Volunteer at multiple projects in Cusco, Peru at the Peru Combination Placements
Make even more of an impact when you volunteer in Peru by combining placements at 2 or more of our ethical projects in Cusco!
2 to 12 weeks from £660 / US$792
If you would like to help out at more than one of our brilliant Cusco projects or just can’t make up your mind which project to work with, then our Peru Combination Placements is the ideal solution. Volunteer in Cusco with Globalteer to make even more of an impact during your time in Peru.
Immerse yourself in the Peruvian culture while volunteering with a UK Charity in Cusco. Volunteer to work with and care for horses, look after rescued and abandoned dogs, teach kids at our community project all in one trip!
Get to know a variety of programmes and assist Globalteer's international and local staff in the wonderful city of Cusco. Live and volunteer in a beautiful city, on the doorstep of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Volunteer in Cusco and make a real difference
This volunteer opportunity allows you to work at multiple different projects and make a real difference! Work with a UK Charity overseas and gain news skills and a new outlook on life.
You will have the opportunity to learn about Peruvian culture and maybe learn some Spanish whilst you're in Cusco! The city is also the perfect base for exploring some of the cultural and natural wonders that Peru has to offer.
The Project: If you would like to volunteer with more than one project and experience even more of Peru’s fascinating culture, then choosing the Peruvian Combination offers you exactly that. You can combine placements at any two or more of our projects in Cusco and spread the love a little bit further. You can combine placements at the Peru Community Project, Dog Rescue or Horse Sanctuary. Volunteer in Siem Reap with Globalteer and support multiple amazing projects!
Project Location: Cusco is a beautiful and interesting city, surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains and scenery. Whilst you're in Peru you can take the time to visit and take an iconic photo at Machu Picchu - a UNESCO world heritage-listed site famous all over the world. Cusco has it's own airport and there are many flights a day between Cusco and Lima. Cusco has a living city centre with many shops to buy Peruvian jumpers and souvenirs, excellent restaurants, lively bars and plenty of unique sightseeing and hiking opportunities. There are also good medical facilities with English speakers should you need them.
Main Volunteer Activities: Volunteers work with alongside local Peruvian staff, helping them with any of the tasks listed on the main project pages.
Hours: Volunteers work from Mon to Fri, with weekends free for sightseeing, relaxing or travelling through this beautiful and diverse country. Exact daily hours depend on the projects volunteers wish to combine but usually don't exceed six hours a day.
Duration: Volunteer placements are year-round and for 2 to 12 weeks.
Accommodation: Choose from a private ensuite room in a 2* Hotel, shared dorm in a hostel, stay in the large volunteer house or private room in a family homestay.
Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers at this project must be aged 18+ and have fluent English. As you will be working with vulnerable children we also require a background check.
Peru Community Project
Volunteers work with local Peruvian staff to deliver an after school programme for children in a village just outside of Cusco. You will be helping to plan and deliver classes, including English, art and sports. If you have an particular knowledge and experience, and plan on staying for a while, you may also be able to utilise these at the project.
Peru Dog Rescue
Volunteers at the dog shelter are responsible for helping to feed the dogs, clean their enclosures and most importantly play with them and show them some love! There may also be associated tasks to assist with including helping at health campaigns and general maintenance of the centre.
Peru Horse Sanctuary
At this project, your duties will depend on your previous experience and needs of the shelter. Typical tasks include feeding and cleaning the horses, training them, general maintenance and assisting with care of other animals at the sanctuary.
Accommodation when your Volunteer in Peru with Globalteer
Volunteers at the Cusco Projects can choose from a range of accommodation options including our very own Volunteer House, a hostel dorm, private room in a hotel, and a family homestay. All accommodation has been carefully selected by us to offer the best value for all our volunteers regardless of budget. So if you are looking for somewhere quiet to lay your head at the end of a busy day, somewhere lively where you can socialise with other travellers or a family home where you can brush up your Spanish, we have what you are looking for. All of our accommodations are clean, comfortable and safe and well located for transport to the project as well as all the attractions that Cusco has to offer. When you volunteer in Peru you can choose one of these great accommodation options:
Globalteer's Volunteer House
A popular option for volunteers wanting to share their experience in Cusco with like minded people from around the world is the volunteer house. Globalteer's own volunteer house is located in a safe neighbourhood with easy access to all the projects, our offices and the historical centre of Cusco.
