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Lima, Peru (Karikuy House)
US$66.00 a week / US$9.00 per day
US$15.00 Transfer from Airport
Available 2016
March 2016 to January 2017
2 Week Minimum to 2 Months Max.
Utilities, Cable, Water
Hot Showers
Discounted Travel
Weekends Off
Not Included
International / Domestic Flights
Work Expected
Research Perupedia | Volunteer Planet
Blogging Karikuy Blog
Humanitarian Work Kawsay
Open to Ages 18 to 35
Personal Laptop,
Digital or Mobile Camera
Internet Savvy (Wordpress, HTML)
Social / Team Player Skills
Goal Oriented and Organized
Clean and Presentable
Program Description
Your goal while volunteering in Peru for Karikuy is to gather as much information about the Peruvian culture in order to present fresh content for Perupedia, our Blog and Volunteer Planet website. As a volunteer it will be your job to update these mediums with subjects that peak your interest whether food, dance, art, music, travel, sports, politics or history, you will have the flexibility to explore topics that engage you.. This volunteer program can truly be a young writers dream and a perfect opportunity for bloggers and social activists to polish their skills. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work on our organizations Humanitarian programs such as our Kawsay and Karikuy-Haugen Fund. In 2015 we will be also running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for adding another floor to the Karikuy House. This campaign will be run by the volunteers for future generations of volunteers and help expand the program.

During your time in Peru your home base will be the Karikuy House. This home away from home is located in central Lima, 20 minutes away from the airport and 15 minutes away from the Plaza de Armas. The neighborhood is called Planeta, as traditional a neighborhood you can get in Lima, full of life and color, this neighborhood in Cercado de Lima was one of the first squatter settlements to be recognized by the government in the 1960's. Fifty years later this neighborhood continues to enchant visitors from abroad who wish experience the real heart and soul of Lima. Festivals, concerts and parties are common throughout Planeta and surrounding neighborhoods.
Post Application
We receive many applications daily and it takes time to review them all. We will contact applicants within 3 to 4 business days after application is submitted. Please submit a detailed application as it will improve your chances of being accepted into our limited program. Currently we only have space to house five volunteers at a time at Karikuy House.
Karikuy Volunteer Program

The Karikuy Volunteer Program returns in 2016 after a 5 year renovation of the Karikuy Volunteer House. It has taken nearly four years to improve the infrastructure on our home base to allow for further expansion of our volunteer program in 2016 and beyond. Our 2016 season begins in March with lodging at just US$66 a week!. You will be expected to work Monday through Friday on our projects which include the Perupedia and Volunteer Planet databases, Blogging as well as fundraising and our humanitarian projects. On the weekends you are free to travel throughout Peru visiting locations such as Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. In addition to having the opportunity to live like a local, volunteers will receive help planning trips across Peru and be given special prices on services through Karikuy Tours Peru. This is great opportunity for bloggers and journalists as well as the passionate traveler who wants to have an in depth look at Peruvian Culture.
VOLUNTEERING IN PERU from the Director's Desk

Volunteer in Lima PeruFirst off I want to thank you as a potential volunteer for taking the time to check out our volunteer program in Lima, Peru. As the director I want to give you some more insight as to what you can expect from the program and what a normal day working in Lima is like. Lima is an incredible city unlike any other, with plenty of great people to meet, incredible food to try and exciting places to visit. I believe here at Karikuy we are giving travelers the best opportunity to explore a culture from the inside with this volunteer experience. We look forward to reading all your applications and meeting some of you in Peru in the near future. Without further delay here's what you can expect from your first day or two living and working at the Karikuy House in Lima, Peru

You begin your journey by flying out to Peru where you land at Jorge Chavez International Airport. We'll be at the airport to greet you and help you change any currency. First stop is Karikuy House where you will meet your other volunteers and the place you will call home for your time with us. Volunteers are generally given your first day as a free day to settle in and meet your fellow volunteers, if it's early and you have they energy then we'll take you on a tour of the surrounding area. If it's a weekend we'll go out so you can experience Lima to see what you have gotten yourself joke really your going to have a lot of fun!

The typical schedule of a volunteer is as follows; the day begins at around 9am with breakfast. We always have our meals as a group as it's a great time to get to know the one another as well as to exchange ideas. We'll also discuss where we're at in the project, I will personally answer any questions you may have about research topics and Perupedia. As the director I'll go over when blogs are due and make sure there is a steady work flow.

After breakfast we will get in some exercise for the day by walking over to a nearby park and play a game of basketball or soccer. We believe that a healthy body is crucial to a healthy mind. Also being that Peruvian food is so good and portions so big it helps to get out of the house and let the body do its thing. Following our game we return to the house to freshen up and you can begin putting your material together to begin working on your research.

