Volunteer in Peru
Affordable, Exciting, Life-Changing Peru Volunteer Experiences!

Volunteer in Peru, home to Machu Picchu and a fascinating Andean country alive with cultural stimulation and magnificent ruins of ancient cultures. Although Peru is rich in natural resources and offers endless tourist opportunities, many of Peru’s citizens are poor and live in unfortunate conditions. Thirty-six percent of the population lives under the poverty line. Peru is a popular destination for volunteers who seek a balance of exciting activities and meaningful projects to share their love, passion and assistance with poor children and impoverished communities. Peru is the archaeological capital of the Americas with remnants of pre-Columbian cultures and the center of the Incan Empire. Volunteers can enjoy Peruvian food, colonial architecture, the Amazon jungle and a variety of adventurous activities such as river rafting, horseback riding, zip lining, bungee jumping, quad biking and the famous trekking down the Inca Trail.

Volunteer Work Projects and Locations
IFRE’s volunteer programs in Peru provide numerous options for volunteers to choose from projects located in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Manu National Park. As a volunteer in Peru you can choose from the following projects:
Volunteer Program Fees & Dates:

Start Dates: Volunteer programs starts on the following (every Monday throughout each month, year around)

IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer an extensive assortment of programs at very reasonable prices (and may rank “best priced and best value” among the many volunteer 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 volunteer, 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 volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers 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).

Volunteer Program Fee ($US)
Weeks
1wks
2wks
3wks
4wks
5wks
6wks
7wks
8wks
9wks
10wks
11wks
12wks
Cusco projects
$345
$489
$633
$752
$920
$1,014
$1,108
$1,202
$1,321
$1,415
$1,509
$1,603
Medical project
$394
$587
$780
$948
$1,165
$1,308
$1,451
$1,594
$1,762
$1,905
$2,048
$2,191
  • Group Spanish language class $50 per week (10 hours per week)
  • Summer volunteer and adventure: $2069

Additional costs for volunteers: International flights, passport, visa, personal beverage expenses, entertainment, local transportation, laundry, telephone and immunizations.

Learn Spanish in Peru

Are you considering improving your Spanish language skills? Then IFRE's Peru Spanish Language Program is the perfect choice.

IFRE currently offers highly affordable Spanish language classes. These classes are exclusive to IFRE volunteers participating in the Peru volunteer program. In Peru, IFRE partners 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, volunteers work at their volunteer project and learn Spanish simultaneously. For example, volunteers can take Spanish classes from 9:00-11:00 AM (before lunch) followed by volunteer activities. Alternatively, volunteers may take Spanish classes from 3:00-4:00 PM (after their day's volunteer work). Most of the projects are located close to the Spanish school, so it is possible for volunteers to design a personal schedule. IFRE invites you to improve your Argentinean experience by learning or improving your Spanish.

Arrangement of Room/Food/Supervision

IFRE manages your living accommodations in Peru. In Cusco, most volunteers live with a host family, but some may live in a hostel. Our host families are socially respected and experienced hosts of international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. Host families will prepare three meals a day for volunteers consisting of local ingredients and foods traditional to Peru. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families do not offer laundry services, but some will happily take up the task for a small fee. Cusco boasts numerous exciting opportunities for volunteers to see a city that maintains echoes of its colonial and culture-rich past. In Manu, volunteers stay with either stay with a host family or in a volunteer bungalow with indoor “western-style” bathrooms and a kitchen (Eco-volunteers).

Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Volunteers are always welcome at our local offices in Peru. If project placement is local, we request that volunteers 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.

Volunteer Program Free Time

Always keep in mind that IFRE can help launch an amazing Machu Picchu quest from Cusco! In the meantime, there are amazing activities in and around Cusco. Check out the Plaza de Armas. This beautiful square (lit up at night) is lined by churches, shops, restaurants and bars. It is a great place to spend an afternoon. The historical center of Cusco is a beautiful, but hectic experience with street vendors and tourists from all over the world. Coffee shops are abundant in the Plaza de San Francisco area. There are options for whitewater rafting nearby to Cusco. Upstream are the Chuqicahuana or Cusipata sections of the Rio Urubamba/Vilcanota where the water is clean and the rapids are excellent fun, up to class five depending on what time of year it is. Alternatively, try inflatable canoeing on the Piñi Pampa section of the Rio Urubamba where slow and relaxed self-paddling is not as crazy as class 1 and 2 rapids. Also nearby is the 3 or 4-day Rio Apurimac raft trip. Rio Apurimac is called the true Source of the Amazon and one of the Top 10 rafting rivers in the World. Non-wet mobile adventure options include renting motorcycles, bungee jumping, horseback riding, zip lining, quad biking or mountain bike tours. On the other hand, simply opt to tour the countryside and Sacred Valley where you can enjoy endless Incan ruins, beautiful mountains and craft markets.

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