The volunteers stay in shared rooms and have access to a large kitchen where you can cook the food provided as part of this accommodation.
With social areas as well as covered sun patios, the volunteer house is a great option for volunteers wanting to share their time in Peru with fellow volunteers.
Hostel - Shared Dormitory
For volunteers who are looking to meet lots of fellow travellers and have easy access to the great social life that Cusco has to offer, there is probably no better option than a shared dorm in one of Cusco's best hostels.
The hostel that Globalteer has teamed up with is very central, but in a peaceful location near one of Cusco' s most beautiful smaller squares. The hostel is just two blocks from Cusco's world famous Plaza de Armas.
As well as comfortable beds in shared dorm with all your bed linens, the hostel offers 24 hour hot water, towel rental and lockers (bring your own padlock). There are a bar and restaurant on site, pool table, satellite TV, free Wi-fi zones and computers with high speed internet. Continental breakfast is also included.
Hotel - private ensuite room
Volunteers can also stay in a comfortable close to the city centre hotel. The hotel is well situated about a 10 minute walk from the main square of Cusco and just a few minutes walk from San Blas Plaza and market.
All rooms are single occupancy or can be shared if volunteers are travelling together. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, each with a private bathroom. The facilities include hot water, free basic breakfast and Wi-Fi.
If you choose to stay at a homestay, you will live with and be part of a Peruvian family. The homestays are in safe areas with middle class families that are screened by Globalteer. Your room will be private with a shared bathroom. This is a wonderful experience to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture and a great way to practice your Spanish skills. Volunteers eat with the family when not volunteering at the project.
Upgrade volunteer accommodation is available in a hotel located in the centre of historical Cusco and around a 10 minute walk to the Globalteer office. These rooms offer a higher standard of comfort and more facilities for volunteers who don’t mind paying a little bit extra!
Free Time in Cusco and Peru
Whether you plan your entire trip in advance or decide to wait until you get to Peru, our team in Cusco are all very well travelled and can offer advice and help in planning the perfect itinerary for your weekends or for travel before or after your placement. Combine your volunteer opportunities with many of the wonders Peru has to offer!
Cusco is a beautiful city that has something for everyone; from Inca ruins and splendid Spanish colonial architecture to elegant squares and outstanding mountain scenery. The historic city centre is a lively hub of cafes, restaurants and bars with dozens of boutiques and markets, such as the thriving San Pedro Market. Many shops offer an astonishing range of unique locally made goods to take home as souvenirs of your trip to Peru. There are museums, galleries, churches and monasteries to visit and every Sunday sees a magnificent civil parade in the City’s stunning main square, the Plaza de Armas.
Cusco’s Indian and Catholic traditions are frequently celebrated with street parades, live music and food stalls springing up across the city at any excuse. There are also some wonderful walks and hikes in and around the city centre. You can stroll amongst whitewashed houses and along the cobbled lanes in the Bohemian quarter of San Blas. Maybe climb high above the city to the Inca fortress at Sacsayhuaman and take in the unrivalled views of the city and the surrounding Andes.
Surely the number one reason that many visitors come to Peru is to visit the incomparable wonder of the Inca Empire; Machu Picchu. Whatever you read and no matter how many photos you have seen, nothing can quite prepare you for the first time you see the Inca citadel rising high above a bend in the river.
Machu Picchu is easily accessible from Cusco. You can go there by luxury train, trek the amazing Inca Trail high in the Andes or take any other number of routes all ending with lost city itself. Built, but never completed by the Incas around 1450 the Inca capital was only re-discovered in 1911. The breath-taking lost city of the Incas is now discovered by hundreds of enthralled visitors every day.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see on anyone’s Peru itinerary. Barely half an hour’s drive from Cusco and you will find a magical, steep-sided valley where fresh mountain rivers and streams tumble between ancient mountains and majestic glaciers.
The Sacred Valley’s centuries-old towns and villages are home to remarkably preserved Inca fortsand citadels. Markets with traditional textiles and souvenirs draw visitors to lovely towns like Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. The amazing salt terraces and pre-Inca agricultural terraces at Maras are also an easy day trip from Cusco.
More great things to do in Cusco
Cusco has a rich culture as the ancient capital of the Incas.
