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Volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad

  • Placement location: Cusco, Puerto Maldonado
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families, Shared volunteer housing for the Conservation Project
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  • Top places to travel: Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Huascarán National Park

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Map of Peru A llama farmer and the beautiful Peruvian landscape

With an extensive Pacific coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the magnificent Andes, Peru provides an opportunity for you to experience much of what South America offers within just one country. Wildlife, beaches, historical sites and the most beautiful mountains in the Andes range are found in abundance. There are also interesting cities, full of colonial history, especially Cusco, which is an archaeological paradise.

The following projects are just some of the volunteer options available in Peru: Teaching, Conservation & Environment, Care, Sports, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Spanish Language and Incan & Wari Archaeology. These are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.

Where we are Based in Peru

Machu Picchu is Peru's most visisted site

Projects Abroad has its office in Cusco, a designated World Heritage Site located near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It was the also the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the 16th century. Cusco is popular with tourists, with incredible architecture and historical monuments, as well as stunning landscapes and a thriving culinary scene.

If you want to work in the rainforest, our Conservation & Environment project is an hour's flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a one hour boat trip up the Madre de Dios river - it's a jungle adventure just to get there!

Our Project Partners in Peru

Projects Abroad works closely with many local organisations in Peru. By developing local partnerships, we can make sure that our volunteers contribute their time and skills where it's needed most, while supporting and developing organisations that work in these communities every day. It's one of the ways we make sure our volunteers make a long-lasting positive impact.

General Information on Peru

The mysterious and magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu attracts tourists, archaeologists and historians alike. Incan ruins are everywhere; you will find they even form part of the structure for modern day buildings!

Travel and Tourism in Peru

Peru is the perfect place to immerse yourself in South American life while you're volunteering abroad. In the towns you can sample local brews like Pisco Sour or Cusquena and you may even find yourself celebrating your birthday with Cuy - guinea pig - as the main dish!

One of the well-known markets in Peru

From Cusco, it's easy to visit the world-famous Machu Picchu. You can also go rafting on the Urumbaba River or see traditional Andean theatre and dance. If you're seeking thrills of an adrenaline-driven nature, venture into the Andes, which offer some of the best mountain-climbing and trekking opportunities on the planet. Take a weekend trip to explore the enigmatic Nazca Lines, or enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca: the world's highest lake.

Puerto Maldonado is a dynamic young town, home to 25,000 people. On your days off from the Rainforest Project, as well as taking the boat back to enjoy life in a frontier town, you may have the opportunity to take a river trip to the Sandoval lake, where you can enjoy fishing, wildlife watching or just meeting with the locals.

Although Peru is a great gateway to the rest of South America, there are so many rich things to see within the country itself that you may not ever want to venture over its borders! It's a magical melting pot of different cultures, stunning scenery and bio-diversity.

Projects available in Peru

High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Peru

19+ Specials available in Peru

Projects for professionals available in Peru

Seasonal Projects in Peru

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