Do I need to speak Spanish to apply/volunteer?
Spanish is not a requirement for our program, but Spanish experience is recommended. The more Spanish a volunteer knows, the easier it will be to communicate in-country.
Why do I have to pay to volunteer? Where does the money go?
The funds for program costs go back into the program for costs like transportation, materials, and donations that we make to the local worksites. Also, some funds go to the program´s costs for other seasons when there are less or no volunteers here, but the program is still running.
Will I be living alone at the homestay or with another person?
All homestays have at least 2 people assigned to live there.
Will I be on my own at the clinic or working with another person?
Almost all clinics will have more than one person working there. We only put advanced speakers by themselves and this is normally a great opportunity for a volunteer to take full advantage of the resources at their worksite.
Do worksite (clinic, health post, school, orphanage) staff speak English or will I need to communicate in Spanish?
Sometimes there will be one or two professionals that speak English, but the standard is that the staff members at these worksites do not speak English. You will need to communicate in Spanish but in most cases, beginners will have a partner that speaks some Spanish.
Are Vive Peru staff available in the city where I will be living/working?
Yes, our largest program is in Trujillo where at least 3 staff members will be available. There is a coordinator in each of our smaller programs in Pacasmayo and Otuzco.
I’m a vegetarian or have other non-medical dietary restrictions. Will my dietary concerns be taken into consideration?
Of course they will! However, these restrictions are not as common here in Peru, so some patience may be required with your host family. However, the families are accommodating and more than happy to respect your restrictions.
How much money should I bring for weekend trips/personal expenses?
This is completely dependent on personal standards of comfort when travelling. However, many weekend trips cost approximately 100-150 American dollars. Personal expenses usually cost volunteers about 10-20 American dollars per week.
Do I have to be in college to apply/participate?
Not at all; on the contrary we have had volunteers who have recently graduated from high school or already graduated several years prior. We look at all applications on an individual basis.
My university offers credit for internships. Can I receive internship credit for my volunteer experience in Peru?
We will try our best to work with your university to make sure you get all of the credit you can. Please inform us if you will need any documents or letters with time to complete these forms before the deadline.
My parents are worried about safety in Peru. What should I tell them?
Obviously travelling outside of the country is dangerous. However, being informed and aware can prevent most unfortunate circumstances. For accurate and up-to-date information, you or your parents can contact us directly by e-mail.
My flight gets in at 4am. Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?
Any time of night, or even after flight delays, we will have a coordinator present at the airport to pick you up. We will do our best to track your flight status but please e-mail us any flight itinerary changes.
What’s it like to volunteer?
Volunteering is a fully immersive experience that allows you to practice your Spanish, gain experience in your field of choice, and learn about a new culture. However, the best way to learn about volunteer experiences is from past volunteers themselves. Check out our Volunteer Testimonials (hyperlink!) page to learn more.