From many museums, incredible Inca and Spanish architecture, religious festivals to the biggest festival of the year, Inti Raymi.
For more detail on events in Cusco, you can read our blog on the Best Time to go to Peru.
Volunteer in Peru and the Globalteer team will make sure you have an amazing cultural experience!
For long weekends or those travelling before or after their placement with us, Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world is under 5 hours from Cusco by car or 7-8 hours by bus. Here you can take a cruise on the lake, visit the famous floating Uros Islands or do a spot of star gazing in one of the least light-polluted skies on the planet.
You are almost certain to travel through Lima on your way to Cusco. Peru’s capital is worth a stop before or after your placement with us. There is excellent shopping in the ocean-side district of Miraflores, wonderful galleries and museums in trendy Barranco, some truly impressive Spanish colonial buildings in the historic centre and amazing restaurants throughout the city.
Less than a day’s drive from Cusco, the city of Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city. It is known as the white city due to the colour of the historic buildings constructed using local white stone called sillar. Like Cusco, Arequipa is located in the Andes mountains bit at a lower altitude so enjoys almost year-round warm and sunny weather. The city is overlooked by the magnificent dormant volcano, El Misti.
Arequipa is also the staging post for trips to the Famous Colca Canyon.
Volunteer in Peru with Globalteer to get specially negotiated generous discounts for our volunteers with a well-respected agency in Cusco. The responsible agency can arrange services such as visits to Machu Picchu, Amazon trips, Lake Titicaca as well as many other amazing trips in Peru and South America.
The base donation for volunteering is where all money received goes to the charity, our charitable activities, charity partners and supporting volunteers in country. Your daily transport to the project is also included.
The standard package fee includes everything in the base donation plus standard hotel accommodation & private airport collection.
Standard Package plus AirCon
The standard hotel does not include air-conditioning but this can be added on. We recommend that you book this early as their are limited number of air-con rooms.
Volunteers can also choose to upgrade their accommodation to a hotel which includes more facilities, larger rooms and air-conditioning. Accommodations are carefully selected by our team in Cambodia for their great locations, suitability for volunteers and value for money.
As a UK registered Charity, Globalteer is completely financially transparent to you, our donors. You can therefore see a full breakdown of where your money goes and our independently audited accounts by clicking below:
To discover why you should consider choosing Globalteer, please visit the following page:
Why do we charge a fee for volunteering?
Globalteer requests a donation from volunteers to allow us to achieve our charitable objectives and support our partner programmes. In return, Globalteer provides volunteers with an amazing, responsible and ethical volunteer experience and in-country support from the Globalteer team in Cambodia. Ensuring that your placement is responsible as well as rewarding, safe and enjoyable takes a good deal of work.
A summary of Globalteer’s total expenditure for the last financial year is shown below:
Donations and Grants 60% – This includes a share of volunteer placement fees, grants we have secured for our projects and donations managed by Globalteer that are made by individuals and groups to our projects and partner projects.
Support Costs 29% – This includes volunteer accommodation, volunteer transport, support staff costs, travel costs and some volunteer meals.
Operational Costs 11% – Costs of running Globalteer.
√ In-country support from Globalteer staff in Cusco.
√ Peru orientation guide and induction on arrival.
√ Free Cusco town tour.
√ All necessary project equipment and materials.
√ All necessary project training by experienced staff.
√ Globalteer tote bag and welcome pack.
√ Project donation.
√ Daily local bus transport to and from your project.
With the Accommodation Packages
√ Free airport pick up from Cusco international airport.
√ Accommodation in the Volunteer House, a hostel or hotel, or a family homestay. The Volunteer House and Homestay include food.
What’s not included
- Medical and travel insurance
- Vaccinations and inoculations
- Onward transport at the end of your placement
- Police or background check (where necessary)
What do everyday items cost?
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol, and there are approximately 4.20 Soles to the pound and 3.20 Soles to the US dollar. The cost of living in Peru is low compared to most countries in the developed world. The costs of some typical items are:
- Bus ride up to half an hour - 1 Sol
- Taxi journey up to 10 minutes - 4 Soles
- Meal in a market - 6 Soles
- Bottle of soft drink - 1.5 Soles
- Coffee - 5 Soles
- Meal in a restaurant - 10Soles to 40 Soles