2020 Summer Program suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Peru has it all: beautiful and diverse geography, a 10,000 year old history, incredible architectural features, colorfully vibrant cultures, and some of the best food in the world! Immerse yourself in the Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley) while living with your host family. Experience the ancient stillness of Machu Picchu and learn about Inca traditions that are still relevant today. Learn some new phrases in Quechua while you help your host family harvest potatoes and enjoy the winter temperatures.

Example Itinerary

*This is an example itinerary based on the general outline of an AMIGOS project. Dates, topics, and activities subject to change.

Day 1

Volunteers arrive. Project staff meet them at the airport and the group travels together to Cuzco.

Week 1

Briefing. Project staff lead all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Peru Project. Meet all other students on your project and spend a few days getting to know each other, learning about Sacred Valley and Cuzco, and doing fun activities. After briefing, project staff bring volunteers to their host communities to meet their host families.

Week 2

Week 1 in community. Lead day camps for kids and get to know your new host community!

Week 3

Week 2 in community. Lead day camps for kids and start talking to your fellow community members about your service project. You get to work with your community to figure out the project, so you get the chance to really have ownership over this initiative.

Week 4

Week 3 in community. Continue leading day camps and start work on your service project.

Week 5

Week 4 in community. Continue leading day camps and working on your service project. Around the middle of your time in Peru, you’ll meet up with fellow volunteers in other communities for a day of fun and relaxation.

Week 6

Week 5 in community. Travel to Machu Picchu with other AMIGOS volunteers! Continue leading day camps and working on your service project.

Week 7

Week 6 in community. Wrap up your service project or hand it off with a sustainable transition plan. Attend a despedida (goodbye party) and say goodbye to your host family and community members.

Week 8

Travel to meet up with the rest of the volunteers and staff on your project for Debriefing. Spend several days processing your experience and getting ready to head home. Do fun things like visiting tourist sites, souvenir shopping, and hanging out with other volunteers.

Final day

Fly home!

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Local Chapter 8 weeks

Find a chapter near you for a local training calendar!

2020 Program suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read an open letter from our President & CEO.

15–22 -

$4,250 + group fundraising

National Chapter 8 weeks

2020 Program suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read an open letter from our President & CEO.

15–22 -

$5,750

About the Country

Population

1.2 million

Climate

Cuzco has a subtropical highland climate, so it’s generally dry and temperate. Winter is April-September, with lots of sunshine and the occasional freeze. The coldest month is typically July, with an average of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Food

Arroz chaufa (fried rice), ceviche (raw fish and seafood marinated in lime), cuy (guinea pig), potatoes

Languages Spoken

Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Fun Facts
  • Peru is the third-largest country in South America
  • There are 10 million alpacas in the world, and three-quarters of them live in Peru
  • A proud Peruvian phrase is, “Soy más Peruano que la papa” (I am more Peruvian than the potato).
Example Volunteer Projects
  • Partner with your host community to improve their shared greenhouse 
  • Collaborate with local youth to implement a small-scale recycling system
  • Coordinate with community leaders to develop an organic, collective compost
Peru

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Learn Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after going through our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!

Make an Impact

AMIGOS works with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects. It has been our experience that a service project is sustainable only when the community owns it and participates in the effort. You will collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as community members, earning up to 270 service hours.

Gain a New (Host) Family

You’ll get to do way more than just travel — you’ll live with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life. Become part of your host community, making friends with and working alongside community members. Share holidays, celebrations, and everyday life in a way you can only experience through authentic cultural immersion. AMIGOS volunteers and their host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after their project ends. All of our host families are vetted and trained before volunteers arrive.

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations your host country has to offer, like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Training for AMIGOS and Beyond

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like: multicultural understanding, health and safety, community development; travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

Upon arrival in the field, you’ll start country-specific training with your group of fellow volunteers. During your time abroad, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor. Finally, at the end of your service, come together again as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what you learned in context, preparing to go home, and going on fun excursions around the country.

Want to volunteer abroad?

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Project Director: Katherine Seevers

Katherine graduated from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in 2016 with a degree in international politics. While a student, she worked as a program coordinator for a tutoring and advocacy organization serving Washington, DC’s immigrant community and an AMIGOS project supervisor in Cajamarca, Peru. She lived in Spain for two years after college, where she taught high school English and civics and earned her master’s degree in European Union Studies from the University of Salamanca. Since September 2018, she has worked on democracy and governance programs across Latin America at the National Democratic Institute, and also serves as co-training director for the AMIGOS Washington, D.C. Chapter. She is passionate about international politics, foreign policy, international education, youth leadership, and cross-cultural exchange. In her free time, Katherine loves reading, yoga, running, and being outside.

Throughout the whole experience I made life-long friends, learned about a new culture, and I got to make a real impact in some amazing peoples’ lives. Although it was nothing compared to the impact they made on mine. I was in my community for about 6 weeks, but at the end of it I wanted to stay there for another 2 months because it had become like a second home, a second family.
—Claire, Volunteer, Panama

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
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Volunteers on our six and eight week Peru: Cuzco projects get to live in the Cuzco region near the Urubamba Valley, situated in the Andes mountains at roughly 11,000 ft. Practice speaking Quechua while you help shear a sheep or play soccer with your host cousins.

Learn more about applying at @amigos_americas
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Peru is often called the country of all countries with its diversity of cultures and traditions spanning over 10,000 years! Experience a wide variety of worlds, each boasting individual landscapes, sounds, colors and tastes.
Apply for our six and eight week summer volunteer programs at apply.amigosinternational.org
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Experience Peru with our six and eight week summer immersion programs!

Learn more about our programs at @amigos_americas
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