Are you independent, skilled, mature, compassionate and dedicated? Living Heart Peru is looking for enthusiastic dedicated volunteers!
We offer a unique opportunity for unique volunteers. We don’t believe in fitting our projects round our volunteers. We believe in recruiting experienced, skilled volunteers to help achieve our goals, expand our expertise and energize our projects.
We only receive volunteers based on the demands of our projects and communities and subject to their specific skills. We ask volunteers to attend an interview to make sure they fit with our aims, ethos, needs and current activities. Interested? Scroll down to see how to apply.
Why is our Volunteering Unique? Many of our communities are extremely remote, high up in the mountains and mostly Quechua-speaking. Our volunteers therefore have to be highly independent and self-motivated – prepared for a challenge. We will provide orientation, but we do not have the resources to accompany our volunteers on a daily basis.
We do not believe in charging volunteers for sharing their valuable skills with us. We do believe in commitment. We believe in helping our volunteers to find suitable accommodation, places to eat or buy food from and giving guidance on local transport costs, times and services. We also believe in providing guidance for our volunteers upon arrival at the start date and throughout their experience with us. Volunteers are responsible for paying their own living costs (accommodation, food and transport) plus any materials that may be required to fulfill the volunteering experience. For further details, scroll down to read our Terms & Conditions.
How Can You Help? If you have expertise and/or training in engineering, medicine, dentistry, organic greenhouses, permaculture, sustainable high-mountain agriculture, husbandry, ecological constructions, energy-efficient buildings, marketing, social media, fundraising or I.T. we would be interested in hearing from you.
We expect our volunteers to be organized, self-sufficient and have at least intermediate conversational Spanish.
All volunteer positions require a minimum commitment of 3 months (for shorter, specialized commitments, please contact us).
How to Apply
Read the Terms & Conditions (see below).
Send an email with the subject link stating “Volunteer for <name of role>” to firstname.lastname@example.org (see examples above under "How Can You Help?")
Attach your resume to the email.
In your email tell us why you’d like to volunteer for Living Heart Peru.
Volunteering Terms and Conditions
All volunteers must be mature and self sufficient (over the age of 21).
Volunteers are responsible for all costs during their time volunteering for Living Heart Peru, this includes: accommodation, food, transport and materials to complete the volunteering. If available, Living Heart Peru can provide some of the materials as well.
Living Heart Peru does not believe in charging volunteers a formal fee for volunteering. On that basis, we like to supply the volunteer with as much information on local costs for accommodation, transport and food with suppliers whom we have good relationships. The information is subject to change at any time and will be notified to the volunteer upon Living Heart Peru’s awareness of the change.
The start point for volunteering is our office in Pisac near Cusco
On arrival, volunteers will be met by a Living Heart Peru representative and given a welcome orientation. During the orientation, an agreement will be made between Living Heart Peru and the volunteer as to what the volunteer will accomplish and in what time frame.
Volunteers are responsible for all pre-departure travel checks such as vaccination recommendations and visa requirements. (Many guidebooks and online services are available for this information. Additionally your home country government foreign office should be able to provide the latest travel to Peru information).
Living Heart Peru request to see proof of travel insurance covering hospitalisation and in extreme cases repatriation costs covering the period of time the volunteer will be with Living Heart Peru.
We do not take a deposit from volunteers to secure their places. We understand emergencies and changes occur in life and would appreciate the maximum possible notice from the volunteer in the event that they are unable to volunteer as agreed. This helps Living Heart Peru to maintain a good trusting reputation and relationship with the communities without which we could not offer volunteers the opportunity to help.
All volunteers are responsible for their health during the time of volunteering and as such, volunteers should be aware that our communities are situated at very high altitudes between 3000m – 4000m with travel over passes that reach up to 4500m in places. Altitude sickness is a serious condition and all volunteers should take advice from their medical practitioners in their own country before travelling to volunteer at these altitudes.
Living Heart Peru reserve the right to ask a volunteer to leave at any time in the event that the volunteer is not upholding their promise to help us in a responsible respectable manner; or should the volunteer take any unnecessary risks that can cause damage or harm to the communities or Living Heart Peru’s reputation itself.
All volunteers must respect our Child Protection Policy, which involves keeping names, and locations of the projects in confidence at all times.
This document, TERMS and CONDITIONS, is subject to change at any time without notice.
Click here to view a printable version of Terms and Conditions in PDF format.