Volunteer in Peru: Amazon Jungle and Machu Picchu Trek

Cusco, Peru Children & Youth Development



On this trip, you will have the chance to volunteer in the historically rich city of Cusco, nestled deep in the Andes mountains, and get a feel for the local way of life surrounded by ancient Inca ruins. Work with children, teenagers and young adults, helping them to develop and strengthen skills during daily activities such as art, sports, music, science, reading, homework, learning English, theater, and games. Participate in an invaluable cultural exchange and take away unexpected insights and lessons learned. Embark on an unparalleled trek through the Andes mountains to reach breathtaking Machu Picchu. Finally, make an unforgettable journey to the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado where you can go on hikes and boat safaris to see wild animals and pristine nature.


On this trip, you will volunteer with school children to help them develop and strengthen skills during daily activities such as art, reading, computer skills, homework, tutoring, learning English, theater, and games. Your presence with the children will also help them to learn about other cultures and see that despite our different skills, strengths, and weaknesses, we are all equal. The socio-cultural exchange is invaluable to the children’s learning and understanding of the world. You will participate in the activities based on your skill sets and experience. Everyone has something to contribute and the most important qualities required are patience, understanding and flexibility to work in a new atmosphere with an open mind to accept all possibilities.

Depending on the program's need for volunteers, your schedule will vary - your day-to-day volunteering activities will be confirmed upon arrival, and you will be provided with detailed instructions on how to reach the school.

Outside of volunteering, a few activities that you’ll take part in include:

- A tour of Cusco - former seat of the Incan Empire - as well as archaeological sites such as Saqsayhuaman, Q'enqo amphitheater, Pucapucara Red Fortress and Tambomachay, the Inca bath


- Taking an adventurous motorbike tour through the Sacred Valley

- Going white water rafting and zip lining at the Vilcanota River

- Embarking on a four-day Machu Picchu trek

- Traveling to an Amazon eco-lodge and exploring the jungle, learning about its biodiversity, and enjoying your stay in a bungalow

Field conditions

It practically goes without saying that when you visit the rainforest, you can expect to be hot. And wet. The rainy season runs from November to May, but that only means a 10 percent increase in downpours. No matter when you go, expect temperatures in the high 80s (Fahrenheit), along with significant humidity. When you visit Machu Picchu, expect a little of everything. The location of the ruins means weather is influenced by competing forces coming from the rainforest and the highlands. Within a span of hours, you can have bright sun, deep clouds or strong wind gusts.

Arrival and orientation

There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.

Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. 

Time schedule for meetings will be: 
- Inca Trail and Lares 6pm 
- Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm 
- Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm 

Bamba Experience is located at: 
Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru 
Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily 
Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342   

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your trip will take you to the city, on treks, and through the jungle. While you’re in Cusco, you will stay in a hostel with dormitory-style rooms, and while camping during your trek, you will sleep in a tent. For the nights that you’re in the jungle, you will stay in an eco-lodge.


Volunteers will stay in a hostel will volunteering.


from $729 USDper week

from $729 USDper week


What’s included

  • Donation fee to cuzco project

  • Machu picchu & taricaya reserve entrance fees

  • English-speaking guide for tours

  • Puerto maldonado amazon jungle experience 3d/2n

  • Machu picchu guided tour

  • Inca trail or lares trek to machu picchu 4d/3n

  • Full day rafting & zipline experience

  • Maras & moray 4x4 motorbike adventure

  • Cuzco afternoon city tour

  • 7 days volunteering (with briefing)

  • Meals: 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

  • 18 nights accommodations (13n hostel in cuzco, 3n camping on trek, 2n in jungle eco-lodge)

  • 2 night buses cuzco - puerto maldonado - cuzco

  • Transfer to bus station in cuzco

  • Cuzco airport pick-up & drop-off

What’s not included

  • Airfare

  • Optional machu picchu mountain hike (must be booked at least 1 week in advance)

  • Optional huayna picchu trek (must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance)

  • Tips for machu picchu trek it is customary to give tips in latin america, however it is not mandatory)

  • Tips for guides on tours

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses

  • Other meals & drinks

Start dates

Projects start every Sunday and are available year-round.

Independent travelers with an interest in Latin America choose Bamba Experience for its experience and expertise in the field. Whether you participate in a volunteer “Voluntour” program, an adventure trip and trek, a hop-on/hop-off travel package or you create a custom itinerary, you can count on Bamba Experience to support you from start to finish.

Bamba Experience is committed to making the travel experience easy so that you can enjoy every moment as you explore the world. Whether you choose to make your own schedule and plan your own route or you register for a guided tour, you can count on Bamba Experience to remove language barriers and work through the bureaucracy of developing countries to smooth your way.

The experts at Bamba Experience offer a single point of contact, where you can quickly connect with English-speaking guides. They assist with bus bookings, travel arrangements, itinerary changes and day/multi-day excursion bookings. You don’t have to be fluent in the local language when you have the personal assistance of Bamba Experience. Staff consider themselves living guidebooks, able to get you information on schedules, departure points and detailed data on destinations in moments.

The Bamba Experience is full-service, responding to your needs real time. You can ensure you spend more time traveling and less time on logistics with this group on your side.

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