25 Responsible Volunteering Opportunities in Peru
Article by Aviv Hochbaum, photos provided by Aviv Hochbaum
So you’ve decided to travel and volunteer abroad in Peru. Lucky for you — this article has got you covered with everything you’ll need to plan your trip to majestic Peru and find responsible volunteering opportunities. Why responsible? With all the time, effort, and planning that go into a trip abroad, you want to make sure that all of your hard work is time well spent.
Choosing ethical volunteering organizations in Peru can set the ground for a successful volunteering trip abroad. How can you spot a responsible nonprofit? Reputable volunteer abroad programs are entirely focused on the local communities and on building sustainable projects that can continue to work and grow. Projects have set goals, and their effect on the local community is clear. If the organizations do require a volunteering fee — the money goes directly to the nonprofit and it is clear what the fee covers.
Responsible Volunteering — People, Wildlife, and Eco-Related Projects
With so many things to consider when volunteering abroad, the benefits of volunteering with responsible nonprofits are clear. When volunteering with people, the projects are community-based. They strive to educate children within their extended communities in the hopes of preparing them for a better future. Ethical animal nonprofits cater to the specific needs of each animal, ensure they are kept in their natural surroundings and are run by animal specialists. Eco-volunteering nonprofits offer projects that clearly demonstrate the benefits to the earth — including jungles, rainforests, and more.
25 Responsible Volunteering Opportunities in Peru
The benefits of choosing an ethical volunteering organization are clear, so please check out the list below of 25 leading responsible nonprofits in Peru. All of these organizations are legally registered, and you can communicate with these organizations directly to set up a successful partnership.
My Small Help Peru
A nonprofit organization based in Peru, dedicated to helping individuals who are living in poverty or are suffering from a disability. The organization aims to provide socially challenged individuals access to a good education, proper healthcare, and skill-development. My SmallHelp is currently looking for volunteers to work on several projects, participate in health campaigns, take part in workshops, volunteer in schools, and be a part of community development projects. The organization is currently offering both in-office and work from home internships.
Hoop is a nonprofit organization that aims to enhance the education of disadvantaged children located in and around the Flora Tristan Community. The organization currently needs volunteers who will be responsible for planning and running English classes, supervising students' homework, monitoring their progress and updating their records. The volunteers will also participate in meetings (held weekly) and take an active part in building a relationship with the parents. The ideal candidate should be fluent in English and have intermediate Spanish skills (if not, the volunteer should be willing to learn). The minimum period of volunteering is two months, which can be extended up to one year.
A small nonprofit organization located in La Esperanaza, Trujilio. The organization currently has two projects in progress. The first project requires volunteers to teach English to socially and economically challenged children. The second project requires volunteers to work and assist at a dog shelter that rescues street dogs. The opportunity does not require the volunteers to be well-versed in Spanish, so basic knowledge is sufficient. Classes are held to help non-Spanish speakers to grasp the language. The minimum commitment for this internship is four weeks.
Amazon Shelter for Animal and Environmental Protection
One of the leading NGOs dedicated to the cause of rehabilitating the wild animals in the dense forests of Peru. The organization currently needs volunteers to assist in preparing diet charts for animals, feed them, build relevant shelters, clean the enclosures, and take care of the animals in general. They will also be responsible for preparing milk, feeding the animals and helping in the construction of animal shelters. This opportunity is available year round and the minimum stay is at least one week. Meal and accommodations are provided to the selected volunteers.
The Light and Leadership Initiative
The Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI) is a small grassroots nonprofit organization comprised of local and international volunteers dedicated to working with the Huaycán community to promote education, women’s empowerment, and build true community leaders. The organization is located in the outskirts of Lima, and volunteers are responsible for providing classes and conducting workshops for women and youth. Ethical volunteering is a cornerstone of the LLI volunteering philosophy with monthly civic reflections, a strict social media policy, continual community forums, parent meetings, and feedback sessions. Volunteers should expect to receive many resources regarding essential volunteering as well as the history of Peru and Huaycan pre-arrival. The organization currently needs volunteers who will assist in teaching English, Art, Reading, and Sports classes for the children. The organization also offers bilingual management internship positions with a requirement of a 12-month commitment.
