How do I know that Perú Social is a legitimate volunteer and travel company ?

Perú Social is a registered private company in Lima, Peru under the company name South America Social S.A.C. with incorporation number 20601403308. Our headquarters are in Miraflores, Lima, Peru. We created this company because we identified the need to offer visitors to Peru travel options that combine visiting the country’s most famous sites with volunteer work. We work with trusted partners with years of experience in their respective fields, whether it’s volunteering or tour planning.

Are their any deadlines to enroll in a program ?

Yes, all volunteers should enroll 40 days prior to the start of a program. A program is considered confirmed once payment has been received. However, we may be flexible depending on the circumstances. Email us at

Why volunteer through Perú Social?

Understanding the needs, culture, organization and hierarchy of some of the most unprivileged communities in Lima is not an easy task. This is why we partner with social workers that not only were born and raised in the ‘pueblos jóvenes’ or slums, but have vast experience gathering the resources and the manual labor to help these communities overcome their challenges. Furthermore, and as compared to our competitors, our programs include volunteering, trips to the country’s most iconic sites, accommodation, meals, and transportation (within Peru) all in one.

Why volunteer in Peru?

Peru has achieved striking developments over the last two decades by significantly decreasing poverty levels and overall achieving a degree of progress that was unthinkable a few decades ago. However, challenges still abound and any help is needed to overcome them. Our programs make sure that volunteers’ efforts and passion to make this world a better place are appropriately channeled and address the issues at stake, while not missing out on Peru’s rich history, culture and nature.

Why travel to Peru?

If one were to describe Peru in one word that would have to be UNIQUE. No other country in South America combines such rich history, nature, cuisine, adventure and culture as Peru does. From the enchanting Incan ruins of Machu Picchu to the colonial majesty of Cusco and Lima, from the magnificent landscape surrounding Huaraz to the golden dunes of Huacachina, from the exotic fauna of Islas Ballestas to the world-acclaimed ceviche and pisco; Peru has it all.

Do I need a visa to go to Peru?

Visa requiements depend on your nationality. For more information on visa requirements, please send us an email to or visit

Do I pay to volunteer through Perú Social?

As a Perú Social volunteer, you will not be paying for any volunteer activities. Program fees include accommodation in Lima and travel destinations, transportation, food, travel fees (wthin Peru), travel activities, ticket fees, and donations. For more information, please check the Programs.

How do I volunteer through Perú Social?

Visit the Become a Volunteer page to apply or for more details on how you can volunteer with Perú Social send us an e-mail at

Does Perú Social accept volunteers in groups?

Yes of course! The more the merrier. We strongly encourage friends, classmates, couples, families and co-workers to volunteer through Perú Social.

Is there a minimum age to volunteer through Perú Social?

Since we want to involve people of all ages to be part of the change they want to see in the world, and we strongly believe in the educational benefits of volunteering, we allow minors to enroll as volunteers as long as an adult travels with and accompanies them. For more information please send us an e-mail at

Do I need special qualifications to volunteer?

Requirements may vary depending on the volunteer activity you have chosen. For those interested in teaching English, a proficient level of English is required. For more information please send us an e-mail at

Is travel insurance included in the programs?

No, the programs do not include travel insurance. However, you can buy, extend and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from is available to people from over 150 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

How far in advance should I register to become a volunteer?

Volunteers can register up until 40 days prior to the start of the program of choice. Confirmation of registration is completed upon payment of the selected program.

Is Perú Social an NGO?

No, Perú Social is not an NGO. Given the complicated hierarchy and social structure of the ‘pueblos jóvenes’, we have found volunteer initiatives to be more efficient when teaming up with experienced partners that have the knowledge and understanding of these communities, and direct access to their leaders.

Where will I be hosted?

Located at the heart of Lima’s culinary and leisure district, the Volunteer Home is located in Miraflores, Lima and is only for the use and stay of the volunteers of Perú Social. For more information, please check Accommodation or email us at

What if I have special dietary requirements?

Not a problem! Just let us know in advance what they are and we will happily meet accommodate to your needs. For special dietary needs please send us an e-mail at

Which vaccinations are required to enter the country?

Peruvian law doesn’t request that you have any vaccinations to enter the country, and you are not required to show any vaccination records. However, before you travel it is worth checking with your local Peruvian Embassy to find out if this law has changed. If you have a vaccination card or certificate, take them with you, as this may help you in a medical emergency. For more questions on vaccinations, please send us an email at

Is speaking Spanish a requirement to volunteer through Perú Social?

Although Spanish is the official language of Peru, we do not require our volunteers to speak Spanish. Our trusted partners speak a number of languages and will be able to guide you through any volunteer and travel activity you engage in. We can arrange for private or group Spanish lessons as an additional service upon request. For more details please send us an e-mail at

What do I need to bring for volunteering and travelling ?

Some of the items that you must bring include:

– Toiletries
– Sunblock
– Rubber and/or hiking shoes
– Shorts
– Sweaters
– T-shirts
– Coat and/or raincoat
– Swimsuit
– Warm comfortable pants
For more details please send us an e-mail at

Is there a discount for returning volunteers?

Yes, we encourage volunteers to be part of our programs more than once. We offer all returning volunteers a 10% discount on any program fee.

Is there a discount for referrals?

Yes, we give referral discounts. A 5% discount is applicable to any enrolled volunteer that refers Perú Social to other volunteers. For more details on this please email us at

How do I pay?

Payments are done once the volunteer has completed the application process. Once the registration has been processed, further payment information will be shared with the volunteer. Full payments must be submitted prior to the start of each program.