Teach Music

Teach music to local children and put on concerts to promote music literacy.

Although the public school system in Trujillo makes it possible for all children to attend school, the quality of education and especially arts education is extremely limited. Although research has shown that extracurricular activities such as musical ensembles have a strong impact in preventing at-risk children from getting involved with crime and gangs at a young age, the lack of funding for public schools makes it nearly impossible for them to sustain a music program. As a result, a large portion of the population has little to no contact with classical music, and few have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

Music program volunteers will have the opportunity to work together with staff of the Youth Orchestra of Trujillo to put on music workshops with children and young people from all economic backgrounds in the city. We are especially in need of volunteers who are studying music and are specializing in violin, viola, cello or flute. If you are interested in working with music students but are not specializing in music, please contact us to discuss how you might be able to best serve the community.

This program can be combined with the Learn Spanish program for beginning Spanish speakers.

All of our volunteers participate in an orientation upon arrival to Peru.  For our summer program, the orientation lasts about 5 days and for our other programs, the orientation lasts 2-3 days.  This orientation is important as it gives volunteers a sense of where they are and what is important to the Peruvian people they will be working with for the next month.  And as our past volunteers will tell you, it’s lots of fun!


Our orientation includes activities such as:


  • Peruvian Cooking Class
  • Latin Dance Lesson
  • Archaeological Site Visits (Chan Chan or Huaca de la Luna)
  • Sandboarding or Surfing
  • Survival Spanish Lesson
  • Work Site Visits and Introductions
  • Presentation of Traditional Peruvian Dances
We also go over important information for your stay in Peru such as:
  • Staying Safe in Peru: Thinking Like a Peruvian
  • Introduction to Work Sites & Health and Education Systems in Peru
  • Recommendations for Americans volunteering in Peru
  • Cultural Differences applicable to your stay in Peru
  • Weekend Travel Information
Our staff also provides continuous support throughout the course of the volunteer program.  We have coordinators present in all project locations who check in with volunteers several times a week.  Our staff visits host family locations and partner worksites on a weekly basis and is available to volunteers at all times during the course of the volunteer program.

The following is a sample weekly itinerary for Teaching Music Volunteers.


Trujillo, home to more than 800,000 people, is the capital of the northern Peruvian coast and is known locally as the capital of eternal spring.  Culture and tradition run through the city’s veins, extending from the region’s rich archaeological history to its well-preserved culinary and cultural traditions.  Trujillanos are proud of their colonial history, which is alive in the Spanish colonial mansions that are still standing in the city’s downtown area.  To this day, locals gather in these luxurious casonas to enjoy their rich cuisine and enjoy their region’s typical dance, the marinera.  Volunteers staying in Trujillo are only a 15-minute bus ride away from some of Peru’s most important historical sites, including the ancient Moche and Chimú administrative and religious centers that predate the Incas by 1500 years.

Although Trujillo receives thousands of tourists a year, the living conditions in the outlying communities of the city are often extremely impoverished and underdeveloped.  Substandard living conditions contribute to the most common health problems seen in local medical facilities, and many medical institutions struggle to provide the communities they serve with basic care.  Clinics are understaffed and underfunded, and as a result, doctors struggle to give patients the comprehensive care and health education they need.

Just as the living conditions range from extremely impoverished to luxurious, so does the quality of education.  Children from poorer areas of Trujillo are unable to attend better-funded and higher quality private schools, and the quality of education at public schools is often sub-par, due to large class sizes and a lack of ability to attract talented teachers.  In addition, public schools are largely underfunded, leaving them with the inability to develop quality extracurricular programs, which are powerful resources in helping keep lower-income children off the street and in school.

Our most popular programs run during summer and winter vacations, but we accept volunteers all year round!  Look below for the dates of our upcoming programs and application deadlines or email us to design a customized experience.  Dates can be combined to participate in a longer volunteer program.

Spring 2020 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach.  Please contact us with any questions.

Length Dates  Cost
1 month January 20 – February 17  $1800
1 month February 17 – March 16  $1800
1 month March 16 – April 13  $1800
2 months January 20 – March 16  $2300
2 months February 17 – April 13  $2300
3 months January 20 – April 13  $2800

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for our Spring 2020 programs. We encourage applicants to apply at least 2 months before their program begins.

Spring Break 2020 Programs

Length Dates   Cost
1 Week   March 7-14   $950

Applications will be evaluated and spots will be filled on a rolling basis.

Summer 2020 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach.  Please contact us with any questions.

Length Dates  Cost Deadline
1 month Session 1: May 17- June 20  $1800  Rolling*
1 month Session 2: June 21 – July 25  $1800  April 1*
1 month Session 3: August 2 – August 31  $1800  May 1
2 months Session 1-2 Combined: May 19 – July 25  $2300 Rolling*
2 months Session 2-3 Combined: June 21 – August 31  $2300  April 1*
3 months Three Month Program: May 17- August 31  $2800  Rolling*

Regular Application Deadline: March 1st for Session 1, April 1st for Session 2, May 1st for our August program.

Fall 2020 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach.  Please contact us with any questions.

Length Dates  Cost
1 month September 16 – October 14  $1800
1 month October 14 – November 11  $1800
1 month November 11 – December 9  $1800
2 months September 16 – November 11  $2300
2 months October 14 – December 9  $2300
3 months September 16 – December 9  $2800

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for our Fall 2019 programs. We encourage applicants to apply at least 2 months before their program begins.

Winter 2020-21 Programs

Length Dates   Cost
4 Weeks December 14 – January 12 $1800
3 Weeks December 20 – January 12 $1600
2 Weeks December 27 – January 12 $1300
1 Week December 14 – 21 $950
1 Week December 27 – January 5 $950

Application Deadline: Rolling admission

Vive Peru works hard to make the prices of its volunteer programs as reasonable as possible while maintaining a highly qualified staff and high-quality volunteer opportunities. Volunteer program donations support our staff in Peru and make long-term sustainable projects in the community possible. A portion of volunteer program donations goes directly to support the communities and institutions we work with in Peru.

Winter 2019 Programs

  • 4-week program: $1800
  • 3-week program: $1600
  • 2-week program: $1300
  • 1-week program: $950
Spring & Summer 2019/ 2020 Programs
  • 1-month program: $1800
  • 2-month program: $2300
  • 3-month program: $2800

Spring & Fall Break 2019

  • 1-week program: $950

Volunteer Program Fee Includes:

  • Preparation and Training before departure
  • Orientation Activities
  • Airport pickup and transfer to hostel
  • Transportation from Lima to volunteer site
  • Transportation to and from volunteer activities
  • Food and housing for the duration of the program
  • On-going staff support and supervision

Volunteer Program Fee Does Not Include:

  • Round-trip flight to Lima
  • Traveler’s insurance
  • Vaccinations recommended by CDC
  • Passport costs and visa fees (if necessary)
  • Personal weekend trips
  • Personal expenses (cell phones, souvenirs, Internet cafes, etc.)


Payment can be made by sending a check to our USA office or paying online in the Donate tab.