Travel to South America and do community volunteer work in Peru for teenagers. You’ll support disadvantaged children at a daycare centre or kindergarten, and encourage them to learn through play. You’ll also use your own two hands to do light renovation work. This is a great way to get practical childcare experience, and give back at the same time.
A lot of your time will be spent with children. You’ll plan and run fun games and educational activities, and give local teachers and caregivers a helping hand. You’ll also do renovation work at the centre, like painting a classroom or building basic furniture.
You’ll live and work with a group of volunteers your age in Cusco, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, our staff have exciting activities planned for you, like salsa dance classes and a trip to Machu Picchu.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll spend your time at a daycare centre or kindergarten, working with children and doing renovation work. These are some of the main activities you will be involved with during your project:
- Support staff at childcare facilities and help children learn through play
- Give back to the community on outreach days
- Learn about Peruvian culture and history during fun classes and activities
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Assist staff at childcare facilities to help children learn through play
You’ll work with children at a daycare centre or kindergarten, and support the work of local teachers and caregivers. You may also work at a centre for children with disabilities.
You’ll help run fun educational activities to encourage children to learn important skills through play. You can use sports, arts and crafts, educational games, and other activities. You’ll also focus on literacy and numeracy, and teach the ABCs and 123s. You can also promote hygiene among the children, and encourage them to wash their hands before and after meals.
Give back to the community on outreach days
We have organised days where you will improve facilities or give back to a community through a specific activity. For example, you can spend a day painting walls or educational murals at a local school. You can also work at a centre for the elderly for a day. You’ll offer company and conversation to the elderly, and help prepare meals.
Learn about Peruvian culture and history during fun classes and activities
Peru is a fascinating country, rich in culture and heritage. You’ll get to take part in some interesting cultural practices during fun workshops. You can learn to cook local dishes during a Peruvian cooking class, or attend a ceramics workshop. If you’re up for it, you can even take part in salsa dance classes. Over a weekend, you’ll visit the breath-taking site of Machu Picchu. You can also shop til you drop at colourful markets.
Throughout it all, you’ll be with a group of teenagers your age and Projects Abroad staff.
Where will I work in Peru?
You’ll be based in Cusco, a fascinating city that that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cusco is the second largest city in Peru, and is located near the Urubamba Valley in the lush green landscapes of the Andes mountain range. The city is filled with beautiful architecture from many centuries of civilisation.
Your work will take place at a day care centre, kindergarten, a centre for children with disabilities, and various other facilities. The staff here are dedicated, but they need extra support to give large numbers of children the attention they need in the classroom.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
My time in Peru, even if short, was very sweet and left me memories that I will always remember! I went alone, something which I was scared about at the beginning, but actually turned out to be the best option and really helped me with my confidence.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
Meet the team in Peru
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