Land of the Incas

Volunteer in Peru

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Peru has historically been one of the poorest and most unequal countries in Latin America. Despite sustained economic growth for over a decade, distribution of wealth remains one of Peru’s greatest challenges. More than 70% of the population lives in cities, with 33% of the urban poor found in the capital of Lima. It is estimated that 1/3 of the population of Lima live in poor conditions in shantytowns like Villa el Salvador.

Join CCS in Peru as we continue to build on nearly two decades of volunteer work in Villa el Salvador. Together we work on programs that reinforce the importance of education, health, and dignity for children, mothers, and their families. The educational, recreational, and public health curriculums we deliver targets school dropout rates and promote child health and the empowerment of families that are under-resourced.

CCS has been working in Peru for nearly two decades as a leader in early childhood education with the support of our international volunteer base.


Population Below Poverty Line
Human Development Index Ranking
84 / 188 countries
Primary School Dropout Rate
Maternal Mortality Rate
89 / 100,000


Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.

Child Development
CCS volunteers in Peru greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Primary schools and organizations that support vulnerable children are under resourced and understaffed. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct educational and recreational programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with much needed one-on-one attention.

Global Health
The community in Villa el Salvador often struggle to access the health care they need. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS leads multiple public health projects in Peru including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.

Voices from the Community
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"The families of our elderly residents are very grateful for the work done by volunteers. The attention and care that volunteers give our residents has visibly changed the attitude that families have toward their elderly relatives and has opened their hearts."

"CCS volunteers have helped to improve our students' social skills. Mothers of our students have also benefited from the cultural exchange with the volunteers."

"Help from foreign volunteers gives our students and their families more hope for their future. For staff, it has been an enriching experience and a chance to meet people from different cultures."

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Your Lima Staff

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My main motivation to be involved in development work is to contribute to the fight against inequality and injustice in Peru, which are reflected in racism, homophobia, and lack of access to basic services and dignity for all Peruvians.

My initial contact with development work and volunteering in social projects when I was a freshman in college took place in Villa El Salvador. Back in the early 1980s, Villa El Salvador was a shantytown right outside of Metropolitan Lima, built on sand dunes by Andean families who had escaped poverty and political violence in the countryside, only to find a cold shoulder in the capital. On weekends, I volunteered as a tutor for 6th and 7th graders to help them do better in school. This experience taught me compassion for those trying to improve their situation against all odds; it also filled me with outrage about how callous our lives in the city were in the face of poverty and inequality. This also led me to identify areas of my life that had remained unexamined in order to keep intact my “personal bubble” and enjoy a “safe conduct” in Peruvian society.

At age 20, I came out as a gay man and was the youngest among the nine founders of the first gay movement in my country in 1984. I was also involved in many human right causes during the convulsed 1980s and 1990s, when Peru ranked first in the list of countries with political disappearances and rampant human rights violations. I continued my education in Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Social Communications in three Peruvian universities, in addition to M.A. coursework at the School for International Training in Vermont.

Since I joined Cross-Cultural Solutions in 1999, I have followed my call of finding local people who struggle to improve their lives and transform Peruvian society, and connect them with talented and enthusiastic volunteers looking to share in these struggles. Coolest job ever!

Country Staff

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