Volunteer in Peru!

Join thousands of volunteers making a significant difference with their lives!

  • Experience the joy of knowing someone else's life has been improved because YOU were there.
  • Partner with others who understand that a better world begins with changing a single life.
  • Starting at $209, ours are the most affordable volunteer-abroad programs available worldwide.
  • Your safety is always our priority… every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted
  • Contribute in the most meaningful way possible by volunteering in one of our many life-changing projects.
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Welcome to Volunteer in Peru

Do you want to experience cultural immersion in South America? Would you like to do so affordably while volunteering abroad? Consider volunteering in Peru for an experience you'll remember always.

Peru is a magnificent, historically rich country filled with natural and cultural treasures. Visit the ruins of Machu Picchu and Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon.  Discover the indigenous Uro, who live on floating islands made of reeds on Lake Titicaca. Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu, and Lima, the country capital, are known for their spectacular food.

Despite having made significant strides in combating poverty in the past decades, Peru's poverty rate is beginning to rise again, especially in Lima. Slowing economic growth, combined with political disruption are having an effect. Natural disasters, including earthquakes and floods, are perennial problems due to the country's location and geography. Extreme income inequality, especially between urban and rural populations, also contributes to poverty in the country. Children suffer the most.

Today, Peru needs volunteers more than ever.

You can help when you join a volunteer program in Peru. Work in an orphanage, with street children, teach English, or in medical or dental care.

Expand your world view and be personally enriched while helping improve the lives of children and families in Peru.

Request information about volunteering in Peru and choose a program that sparks your passion!

Volunteer in Peru Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs such as summer volunteer travel (4 weeks), mini volunteer travel (2 weeks), hands on medical camp, family volunteering, among others, to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Peru

All volunteer programs in Peru start at the beginning of each week. Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.

All volunteer work in Peru options are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.

Prices: Volunteer in Peru

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Peru. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Peru application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Duration Orphanage/ Teaching/ Street Children Medical/Dental project
  1 Week   $209   $259
  2 Weeks   $343   $418
  3 Weeks   $427   $577
  4 Weeks   $511   $686
  5 Weeks   $620   $795
  6 Weeks   $704   $904
  7 Weeks   $788   $1,013
  8 Weeks   $872   $1,122
  9 Weeks   $981   $1,231
  10 Weeks   $1,065   $1,340
  11 Weeks   $1,149   $1,449
  12 Weeks   $1,233   $1,558
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering overseas in Peru program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Peru

In Global Crossroad's volunteering work in Peru programs, weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions . Food and drinks outside of meal times are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

If volunteering overseas in Peru and working in Cusco, you will stay with well-screened and respected host family or in a hostel. Each host family is socially respected and already has experience hosting international volunteers. Host families offer a safe home and shared bathroom facilities with running water and a "western" style toilet. You can to do their own laundry at the house or the host family may offer to wash it for a small fee . Your host family will prepare three meals a day for you that are typical to Peru. If you will be out of the house during lunch, you can ask your host family for a to-go lunch or eat out on your own. Host families prepare meals that are traditional to Peru.

If volunteering in Peru and working in Manu will either live with a host family or in volunteer bungalows with indoor western-style bathroom and a shared kitchen and living space.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food, and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival for your volunteering work in Peru.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Peru

Our Peru in-country staff and other volunteers will gladly help you plan cultural and outdoor excursions and trips. Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Peru projects are located in either Cusco or Manu National Park.

Cusco is a fabulous place for cultural activities or for further travel or adventure. The city contains many attractions like historical museums, beautiful parks, colonial squares, stunning churches, ancient ruins, Incan streets, colorful markets, and endless adventure opportunities such as river rafting, quad biking, horseback riding, paragliding, zip lining, trekking and tours through the Amazon jungle and the Sacred Valley. When volunteering overseas in Peru in Cusco, you have countless fantastic free time options.

Of course, the famous lost city, Machu Picchu is another destination volunteers can head to for its majestic and alluring simplicity beckoning from its perch high in the mountains. Reaching the summit does not have to be a weeklong commitment! There are options for everyone – trains or trekking (the original Inca Trail or jungle treks) will get you to the top in time to witness a breathtaking and magical sunrise.

Manu National Park is one of the largest parks in South America and is famed as one of the best places to explore the Amazon jungle. UNESCO names the biological reserve a World Heritage Site as more than 15,000 plant species and up to 250 varieties of trees can be found in one single hector! The variety of flora and fauna are endless, providing natural entertainment for any outdoor enthusiast volunteering in Peru in the Manu National Park.

Peru's landscape is varied and ranges from the high tips of the Andes Mountain, to dense Amazonian jungles, to the exquisite beaches along the Pacific. There is truly something for everyone in Peru. You will have plenty of free time from you volunteering work in Peru to explore this fascinating country.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Peru


  • When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in Peru?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Peru based volunteer programs?


  • What are the visa procedures?


  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Peru?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in Peru?
  • When are the Peru based assignments available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Peru?


  • Who will arrange my flight to Peru?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Peru?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Peru?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?


  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?


  • How safe is Peru?
  • What are the principle health risks in Peru?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Peru?


  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Peru?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?


  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Peru?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?


  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Peru?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Peru?
  • How do I respect the people of Peru?


  • What is weather like in Peru?
  • Official Peruvian Holidays
  • What about tipping in Peru?
  • Materials to Bring When for Your Peru Volunteer Experience

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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Ken Jones

Costa Rica National Coordinator

Ken is a dual-citizen of Peru and the U.S and is a resident of Costa Rica . Born and raised in upstate New York and southern Louisiana , Ken has made Latin America his home for the last 5 years. He speaks English and Spanish fluently, and has more than 15 years of experience living and working in various parts of the world - including Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa . Ken has a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and an MBA in International Business and is a certified English teacher.

Ken loves Latin America and is always looking for ways to provide opportunities for cultural exchange and volunteer projects to benefit the children and the people of the region. He has a keen interest in international development and believes deeply in the 'volunteer experience' and its positive effects on both the volunteer and the hostcountry.

Ken and his staff anxiously await your arrival and look forward to working with you to ensure a great volunteer experience.

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