At around 1pm the volunteer head out for lunch, there are small restaurants eateries nearby serving meals that cost about $2 to $4. If you like to cook you can also prepare your own meals in the kitchen. After lunch we take some break time to let the food settle before we get into the long stretch of productivity. I find that a lot of volunteer like to stick around the house and do mostly book research, however it's up to you to decide how you want to gather information to upload to Perupedia. Perhaps you want to visit museums or interview people in your research field, the way you go about gathering your information is up to you. The majority of the work you will upload to Perupedia will be done from 2pm to 7pm for dinner. The work day normally doesn't go any later then 9pm although you are free to work longer if you wish, some volunteer are more productive in the evening. After work hours you have time to socialize with the other volunteers, play wii, surf the web, watch TV or movie (we have a huge collection), or go out and explore Lima.

It's also very important to us to hear about your experiences in Peru, for that reason we give you a full day, once a week, to write a blog about your time in the country. These blogs will be posted on our website at To keep the blog fresh we have each volunteer post on a different day. Blog posts can be about traveling in Peru, current events, food, music, anything really as long as it has to do with Peru.

Volunteers in LimaOn the weekends our volunteers have the opportunity to travel throughout Peru, I would recommend visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu. For longer planned trips I am more then glad to give you a 3 day weekend and even a 4 day weekend depending on the location and the circumstances. I will also honor Birthdays and other Holidays that may be personal or religious. Depending on where you wish to visit, know that you will receive discounts through Karikuy Tours Peru. All we ask is that while you are away you always carry a note pad with you to jot down information on locations, transportation, prices and news and write about your travels on our blog. All this gathered information is extremely valuable in order to help the Perupedia project grow as well as inform future travelers of useful information. When possible myself or our guides will accompany you on some tours, giving you even more expertise on certain locations and helping you with your information gathering.

What we are trying to build here at the Karikuy Volunteer program is information for other travelers and volunteers. Through Perupedia and Volunteer Planet we hope to provide as much information as possible to the public to get travelers more involved in volunteering worldwide and exploring Peru as a local. In 2015 we hope to launch a Kickstarter campaign to expand our home here in Lima and bring more awareness to our humanitarian programs.

I hope I've given you a good picture of how volunteers can expect to spend their days during the program. I also want to add that parties and social events are very common so as to not make the program seem uneventful. Peruvians love to dance and have a good time and I am certain you will too.

Peru is a great place to volunteer, especially a place as diverse as Lima. Although this isn't your more traditional Peruvian volunteer program, please understand that you are doing a great service to people around the world who wish to know more about Peru, its culture and people. Through your work and dedication we hope to create a thorough database of Peru with Perupedia with the opportunity of becoming a focal point on attracting more attention to the social and political issues that affect the country. Depending on the success of this project (which is entirely up to the volunteers, I could never do it all myself) I will choose to open similar projects for other South American countries in the future. For now I invite you to come to Peru to get to know the country and have the opportunity to share your experiences with the world.

Julio Cesar Tello
Director, Karikuy Volunteer Program Peru

Owner, Karikuy Tours Peru

Francis Sin Volunteer
"I recommend Karikuy"
by Francis Sin on December 10th, 2010

The volunteer programme at Karikuy is one-of-a-kind in the flexibility it provides. One works according to his area of expertise or interest - anthropology in my case - and contributes to Perupedia with the help of his or her personal knowledge and experiences. Of course, said set of knowledge and experiences is greatly expanded by the truly immersive experience at Karikuy; one stays with a family in a Lima neighborhood no tourist gets to see, marches off on excursions to the farthest corners of the country, and makes use of Mr. Tello's travel expertise and contacts across Peru to make the most out of his stay. In my four weeks with Karikuy I have scaled the heights of Marcahuasi, danced with Virgen del Carmen celebrants in the Sacred Valley, cheered amidst football crowds from local club matches to the World Cup finals, and had much, much more food than I probably should have. In all, I recommend Karikuy to those looking for something beyond the run-of-the-mill straitjacket volunteer programme, but who prefer instead a programme flexible to one's interests, schedule and skills.
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Christina Baker Volunteer
"The Karikuy experience - the ultimate gateway for all that is Peru"
by Christina Baker on September 25th, 2010

I had the unique experience of participating in the Karikuy Volunteer Program for a solid 4 months, during which it became apparent to me that this was not your average volunteer experience. The program offered me the unique opportunity to explore this beautiful country from a safe and welcoming home base filled with warm people, delicious food (which at some point became addictive) constant support from Julio and the other volunteers and of course genuinely good fun. The program has challenged me and what I thought I knew about myself, the world and the people in it. And now, having recently returned to Canada, I can definitely say that I've been motivated to continue my exploration of Peru in the near future. This would not have been possible without the Karikuy experience - the ultimate gateway for all that is Peru :)
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