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Volunteer in Peru – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs with IKPVA!

Volunteer in Peru Arequipa, Cusco or Iquitos choose from affordable volunteer programs like Childcare, Child Development, Medical Volunteering, a special Dental Program or Work with a Jungle Community. One of the favorite programs of our volunteers is the special Andean Immersion Program!

Volunteer in Peru at a glance:

Volunteer Programs to match all skills & interests


Volunteering in Peru – Overview

Volunteer in Peru with IKPVA – Most affordable programs

Peru has long been a country that boasts an array of options for the adventurous traveller. Drawn in by the magnificent Inca remains at Machu Picchu, visitors are amazed to learn about the huge variety of other things this beautiful country has to offer. With 28 individual climates there is a huge natural diversity, from the snowy tips of the Andes to the prolific rainforest of the Peruvian amazon. Choose to go sand-boarding in the Huacachina desert or take it easy at Lake Titicaca; climb fiery volcanos, delve into cavernous canyons or go surfing at one of Peru’s beautiful beaches.

Peru: Natural Beauty and Fascinating Peruvians

People that come on account of the immense natural beauty, stay on account of the people. Peruvians are a polite, hard-working and fascinating people. Many still have a direct link with their Inca ancestors, proudly conserving the Quechua culture that has so much history and importance here. Our volunteers are always taken aback by their peaceful and welcoming attitude and their enthusiasm to share stories and knowledge about their own culture and to learn about others.

Volunteer in Peru to Help Building a Fair Society

Like much of Latin America, Peru has a high coefficient of inequality in social groups, and in many areas people live with very little. By joining one of our projects you can make a valuable contribution to the local society. You will work together with volunteers from all over the world towards bridging the gap between those who are better off and those less fortunate.

Wide Range of Affordable Volunteer Programs in Peru

IKPVA has a wide range of flexible projects and Internships to volunteer in Peru, from one week to twelve weeks involving Health, Education, Renovation and Construction, as well as Andean and Jungle immersion.

Our volunteering programs offer you exceptional opportunities to live and work in Arequipa – the White City; Cusco – the home of Inca Empire; and Iquitos – the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

Volunteer projects in Peru

Teaching and Child Development in Peru at a Rural Kindergarten

Volunteer in Peru working as a teaching assistant in a rural kindergarten.

In our teaching assistant projects you will be working as a part of PRONOEI. PRONOEI is a Peruvian government sponsored preschool initiative in the poorest areas of Peru, where mothers from within the community receive teacher training to work with a group of 30 children between 3 to 5 years old. These community mothers, also called promotoras, have a huge challenge to keep their classes running, receiving very little support from the Peruvian state. They are nonetheless doing a formidable job, but that`s why receiving volunteers to assist in the classroom can be such a huge help.

You will be assisting them with classroom activities and playing with the children. The facilities in these PRONOEIs are facing limitations and often only can provide the most basic. Since they are often lacking adequate restrooms, large enough classrooms, playground areas and teaching materials, you will need to develop some creativity. But the children you are going to attend are so happy and thankful to be receiving an education that you will find the experience to be truly humbling. In your spare time you can explore the mysteries of this astounding place and get to know the real Peru.

Volunteer with Child Development in Arequipa, Cusco or Iquitos

You can choose between projects in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the Inca capital and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.

Volunteers in Iquitos will be located inside an Amazonian ethnic group located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city.

Volunteers must love children and have a positive and creative attitude to make the most of the limited resources available. You will gain valuable teaching experience, while helping to keep these educational projects going.

Learn more…

Childcare Volunteer in Peru

Volunteer with Childcare in Peru

Volunteer in Peru in our Childcare program in Arequipa where we place volunteers in a Wawa Wasi (Quechua words meaning house of the kids). The Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care in responding to the need for day care for children under 4, children of working mothers or parents; particularly girls and boys who are vulnerable, and/or are living in conditions of poverty or extreme poverty. The Management Committee and the Supervisory Board perform their tasks free of charge, providing their time and social commitment in support of the children of their community.

