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Explore Peru While Volunteering Abroad with IFRE!

Are you wondering if you will be able to travel while volunteering in Peru projects? Are you interested to know where you can travel while volunteering? You can rest easy knowingthat while volunteering in Peruyou will have plenty of time and opportunity to travel and explore the country.

When youvolunteer in Peru, you will work roughly 4 to 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Typically, you begin your day around 9-10 am and work until 3-4 pm. The rest of the time in the late afternoons and evenings is your free time to explorethe area around your placement.

Our Peru volunteer projects are located in Cusco and Manu National Parkin the Southeastern part of Peru and the Andes Mountains. During your free evenings you can walk through Cusco town,widely known for its archaeological remains and its Spanish colonial architecture.

You will get to visit historical museums, beautiful parks, colonial squares, stunning churches, ancient ruins, Incan streets, and colorful markets. There is a lot to explore in each town andover the weekendthereare endless adventure opportunities including river rafting, quad biking, horseback riding, paragliding, zip lining, trekking and tours through the Amazon jungle and the Sacred Valley.

Truly, by volunteering in Peru you have many fantastic options for weekend exploration. Peru's landscape is varied and ranges from the high tips of the Andes Mountain, to dense Amazonian jungles and exquisite beaches on the Pacific coast. There is something for everyone in Peru, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to visit during your weekends.

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Experience Manu National Park

Manu National Park is one of the largest parks in South America. In 1977 it was recognized as Biosphere Reserve and in 1987 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site. The Park is famous around the world for being one of the best places to explore the Amazon. It is home to more than 15,000 plant species and up to 250 varieties of trees andthe variety of animals, birds and butterflies are endless, providing you with natural entertainment for a breathtaking outdoor experience while volunteering in Peru.

Explore the Peruvian Amazon

The Amazon is the most imposing rainforest in the world and the most biodiverse place on the planet.It should come as no surprise then that it will offer a thrilling and amazing natural experience. Cabins provide adventure and serenity in the middle of the jungle, while enjoying the pleasing sounds of various birds and animals. You will hike on the myriad trails surrounding the cabins or explore by canoe or kayak. Your indigenous guide will find the wildlife and explain everything to you, ensuring your time in the jungle is thoroughly rewarding.

Reach Machu Picchu and Trek the Inca Trail

Machu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca citadel that was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It is a famous tourist hub in Peru, andthis ancient city will highlight importantIncahistory and how they built the uniquefortress with fascinating granite masonry.While there, you will beable to trek the Inca Trail and follow in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham while learning about the rich Peruvian history before, during and after the Spanish colonial era.

Walk Around the Historic Center in Lima

Lima is the capital of Peru. The city was established on the valley of the Rímac River in an area populated by the Ichma people. A visit to Lima gives you a fascinating perspective on Peruvian culture and traditions dating back to the 15th century. While volunteering in Peru, you can spend a weekend walking around the historic center in Lima, visiting museums, markets, antique mansions, historic landmarks and captivating squares.

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Other Things to Do and Places to Visit in Peru:

Marvelat Qorikancha Temple

Qorikancha was the most important temple in the Inca Empire. Located in Cusco, it’s open between 10am and 5:30pm.

Visit Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands

High in the Andes you’ll find Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. Here the Uros people have constructed islands built out of reeds, and you can take a day trip to marvel at these surreal islands that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Take a Flight to Mysterious Nazca Lines

Take a flight during the weekend to see the historic and mysterious Nazca Lines.These are a collection of giant geoglyphs located in the Nazca desert south of Lima.

Sand Boarding or Race Dune Buggies in Huacachina

Drive a dune buggyor go sandboarding in theHuacachina; the most spectacular natural desert in all of South America. This will be a once in a lifetime experience while volunteering in Peru.

Available Volunteer Opportunities in Peru

There are many ways for you to make a difference in Peru. You can

Work in an orphanage,

Teach English,

Provide care to street children,

Work in the medical field,

Help struggling teenage mothers,

Provide crucial medical care and much more.

Contact IFRE at the nearest opportunity to learn more!

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