Peru

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent three weeks volunteering in Peru’s coastal capital of Lima. It turned it to be one of the most fun and fulfilling experiences of my life, and I really wish I was able to stay longer. I participated in the Special Needs/Childcare program, and at first it was a little overwhelming since I had no prior experience with working with the special needs, as well as a very small amount of Spanish speaking abilities. However, after a day or two, I felt as if I could have done it for the rest of my life. Everyone was so appreciative of us and they were always happy to see us at the placement. Leaving the children was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time. In just three short weeks I felt as if they became a piece of me and my happiness. Nothing was better than walking into the placement and seeing them all smile and get excited to see us. It felt so great to be appreciated and see what we were doing make such a positive impact on them, and I hope I can inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and experience something as beneficial as this volunteer program has been for me. In regards to the volunteer house and the utilization of free time, I couldn’t have imagined it be any better. I met people from all around the world, so I learned about more cultures than just Peru. I will dearly miss the times I had relaxing and exploring the city with my new friends. Sometimes, I think I miss them more than anything. The people you meet on these journeys can become just as important to you as the journey itself, and I definitely experienced that. However, it is so cool that I am now able to say I have friends all around the world and I look forward to seeing them again one day. We were well taken care of throughout the trip with good food, a nice accommodation and knowledgeable supervisors and coordinators that helped us with whatever we needed. I’m so glad I decided to volunteer with IVHQ in Lima. It will be an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 12, 2018
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Volunteering in Peru was the most amazing experience I've ever had. I had the opotunity to get to know new people, making friends and having a new family around the world. The program was so complete, everything was clear and safe. The house was great, as well as the food and the staff there. Everybody was there to make it feel like home.
I can see that I'm a different person now. Tolerance, friendship and empathy are the words that can describe my 2 months in Perú.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 3, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Volunteering with IVHQ was an incredible experience. I met amazing friends and learned so much about Peruvian culture. It was an excellent way to visit the country and become immersed in the culture while still being a tourist. My host family was fantastic and the program staff are very helpful and friendly and work to make it a great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 1, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I participated in the Global Crossroad medical volunteer program. I volunteered at La Clinica Maco Capac in Cusco, Peru. I will be going to medical school, so I felt that this provided good prep for me. I also had the opportunity to practice my Spanish, which improved greatly in a few weeks time. Overall I had a good experience with Global Crossroad and would volunteer with them again. The country coordinator was professional and answered any questions that I had. It was an unforgettable experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 30, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I did the health care program in Cusco, Peru. I stayed with a local host family and felt like I was really apart of their family since it was over the holidays. I thought that the program was set up well. Roger, the country coordinator, picked me up directly from the airport and took me to my host family, He showed me how to get to the clinic daily, which I was nervous about, but it went well. There is so much to do in Peru and I loved the volunteer program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 30, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

First of all, I had an amazing time in Cusco, Peru volunteering with IFRE. I volunteered at a small and local clinic, about 15 minutes by bus from my host family. I felt that in my two weeks I really learned a lot. The best part was my host family. You get place with other volunteers your age, which was nice. I love the host mom and felt at home. The Spanish class was amazing and taught by real professionals.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 30, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Globalteer

I am really enjoying my time in Peru with Globalteer. The staff are wonderful and it is great to have them in Cuzco to support my time abroad. The project is amazing and the kids are so much fun to work with. The volunteers help in the arts class as well as English and games. I really enjoy doing the arts classes with the kids, they are so creative. Cuzco is such an amazing city, I really do not want to leave!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad did a really great job of making us all feel safe, even during riots at the time. We were under constant supervision at all times, even for tasks when we were forced to split into smaller groups (like taking cabs home).
The 40 hours of volunteer work was balanced between an elderly home and a kindergarten. In the elderly home you could choose to interact with the seniors or work in the kitchen. In the kindergartens, everyone was split between classrooms and acted as a TA to the teacher present.
Living conditions were great, they make sure you are with a couple other people.
About 3/4's of the group came individually, so don't feel hesitant to sign up without a friend. Everyone got along great.
The trip to Machu Picchu was unsurprisingly amazing, but the rest of the trip was so excellent that it just seems like one of many highlights.
I would definitely recommend this program for anyone between 16-18 years old who enjoys interacting with people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 10, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

I had a great experience with Projects Abroad. My parents were a little worried about security and the political situation the country I would volunteer in would be so I picked Peru and it was a great choice! Projects Abroad always made sure we were happy and if we wanted to do change something in our schedule all we had to do was ask! They were very welcoming. I met so many great people like my host family, other volunteers and the staff. Not only did I volunteer but we visited Peru and its various cultural sights. Overall I had a great time and I would definitely do it again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 30, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I had a great experience with Projects Abroad. My parents were a little worried about security and the political situation the country I would volunteer in would be so I picked Peru and it was a great choice! Projects Abroad always made sure we were happy and if we wanted to do change something in our schedule all we had to do was ask! They were very welcoming. I met so many great people like my host family, other volunteers and the staff. Not only did I volunteer but we visited Peru and its various cultural sights. Overall I had a great time and I would definitely do it again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 30, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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