The third largest country in South America, Peru is known for its iconic cultural heritage – especially the renowned Machu Picchu and the remnants of the Incan Empire. Peru is a land of endless opportunities to revel in nature – from surfing the northern waters to hiking the Andes Cordillera; from trekking the Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and quick to assist and share their colorful customs.
Volunteers stay in the district of Puyllucana – a small village in the Northeastern part of Cajamarca. The scenery is stunning, the weather is enjoyable, and the locals are friendly. Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city, this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after an exciting day spent at your project.
The coastal town of Chiclayo is situated in the Northwestern region of Peru. You can easily reach Chiclayo, Peru’s fourth biggest city, by public transport which is cheap and frequent. Chiclayo offers shopping centers, a cinema, nightlife, and a vibrant, active surfing community, making it easy to meet new people and make local friends. From here you can visit the famous Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, the Tucume pyramids, and the dry forest of Algarrobos.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in the culture. Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
World Endeavors volunteers in Peru choose from projects in the following areas:
Volunteers interested in Community Development can participate in the following projects:
Eco Build Experience – Cajamarca
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!
Life for women and children in Perú is harsh and oftentimes they can barely afford daily expenses, so it is common for them to accept basic and or unhealthy living conditions such as open cooking fires, cold water showers an unsafe living conditions. This is also reflected into the communal areas such as schools, churches, clinics and common facilities.
By providing materials and helping them to repair, renovate or build their traditional Tapial mud homes or communal facilities, and using the donated labour from our participants, we are able to assist the community to achieve this aim.
Our program aims to revive traditional mud home construction, and to spread awareness of its benefits. Besides the unique look and feel, mud houses preserve warmth and cooling much more effectively than their modern concrete counterparts, and they are more appropriate for the Peruvian weather.
Programs from May to October offer the most opportunity for direct involvement with construction of mud house projects. November to April is the rainy season, which means volunteers will assist with restoration and indoor construction in the communal areas, such as schools, churches, health care facilities and community centers.
Archaeology – Cajamarca
The rural village where our headquarters is located is right next to the Apu Callac Puma, a 3,200 mts above sea level majestic mountain full of hidden archaeological mysteries. This is a great opportunity to participate in the work that local and international archaeologists do here! Be prepared to discover and study artifacts, architecture, and works of art, as well as animal bones and remains from the time of the earliest hunter gatherers and other prehistoric peoples. Your skills will be used to help us consolidate not only the millenary and Pre-Columbian identity, but also raising social self-esteem through the rational use of cultural heritage.
Experience in archaeology is required. There is an additional fee of $40 per week for this project.
Volunteers interested in Environmental Conservation can choose between the following projects:
Volunteers work with nonprofit organizations on a variety of initiatives that focus on conservation and sustainable development.
Additional details about the specific project will be released soon, so check back or contact us for more information.
Surfing & Beach Cleaning – Chiclayo
Enjoy the warm sun of Peru, catch the perfect wave and join a community beach cleaning program that will immerse you in a small fishing town. Pimentel is a great surfing destination as the weather forecasts are pleasant all year round. The perfect wave conditions attract adrenaline junkies from all over the world!
Nestled in the Pacific Ocean lies your unique opportunity to participate in an incredible surfing experience and help care for the coastal ecosystem. Through this program, you will help with the various projects of the community beach program including beach clean ups, recycling projects, swim classes for children, planting and tending gardens, painting and English classes. You'll also help a small local surf school with maintenance of their surfing equipment and office tasks. In exchange, you can surf a couple hours per day for free and even join classes at a discounted rate.
You'll volunteer two hours each morning and afternoon, lending a hand with the various community beach projects, then practice your surf skills and explore more of Peru with new friends in your free time - including the many fascinating archaeological sites surrounding Chiclayo!
This project is based in Chiclayo.
Volunteers in health education help to increase public knowledge about diseases and their prevention.
Volunteers interested in Teaching can participate in the following projects:
After School Teaching Experience – Cajamarca
Help kindergarten and primary school kids who attend our after school program in remote rural communities of Northern Peru!
As a volunteer, you will help students to complete homework and build learning skills in a variety of subjects including English, math, reading and comprehension. Our local team of teachers will help with preparation of lessons, and you might teach alone or alongside other international volunteers like yourself as a team.
You can expect to spend 4 hours each weekday at the after school program from 2-6pm, giving you free time in the mornings and evenings after dinner to explore and enjoy your time in Peru.
There is an additional fee of $40 per week for this project.
Volunteers interested in Wildlife Conservation can participate in the following projects:
Endangered Animal Sanctuary – Lambayeque, Chiclayo
Improve the lives of endangered species native to the coast and jungle of Peru, and support the important work at this sanctuary of conserving the Humboldt Penguin!
Assist in providing animal care at a private animal sanctuary open to all wildlife lovers, and especially perfect for conservationists or students of animal science or zoology. You will participate in the daily care of the animals, and support the sanctuary’s efforts in creating a safe and healthy habitat for them.