Share Love and Joy with the Children at the Day Care Center

Working with these children is extremely worthwhile and will give you the opportunity to see life in a different way. Children assisting in this day care center have the chance to socialize, play and learn new skills in a safe area. These day care centers desperately need volunteers because they work with 8 children from 1 month to 4 years of age to each one care giver. Your role is to organize short indoor activities such as art & craft, reading fairytale stories, coloring, playing games, serving food, cleaning and tidying, etc.

Volunteers must have a lot of love and energy to give to these children, and can expect to receive the same in kind. A flexible attitude is also vital to making the most rewarding experience.

Voluneer work in Arequipa, Peru’s Beautiful White-Stone City

You will be living in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano. In your spare time you can explore the mysteries of this astounding place and get to know the real Peru.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime.

Medical Volunteer Program in Peru

A doctor in ur volunteer in Peru medical program

Volunteer in Peru in our medical programs and leave your mark! You will be placed in medical centers located in disadvantaged areas around Peru, providing care mainly to low income families. These medical centers are not well equipped and most of the time there is not enough medical staff to meet all the demands of the patients.

The health project is particularly suitable for Pre medical and Medical students who want to gain valuable clinical experience. All the volunteers in this program work alongside and in assistance of the local doctors and nurses.

Pre-med students can help the medical staff taking weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, making beds, cleaning, preparing materials, administering vaccinations and sterilizing equipment. Med students with previous medical experience or good grasp of Spanish will be shadowing a doctor and will be asked to clean wounds, give injections, sutures, consult rooms and specialized departments, assisting doctors taking physicals and histories and drawing blood samples.

If you apply for this program you have the choice of working in three different cities across Peru.

You can choose between projects in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the Inca capital and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.


  • Volunteers who join the health project play an important role helping doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Therefore it is vital that volunteers speak Spanish to at least an Intermediate level, as the patients can only speak Spanish.
  • Volunteers must provide a CV and have a level of training, or experience in a medical field.

Each volunteer needs to have medical scrubs, medical gloves, shoes and first aid kit to work with.


Community Development – Andean Immersion in Peru

Have an exciting experience as a volunteer in Peru with the Andean immersion project. Since you will live in a rural village, you will fully take part in the traditional Andean life. Moreover you will learn about traditional agriculture and textile production, which are the base of subsistence. During your stay at the Sacred Valley of Cusco to get to know first-hand the agricultural practices and process of making textiles with natural dyes.

Learn some Quechua

Living with a local family will give you the opportunity to learn their language (they speak Quechua; Spanish is their second language and they do not speak any English). Moreover, you will experience their lifestyle, and taste their cuisine. Some of their recipes date back to Inca times and are still on the menu nowadays.

Stunning views and recipes dating from Inka times at the Sacred Valley

Due to the remote setting of the village in the Sacred Valley, you will live with simple meals and a basic accommodation. But the stunning views of the beautiful landscape make more than up for this!

For the Andean Immersion project, it´s crucial to be healthy! Since you do manual labour for most of your volunteer time, you need to be physically prepared. Your tasks will include preparing the earth, seeding and harvesting. So, if you are a hard worker and you are ready to do experience things that you never expected, this is the program for you.

Construction & Renovation Volunteer Program

Volunteer building a wall in our construction programVolunteer in Peru in our construction projects and help to create a positive impact.

According the number of volunteers and the needs of the community we work in schools, orphanages, family homes, and medical and community centres to improve the living conditions of the people living in underprivileged areas. We work alongside the community and families to help to promote social change and impact by working together. There are no words to describe the satisfaction of seeing the completion of a renovation project, and the effect that it has on the local people. This project is unique and rewarding as it offers volunteers the chance to see their immediate impact in the community in which they work.

Every day the tasks of the project vary depending on the current need of the public and feasibility based on the number Volunteers painting a mural in our renovation programof volunteers. When we work in houses for disadvantaged families work can vary from renovation to painting and gardening. You will see the smiles and happiness of the benefited families, something which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

You can choose between projects in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the home of the Incas and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.

Please note: This project is available for a minimum of 5 people arriving together.

Child Development

A volunteer in Peru helping a chid to writeVolunteer in Peru working in a special needs school in Cusco.

This project locates volunteers in  a special needs school in Cusco This school is for children and youth with different learning difficulties, as well as children with physical incapacities or visual/ hearing problems. The students are aged from three to twenty five years and their needs and capabilities are varied.

The school is divided into the following classes, according to age and needs: kindergarten, primary, division multiple complex, deaf school and practical training. The number of children per classroom varies from 6 to 15 and teachers do not otherwise have assistants or helpers in the class. Your role will vary depending on the needs of the teachers and the children, but your presence will be truly appreciated by everyone here. There is also a room for physiotherapy and volunteers with any experience or training would be greatly appreciated.

Working and living in Cusco is an incredible life experience. You will see the real life of the cusquenians and will be part of their traditions, customs. Moreover you will taste the authentic Cusco cuisine at the home stay.

Volunteer in Peru Teaching English in Iquitos

Marco teaching English in Peru
Marco with his English students

Go for a volunteer trip and teach English in Peru at a high school located in an Amazonian community. As an English teacher, you will provide evening classes for other members of the community as well. Within your English students in the evening, there will be often artisans who make pottery and embroidery. Since they sell their pottery to tourists, they are  eager to learn basic phrases in English. This will help them greatly to be able to communicate with tourists.

Our volunteers are often taken aback and inspired by the eagerness of their students to learn and communicate in English. therefore the volunteers find teaching a rewarding experience. Since you will give these students the opportunity to practice with a fluent English speaker, they can improve their language skills for a better future. Since the school is located close to the riverside, you will have an incredible view on the Amazon.

Incredibly rewarding experience…

Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.- Marco Fiorito

You will be living in Iquitos in the Loreto region of Peru – the world’s nature reserve. During your free time you can explore all the mysteries and wonders of this beautiful part of the world.

Special Program – Dental Program in Cusco

Volunteer in Peru in our dental program located in a facility in an underprivileged area of Cusco, providing vital services to low income families. Volunteers will be working to develop a free dental healthcare campaign to help ensure that everyone has access to the treatment they need.

The dental internship is particularly suitable for graduates and final year students who want to gain valuable clinical experience. It is also possible for us to place students who aren’t in their final years, but you will be restricted to observing and helping with non-clinical tasks.

The public medical centres here are under budget and will not allow the free use of products/materials, therefore it is required that interns participating in this project bring their own supplies. Each intern should bring at least: medical gloves, shoes, first aid kit, periodontology kits, conservation kits, 3. 50 dental needle-different sizes, white medical jacket and Scrubs (to wear daily), alcohol wipes, gauze, medical cotton, dental composite resins (white fillings).

By working in this project you will be a huge help within the community, providing much needed treatment which otherwise the people could not afford. You will also get to witness treatments from a different country’s perspective.

You will be living in Cusco, the gateway to the sacred valley and Machu Pichu and the archaeological capital of the Americas. It is a cosmopolitan city with one of the richest heritages of South America; when you are not working you will be free to explore this amazing place.

Special Volunteer Program – Jungle Community Immersion Program

Volunteer dances with native Peruvian in our Andean Immersion program to volunteer in PeruThis project offers you the incredible opportunity to live and work within an Amazonian ethnic community. Volunteers have may teach Basic English, work in the craft workshop, plant yucca trees and pick fruits according the season, and help their host family in their daily jobs.

You will be accommodated in a basic home stay in the Kukama Reserve where the members are descendants of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group. Their day starts early feeding their animals, going to the farm to pick up firewood to cook, and carrying water. During the day people spend their time preparing the natural fibers to make handbags, bracelets, dream catchers, traditional masks etc. Volunteer in Peru in this immersion program to help your host family in their daily activities.

