Land of the Incas

Volunteer in Peru: An Introduction to Lima

When you volunteer in Peru, you'll discover a truly unique country. As you explore its ancient ruins, canopied jungles, and epic coastline, you'll understand, Peru is quite literally the stuff of legend. Once you've climbed Machu Picchu, descended into the Amazon Basin, and had every adventure in-between, you'll come to see that it's the Peruvian people that make these places so special. Peruvian culture is a melting pot, claiming Japanese, African, Chinese, and European influences, not to mention roots tracing back to the centuries-old, Pre-Columbian Incan culture. As a volunteer in Peru you'll be making a real and sustainable impact as you become immersed in a fascinating culture.

...Peru is quite literally the stuff of legend...

In the 1980s, the political terrorism of the Sendero Luminoso, or “Shining Path” which originated in the Andes, caused significant numbers of rural residents to seek refuge in Peru's more urban areas. Although the movement saw its end in 1993, millions of Peruvians continue to live in urban shantytowns just outside of Lima's limits. This influx of migrants over the last several decades has resulted in a serious strain on social resources leaving individuals with disabilities, children, and the elderly especially vulnerable. But their national pride and ambition is relentless, and as a volunteer in Peru, you'll witness this energy firsthand. Work alongside local people as they develop grassroots efforts to provide necessary services to community members in need.

When you volunteer in Peru, you'll work to improve education for children, assist with the care of infants and children, improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly, or improve the quality of care for people with disabilities. As a CCS Peru volunteer, you'll become part of a diverse community and find yourself participating in easy and open cultural exchange with local people. Volunteer in Peru for a chance to explore the wonders of an ancient culture, and the wonders in yourself.

Read more about the Peru volunteer experience on our blog!

FACT SHEET

Avg. Annual Temp.
78°F
/
26°C
Language
Spanish
National Food
Ceviche
Currency
Nuevo Sol

Your Lima Staff

ENRIQUE “KIQUE” BOSSIO
Before joining CCS, Kique was the Peru and Bolivia Country Director for the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO). He also served as an executive committee member for the Movimiento Homosexual de Lima (MHOL), an internationally recognized organization advocating for the rights of the gay and lesbian community as well as individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Kique has established an AIDS hotline, a Peers Education program, and Safer Sex workshops for MHOL, and has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Peru, Kique has studied in Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Universidad de Lima, and the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. A proud member of the CCS advisory board, Kique is always happy to help CCS volunteers in any way he can, and strives to make the experience as meaningful and memorable as possible.
Country Staff