Please note that the temperature can vary considerably during the day. Please bring appropriate clothing for this situation.
During the dry season, it is usually warm and sunny during the day, but cold in the morning, late afternoon and evening. During the rainy season, it often rains during the day and it is a little warmer at night than during the dry season.
You might get dirty while working on projects, so pack clothes that don’t suck.
The nearest emergency medical facilities are approximately a 30 minute drive away. Medical services in Peru are good and hospitals are safe and well equipped. In addition, health and safety briefings are given to all volunteers upon arrival.
Please note that we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information.
A first aid kit will be available on site and will be replenished frequently.
It is very important to note that with regard to the travel insurance required, please ensure that this covers the evacuation by helicopter.
The local currency is the Peruvian sol.
Participants typically spend around 70 soles (US$20) per week on weekend meals, internet, phone calls, snacks and drinks.
Added to this is the cost of optional excursions and the use of private taxis. We recommend traveling with a credit/debit card as your primary source of funds, although it is wise to have some cash in reserve.
ATMs are common.
There are a multitude of activities to further explore Peru.
For example, you can visit the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
Lima has a large number of museums, including the Museo Larco, which houses some of the best-known ceramic exhibits.
Indulge your taste buds and indulge in Lima’s mouth-watering street food. Local specialties include papa rellena: a twice-baked potato, baked chicken empanadas with a squeeze of lemon, and cocadas, giant coconut macaroons.
Garments can be hand washed on the project. Detergent is provided for laundry.
It is up to the participant to take turns cooking the meals for the group. Meals will be mainly vegetarian, with meat twice a week.
We can accommodate all types of dietary restrictions, but be sure to let us know of any restrictions, especially food allergies
You will have daily access to communications during the project, but storms and power outages can make contact somewhat uncertain.
So make sure your friends and family know how often they can expect to hear from you, and that there may be times when the internet connection is down. Participants can also purchase a local SIM card.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa for your trip.
The visa you need for this program is a tourist visa.
We advise you to enter the country with a tourist visa. For most nationalities, this can be obtained on arrival. Please check your duration before leaving the immigration service. Your visa can be extended at an additional cost of 11 soles (4 USD/3 GBP,) depending on the duration.
Check with the immigration authorities of the countries you plan to visit or visit www.cibt.com for advice and information on visa applications.