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Volunteer with Indigenous Communities

A unique, authentic, cultural immersion experience living and working in an indigenous community in the Andes Mountains, overlooking the breathtaking beauty of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

The Andean culture runs deep in and around the city of Cusco, Peru. Maximo Nivel’s Andean Immersion program gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand an ancient, traditional way of life. Volunteers are placed in a Quechua-speaking community and participate in daily life within the village. This project helps promotes cross cultural understanding and exchange—it’s an amazing opportunity to expand your cultural horizons!

What will you do as a volunteer?

Volunteers live in a small mountain pueblo approximately 45 minutes from the city of Cusco. With a total population of no more than 100 families, this rural village offers complete immersion into the rural Andean way of life. You work and live with an indigenous family—caring for animals and livestock, helping with agricultural work, weaving, assisting with local construction projects, and working with children at the local school. Note that work varies based on seasonal needs and weather conditions.

It’s important to note that the Andean culture includes some division of labor by gender, so your assigned tasks may vary accordingly.

Countries Peru
Program Duration Minimum 1 week
Work Schedule 4-6 hours/day Monday-Friday
Volunteer Requirements – At least 17 years of age
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Be healthy and physically prepared to do manual labor for most of your volunteer time.
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Spanish language skills are not required
“Two weeks out in a small farming community in the sacred valley near Cuzco, Peru was at times quite challenging but a great opportunity to be of service – making a real difference in the lives of the community for the long term – while at the same time being able to immerse myself in the language and culture of the locals. The host family and community were wonderful as were the staff at Maximo Nivel.”
Bradley, Andean Cultural Immersion (Peru)

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