An internship in Peru offers exciting opportunities for interns to explore an amazing country and - the archeological capital of the Americas . IFRE's Peru internship projects are located in Cusco, a major tourist destination in Peru .
Alternatively, you can earn academic credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). SCCC offers college credit for a variety of international programs (study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad, language studies and even cultural-exchanging home-stays). IFRE recommends contacting Professor Steve Tash (we can provide contact details) to further explore this option of receiving academic credit for your international internship. IFRE is not associated with SCCC and it is up to the intern to arrange to transfer SCCC course credit to their university/college of choice.
IFRE currently offers highly affordable Spanish language classes in Peru . These classes are exclusive to IFRE interns participating in our internship program. In Peru , IFRE collaborates with a highly reputable Spanish school. They employ qualified and experienced Spanish teachers and offer the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Peru . In this program is structured so that interns can work at their internship project and learn Spanish simultaneously. For example, interns can take Spanish classes from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (before lunch) followed by internship activities. Alternatively, interns may take Spanish classes from 3:00-4:00 a.m. (after a day of project work). Most of the projects are located close to the Spanish school, so it is possible for interns to design a personal schedule. IFRE invites interns to improve their Peru experience by learning or improving Spanish skills.
Start Dates: Internship programs starts on the following (first and third Monday of each month)IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Interns is proud to offer an extensive assortment of programs at very reasonable prices ( and may rank “best priced and best value” among the many internship abroad organizations in the USA/Europe/New Zealand ). Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not the profit. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down, especially for you the intern, as we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Interns offers. IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $349 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, insurance, field support, etc).
- Food (3 Meals a day)
- Airport Welcome
- In country Transportation
- Country Coordinator Support
- Thoroughly researched projects
- SAFE Volunteer Placement
- Volunteer Care and Other Services
- Emergency support
- Certificate of Appreciation/Completion
- Fund Raising Ideas
- Allocation of program fee
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- * Spanish language (group) $8 per hour
- * Spanish language (Individual): $13 per hour
- *Please add $7 per day for Medical, Conservation and Construction Projects
International flights, visas, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
Our Cusco home base is located in the center of beautiful Cusco city. Most of our interns' projects are located within 2-5 miles of the home base. Therefore, interns can simply walk to their projects or take a local taxi. Most necessary services for travelers are located within 2 km of the homebase: internet cafés, restaurants and grocery stores.
Occasionally, depending on intern traffic, available projects or distance to an intern's assigned project, we may also place our interns with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and experienced hosts of international interns. They have strong interest in our interns' safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, interns will share a room with another intern of the same gender. Interns receive three meals a day. Our host families do not offer laundry services, but some will happily take up the task for a small fee. This is up to interns to negotiate upon arrival. If interns choose to do their own laundry, most families are happy to let interns use their washbasins where interns wash by hand then line-dry their clothes.
Throughout the internship project, our local staff stays in contact with interns either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Interns are always welcome at the local office in Cusco . If project placement is local, we request that interns stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how they are doing with their home stay and project. If project placement is very far, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone and try to visit every 2-4 weeks if possible.
- ABOUT THE PERU INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (IN GENERAL)
- HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PERU INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
- AIPORT & ARRIVAL INFORMATION
- ROOM & FOOD
- VISA INFORMATION
- HEALTH AND SAFETY
- MONEY MATTERS
- FIELD SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION
- CLIMATE OF PERU
- ITEMS TO BRING
- GIFTS FOR HOST FAMILY AND PROJECT
- MORE ABOUT PERU