Peru Community Project

Volunteer with Children in Peru at our Community Project!

Volunteer with children in Peru at an educational program designed to give underprivileged children the chance of a better future. Work alongside Globalteer staff at Picaflor House Community Project and make a difference! Volunteer in the magnificent Cusco and get to visit the incredible Machu Picchu.

Talk to Candice who lives in Cusco. Email me directly at info@globalteer.org or use the contact form below:

Project Overview

Immerse yourself in rich Peruvian culture while working with Globalteer's international and local staff in the incredible city of Cusco. Volunteer with children in Peru and work at projects like Picaflor House Community Project, helping disadvantaged children.

Become a volunteer teaching assistant to local staff; assisting with English classes, arts, games, sports and support the development of these amazing kids. Volunteer in Cusco among the breath-taking scenery of the Andes mountains for a life changing experience!

Volunteer with Children in Peru and make a real difference!

This programme allows you to make a difference working with a UK Charity. You can gain new skills whilst volunteering in Cusco with amazing children at an educational programme.

You will have the opportunity to learn Spanish and visit the amazing sites that Cusco has to offer including the incredible Machu Picchu. Join us at one of our most popular volunteer programmes!

Summary of the Peru Volunteer Project

The Project: Volunteer with Children in Peru to be part of an inspirational and holistic after-school educational programme for 80 children in a mountain village near Cusco. The project gives free classes and homework help to under-privileged children. The project is also a safe place to play, to learn traditional music and dance. The children are provided free fruit, clean drinking water and a nutritious lunch daily. Join us at Picaflor House Community Project and make a difference!

Project Location: The UNESCO world heritage-listed city of Cusco in Peru’s breath-taking Andes Mountains. The city is home to countless museums, restaurants, Inca ruins and fabulous Spanish colonial architecture.

Main Volunteer Activities: Volunteers work with our foreign and local Peruvian staff assisting with English, arts & crafts, and computing classes. Also helping out with sports & games and in the kindergarten.

Hours: Volunteers work from Mon to Fri, afternoons only, with mornings free for sightseeing or Spanish classes. Weekends are free for relaxing or travelling through this beautiful and diverse country.

Duration: Volunteer placements are year-round and for 1 to 12 weeks.

Volunteer Accommodation: Choose from a private ensuite room in a 2* Hotel, shared dorm in a hostel, or private room in a family homestay.

Requirements to Volunteer in Peru: Volunteers at this project must be aged 18+ and have fluent English or Spanish. As you will be volunteering with vulnerable children we also require a background check.

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£299 / US$399

Project History

Picaflor House Community Project was founded by Globalteer in 2010. After setting up an after school programme in Cambodia, we recognized the need for a similar educational programme in the region of Cusco where we saw vulnerable children wandering the streets after state school classes had finished

We visited a number of communities in order to identify where the need and the potential for impact was greatest. The project was opened in the village of Oropesa in November 2010.

The community

Many of the villagers the project works with have moved from remote mountain areas to the village in search of work and a better future for their children. Their level of formal education is often low and it is not uncommon for them to have left education after primary school. This can lead to low incomes, a risky reliance on subsistence farming and poor awareness of basic health and hygiene regimes; resulting in poor health. In addition, for many of the parents in the village, Spanish is their second language after Quechua. This therefore makes it difficult for them to help and support their children with their school work.

Picaflor House has worked closely with the community to address both the problems and their causes and is really making a difference.

How Picaflor House is helping

For the first year the project worked out of the local school in Oropesa, and taught classes three times per week in English, Art, and Mathematics.

Picaflor House now has its own site with classrooms, a computer room, art room, kitchen, playground and garden and is attended by up to 80 children every day. Activities include an academic programme supporting the state school curriculum. Also a non-academic programme including chess, sports, photography, and traditional music and dance. A healthy lunch programme has been added for children most in need.

Volunteer with Children in Peru at this project and you can be part of these amazing programmes supporting kids in Cusco.

Why the project need volunteers

Picaflor House receives no state funding. Only through volunteer support, private donations and grants the project continues working with the children of Oropesa and their families, setting them up for a bright future.

Volunteers make a huge difference working with the permanent project staff; helping with a variety of activities to suit your skills and experience. Volunteer with Children in Peru to bring much needed extra pairs of hands to help teach children. Introduce new enthusiasm, energy and ideas into every day of your stay.

Learn more about the Peru Volunteer Programme

Globalteer has been working in Peru since 2007 and we have a wealth of experience in this amazing country. If you want to Volunteer in Peru then come and join our amazing team in Cusco.

Learn about what it was like for volunteers when they visited Cusco during Inti Raymi, the biggest festival of the year.

Get to know when is the Best Time to go to Peru and experience it's wonderful and ancient culture.

Read more posts about the Peru Volunteer Programme.

Typical Volunteer Duties

Volunteers work from 1pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday with all weekends off. This gives you plenty of time to relax, take in some sightseeing or learn Spanish in the mornings. Volunteers take the bus to the project which is about 45 minutes from the centre of Cusco; arriving in time to help out with the lunch programme. You don't need to speak Spanish to be an effective volunteer at any of our Peru projects. Many volunteers like to take advantage of being in a Spanish-speaking country to learn Spanish or to brush up on those rusty language skills.

