Intern in Peru - a country that is home to Machu Picchu and a fascinating Andean location alive with cultural stimulation. With magnificent ruins of ancient cultures. Although Peru is rich in natural resources and offers a great many places to visit, many of Peru’s citizens are poor and live in unfortunate conditions. Thirty-six percent of the population lives under the poverty line. Take an adventure to Peru, a popular destination for interns who seek a balance of exciting activities and meaningful projects to share their love, passion and assistance with poor children and impoverished communities. Peru's other main attractions are other archaeological remnants of pre-Columbian cultures as the center of Inca's Empire; amazing food experiences; examples of colonial architecture and their natural resources (a paradise for the ecological tourist).

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.

To get a head-start on your Peru internship program, take a few moments to contact us by email for more information, including travel dates, fees and more. We look forward to hearing from you.


Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Ifre’s fees for volunteer programs and internship programs are the same. Ifre volunteers offers the world’s most affordable internship programs. When you join our internship program, you pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, we ensure that your money goes for you or the people who need it (not for the organization's profit).

Ifre internship fee comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You can visit the following link for details on fees and dates:

Additional costs for interns:

International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.


Internship in Peru

Schools in Peru are drastically underfunded. In the rural schools, English, art and physical Education are required subjects, but are not available due to lack of funding and staff. In some schools, these courses may be taught but at a very low skill level as the teachers are not qualified to teach the courses. Peru needs interns to teach these important but often overlooked subjects of art, computer skills, physical education and English.

Peruvian children are falling behind their global counterparts and rural schools in Peru are in the worst shape. The children of Peru want to learn and improve their lives, but the school system is challenged. Intern to teach children in Peru - interject a passion and love for learning into their lives!


Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (not mandatory). If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping. There are no specific qualifications needed to join IFRE's internship teaching projects in Peru. Dress code is required in the schools (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and interns must be physically presentable (no excessive tattoos or piercings). Interns are expected to be reliable, flexible and patient and strive to be good role models for the children.


Teaching interns in Peru usually instruct English; however, other subjects like art, computer skills or physical education may also require support. We place interns in public or private schools to teach basic English (grammar and conversational) skills for about 2-3 hours/day (six days a week). Students are aged 6 to 13-years-old. Classes are large. Schools often request intern teacher support with extra-curricular activities in addition to teaching hours.


Peru has the outdated healthcare industry of a still-developing country. While healthcare professionals attempt to keep pace with the advances of modern medicine, there are massive amounts of Peruvians who do not have access to absolute basic healthcare. IFRE's internship projects in Peru place interested medical/healthcare professionals to support the often-intimidating front line of medicine and healthcare in a developing country.

Healthcare project interns in Peru’s can expect to supply beyond the “know-how” of their training (no matter how in-depth or basic), but can also expect to share their proactive attitude and innate abilities. In the battle against various diseases, thought obsolete or remedied in western countries there is a shortage of supplies and resources. There are limited flu shots and things as simple as antibiotics are in short supply. Medical/healthcare interns are greatly welcomed in these projects to share their time, knowledge, skills and support with the immensely challenged Peru healthcare industry.


Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (not mandatory) . If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping. Applicants interested in joining our internship health program must possess healthcare certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing or physician's credentials. We do not permit interns without medical credentials to work in this program due to the potential risk. The projects require a copy of interns’ resumes, clearly documenting credentials and education, before arrival at the project. Projects will also require an official copy of credentials.


Job responsibilities for medical project interns/interns in Peru vary dependent on education, skills, experience and qualifications and on the community’s current needs. Interns could be delivering babies, suturing wounds or giving vaccinations. Some interns may also be asked to support public health campaigns.

As a medical intern in Peru, interns could be placed in a large hospital or small clinic. Most of the hospitals (regardless of size) have many departments, like western hospitals, so an intern may be placed in any department dependent on skills, qualifications and training.


How does IFRE help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Do you visit me?

How does IFRE help me when I am in field? How can I maintain communication? Do you visit me? Once your internship program begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Interns staying at our Cusco homebase will see staff daily, yet all Peru interns have 24/7 access to our in-country staff. When interns stay far from the Cusco office, our staff will visit every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and interns are always welcome at the office. We recommend that interns stop by the office once a week, if they are staying/working in the local area, to give feedback on their home stay and project. Many minor issues can avoid escalation with a just little extra communication. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a substantial distance from our offices, then our local staff communicates by either email and/or phone.

We are available for you at the local office via email and phone for your entire trip. It is our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy.


You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Peru. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.
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.


Most interns placed in Cusco projects stay at our home base – a permanent home set aside for international interns and manned with a local staff. Our home base provides a same-gender shared room and shared bathroom with running hot water and a “western” style toilet. Interns will have the ability to do laundry at the home base. Interns receive three prepared meals per day. If interns will be out of the house during lunch hour, interns can request a lunch "to go" that interns can take with interns or eat out. Meals are cuisine, which is traditional to Peru. 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.


Always keep in mind that IFRE can help launch an amazing Machu Picchu quest from Cuzco! In the meantime, there are amazing activities in and around Cuzco. 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 all the street vendors. 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 or downhill mountain bike tours. On the other hand, simply opt to tour the countryside on a rented mountain bike, set a leisurely pace and pack a picnic.

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