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Volunteering in Cusco

Cusco cityCusco is a city located in the south of Peru; at 3310m high (11000 feet) the climate is temperate most of the year during the day, but cold at night. The average temperature is 18 ?C (64.5 ?F) during the day and 6-7 ?C (44 ?F) during the night. Called as the Archaeological Capital of the Americas is also the tourism capital of South America, it is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world.

The local people are extremely friendly and welcoming and you will also meet lots of foreigners from all over the world. but Cusco itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travelers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.

Cusco main squareAs Cusco is a touristic town the majority of Cusquenan children will tell you that they want to be a tourist guide when they grow up. They are also aware that this dream requires a high level of English and are therefore very excited to learn English with native speakers. This is one of many reason to give children a genuine opportunity to support themselves find work on completing their education, as tourism forms an integral part of the local economy.
Volunteers will work in local schools, community centers and shelters for street children. Work varies but generally consists of providing tutoring to local students, setting up small workshops, assisting local teachers and organizing educational games and activities. NB Volunteers DO NOT need to be a qualified or experienced teacher.

If you are planning to volunteering in Cusco here are some tips to consider before your trip: