Community Development – Andean Immersion in Peru

Andean Immersion Cusco
Planting Potatoes at the Andean Community

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.

Andean Immersion: Learn Quechua

Andean Community Immersion at the Sacred Valley CuscoLiving 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.

Accommodation at a Rural Village

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!

Be physically prepared for the Andean Immersion

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.



Start Dates & Arrival

Location: Sacred Valley – Cusco

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.

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.

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




  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of  U$ 149.00 on top of the program fee.

Peru Fee 18.05.18

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)
  • 2 meals per day from Monday to Saturday (breakfast & dinner)
  • 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.

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



Accommodation & Meals

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



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.


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More Volunteer Opportunities in Peru

Choose from some more volunteer opportunities in Peru!

If you love children, you can choose from educational work at a kindergarten, or teach English at school.

Furthermore we offer two different stages for medical students: you can work as a medical volunteer at a healthcare center in Cusco, or gain some practical experience with a dental internship.

If you are passionate about learning about local culture in Peru, you can experience the life of a village in the Peruvian Amazon.

Finally, if you are into architecture or love some practical work, try out our construction volunteering project.