Volunteers have the opportunity to stay with host families during their volunteer internships in Peru. Many participants find the homestay experience to be one of the most rewarding parts of their experience and stay in touch with their host families long after the program is over. With your host family, you will have a chance to be immersed in the Peruvian culture and experience Peruvian hospitality first hand. Some volunteers have the opportunity to take weekend trips with their host families or go out to eat at their favorite restaurants. You will have many opportunities to practice your Spanish, learn about your family's favorite places in the city and have the chance to make lifelong friends.
Homestays all have telephone access and some have in-home Internet access. Others are located within walking distance of Internet cafes, making it possible to communicate with friends and family at home. Volunteers may also purchase a cell phone upon arrival to Peru and are able to receive phone calls for free on these phones. Volunteers are asked to indicate all housing preferences, including meal requests and pet/food allergies in the enrollment forms. Homestays differ greatly in their degrees of luxury, as some families are wealthier than others and the living standards differ from city to city. All homestays have been reviewed by Vive Peru staff and are clean and comfortable with western-style toilets and showers.
Three meals per day are provided at the homestay. We work with our host families to accommodate each volunteer's dietary needs, but it is important to keep in mind that the same foods that you eat at home may not be readily available in Peru, and we encourage you to be flexible and take advantage of the opportunity to try homemade Peruvian cuisine. Peruvians are very passionate about their gastronomical tradition and are excited for you to try all of their favorite dishes!
Upon arrival at the Lima airport, volunteers are met by a staff member or representative of Vive Peru. Based on flight schedules, volunteers may spend a night in a backpackers' hostel in Lima after arrival or prior to departure. Vive Peru arranges all transportation from Lima to Trujillo, as well as transportation back to the airport at the conclusion of the volunteer mission. While in Trujillo, volunteers will be taught how to use the public transportation system to commute from their homestays to their volunteer sites.
US citizens can enter Peru with a valid passport. Volunteers who do not hold a US passport must check with their respective embassies for information on travel eligibility. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining or renewing their passports.
US passport holders are not required to obtain a visa prior to travel to Peru. A tourist visa can be acquired at the Lima airport upon arrival to Peru. Non-US passport holders should check with their respective embassies for current visa requirements and regulations. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring that they are legally eligible to travel abroad.
We refer all volunteers to the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel for the most up to date vaccination recommendations. Please note the different recommendations not only for the country you are visiting, but also for the region in which you will be staying.
Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own flights and must fly in and out of Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima (code LIM). Airport pickups will be arranged for volunteers arriving on the indicated fly-in dates.
Volunteers are responsible for purchasing health insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. We do not provide insurance but can provide you with a list of providers that volunteers have used. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.