Why Volunteering in Cusco, Peru
Why Volunteering in Cusco, Peru
Did you know AMAUTA organizes interesting volunteer placements in Peru for Spanish Students? We think this is a great way to give back to Peruvian society and our volunteer coordinator selects the projects we work with carefully.
For the volunteers, being a Volunteer in Peru, Cusco, gives the opportunity to meet the local Peruvian people and to have an extraordinary living and working experience while speaking Spanish.
Combine this with all you will experience during your travels in Peru, and you will easily understand why Volunteering in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience.
Many people choose AMAUTA Spanish School for their experience and volunteering in Peru, thanks to our over 20 years experience working with volunteer projects in Cusco, Peru.
Do you want to know what it is like to be a volunteer in Peru, in Cusco? Read Moira’s story about volunteering in Peru!
Moira is from Germany, and she stayed in Cusco for a total of two months. Right after her Spanish classes in Cusco, she became a volunteer at a local clinic for two months. We´ve asked her a few questions about her time volunteering in Cusco.
- Where did you do your volunteering and what did you do there?
I did my volunteering at the Clínica San Juan de Dios, a local clinic for disabled children. I spent time with the kids and helped feed them during meal times.
- What was your favorite thing about volunteering at the Clinic?
I enjoyed playing with the kids, and I also loved going outside with them to enjoy the sun and the grass. They liked getting to go outside because they are normally always in the clinic.
- What was the most challenging thing about volunteering at the Clinic?
The most challenging thing was the beginning because the health care system is very different here than in Europe. My first days were quite hard because the system that they use here, for example, to feed the children, is more forceful. After a few days, I got used to it, and I understood, but it just took a few days.
- Do you have a favorite memory from your time volunteering in Cusco?
For Christmas, we went to an orchestra concert with the kids. They played Christmas music, and the kids were super stimulated. It made them really happy, which was great to see!
- Is there anything new that you learned or realized while working at the Clinic?
I studied health care in Germany, so I didn´t learn anything new in that field. However, it was cool to see a different way to do health care and the various methods they use. Overall, my whole experience doing volunteering in Peru was very interesting; I learned a lot about living in a different culture, speaking different languages, meeting new people
- What do you like about living in Cusco?
Peru is a great country. The landscape is so beautiful, and I really like that everything is relaxed and flexible. One other aspectI truly like, is, that I´ve gotten to dance a lot, specifically bachata style! I love it!
- Would you recommend volunteering with AMAUTA? Why?
Oh yes, I would certainly recommend it because I felt very safe. Even though I didn´t spend too much time at the school, I knew that the school was there and would support me any moment. Spanish classes in Cusco were great too, and I felt I was well prepared for the volunteering. I also want to say that it was nice to have a doctor at the Amauta School; it was so great to be able to speak English when I was ill and to have that resource at the school!
Thanks for being with AMAUTA and with the kids at the Clinic, Moira!
More info about volunteer work in Peru?
Contact us or download our volunteer project list.