like clearing trails for researchers and reestablishing the eating and hang out area when needed. We had the opportunity to go into town to teach English to the kids several times and that was a big highlight for me as well! I definitely recommend this program for anyone looking to do amazing work and see amazing things!
Peru Volunteer Destinations
With stunning landscapes, centuries of rich history, vibrant cultures and iconic destinations, there is no better place to make a difference towards community empowerment and conservation!
This former Spanish colony that gained its independence in 1824 is the 3rd largest county in South America and one of the most diverse with geography that includes the Pacific coastline, the Andes Mountains and the Amazon forest, as well as very developed and cosmopolitan cities.
It is home to about 32.000.000 people and although Spanish is the official language, many indigenous languages such as Quechua and Aymara are widely spoken.
This democratic republic is considered an emergent market and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies!
- The ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu (rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911) was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 together with the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Chichen-Itzá, the Colosseum and Petra.
- Peru hosts the famous and mysterious Nazca lines that are over 70 giant human and animal geoglyphs that are better seen from the air.
- Pisco Sour, the national Peruvian drink made from grape brandy and mixed with lemons, sugar water, egg whites, ice and finished with bitters is also considered the national drink in Chile and there’s a rivalry between both countries about who invented it.
- Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world with an elevation of 11,436 feet, and there in the Uro´s Islands, one can find Quechua communities living in floating grass islands.
- The Amazon River is the longest river in the world and it starts in Peru!
- The coca plant has many healthy uses in Peru and has been used for thousands of years as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst and they are particularly effective against altitude sickness.
Peru Volunteer Projects
Amazon Jungle Conservation & Reforestation
Get ready to make a difference towards conservation in a unique ecosystem known as the “Lungs of the Planet”, the Amazon Rainforest to ensure the survival of species constantly under threat
Location: Amazon Jungle
Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
Andean Indigenous Communities Immersion
Get ready for an authentic immersion experience while living and working with an authentic Quechua Speaking community and gaining a unique insight into traditional social and organization structures. You´ll help by caring for animals and livestock, agricultural work, weaving, creating textiles, preparing traditional foods, construction projects, and working with children at the local school.
Location: Andes Mountains (30 – 60 min from Cusco)
Duration: 1 – 12 weeks
Building & Construction
Get ready to make a difference in community development by helping to create infrastructures such as housing, schools, churches, and community centres.
Duration: 1 – 12 weeks
Highlights & Excursions
Peru offers something for everyone! Whether you are looking for culture and history, adrenaline activities, relaxing times by the beach, trekkings, amazing food and drinks or chilling by the beach, there´s something for every type of traveller!
Take a guided tour to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and discover a truly unique place.
Tour of the Sacred Valley
Visit Pisac and its famous artisanal market and ruins and experience the fortress town of Ollantaytambo.
Travel further to the highest navigable lake in the world and visit the the man-made Floating Uros Islands and its inhabitants there.
Half day City Tour of Cusco
Explore the centre of the Ancient Inca Empire while visiting Q’oricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, Cusco’s 15th century, cathedral and the ancient ruins of the city.
Maras & Moray
Be amazed by the archaeological site of Moray where you´ll see enormous natural depressions that cause micro-climates used as irrigated farming terraces, and explore the famous salt mines at Maras.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Peru safe to visit?
Peru is generally very safe, especially when you are on an organized trip, taking part in tourist activities.
We take our volunteer’s safety very seriously and we´ll give an in-depth induction upon arrival. Please check our Safety Tips as well.
What is the weather/climate in Peru?
Weather as well as altitude can change depending on your location since it’s not the same if you are based in the Amazon or Cusco.
Cusco is placed at 3,326 m (11,200 ft) so temperatures there range between a low of 1°C (34°F) at night to a high of 21°C (70°F) during the day, so bring layers! ‘Green season’ is from November to April, and ‘dry season’ is from May to October with June being the coldest month of the year.
If participating in the jungle conservation project you can expect a more humid and tropical climate with temperature and rainfall relatively constant throughout the year. Rainfalls increase slightly between March and May and decrease between June and August. Temperatures can be as high as of 32°C (91°F) during the day and as low as 22°C (71°F) at night.
What is the currency in Peru?
The Peruvian currency is the New Sol, but U.S. dollars are accepted in all places of business.
It is fairly easy to exchange other currencies and ATMs are also available throughout the country.
MasterCard & Visa are usually accepted.
Which Electrical Plugs are used in Peru?
There are two types of plugs in Peru
- Two flat parallel prongs, both prongs being the same shape and size. Note: in the USA, the Type A plug often has one prong slightly wider than the other, which will not work in Peru (you will need a basic adapter).
- Two round prongs (used in much of Europe, but not in the UK or Ireland)
The supply voltage in Peru is 220 volts at 60 hertz so before you plugging in any appliance make sure it can handle it.
What is the language in Peru?
The official languages are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Please contact us if you wish to add some Spanish lessons during your volunteer programme to make the most of it!
What should stay in your hand luggage when travelling?
All valuables should be kept in your hand luggage, not left in your checked bags.
Is the tap water drinkable?
Tap water in Peru is not potable. Drinking water will be provided for you in your accommodations, and bottled water is easily purchased throughout Peru.
Hot water for showering is not available at the jungle project site.
Know Before You Go
Code of Conduct
Volunteering Safety Tips
- Petty theft is the most common problem in Peru.
- Be sure to keep track of your belongings at all times.
- Keep your belongings on your lap while riding the bus.
- Do not accept drinks from strangers.
- Use busy and well-lit streets when walking and never walk alone after dark.
- Only use official taxis and public buses.
- Keep small change in your pockets and hide large bills.
- Be vigilant when using an ATM.
- Never count your money on the street or in public.
- Take special care with your camera, laptop, jewellery, purse, and electronics.
- Save your project manager’s number on your phone and make sure to provide us with a copy of your emergency contact person at home.
We will review safety again in detail during your orientation.
Please consult with your private physician or doctor in regards to what immunizations or vaccinations are needed.
Hepatitis A&B: Recommended
Malaria: We advise you to bring an ample supply of anti-malarial tablets only if joining our Jungle Conservation Project in the Amazon. Cusco and the Andes are malaria-free areas,
Yellow Fever: Peru is NOT at risk to yellow fever.
Routine vaccinations including measles.