Latin American Foundation for the Future
A nonprofit organization registered in the UK. This organization deals primarily with providing education and healthcare to marginalized children in Peru. It also collaborates with local organizations willing to join the cause. LAFF currently needs volunteers who will assist them in the fundraising process. They will be responsible for planning the fundraising activities, conceptualizing a fundraising strategy, and drafting relevant opportunities for funding. The ideal candidate should have some experience in the related field, and they should be committed for six months to one year.
A nonprofit organization based in Peru created to provide inclusion in education and to make it accessible to every child in need. The organization aims to provide quality education to the marginalized sections of the society. Currently, Pa Yachay is looking for interns to assist in the teaching process, help with the construction, and assist in managing the children. Opportunities to volunteer from home are also available for fundraising activities. The minimum duration for the placement is one week. After the successful completion of the opportunity, volunteers receive a certificate from the organization.
Asociación Huanchaco Esperanza Canina
An organization based in Huanchaco dedicated to the rescue and care of street dogs that have been abandoned or are hurt, are physically unfit or are subjected to ill-treatment. The organization name translates to hope. Hope is just what it aims to provide the dogs that are in their shelter. The organization currently needs volunteers who will take part in the fundraising activities, participate in initiatives for adoption, assist in de-worming, and work to sterilize the dogs.
Andead Alliance for Sustainable Development
An organization with the aim of harnessing collective intelligence to support community-led development projects in Peru. They aim to facilitate and ease the process between the local governments and the community members. The organization intends to help the entities grasp insights regarding their most pressing development goals. AASD currently needs volunteers tol participate in the research methods, training, and the cross-sector collaboration process.
Seeds of Hope Peru
An organization dedicated to providing a safe, empowering, and welcoming space for students from marginalized sections of society. The students are between 6 and 18. The organization currently requires volunteers to assist with existing projects and conceptualize ideas for new projects. They will also be responsible for taking English, sports, and visual arts classes. Volunteers can come throughout the year. However, the volunteers need to commit to the project for at least two weeks. Meals and accommodations are provided to the selected interns.
SKIP is a Peruvian nonprofit organization committed to the goal of helping children from the economically challenged sections of the society. The organization attempts to make the children of El Porvenir understand their worth and right to receive a quality education. It not only promotes quality education but also makes it a point to foster the abilities of children and their families so that they become the primary agents to transform their lives. The organization currently requires volunteers who will assist in teaching the children. The volunteer opportunity is currently available for six months.
A self-funded community whose primary aim is to provide an alternative form of education to children, families, and communities belonging to economically challenged segments of society. It also aims to provide conscious development among all individuals. The organization is currently inviting volunteers across the globe to share in their cause and assist in educating these Peruvian individuals. The position is available all year round and the minimum stay is one week. The candidate may or may not be fluent in English.
INTIWAWA is a small nonprofit organization that seeks to fight poverty in San Isidro and all other surrounding communities and villages. The organization currently seeks volunteers who will be responsible for taking care of children, taking part in all ongoing projects, and actively participating in temporary projects. The organization also offers the opportunity to come up with your own ideas to implement within their projects. The volunteer projects are available throughout the year. However, since children take some time to adjust, the selected interns will have to make a commitment for at least three months.
A nonprofit organization based in the Northern region of Peru. The organization's goal is to provide equal opportunity in Peru, and aims to assist all to thrive and succeed. Currently, the organization is seeking volunteers to assist in teaching in local schools, assist the coordinator for a youth skate ramp, take part in environmental volunteering, and assist the women’s empowerment coordinator. At the same time, there are also positions available to work at a dog shelter, teach at a local kindergarten, as well as a special needs school. Volunteers are hired throughout the year and should commit to work at least one month.
Alliance for Sustainable Amazon
A nonprofit organization committed to the goal of promoting the sustainable usage of natural resources in an attempt to conserve the biodiversity of the Amazon. It aims to assist all who either live in the Amazon rainforests or are primarily dependent on the region. The organization is currently inviting volunteers who will be responsible for conducting biological monitoring and research. They will also assist in the research of sustainable tropical agriculture. The internship commences from the 15th of June, and the minimum stay would be one week.