All our volunteers in Cusco have the option of taking Spanish classes. Classes are tailor-made to suit each volunteer's level of Spanish. So it doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner or just need to brush up a bit.

Tasks when you Volunteer in Peru

There is always a range of tasks to be carried out by volunteers. You will work with our local staff on some or all of the following:

  • Assisting local staff preparing for classes
  • Assisting to teach English classes
  • Helping out with arts & crafts, games and sports
  • Assisting children with their school homework
  • Assisting our local teachers with maths, reading and communication classes
  • Helping to supervise children on local excursions and outings
  • Assisting in cleaning classrooms and playgrounds
  • Assisting with general maintenance around the project
Volunteer Reviews from the Peru Community Volunteer Programme

Why not read about previous volunteer experiences? Get to know more about what you will doing when you volunteer in Cusco with Globalteer.

Volunteer Spotlight: Maria

Volunteer Spotlight: David

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Accommodation when your Volunteer in Peru with Globalteer

Volunteers at the Peru Community Project can choose from a range of accommodation options including 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:

Hostel - Shared Dormitory
Volunteer accommodation in Cusco

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
Volunteer hotel in Peru

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.

Family Homestay

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 accommodation
Volunteer accommodation in Cusco, Peru

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

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.

Machu Picchu

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 forts and 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.

You could be there for the Chocolatada in December or the amazing Inti Raymi Festival in June.

Volunteer in Peru and the Globalteer team will make sure you have an amazing cultural experience!

Amazon Rainforest

For a truly unique experience, you can also visit the Amazon Rainforest. The small rainforest city of Puerto Maldonado in the amazing Madre de Dios Region of the southern Amazon basin is only 10 hours from Cusco by bus and under an hour by air.

Lake Titicaca

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.

Lima

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.

Arequipa

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.

Fee Options

Base Donation

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.

Shared Dorm Package

The Shared Dorm package fee includes everything in the base donation plus Shared Dormitory style accommodation & private airport collection.

Homestay Accommodation Package

The Homestay Accommodation package fee includes everything in the base donation plus private accommodation in a Peruvian middle class family home, all your meals  & private airport collection.

Standard Hotel Package

The Standard Hotel package fee includes everything in the base donation plus accommodation in a Private en-suite hotel & private airport collection.

Upgrade Hotel

Volunteers can also choose to upgrade their accommodation to a hotel which includes more facilities and larger rooms. Accommodations are carefully selected by our team in Peru for their great locations, suitability for volunteers and value for money.

British Pounds £
Weeks Base Donation Shared Dorm or Homestay Standard Hotel Upgrade hotel
1 £314 £411 £449 £625
2 £389 £584 £660 £1,011
3 £464 £756 £871 £1,397
4 £540 £929 £1,082 £1,783
Extra weeks £75 £173 £211 £386

United States Dollars USD$
Weeks Base Donation Shared Dorm or Homestay Standard Hotel Upgrade hotel
1 $408 $534 $584 $811
2 $506 $758 $858 $1,312
3 $604 $982 $1,132 $1,813
4 $702 $1,206 $1,406 $2,314
Extra weeks $98 $224 $274 $501

Value add-ons

As a UK charity, Globalteer only works with ethical and responsible partners. These value add-ons are part of our social enterprise efforts to support our projects and charitable objectives.

Tailor-made Spanish classes suitable for beginners or people with advanced language skills: GBP£43 / USD$56 for 5 one-hour classes.
Globalteer can also organise your trip to Machu Picchu or other tours in Peru. Please let us know your requirements.

Financial Transparency

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:

Where Your Money Goes

To discover why you should consider choosing Globalteer, please visit the following page:

About Globalteer

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.

Pie chart on fees tab
What’s Included

        √  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 a hostel or hotel, or a family homestay which includes all meals.

What’s not included
  • Flights
  • 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

Cusco Accommodation questions

Yes of course, and we can arrange this for you. The cost for additional nights are as follows: Shared Dorm / Homestay - GBP£14 / US$18, Standard hotel - GBP£20 / US$26, Upgrade Hotel - GBP£45 / US$58.
For a couple or three sharing, there is only a discount on the upgrade hotel as follows: For two sharing there is a discount of GBP£115 / US$150 per person, per week on the upgrade accommodation. For three sharing there is a discount of GBP£145 / US$190 per person, per week on the upgrade accommodation.
Families are welcome at this project and the fees are as follows: Children 13 years and under pay no base donation fee, Children 14 to 17 pay 50% of the base donation fee. Accommodation for each child is charged at a weekly rate of: Shared Dorm / Homestay - GBP£98 / US$126, Standard hotel - GBP£140 / US$182, Upgrade Hotel - GBP£315 / US$406.
“You’re guaranteed to leave with some of your greatest memories.”

Maria, Teacher, Ireland

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