For all of our placements in Peru, we can offer you the services of a
driver who can pick you up at the airport and provide you with a local
cell phone or a SIM card for your own cell phone. We can also
arrange for stays at the La Quinta Eco Hotel upon arrival and departure,
and if you want to take a break for a few days in Cuzco.
● Centro de Salud Belenpampa. Outskirts of Cuzco. Medical
clinic and hospital serving the very poor. About 300 patients a day
visit the facility. Pre-med students needed to serve as volunteer medical
assistants. Spanish is required. Work hours 8 AM until 1 PM, five
days a week. Room and board can be arranged
for a cost of $1100 - $1300 per month. To learn more about the Medical
● Mercedes de Jesus Molina. Catholic orphanage one hour from Cuzco
serving fourteen girls 6 to 16 years old.
● Santa Rosa de Lamay. Catholic orphanage one hour from Cuzco. Serves
52 girls ages 14 to 18 years old.
● Monarchy orphanage in Urubamba 90 minutes from Cuzco.
Serves 72 children, boys and girls. Bring your own sleeping bag.
Cost is US $12 per day which includes a place to sleep and eating 3
meals a day with the children. Work days and hours are flexible
● Teach English in Calca (one hour from Cuzco) to mixed girls and
boys. School has 500 students. Room and board provided by
the city administration.
● Medical posts at small hospital in Cuzco Prodein.
Ideal for pre-med or pre-nursing students. They serve about 80
outpatients daily plus about 12 in-house patients. Cost is US$ 12
per day which includes full room and board.
● Peruvian Hearts. Help break the cycle of poverty by teaching English to young, orphaned women
Location: Anta, in the Valle Sagrado, some 30 minutes from Cuzco and high in the Andes (11,000 foot elevation!) and close to Macchu Pichu.
Some Spanish required. Peruvian Hearts believes in the dignity and
value of every child, and works to transform the lives of orphans and
other children living in poverty in Peru through improved education,
nutrition, and health care. Concurrent with their primary mission,
Peruvian Hearts strives to educate youth around the world about the
importance and value of giving back while inspiring them to become
involved in service and philanthropy. They currently have 22 young women
in the school. You will support this mission by teaching English, and/or
volunteering at a local hospital. Working conditions: 8 - 10 hours of
work per weekday with weekends free. Accommodation and 3 meals a day are
included. Preferred majors include: sociology, education, early
childhood development, art, horticulture, agriculture, dietetics,
psychology, pre-med, hospitality and general business administration.
Duration: minimum of two months Immigration requirements: No visa is
required because interns enter Peru as visitors. Transportation from the
airport in Cuzco will be provided.
● Westfalia Kinderdorf. Work with special-needs
children in a German-sponsored and operated home for children. In Cieneguilla, a suburb of Lima. Some Spanish required.
On large site of 80 acres is a very special place for 132 street
children between the ages of 6 months and 22 years, to find safety and
support. The youngest are often orphans and without given names. A small
number of children are mentally or physically challenged and require
extra special care and patience. These children are fully integrated
with the rest of their “family” in the care home, where they all learn
important life skills in a supporting and nurturing environment.
Working conditions: 8 - 10 hours of work per weekday with weekends free
to explore Lima on your own or with other interns. Accommodation and 3
meals a day are included.
Preferred majors include: sociology, education, early childhood
development, art, horticulture, agriculture, dietetics, psychology,
pre-med, hospitality and general business administration. Duration:
minimum of two months up to six months. No visa is required because
interns enter Peru as tourists. Transportation from the airport will be
provided. Learn more about the organization here (available in
German only): www.ivwk.de
● Hogar San Francisco de Asis. The Hogar houses some
50 children from ages 6 months to 25 years old who are there for medical
reasons, whose parents cannot normally afford medical treatment. It is
an incredible location for anyone who has any kind of appreciation for
children. The time here for volunteers is very structured and and the
daily routines as well. Volunteer activities include: helping with
meals, taking care of the babies, helping with homework and teaching
English, taking children to the hospital or school, and other daily
routines. Volunteers are provided 3 meals and a room at the HOGAR.
However, the local coordinator recommends choosing a family stay for a
reasonable rate. Other housing options also include an apartment for
longer term volunteers, hotel, or hostel a few blocks from the Hogar
paid by the volunteer. The Hogar is located in Chaclacayo, in the
outskirts of Lima (a 30 minute taxi ride from the suburb of Miraflores.
● Manos Unidas. Manos Unidas runs a school and
programs for children who have special needs. Volunteers work closely
with children at the school and through various programs. The cost
for volunteers (minimum one month) is $ 600 for the first month and $
450 for each additional month. This includes accommodations either at a
host family or a volunteer house and three meals per day. Located
in Cuzco (altitude: 3,500 m = 10,000 ft.), the former capital of the
Incas and gateway to Machu Picchu.