The life in this rural town is basic; you will not find the amenities you are used to. The experience here is flexible and personal, you have the freedom to take part in different activities during your placement, exploring sides of life in the jungle. This is perfect for those wanting to immerse deep with nature and find joy in the simple life. Your host family will teach you about wild plants used for medicine, food, and tools and will show you beautiful and relaxing views.

This project has so much potential for a traveller, you’ll have opportunity to go bird watching, swim in small Amazonian lakes, visit nearby ethnic groups, navigate the jungle in canoes, learn to speak the dialect, and most importantly connect with nature.

Please note that as the community is located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city it is important that you know how to swim.

Affordable Volunteering in Peru – Program Fees

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee*

Volunteer in Peru Table of Program Fees
Volunteer in Peru table of program fees - Cusco

What is included in the program fee?

  • Airport Pickup in the volunteer location
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects (shared rooms in home-stays or volunteer residence)
  • 3 meals per day from Monday to Saturday
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. These programs are the most affordable to volunteer in Peru.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our Peru programs normally find US$ 70 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

To avoid extra bank fees and exchange rate losses the program fee should be paid to the host country during the orientation only.. 

*Refundable up to 60 days before the program start date according to our Terms & Conditions

Construction & Renovation

Project requires an extra cost of $45 per each week. This extra cost will go towards purchasing basic supplies, for example brooms, paints and paint brushes. The construction project is for a minimum of 5 participants arriving together.

Medical and Dental projects in Cusco

Require an administrative fee of $100 for 1 week to 4 weeks, $200 for 5 weeks to 8 weeks, $300 for 9 to 12weeks. This is a mandatory requirement to place a volunteer in Cusco volunteer project and is added to the Program Fee invoice.

What is not included in Volunteer in Peru program fee?

Flights to Peru, visas and/or entry-exit fees, vaccinations, local transportation, travel & health Insurance, laundry and Internet, meals on Sundays, personal expenses, tours, materials to develop the program (if necessary),other optional activities, and excursions and airport drop off.

Volunteering in Peru – Project details


We offer projects in 3 different stunning locations for you to volunteer in Peru: Arequipa, Cusco, or Iquitos.

Arequipa is Peru’s ashlar white stone city; it is awash with snow-capped mountains, volcanoes including the famous El Misti, deep canyons such as Cotahuasi and Colca, small coves and beaches.

Cusco is the home of the Incas and the archaeological capital of the Americas. Cusco is a cosmopolitan city, yet you shouldn’t be surprised to see a pet llama; it is the gateway to sacred valley and Machu Pichu, and is steeped in rich heritage.

Iquitos is the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Forests grow on white sands and are home to an extremely diverse array of flora and fauna.

Very important information: The weather in Amazon is unpredictable. There will be some activities that are not viable under harsh weather conditions so Iko Poran reserves the right to change the activities described previously at the discretion of the in country Coordinator, based on safety/weather operational considerations.

Volunteers in Arequipa and Cusco should also be aware of the altitude. Altitude sickness is common, and it often takes a few days to acclimatize.

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteers working with us in Peru are placed either into host families or at a volunteer residence depending on the project. Three meals a day are provided from Mondays through Saturdays (breakfast & lunch are full meals, dinner is light).

Start & Duration

Projects in Peru start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Participants on our volunteer in Peru programs should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks


Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.

Volunteer Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.

Language Requirements

To enroll in our volunteer in Peru programs it is important that you have a grasp of the basics of the Spanish language; in order to be able to communicate with the local people, the other staff/ patients/ children. We offer a week of Spanish lessons on arrival, it is highly recommended that you take at least these 20 hours before you start with the volunteering. Once you speak enough Spanish to communicate with the people, you will start work in your program for at least one more week. If you already know Spanish, or would like to take more than one week of classes, that can be easily arranged with your program coordinator.


You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.