Peru Kids Project Frequently Asked Questions
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01. Is Peru safe?Generally speaking Peru is a safe country for travellers, but as ever it pays to be on your guard, especially if travelling alone. Cusco has a low crime rate and safely hosts thousands of tourists every year.
However, there is a possibility of petty theft as there is in all countries so alway be vigilant. Violent robberies are rare and the most common problem is pickpockets. Thieves look for the easiest target. If you carry a wallet that is sticking out of your back pocket then you are asking to be the target. Be careful in crowded areas such as markets and bus terminals. You can plan before you go by purchasing a money belt that goes underneath a T-shirt, or even a belt that has hidden zip pockets.
By travelling with Globalteer you have an advantage over the thousands of other tourists that visit Cusco. You will be collected from the airport and given an orientation by our Project coordinator. Here you will be given advice on many things including safety, and all your questions will be answered. Thousands of tourists visit Peru every year and have no problems whatsoever, so don't be paranoid. Just take the basic precautions and you will have an amazing and trouble free trip.
02. What languages do I need?The common language for Globalteer staff and volunteers at this project is English. Peru is a Spanish speaking country so it is beneficial, but not required, to be able to speak some Spanish. Many of the children are from rural areas where their first language is Quechua but they all speak Spanish too.
03. What are the living conditions?You have a chocie of accommodation when volunteering with Globalteer in Cusco
Hostel - Shared Dormitory
Volunteers who are looking to meet lots of fellow travellers and have easy access to the great social life that Cusco has to offer, there is probably no better option than a shared dorm in one of Cusco's best hostels.
The hostel that Globalteer has teamed up with is very central, but in a peaceful location near one of Cusco' s most beautiful smaller squares and just two blocks from Cusco's world famous Plaza de Armas. It is close to all the popular bars, restaurants and clubs that Cusco has to offer as well as its magnificent colonial and Inca monuments.
As well as comfortable beds in shared dorm with all your bed linens, the hostel offers 24 hour hot water, towel rental and lockers (bring your own padlock). There are a bar and restaurant on site, pool table, satellite TV, free Wi-fi zones and computers with high speed internet. Continental breakfast is also included.
Hotel - private ensuite room
Volunteers can also stay in a comfortable 2* hotel. The hotel is well situated about a 15 minute walk from the main square of Cusco in a quiet, mainly residential part of the city. It is about a ten minute walk from Globalteer's offices.
All rooms are single occupancy or can be shared if volunteers are travelling together. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, each with private toilet, shower or bath tub. The facilities include hot water, cable TV, free basic breakfast and Wi-Fi.
If you choose to stay at a homestay, you will live with and be part of a Peruvian family. The homestays are in safe areas with middle class families that are screened by Globalteer. Your room will be private with a shared bathroom. This is a wonderful experience to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture and a great way to practice your Spanish skills. Volunteers eat with the family when not volunteering at the project.
If you are volunteering for a minimum of four weeks and wish to stay in an apartment, then please let us know on your application as there are various options available. Please note that due to rental costs, apartments are only suitable for groups of two or more volunteers travelling together and depending on the specific accommodation, may result in additional costs.
04. What type of food is available?Cusco has a variety of international restaurants in the city. Typical Peruvian meals include beef, pork, chicken and occasionally fish - with rice, potatoes, and salad and with a fantastic variety of fruits and juices. Vegetarians will find many options in Cusco. Globalteer does not provide meals at this project.
05. Will I have time for extra activities?Yes, in fact we actively encourage it! Peru is a beautiful country and we wish you to experience its culture, history and people. You will have two days free per week which can be spent in the city or away at another location in Peru. Long term volunteers can arrange extra time off with the volunteer coordinator. People visiting Cusco do so to see Machu Picchu. Although your motivation is different we encourage you to take a look at one of the wonders of the world.
06. How many hours will I be volunteering?You will be volunteering for approximately 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. We can be flexible with your time as required - for example you may want to spend four consecutive days trekking the Inca trail or to explore another city in Peru. Volunteers who are also here to study can work less hours. All this can be arranged with your volunteer coordinator in Peru.
