Do I have to pay?
No. There is no program fee unlike many volunteering abroad organisations. The only costs are for living and travelling. However, we provide low-cost housing and life in general in Peru is much cheaper than in Europe or the USA..
Is there a duration of stay requirement?
Yes. We ask that our volunteers spend a minimum of 3 months with Intiwawa. We feel this is a good amount of time to integrate into our organisation and help in our efforts fully.
Where do I stay?
Due to our collaboration with Intihouse, our volunteers can live there at lower prices. Most of our international volunteers live in Intihouse in the heart of Arequipa – only a few minutes’ walk from the central square.
How can I help?
At Intiwawa we welcome help in many different areas. You can be a volunteer who helps us with the day-to-day functioning of our projects such as homework support. Alternatively, if you want a role with more responsibility you can intern with us and support through Marketing, Administration, Events and Fundraising or Education and Social Work.
Where is the project?
Our main project is housed in San Isidro – roughly an hour’s bus ride out of the city. The journey costs 3 soles in total. Our other project is located in the traditional village of Coporaque near the Colca Canyon – a 3 and a half hour journey each way.
How many hours do I work?
The standard volunteer will be required to work 5 afternoons a week (1pm – 7pm) as well as participate in our weekly volunteer meeting on a Monday. For those who have positions of greater responsibility or are involved in other projects their timetables are more flexible and dependant on workload.
Do I have free time to travel?
Yes. Our volunteers work 5 days a week. Many volunteers have organised weekend trips to fantastic destinations such as Lauca National Park in Chile, the desert oasis of Huacachina and the Lake Titicaca. Often volunteers allocate time before or after their stay with Intiwawa to travel for a longer amount of time.
What is the climate like?
Arequipa has beautiful sunshine all year round. During the day you can wear just a T-shirt and shorts. However, when the sun goes down the temperature drops significantly so warmer clothes (jeans, jackets and jumpers) are definitely a must.
Can I bring anything for the children?
Games and stationary are always appreciated as donations. However, always check with the volunteer coordinator to find out our current needs.
Di I need to speak Spanish?
We recommend that volunteers have a good conversational level of Spanish (B1). Only volunteers who will stay a minimum of 6 months may have a more basic level. At Intiwawa our working language is Spanish so the better your language skills the more you will profit from your experience. You also have the opportunity to take extra language classes whilst in Arequipa.
Do I need a Visa?
In most cases you do not have to organize your visa in advance. With a tourist visa that you receive upon entering Peru you can stay 3-6 months. When you stay for longer than 6 months the volunteer coordinator will assist you with your options.
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What support do I receive?
You will receive before arrival support from our Volunteer Coordinator in Germany. Upon arrival you will be picked up from the airport by our Volunteer Coordinator in Peru who will give you an introduction and accompany you to the project.