Explore Peru

Volunteer Peru

A Gapper’s Paradise

Full of mystery and a culture dating back millennia, Peru is an indomitable land of deserts etched with ancient geoglyphs, rainforests teeming with wildlife, and soaring peaks harbouring secret cities. Famed for the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, the real Peru lies within its warm, proud inhabitants.
As one of the fastest-growing countries in South America, a lot of progress has been made towards reducing poverty, but many challenges still remain.
GapGuru team member posing with a Peruvian school child

Volunteer in Peru

For all the rich culture and tourism, many of Peru’s communities still face many issues, such as social discrimination and inequality.
On our GapGuru Peru experience, you’ll join our teams in the Sacred Valley to help inspire change in a number of ways, from igniting a passion for education in children to raising awareness of climate change.
With GapGuru you can do so much more than simply volunteer abroad. Leave your handprint on a community, be a part of creating lasting change, and join our efforts to help the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.
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Why Gap Year in Peru?

GapGuru team posing with group of kids in red tracksuits
A GapGuru gap year student leaving his handprint on the wall of a school ground in Peru - GapGuru

Why GapGuru?

Extensive Gap Year Experience

Over the past 18 years, we’ve guided more than 6,000 students through unforgettable gap year experiences.

Ethical Gap Year Programs

All our programs work towards the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals and are backed up by our charity, the FutureSense Foundation.

A community of support

You’ll be guided by our GapGuru Advisors and Mentors before, during and after your gap year experience.

Don’t just take it from us…

Why visit Peru

This was an amazing experience

This was an amazing experience, loved every second even through the challenges. Working on improving the environment and volunteering at the park where so rewarding but also the workshops carried out as a team where great to experience.



Travelled in 2022

I loved experiencing new cultures

This was such an amazing experience that changed how I look at the world and taught me more about what it means to be a global citizen. It also made me realise how much I want to travel in the future.



Travelled in 2022

A wholesome, fulfilling experience

I’d highly recommend this experience to any students. Not only does it look great on a CV but it was tremendous fun to do as well. Overall, a really fantastic experience.



Travelled in 2022

learnt so much and had an amazing time.

Absolutely amazing. Any issues I had in organising the trip, eg flights or vaccines, they told me exactly where to go for the best info. I was completely prepared for my trip, what I would be doing, and the expectations. I learnt so much and had an amazing time.


M. Gray

Travelled in 2022

Your Gap Year in Peru

All you need to know

Peru Highlights

Peru quick facts
Urubamba is located in the heart of the ‘Sacred Valley’, a region in the Andean highlands. The Sacred Valley got its name due to it containing some of the most fertile lands in the region. It’s home to colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Incredibly colourful markets with traditional handicrafts and the Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo are what draw tourists to the area, as well as being on the iconic Inca Trail.

Spanish is the first language of Peru, covering around 82.6% of the population.

To help you with your Spanish, here are some phrases you may use on a day-to-day basis whilst on in Peru:

Good morning
Buenos días/tardes
How are you?
Aaramai Hunuhunchha?
Thank you
My name is…
Mero naam … ho

Things to do in Peru

Your Peru Bucket List

Visit the Maras Salt Mines

A short car ride from Urubamba, lie the surreal salt ponds, known as Maras Salt Mines, or locally as Salineras de Maras.

Over 3,000 ponds, locally owned by around 600 families, make up the picturesque Maras, all connected through an impressive underground network of canals that fill these pools with salt water. Over time, the intense sun slowly evaporates the water leaving behind the salt that is later extracted through ancestral techniques by local family members.

This stunning UNESCO site is just around the corner and absolutely worth checking out.

The Maras Salt Mines in Peru - GapGuru
A small stream of water at the Maras Salt mines in Peru - GapGuru

Salt Mines

The FutureSense Foundation

Be a part of something bigger

When gapping with us, you’ll be supporting our partner charity, the FutureSense Foundation.
Through our programmes and initiatives, the FutureSense Foundation works towards achieving a ‘Fairer World’, a world in which each person has the opportunity to meet their aspirations for a better future.
On your gap year, you’ll see first-hand the work that the FutureSense Foundation does and be a part of our long-term, sustainable programs.
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Peru volunteer programs

How do you want to make your impact?

On our programs, you’ll be immersed in our community development projects to help increase our impact in the area. That could be through health promotion workshops, teaching conversational English and life skills to school children, planting trees with the community, or building new classrooms.
However you want to leave your handprint, we’ve created the best programs to help you make the most of your time in Peru.
Help bring awareness of vital health issues to improve the lives of the children and adults of the Urubamba community.
Work with local schools to deliver workshops on a range of topics, from conversational English to Environmental Awareness.
Work with children and adults to raise awareness of climate change and turn that awareness into action.
Become an activity leader to inspire the local children to express themselves through creative arts and sport.

How it works

The GapGuru Way

At GapGuru we have the experience to keep things simple for you. With close to two decades shaping over 6,000 trips, we know exactly what makes an impactful, meaningful and memorable gap year. Simply choose your start date then follow these three simple steps:


Choose where you'll make your impact

Pick from five incredible destinations, electing the number of weeks you want to spend in each. You’ll be playing your part to help create a brighter future for some of the most disadvantaged communities around the world.


Decide how you'll make a difference

Select from four activity types that have been designed to be as impactful as possible. All of our programs are built off the back of the FutureSense Foundation, ensuring you’ll be a part of creating lasting change for our communities.


Choose your add-ons

Select additional programs to add to your gap year experience. These can be in the same country as your core activity or in any of our other unique destinations across the globe.

What to learn more about Peru?

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If you have any questions at all about what to do, where to go, or how to plan your gap year, get in touch with our GapGurus today. With nearly two decades in the business, we’ve probably had the question before!
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