07. Do I need to be qualified to teach?No, English classes are basic English in small groups of children. Volunteers follow teaching books and have access to further resources such as DVD's and educational games.
08. How do I get to the project?If you arrive at Cusco international airport then we will meet you there and take you to the hotel or homestay family. If you arrive overland then we will supply you with directions to the hotel or homestay family and you will need to make your own way there.
We will also do an orientation with you and show you how to travel from the hotel or your homestay family to the project via public transportation.
09. Is there access to internet, telephone and post?If you are staying at the hotel, it has Wi-Fi internet access. Some of the homestay families have Wi-Fi but not all. There are many internet cafes in Cusco. Telephone services are cheapest in the internet cafes for international calls. The main post office is only a short walk from your hotel and is centrally located downtown.
10. What vaccinations do I need for Peru?We recommend that our volunteers consult a doctor for up-to-date advice about vaccinations. Do this as soon as possible as some vaccinations take time to be effective. General advice is to be up to date with tetanus and diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B and typhoid. A yellow fever jab may also be advisable for Amazon jungle visits.
11. Do I need a visa?On arrival in Peru, the immigration official will stamp your passport with a free 30, 60, 90 or 180 day visa (this is entirely at the official's discretion). If you require an extension of your visa whilst in Peru you may take a timely trip to Lake Titicaca and cross the Bolivian border, and re-enter Peru the following day for a new free visa. Note: As visa requirements can change and are different for different nationalities, it is the volunteer's responsibility to arrange entry visas.
You may also pay US$1 per day for overstaying your visa when you exit the country.
12. What cultural differences must I consider?Peruvians are very friendly and often interested in you as someone different. In Cusco, the people are very used to tourists. At the projects you will be working with people who rarely get to see or speak with foreigners, and you will be an ambassador for your country.
13. When is the best time to go to Peru?
Cusco is sunny and warm during the day but cold at night, with a mean temperature of 15°C (59°F). The temperature drops at night in winter (June to September) to around 6°C (43°F) . The rainy season is from November to March, however, it usually rains for only a couple of hours during the day.
For more information on when to visit Peru please see When is the best time of year to volunteer in Peru?
14. Can I drink alcohol and smoke?Of course, but we request that you use common sense. Alcohol is not permitted whilst with the children and smoking must be done out of their sight as you are role models and influential to the children. There are many bars and clubs in Cusco for you to indulge when away from the children.
15. Is there a dress code?Peruvians dress similarly to people in the US or Europe so your normal clothing will be suitable for this project.
16. Do I receive training and orientation?Yes, on arrival you will receive orientation from our project coordinator, giving local information and advice. Basic training will be given to ensure you achieve the project objectives.
17. What are the criteria for a volunteer?
Volunteers will be assessed on the information provided during the application process. Please see the application form
for full details.
18. Should I bring presents for the children?The greatest gifts you can give the children are love, respect and an education. Being part of this project is the best way to help the children in poverty and their community. Giving beggars money is not a sustainable activity and full information will be supplied during your orientation. Globalteer provide a list of items to consider bringing from home before the volunteer arrives.
19. Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is highly recommended for this project. To help make getting insured easier we have formed a partnership with award-winning travel insurers, World Nomads. They provide insurance to travellers from over 140 different countries and are the only insurer we have found that will allow you to take out a policy even after you have left your home country.
If you purchase an insurance policy from World Nomads through this link -Travel Insurance
- they will also make a donation to Globalteer and the many projects we support.
Please note that Globalteer can accept no responsibility for your travel or insurance arrangements and encourages you to fully research all travel and insurance options available to you.
20. Who usually volunteers at your projects?The majority of volunteers are from the UK, United States, Canada and Australia. We also place volunteers from Holland, Germany, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand although all nationalities are welcome. The majority of volunteers travel alone to the projects, although we also accommodate couples and groups.
21. Where does my money go?A full explanation of where your money goes can be found on a link from the Globalteer home page including our full independent accounts as confirmed by the UK Charities commission.