Your role will include construction work, reforestation, cleaning, as well as the preparation of food for and feeding the animals at the sanctuary.
Efforts to assist Humboldt Penguins continue, but are challenging. The Humboldt Penguins were unfortunately devastated by recent flooding, and only one penguin survived. As the sanctuary continues to assist the surviving penguin in quarantine and prepare for the possible addition of a new waddle of penguins, your help and support is greatly needed and appreciated.
This sanctuary assists many species of rescued animals, helps to halt the decline of endangered species, and spreads awareness about the issues they face. Animals at this location include, but are not limited to:
- Birds - Variable Hawks, Macaws, Wild Turkeys
- Reptiles - Turtles, Crocodiles
- Monkeys - Capuchins, Howlers, Musmukis, Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkeys
- Coatis, Kinkajous, Agouti Paca
- Andean Fox
- Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Sheep, Ostriches
This project has a minimum duration of 2 weeks.
This project is located in Lambayeque, Chiclayo and is an additional $220 per week.
Canine Veterinary Clinic – Cajamarca
Peru, as with most Latin American countries, is home to an abundance of stray dogs that are without shelter and at high risk of illness, hunger and abuse. With an estimated 30,000 stray dogs in Cajamarca, a centralized government effort to tackle dog overpopulation currently does not exist.
This program partners with a local initiative to manage community canine colonies using sustainable and humane sterilization methods. Operating in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca Veterinary Hospital, volunteers work with a skilled team of local veterinarians and vet students to provide quality veterinary care and educational services. Some of your tasks, depending on your skills and previous experience, may include:
- Conducting physical examinations
- Preparing patients for surgeries
- Helping with sutures
- Assisting veterinarians during surgeries
- Providing post-operation care and recovery
- Data collection and registration
- Scheduling procedures and coordinating logistics
- Managing fundraising and communication campaigns
- Bathing, brushing, feeding and walking the dogs
- Cleaning the cages
No previous veterinary experience is required. This project provides a valuable learning experience for anyone studying animal science, pre-veterinary or veterinary medicine, or those passionate about animals and maintaining healthy animal populations around the world.
Cajamarca is where everything started. Known as the “City of the Meeting of the Two Worlds”, Cajamarca will immerse you in Incan and pre-Incan culture while you live in a modern yet colonial city.
Over the course of our Culture Week you will have the opportunity to try various traditional, often ancient, Andean recipes and see architecture ranging from 1000 B.C. to the 1700s. You will gain first-hand insight into the history, the language, and the diversity of cultures, all while exploring the sights that make Cajamarca a gem in the Northern Andes.
Our Culture Week will prepare you for your stay in Cajamarca by giving you a brief insight into the country’s background, customs, language, culture, and history. Moreover, you will enjoy some of the must-see attractions in the area and get the chance to meet and bond with fellow participants.
CULTURE WEEK SCHEDULE
- Monday: Orientation, Peruvian culture lessons, Spanish language classes, tour of the local area, short hike to "White Crosses Hill" to the thermal baths in Banos and an optional massage
- Tuesday: Visit to Granja Porcón, a beautiful area and traditional farm with spectacular views of the Andes, followed by a picnic on the hillside
- Wednesday: Marvel at the ingenuity of Pre-Incan technologies by exploring Cumbe Mayo - perhaps the oldest man-made structure in South America, built around 1500 B.C.E. Here you will see a system of hand-carved canals that carried water over the continental divide, and at one point, sustained the inhabitants of what later became Cajamarca.
- Thursday: Tour around Cajamarca, pointing out some of the main attractions, markets, and historical points of interest including churches from the colonial era, the main square that bustles with constant activity, and the Cuarto de Rescate - "Ransom Room." It was in this site where the last Incan king Atahualpa bargained with Spanish Conquistador Pizarro unsuccessfully for his release, thus ending the Incan empire and opening the door to Spanish influence in Peru. We will also hike up to the top of Santa Apolonia Hill where there is a small church and a beautiful overlook of the entire city. Along the walk you will see some traditional artisanal market places with typical Cajamarquino materials and goods.
- Friday: Trip to Namora to visit the local guitarra workshops and the hat weaving ladies. We will then take a Tuk Tuk to Laguna San Nicolas to walk around the laguna, ride in totora boats and have lunch at El Aventurero restaurant in the afternoon.
Volunteers in Cajamarca stay in a shared volunteer house and stay in shared rooms by gender, with beautiful views of the Andes Mountain Range. Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains, all very vegetarian friendly.
In Chiclayo, accommodations are in a homestay in rooms separated by gender in a very typical Chiclayo neighborhood. Our homestay hosts are very welcoming, offering local family-style interactions and cultural exchanges. 3 meals per day are provided during the week, and 2 meals per day on the weekends. The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Peru program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 1 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Peru, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Peru||$1,790||$300|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Visa guidance and support
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel Protection with 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Re-entry Support
- Airport reception
- Shared, single gender dorm style rooms
- 3 meals per weekday and 2 meals per weekend provided
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Peru
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one. We can accommodate applications received 4 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. If your intended start date is less than 4 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.