Volunteering Solutions gives its volunteers a great opportunity to learn the culture, history, and language of the diverse city called Cusco “The land of the Incas”. This week is aimed to teach the volunteers all issues about culture, basic language and history about Cusco before they start their program in the field. You can choose to take part in this week program or go directly into the volunteer program.
This program starts on 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and is for 7 days. The program aims to give you true insight about Cusco, its culture, basic language, food, places to visit and things to do while you would spend your time in Peru.
The program is held in Cusco “The land of the Incas” and volunteers also have a chance to visit the Wonderful sanctuary of Macchu Picchu (at an extra cost) on the 7th day of the program.
Joining the Language and Orientation Week in Cusco is highly recommended for volunteers as you will get time to settle down and know more about the historic city of Cusco as well as improve your Spanish skills.
Sunday: (Arrival in Cusco & transfer to volunteer home accommodation)
Day 1: Introduction to the language & Cultural Program, safety issues, basic culture and history about Peru (more emphasis on Cusco). Furthermore, during this morning your coordinator will show you the city to be familiar with during your free time. Also, learn details about your volunteering program in Cusco if you applied for that after this week.
Day 2: Your coordinator will take you early in the morning to a village to visit local bakers. You will take 3 hours of Spanish lessons in the afternoon and will learn about history, culture and traditional insight about Peru.
Day 3: Spanish classes continue for 3 hours during the morning. Then, explore the local art & craft – artisans markets by yourself in the afternoon, followed with a Folklore Show dance at night.
Day 4: Discover more about Cusco - Go on a tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay´s most visited tourist spots. This would be full afternoon tour ending approximately at 19:00 hrs.
Day 5: Spanish lessons 3 hours during the morning, covering more words and vocabulary to help you in daily use. You have the afternoon and night free to explore the beautiful view of Cusco.
Day 6: Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas - go on a guided tour to visit the beauty of Pisaq, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo ruins, with lunch in a traditional Inca restaurant.
Day 7: Get ready for your volunteering program the next day or choose to visit Macchu Picchu for a day trip at an extra $300 only per person.
Note: - Volunteers need to get the Tourist Ticket to visit all these spots (bring your ID students and ISIC student cards) your coordinator would guide you about the best places to go and visit.
When you choose to volunteer in Peru, just pack your bags and arrive at the destination with a relaxed mind. Our dedicated coordinator at the location arranges airport transfers, stay, meals and also weekend tours for you. All you have to do is arrive.
Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.
Volunteers are provided with accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually, there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have the WiFi connection and cable TV as well.
A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. The orientation will be given by the local staff in Peru.
Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc.
During your Free Time
Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. On the weekends most of the volunteers plan a trip to Sacred Valley or the world famous 'Macchu Picchu' - the lost city of Incas. In Cusco, you can walk around Plaza de Armas and explore the different restaurants and shopping areas.
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We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care for providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
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