Two-Week Volunteer Abroad Program in Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $1025 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 5 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older

Description

Overview

Cusco, Peru, a World Heritage site, is visited by nearly two million tourists seeking to explore the its world famous archaeological treasures every year. Can you imagine having that wonderful experience while having the opportunity to positively impact the underprivileged community who call Cusco their home. In this one-of-a-kind project, Volunteering Solutions has made it possible to do both. This project is a winning combination of special volunteer programs with children by week and weekend excursions to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, one of the most historic and cultural sites in Cusco.

Volunteer Program Schedule

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival at Cusco International Airport

Day 2 (Monday): Orientation at the Volunteering Solutions Office

You will receive the orientation early in the morning and have the rest of the day to explore the city.

Days 3 to 11: Intercultural Projects/Rural Nursery School Placement

As a volunteer, you will be placed in a rural nursery school where there is just 1 teacher for 30 little kids between 3 and 5 years old. For the duration of this two-week project, you will be volunteering Monday to Friday for 4 hours daily. Teachers and staff will welcome your assistance in keeping the children engaged and with other operational tasks. Extra hands, hearts, and minds will allow children not accustomed to getting individual attention to receive care, love, and special attention.

Day 6 to 7 (Saturday & Sunday): Free Day to Explore Cusco

You will have the weekend off to the explore the beautiful city of Cusco by yourself. You will need to get the Cusco Visitors Ticket at the local government office in order to visit museums, cultural centers, small ruins, and Cusco festivities (festivals are moveable).

Day 12 (Thursday): Sacred Valley Tour with Connection through Aguas Calientes (Principal Access Point to Machu Picchu)

Discover the Sacred valley of the Incas! You will go on a guided tour to visit the beauty of Pisaq, the Ollantaytambo ruins, and small surrounding towns. You will have lunch in a traditional Inca restaurant. Then, you’ll take the train at Ollantaytambo, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, and rest up for your day at Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Day 13 (Friday): Full Day Tour of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos; where we feel our fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies in the epicenter of the great circle of life.”

This quote from Pablo Nereuda’s The Heights of Machu Picchu says it all, and why so many many people flock here every year.

Early in the morning, you will depart Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu Sanctuary; it is only a 15 minute bus ride. Your guided tour of the sanctuary will last for approximately 2 hours, then you will be free to explore Machu Picchu on your own or with other volunteers (your new friends by now). You will return to Cusco around midnight.

Day 14 Saturday: Farewell, Cusco!

This will be your last morning at your home stay and your chance to thank your host family for welcoming you into their home and lives. You can spend your last day shopping for souvenirs, seeing some more sites, or preparing for your journey home.

Important Notes:

1) Cusco is a very Catholic city, so there will be local festivals during the month of May until the second of July.

2) All volunteers for this 2 Week Special must e-mail (peru@volunteeringsolutions.com) copies of their passports and ISIC Cards as soon as the placement details are received.

3) Visitor entrance tickets for the Sacred Valley tour are not included in the program fee.

Arrival and Orientation

You will be greeted at the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative, and transported to your accommodations. Volunteers who arrive by car or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point coordinated beforehand or at the bus station.

A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff at the Volunteering Solutions office. During the welcome orientation, staff will cover: important cultural considerations; key locations; getting around in Cusco; safety concerns; and information about volunteer placements.

Accommodations

Volunteers are placed with local host families. By staying with a host family, you will experience the local culture, customs, and Peruvian way of living. Living with a typical Peruvian family is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture and improve your Spanish. Volunteers share bedrooms with other volunteers. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, and most host family homes have 2 bathrooms with hot showers. Some houses have WiFi and cable TV.

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetables or salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc.

Here is a typical meal schedule:

Breakfast - 07:00 am to 08:00 am

Lunch - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm ( Lunch will be eaten at the placement site on volunteer days.)

Dinner - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Field Conditions

Volunteers will be working in rural nursery schools where the teacher- to-child ratio is just 1 teacher for 30 little kids, between 3 and 5 years old.

Cusco is located in southeastern Peru. Considered a World Heritage site, Cusco is visited by nearly two millions people annually who come to explore its archaeological treasures.

Cusco has a subtropical highland climate with a dry season from May to August, and a wet season that lasts from December to March. Cusco is generally considered dry and temperate, with temperatures usually ranging from 32.4 to 69.6 °F. Layers of clothing are recommended so that you can adjust to variations in temperatures throughout the day; the temperature drops considerably at night.

Your Impact

These social projects aid the development of the poorest families in the Cusco population, mostly in poor rural areas and marginalized urban areas. The larger mission of this work is to help these families attain better living conditions and education for their children.

With a deficit of teachers, volunteers fill an important void in rural nursery schools, and staff have come to rely on their support. Volunteers work Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day. Teachers and staff welcome your assistance, enthusiasm, and insights. Extra hands, hearts, and minds will allow children not accustomed to getting individual attention to receive care, love, and special attention.

Location

Cusco, Peru
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Cusco, Peru

    Volunteers will be working in nursery schools.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Cusco, Peru

    Volunteers will be staying with a host family.

  • Nearest Airport
    Alejandro Velasco Astete International aka Cusco Airport (CUZ), Cusco

Cost

<p>The cost includes a $250 application fee. Each week after 2 weeks is an extra $175.</p>

2 Weeks
5 Weeks
2 Weeks

$1025 USD

What’s Included

  • Double room (shared room) in a hostel in Machu Picchu Pueblo

  • 1 bus ticket to Machu Picchu Sanctuary

  • Tour in Machu Picchu Sanctuary

  • Trip to Sacred Valley and Connection to Machu Picchu

  • 3 meals a day from Monday to Saturday

  • Project placement

  • Accommodation

  • Program orientation

  • Airport pick up from Cusco airport

  • Assistance from support staff and in-country program coordinator

  • Pre-departure guide

What’s Not Included

  • Taxi from Cusco downtown to home stay when you back from Machu Picchu

  • 1 bus ticket from Machu Picchu Sanctuary to Machu Pichu Pueblo

  • Lunch during the tours in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

  • Local transportation to and from program location

  • Drop off to Cusco airport

  • Visitors entrance tickets for the Sacred Valley tour

  • Private/single bedroom in a hostel

  • Meals during tours

  • Meals on Sundays

  • Visa fees

  • Vaccinations

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Sundays year round.

Organization

Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)

Laurine

Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...
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Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more

Ruud

Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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