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Volunteer Orphanage Peru

Would you like to care for orphaned children? Are you ready to immerse yourself in Peru’s colorful culture while changing the lives of orphans? Do you know that sharing your love and skills with unfortunate children will create real change in the world?

Peru is a land filled with ancient culture and centuries-old traditions. The influence of the indigenous Incas as well as the history of Spanish colonization is keenly felt here in everyday life and cultural celebrations.

Sadly, in Peru more than half of the population lives on less than $2USD a day, leaving thousands of children in desperate need for basic care and destined to repeat the cycle of poverty. Over the years, the hopelessness, desperate poverty and rampant disease has led to an increase in orphaned children all around the country.

IFRE’s Peru volunteer orphanage project in Cusco aims to provide homes, education, love and hope to these children. The orphanage has an atmosphere of a large family and the local staff are there 100% of the time to support, care for and nurture the children.

The dedication and devotion you extend during your Peru volunteering project will undoubtedly brighten the lives of orphans while at the same time allowing you to grow personally and professionally. By providing the love and attention they desperately crave you will improve their lives and inspire them to new heights.

This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion, expertise and love with children in need. If you are up for the challenge read through the details of this Peru volunteering project and contact IFRE today to start arranging your trip to Peru.

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Skills and Qualifications:

No specific skills or qualifications are needed to volunteer in an orphanage in Peru. 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 volunteer orphanage projects in Peru. All volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient, as well as possess a passion and love for children.

Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

As a volunteer in an orphanage in Peru, you will typically spend 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday teaching English in an orphanage or at the local school. You will also offer support for the children with their homework as well as planning and leading extracurricular activities such as dancing, singing, drawing, and painting.

  • Teaching Basic English (2-4 hours to children ages 6-16, depending on orphanage and school schedules)
  • Helping students with their homework
  • Planning and leading extracurricular activities such as dancing, singing, drawing, painting, playing sports,
  • Teaching children about health and personal hygiene
  • Teaching computer classes
  • Helping take children on field trips
  • Teaching life skills and daily tasks such as cleaning, cooking, business skills, getting dressed, sewing, gardening, etc
  • Working on maintenance of the facilities
  • Assisting in orphanage and school administrations with daily tasks
  • Fundraising

Your support will have long-term results in building social skills and creating awareness of the opportunities available in Peru and beyond its borders. Many orphanages in Peru are understaffed and without proper funding so by sharing your skills and giving love and attention to the children you are not only inspiring them but also developing the capacity of future generations to live with a purpose.

Peru Volunteer Orphanage - Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

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Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Airport Pickup and Transfer $20.00

Spanish Lessons : ( Monday-Friday ) 2 hours a day : $120/ week - mandatory for medical project

$25/week surcharge for medical project

Summer volunteer and adventure: $2069

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

IFRE manages your living accommodations in Peru. In Cusco, most volunteers live with a host family, but you may request to 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.

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.

Learn more about your accommodation and meal plans while volunteering in Peru.

Free Time and Weekends:

Your project schedule while working in Peru allows you a lot of free time. You will volunteer with the project for about 4-5 hours a day from Monday to Friday and the rest of the time is free to explore nearby places. Over the weekend there is plenty of time to travel around the country, and in Peru you are literally spoilt for choice with options for weekend exploration.

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Safety and in Country Support

Your safety during your Peru Volunteering Project is our number one priority. For nearly 13 years IFRE has been offering safe, affordable and life-changing opportunities to over 22,000 volunteers in 20 countries around the world. We carefully vet all our facilities and projects, and your coordinator will be available 24/7 to support you.

Learn more about the safety and in-country support IFRE provides.

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Volunteer Orphanage Feru- FAQ

Please provide a typical day schedule for this project

Working in an orphanage in Peru is a fun-filled and exciting experience. You will have the time of your life as you get to know and care for these wonderful children who are eager for your attention.

When you arrive in Peru, our local coordinator will pick you up from the airport and take you to your host family.

First Day: Our local staff will give you an orientation about the country, your safety, your Peru volunteering project, and the general rules and regulations of our projects. You will spend some time to familiarize yourself with the children who will be in your care and your fellow volunteers who you’ll be working with.

Daily Schedule:

Weekdays: The work properly begins on the second day, and your workload and responsibilities will vary day by day, but this is what your typical day would look like:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: The day starts bright and early with a delicious family breakfast with your host family.

7.45 AM: Following breakfast, you will make your way to the orphanage where you will teach English to different classes for about 4 hours per day, starting at 8am.

12.00 PM: You will get a break around this time, returning to your host family to enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch.

3.00 PM: Around this time you will generally finish your work, and have the rest of the day free to explore Peruvian culture, visit the city center, enjoy Peruvian coffee at one of the cafes at the Plaza de Armas or explore the many colorful markets of Cusco.

Arrival and departure

You should fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco for your volunteer work in Peru. You will be required to make your own flight arrangements and provide us with flight details before your departure to Peru. However, placements may require arrival at a different airport. Please do not book travel until your placement is complete.

Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off

An IFRE local representative will be there to pick you from the airport and drop you off with your host family. Please send us your correct flight details before heading to Peru so that we can pick you up at the correct date and time.

Please note that we do not provide airport drop off services after the completion of your volunteering project in Peru, but your host family or in-country coordinator will help you arrange this.


You will need a tourist visa to volunteer and travel in Peru. You are responsible for having all the proper documentation necessary to be eligible for a tourist visa. We suggest that you secure a visa before leaving your home country. A Peruvian tourist visa is single-entry only. However, citizens of USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries do not require a visa to travel to Peru as a tourist or volunteer.

It is not possible to extend your tourist visa once you have entered Peru. When arriving at the airport or border, make sure you get a visa for the time you intend to stay. According to Peruvian law the maximum time for a tourist to stay in the country is 183 days per year.


Please consult your travel doctor about current health issues and epidemics in Peru. You can also find the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or Travelers' Health United Kingdom. We highly recommend our volunteers to take needed vaccinations before heading to Peru for volunteering in our program.

For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

Our Peru orphanage volunteer project is located roughly 45 minutes from your accommodation and can be reached by public bus which costs around $2USD. In addition, you can opt to take a taxi for about $4-6USD per ride.

How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?

There are roughly 40 children living in the orphanage in Cusco and their ages range from infants to 17-year-olds, but the majority are 6 to 14 years of age.

What are the day to day activities in the orphanage volunteering project in Peru? What will I actually be doing?

You will be teaching English and computer skills, playing with the children, assisting with household tasks and simply providing love and care to children in need. You are free to teach about any subject that interests you or give information about your home country. You are encouraged to engage the children with art, crafts, music, dance and sports, and you’re free to teach any of these areas to age-appropriate children.

Why volunteer in orphanage project in Peru?

Volunteering in an orphanage in Peru is a greatly rewarding and fun experience that will broaden your horizons and leave you with a feeling of achievement and lifelong memories and friends.

Dedicate your time to a greater cause.

By taking part in this Peru volunteer orphanage project you have the opportunity to dedicate your time, love and passion to children in need. You will get to educate and nurture thee children so that they have a chance at a better future.

Teach children real-life skills and positively change their lives.

The life lessons you impart will be of great benefit for the children throughout their lives and allow you to shape and guide the children to a better future, making an immense long-term impact.

Develop real and lasting relationships with young children

The love, care and attention you provide the children will not go unappreciated. They will feel your dedication and desire to help, and this will create a deep connection between you that will last through time and distance.

Assist local orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

By taking part in this volunteer orphanage project in Peru you will provide great relief to the overworked local care workers and allow them the capacity to reach out to a greater number of children.

What type of accommodations can we expect with the orphanage project?

When volunteering at the girls and boys orphanage in Peru you will stay at the flat or house of your host family, generally volunteers stay in a double room and share with one more volunteer of the same gender.

How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

The project is about 45 minutes by public bus from the home of the host family. We usually take public transportation into Cusco; however, there are also taxis available for about $4-6 USD a ride.

Could you please send me the contact details of the host family and the project?

Your local coordinator will provide you with all directions on the day of your arrival. On your first working day your coordinator will accompany you to your project and make sure you arrive well and safe. You will be provided telephone numbers and directions by your local coordinator upon arriving in Cusco.

How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?

There are about 40 children at the girls and boys orphanage in Cusco ranging from infants – 17-years-old, however the majority is aged between 6-14-years-old

What are the day to day activities in the orphanage project? What I actually do? Volunteers can teach English, computer skills, play with the children, work with socialization of the children, assist in household duties or simply enjoy time with the children. Volunteers are free to teach and bring information on subjects they may like and/or share information about their home country. The orphanage encourages art, crafts, music, dance and drama for the children. You are free to teach and share in any of these areas as appropriate to age.

Girls or boys also may play outside or do some sports. There will be different activities based on the age of the girls, their school hours that vary and those that do not attend school yet or only go to kindergarten.

How many hours a day do we work in the orphanage?

Volunteers work in the orphanage Monday – Friday for about 4 hours a day either mornings or afternoons, depending on your Spanish language schedule.

Is orphanage available all-round the year? If not, when does it close for how long?

Yes, volunteering in the orphanage is available year-round and appreciates having volunteers during holidays or vacation times.

Any important information you want to share about this project.

The project is situated about 45 minutes from your host family in Cusco. Volunteers will travel by public bus and walk about 15 minutes to reach the orphanage. It costs $1- $2 for daily transportation on the bus.

Other Volunteer Projects in Peru

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

Teach English,

Help teenage mothers in need,

Work in the medical field,

Provide dental care, and much more.

Contact IFRE today to find the perfect program for you!

Orphanage Volunteer Projects Around the World

Sadly, there are orphans suffering all around the world. IFRE arranges many programs like this one in a wide variety of countries to provide relief to these children in need. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular orphanage projects:

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