Our Volunteer Programs

Volunteer with Awamaki

Volunteer With Us

The success of Awamaki’s work is made possible by the generosity and commitment of our volunteers and interns.

We rely on the fresh energy and skills that volunteers bring to tackle new ideas and improve our work. We encourage volunteers and interns to take initiative, working independently and in teams, in areas that align with their interests, experience, and goals. Volunteers leave Awamaki confident that they made a tangible contribution to the organization, and with new skills that they have been able to use effectively in their work with us.

Apply to Volunteer

We are currently accepting volunteers.

We are currently accepting applicants for our Classic Volunteer and Intern Program.

Our Service Travel Program will resume in January 2023. 

Is Awamaki right for you?

All Awamaki volunteers and interns have a few things in common: they are self-motivated, committed to our mission, and capable of working both independently and as a team. Many of our volunteers are college and graduate students, while others are recent grads, professionals on a break, or retirees in search of an adventure.

The program descriptions below give you a better idea of volunteer roles at Awamaki. Most of our volunteers work in multiple program areas, and everyone at the organization helps out where needed, whether that is jumping in to help with a tour or taking an extra store shift.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Group Volunteer Opportunities

Awamaki arranges customized service trips for groups of students or tourists. Groups visit for any amount of time from a half day to several weeks. Awamaki arranges service projects, local accommodations, homestays, classes and other cultural immersion experiences for groups. These trips give groups a hands-on community experience that allows the group to learn about Andean culture, contribute to our work, and give back to the local community.

Recent service projects include building crafts centers alongside the artisans in our partner crafts cooperatives so that they have a space to meet and run their businesses. Work can include clearing land, painting, making adobe, moving rocks and organizing activities for the children on the site.

Awamaki also arranges homestays or other accommodations, language classes, cultural tourism activities, educational speakers and outings, and hikes and Machu Picchu excursions for a visiting group’s trip. To explore whether we would be a good fit for your group, please contact us at info@awamaki.org

Program Expenses and Options

Classic Volunteer and Intern Program

$2660 for 10 weeks, plus $127 for each additional week for the first 20 weeks, with a partial refund after 6 months.

Please Note: As long as we are unable to offer a volunteer house due to the pandemic, we are also unable to give a full refund after six months. We can only offer a partial refund. We are happy to discuss if you are planning to stay six months.

This includes room and board for the entirety of your stay in a local homestay or guesthouse. It also includes program and administrative fees, airport pickup, and welcome festivities, 10 hours of walking language class and tour of town, and a two-day (overnight) cultural immersion experience in one of the indigenous communities.

Service Travel Program

$1606 for 3 weeks, plus $277 for each additional week.

This includes full room and board for the entirety of your stay, in a local homestay or guesthouse. It also includes program and administrative fees, airport pickup, welcome and goodbye festivities, five hours of private Spanish instruction per week, bi-weekly group cultural discussions, a three-day cultural immersion weekend in one of the indigenous communities, a Peruvian Cooking Class and a Woodworking class. Additional weeks include full room and board and ongoing Spanish instruction.

Apply to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in Awamaki's volunteer and intern program. To apply, please fill out the form below.