A small nonprofit organization based in Peru whose work primarily takes place in Alto de los Mores, a small isolated village located in the rural parts of Peru. The organization aims to work for this community and alleviate their primary barriers to living under extreme conditions of poverty, by promoting quality education and skill development training. The organization is currently looking for volunteers who will assist and participate in a wide range of teaching programs for children. The volunteers need to join as soon as possible and should commit to stay for a minimum of three to four months.
A small organization founded by a group of 10 university graduates and has grown since. The goal is to provide development to every section of the society. The organization currently requires volunteers who will create awareness, promote personal development among underprivileged children, develop intercultural bonds, and support children with their learning skills. Volunteers are hired all year-round. Currently, selected volunteers should commit to one to three months.
NGO Oye Lena
First initiated and developed by Valerie Demol and Stefanie Van Erps, the organization aims to provide socially challenged individuals access to good education, proper health care, and training in the development of skills. The organization is currently looking for volunteers who will be assisting in the teaching process, helping with the construction, and assisting in managing the children. Volunteers are hired year-round and everyone is welcome. The minimum duration of the internship is four weeks. There are, however, no costs for attending the program.
Asociación Civil PUCACURO
A nonprofit organization based in Peru that is committed to the goal of providing environmental education to marginalized and challenged sections of the society. They also undertake research programs and strive to conserve the environment. Currently, the organization is seeking volunteers to assist in teaching in the local schools, providing quality education and assisting in research. The selected volunteers will get a chance to participate in ongoing projects. They will also get an opportunity to voice their opinions about new projects. Applications for the position of a volunteer are available throughout the year.
Sharing Dreams Project
A nonprofit organization driven by volunteers and responsible for directly working with vulnerable individuals located in and around the Peruvian Andes. They run several volunteer projects primarily focusing on empowering children and women. Selected volunteers will be needed to conduct workshops for women and children to develop their education and self-sufficiency. Positions are welcome throughout the year, and the minimum duration of the internship is three weeks.
LCQC is a leading nonprofit organization in Peru with the goal of fighting poverty in Trujillo and surrounding communities. The organization works to provide equal opportunity to everyone in Peru. It aims to assist everyone to thrive and succeed in life. The organization is seeking volunteers who will assist in their English teaching program, an after-school program. At the same time, volunteers will also be responsible for running several workshops for children and women. The organization will allow the opportunity to come up with your own ideas and will be happy to implement these ideas in projects. The volunteer projects are available throughout the year, and the minimum commitment to the program is four weeks.
El Arte Sano Urubama
EASU is an educational organization that focuses on going beyond all intercultural barriers. It aims to provide language courses to the marginalized sections of the society. At the same time, it also organizes activities concerning arts and culture. These workshops and activities serve as a stepping-stone for developing the Sacred Valley Community located in the Incas. The organization is currently seeking volunteers who will take part in their cause and assist them in the workshops. Basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred but not mandatory. The program requires individuals to stay for a period of 3 to 4 months. Letter of recommendation will also be provided for future employers.
A nonprofit organization committed to the goal of promoting the sustainable usage of natural resources in an attempt to conserve the biodiversity of the Amazon. The organization currently requires volunteers who will collaborate and communicate with the rural kids, assist in delivering school supplies and conducting workshops. The program is conducted during March and April every year.
First World Education Proeducaris
First World Education is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve education in public schools of Peru. It assists socially challenged sections of the society by providing the necessary infrastructure to locally owned schools, donating computers, and promoting education in every way possible. First World Education aims to make education accessible to all sections of the society. The organization currently requires volunteers who will be responsible for planning and running English classes, supervising the homework of kids, and monitoring the progress and updating the records of students. Volunteers are hired throughout the year.
Volunteers Peru is a small, non-governmental organization registered and based in Arequipa, which is located in the Southern part of Peru. Volunteers Peru supports projects where volunteers can contribute to the local community. Currently, the organization requires volunteers for two positions. The first position will require the volunteer to assist in conducting learning workshops, teach children, and pave the way for a better education. The second position requires primary school assistance and assistance with operating computers. The volunteers are hired throughout the year. However, the school remains closed from the end of December to the end of February.
There you have it! We have described for you 25 nonprofit organizations throughout Peru and you can find more details on the GivingWay website. Keep in mind — planning a volunteering abroad trip can (and should) take a lot of time and consideration. If you wish to help, start your planning now. We hope you find the resources above helpful in order to decide on a project.