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Volunteer with Proyecto Peru

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
- Howard Thurman

Volunteering in Cusco

Proyecto Peru has an extensive network of more than 40 organisations and projects in and around Cusco. Because our volunteers are known for being responible and motivated, many projects work with us for a long time and offer the best placements available. Volunteering with Proyecto Peru offers you a chance to learn a new language, immerse in another culture, develop your career and leadership skills in an intercultural environment. And you also help the local society!

When you volunteer with Proyecto Peru, you can join the weekly fun activity as well as the weekly volunteer meetings. On these social occasions you have the possibility to exchange experiences with other volunteers and our project coordinator.

Volunteering Cusco Proyecto Peru
Proyecto Peru Volunteer Programs


Many projects ask for a small donation of which the whole amount (mostly $50) goes directly to the project itself.

From the money, the projects buy, materials needed for the project together with the volunteer; like writing materials for a school or medicins for a clinic. Sometimes it is posible to buy materials in the country where the volunteer comes from.

On request the donations are managed by Proyecto Peru. We accumulate donations until they reach an amount, that is enough for buying a long term improvement like computers, furniture or an infrastructural change at the project's location.

Volunteer Work Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 weeks availability for the volunteer work (it can be shorter but that significantly reduces the amount of possible projects).
  • Depending on the level of Spanish needed for the project, the volunteer takes Spanish classes with Proyecto Peru.
  • Accommodation with Proyecto Peru during the volunteer work.
  • Depending on the project a donation of 50 USD (once/once a month) for the project you are working in. You donate this directly to the project.

As a responsible provider, Proyecto Peru acknowledges the existence of cultural diversity and the need for good communications in the volunteer programs. We expect a responsible attitude towards the volunteer work and the project, according to our responsible volunteering responsible volunteering guidelines.

Learn more about Responsible Volunteering
Proyecto Peru Volunteering Sports Education


Volunteering in education means working on behalf of the future of the children of Peru. Proyecto Peru believes in the power of education. That's why we offer many possibilities for teaching in a in a primary or secondary public school or social project. We work with various after school and childcare projects and you can teach in an NGO having a social project that provides education to people in a difficult situation.

Social Work and Orphanage

Thinking of doing volunteer work in an orphanage or in a social project with the people who need it most? Proyecto Peru offers volunteer jobs in local orphanages in Cusco. You can also work with children in a cultural community center or Kindergarten, do an important job in a shelter for handicapped children or in a shelter for elderly people, or maybe even work in a juvenile detention to help the guys get back on track.

Social work Orphanage
Volunteer Medical

Medical and Health Care

The medical system in Peru is probably totally different than the health care system in your country. You can help as a volunteer in a medical clinic, or do your internship in a public clinic to experience the way it works in Peru. You can help as a doctors assistant or as a nurse. Depending on your experience and your Spanish level, you will be assisting the doctors in their daily work. We also work with NGO's in Cusco that are active in the field of health care. You can work in a social project, focused on avoiding and treating malnutrition among young children in the poorer areas of Cusco. Or in a health project in a village outside Cusco. And if you have a specialization in physiotherapy, you can help in a clinic with physiotherapy for handicapped children and other patients of the clinic.

The Medical Spanish course

The Medical Spanish course course will help prepare you in a medical clinic or health care project in Cusco.

Medical package

Proyecto Peru offers a special Medical Package in June and July during 4 weeks where you have classes of Spanish for medical purposes in a small group instead of individual. Besides that you will have 3 excursions in the weekends.

  • 4 weeks from June 17th - July 14th or July 15th - August 11th.
  • Specialised Medical Spanish course especially for medical students in a group of a maximum of 4 student - 15 hours a week - 3 hours a day - Monday to Friday - 60 hours total.
  • You will work in a local medical clinic - Monday to Friday during 4 weeks.
  • You stay at a homestay in a local guest family during the 4 weeks, where you get 3 meals a day, a private room and a lot of help with your Spanish.
  • One excursion is a full day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Another trip is a full weekend to Lake Titicaca where you will have a boat trip on the lake, visit different islands and sleep on one of the islands for one night.
  • And of course there is a visit to Machu Picchu. You will go on a 2 day trip by train.

See our prices for this package or contact us to book it now.

Other Areas Proyecto Peru

Marketing & Communication

Proyecto Peru also works with organizations on a staff level. NGO's and social projects are well aware that getting the funding for social projects is getting more and more difficult each year. As a non-profit organization you need to be very clear about what you do, for who, what it costs and what the results are. Good communication is crucial in these times. So help on an organizational level is really required. Do you know something about fundraising and would you like to help a local organization with that? Various non-profit projects develop new initiatives for funding like a shop for their fair trade products or a restaurant to fund the social projects. With a background in marketing or communications you can help improve the success of these initiatives and the organizations.

Management & Organization

Also with our constant work with organizations on a staff level, NGO's and social projects are well aware that obtaining the funding for social projects is getting more and more difficult each year. As a non-profit organization you need to be very clear about what you do, for who, what it costs and what the results are. This requires clear communication from management. Therefore, help on an organizational level is wanted. Do you know something about management and organization and would you like to help a local organization with that? With a background in management or communications you can help improve the success of these organizations and their initiatives.

Organization and Marketing
Dog Shelter Animal Care

Animal Care

At the animal shelter project you treat the sick dogs, feed the animals, clean the shelters, and play with them. The shelter mainly takes care of dogs that have been rescued from the streets. Our partner organization gives shelter to approximately 50 dogs that receive food and care. There are two staff currently working at the shelter on a daily basis. There is no need to have a high level of Spanish, as project managers can speak English. The only requirement is that you MUST love taking care of animals!


The founder of this exceptional project, has over 25 years of expedition guiding experience, and all his guides and staff share a passion for adventure and exploration, allowing them to become intimately familiar with nature, culture, and adventure South America. Their love for this magnificent continent has inspired their commitment to maintaining the highest standards in environmental stewardship and proper treatment of their guides and porters. They aim to contribute positively to communities and the natural surroundings on their trips, and to ensure that these beautiful places remain intact for the next generation. Their next project is to build eco domes along the Salkantay trek. It is an upscale way of travelling Salkantay, with beds and showers instead of tents and a sleeping bag. Within this project, volunteers will prepare the campsite for the lodges, construct sustainable organic vegetable gardens to feed the trekkers and teach the staff how to maintain them.

Environmental Proyecto Peru
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Website & IT Proyecto Peru

Website & IT

IT is getting more and more important for many of the NGO´s, social projects, schools and medical institutions we work with in Cusco. Many organizations in our network are looking for interns or young professionals to help them with the professionalization of their website or system management. Choose for an unconventional internship in IT with a NGO in Peru. Experience this beautiful country and the Latin American business culture, a valuable experience for the rest of your career.

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