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Volunteer in South America

Immerse yourself in South America’s exhilarating natural landscape by joining one of our volunteer projects in Peru. We offer a range of programs in the region which focus on key United Nations Sustainable Development goals, including 2. Zero Hunger, 4. Quality Education, 6. Clean Water & Sanitation, 8. Decent Work & Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequalities and 12. Responsible Consumption & Production.

Your once in a lifetime experience on our base will provide you with direct access to sustainable development initiatives, as coordinated in collaboration with the local community based on their specific needs at the time. South America is host to phenomenal ancient treasures and ecological marvels and you will be able to explore the region both during your time volunteering with us, as well as after your formal participation, should you wish to do so.

Whichever volunteer program you end up signing up for with GVI, you can be confident that you are working toward lasting positive impact and making a practical difference on the ground in a community working towards longer-term sustainability.

South America Volunteer Programs

Participants looking to volunteer in South America will find no shortage of opportunities to do so with GVI. Whether you’re looking to take part in a women’s empowerment program, a teaching project or if you have an interest in business skills development, we have a program just for you. Our list of programs in the region is constantly expanding and we are growing our imprint systematically and based on the local needs within the community.


Cusco, known for its grand cathedrals and narrow cobbled streets, is located in southeastern Peru. A city with a proud and ancient heritage, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and sits at an elevation of roughly 3400 meters. Your role here will be to help the communities of this city work on development projects they have identified as important. This might involve increasing women and children’s access to education and their awareness of their rights. Or you could take part in engineering and construction projects to economically heat homes and water during the cold winter months. This will aid in reducing their dependence on wood and coal burning, and lead to an improved quality of life for many of the local communities.

Cusco is used by travelers as the gateway to Machu Picchu, making it an excellent base from which to visit the legendary lost city of the Inca's. Other sites to visit on your weekend excursions include La Catedral, made from blocks filched from a nearby Inca site. To learn more about the rich Inca history you can visit the Museo Inka, which boasts an impressive collection of jewellery, pottery, and hand-woven textiles. If you want to travel more after your program, and after acclimatising, why not go see the wondrous colours of the Rainbow Mountains.

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Our Programs in South America