Volunteers in Peru stay with local host families. We believe that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community. Host families do not speak English, creating a full immersion environment to help participants improve their Spanish language skills. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
Spanish classes are not included in the program fees but can be set up either at a language school or with a private teacher. The cost of language classes vary depending on the type of class and number of class members.
Lima/Cusco: Participants should arrive on Saturday or Sunday. Other than this, the arrival dates are completely flexible.
Ayacucho: Arrival dates are totally flexible.
In December, we ask that participants not arrive December 22-28. This allows our coordinator and their staff to spend the Christmas holiday with their family.
If your program is in Lima or the Marine Reserve you will want to fly into the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). For Cusco, you will fly into the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) and in Ayacucho, the Coronel FAP Alfredo Mendívil Duarte Airport (AYP).
For Ayacucho, it's usually cheaper to first book your flight into Lima and then book a separate flight from Lima to Ayacucho. Flights into Ayacucho are usually in the early morning and mid-afternoon. We can help you book a hostel in Lima if you need to spend a night there or you are welcome to spend a few days exploring Lima before continuing onto Ayacucho.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. You can find more Insurance Tips Here.
After you fill out the application form on our website, our applications adviser will be in touch to help you with the next steps.