In this program you teach children English, values and play sports. You will share with a local family, we offer you housing and food. You will also take care of animals.
Volunteer taks and activities
The activities are:
• Teach English to children, teach values of respect for nature, playing and playing sports with them.
• Help the host family to plant harvest and other agricultural activities. You will take care of animals such as the llama, sheep, cow, guinea pigs, chickens and others.
• You will participate in community activities, street cleaning, tree planting, road repair, agricultural activities, among others.
Where is the volunteering?
In the town of Colca. 5 hours by car, northwest of the city of Cusco.
About the Colca Town
Colca is at 3800 masl. (2360 mi). It is located on the slopes of the Canyon formed by the Apurímac River. It has a cold and dry climate. With abundant rain the months between December and March.
It is a town that has a very ancient origin in the small ethnic groups that inhabited since ancient times, proof of this are archaeological remains, tombs in the small mountains that surround Colca and that we will visit during our stay.
Colca Peru Weather
• Between the months of October and March there is presence of abundant rain. The cold is sometimes intense when it rains. So now we try to have hot water, heating in the room if it is very cold.
• Between April and September it is dry season. There is no rain, intense cold at night and sun by day.
Getting to Colca Peru
From the City of Cusco, we pick you up at the airport or your hotel. We leave Colca passing through a beautiful Andean landscape dominated by the Apurímac river canyon.
We are welcomed by Lourdes and Henry, a local family at their house, where you will have a private room, the house has a bathroom with a hot shower.
Frequent questions about Volunteer Abroad Program in Colca Peru
How is the food?
We prepare the food with the products we harvest from the cultivation field. For this the family has an orchard where vegetables grow.
Are there vegetarian or vegan food?
We definitely have a lot of vegetarian and vegan food options. While traditional food always places meat on top. You can request that it does not include meat.
Will I learn to cook?
Yes, you will help Lourdes cook, she will show you how she cooks, the ingredients and preparation.
The water is healthy?
Yes, but we always drink boiled water, or use a filter.
What was the most difficult for our volunteers?
The altitude, to avoid altitude sickness, must get used to the altitude. It is recommended to stay two or three days in the Sacred Valley (2900 masl)
The weather is normally comfortable for visitors, but there are times when it is very cold, also very hot. As Aida, one of our volunteers said. Here the four seasons can be presented in one day.
When it is sunny, it is recommended not to expose yourself much to the sun, especially if you have delicate skin.Quechua School Director
What did our visitors like the most?
The environment, the landscape that surrounds Colca is welcoming. The town is peaceful and the children will want to be with you all the time.
Does it have electrical energy?
Yes, all houses have electric power. But the streets of Colca are poorly lit at night. So we recommend having a flashlight.
Is there an internet signal?
Yes, but it is limited. You must have a prepaid chip from the Entel company. It is the only operator that has a signal in Colca.
What telephone operator must I have to have an internet signal in Colca?
Entel, is the operator that has a signal in Colca. You can buy a chip in Cusco for a month with 3.5 GB of internet at PE 29 (approximately USD 9).
What should I be careful about when volunteering?
Our volunteers fall in love with the place, you must be careful not to fall in love with Colca. 🙂
Are there mosquitoes?
There is little presence of mosquitoes. With a repellent you can avoid bites.
Is it safe to visit Colca?
Absolutely. People are very kind to visitors, because we have not had many visitors, it was only a year ago that we had this volunteer experience, so your presence in Colca will be highly appreciated.
There is no danger of theft, loss of objects, etc. Instead you will always find your things or they will make you catch up if I leave you forgotten.
Is there a health center in Colca?
Yes, we have a health center. The health center has a doctor, an obstetrician, two nurses, a dentist.
Is there public transportation to Colca?
Yes, but from the main road you must walk forty minutes. Fortunately in Colca there is a permanent car and taxi.
Are there volunteers who have been to Colca before?
Yes, in 2019 19 volunteers in Colca shared with us.
Can I get from Cusco to Colca on my own?
Yes, you must take the car that goes to Cotabambas. Get off in Huamaniray then you must walk 40 minutes to Colca. Public transportation costs S / .30.00 (USD 9.35).
We recommend taking a collective car that costs PES / .40.00 (USD12.5) and drops you to the same place.
A taxi from Cusco charges you PES / .200.00 (USD 62.5).
How much girls and boys have the Colca school?
Colca has 80 girls and boys. We work directly with 25 of them.
How old are the children of Colca?
Between 7 and 14 years old.
What animals do they breed in Colca?
Sheep, llama, cow, horse, alpaca, guinea pig, chicken, pig.
Also in the upper part we have a reserved area where there are vicuñas.
What agricultural products do you grow in Colca?
It is very diverse, from potatoes, corn, beans, quinoa and many other natives of the Andes (maswa, uqa, smooth, tarwi, hataqu …).
How many inhabitants does Colca have?
The populated center has around 100 families.
What is the social impact of the Colca volunteer program?
• Change of attitude of the inhabitants:
facing the presence of foreigners who appreciate nature, hygiene, and the landscape. The population realizes the value of its natural beauty of its town, because visitors appreciate it.
Improvement of the self-esteem of the children, of the inhabitants when they realize that their culture and way of life is valued.
We instill in children values of identity, respect and responsibility. We seek that children feel the values of respect for the person and nature.
• Future vision:
Children’s ability to decide for a different future. Up to the present, the children, when they finish their basic studies, most go to the cities to work, they meet other young people of the opposite sex and from the same community and they have very young children; few of them study.
For example, the graduates of the last year of the 17 who finished high school in Colca only 3 are studying, the others are looking for work or remained in Colca without occupation yet.Quechua School Director
Families with values of responsibility towards the future of children.
• The People:
The people revalue their food, recognize how organic and how important it is to health.
Do I have to pay as a volunteer?
Yes, the payment allows us to cover the costs for the preparation of food such as gas, and products that do not grow in Colca; and the expenses generated by maintaining the accommodation, such as the cost of electrical energy.
At the moment the only economic income we have is the contribution of those who make up this small organization and volunteers.
USD 12 Is the sum to be contributed by the volunteer per day that remains in Colca.
USD 10 for the maintenance of web platforms and others a single payment.
USD 20 for the round trip transportation by car to Colca (PE35 round trip and PE35 round trip).
What is included in the payment?
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Private room in the house of Lourdes and Henry that has a bathroom and a hot shower, as well as heating if required.
• Transportation by car from the Airport (or hotel) from Cusco to Colca and vice versa.