Top 5 Reasons To Volunteer Abroad In Peru

MEDLIFE offers Service Learning Trips in both Cusco and Lima, Peru. Both are culturally diverse and beautiful cities that offer excellent opportunities for volunteers to experience a different part of the world while making a positive impact on the local communities. Here are the top five reasons to volunteer abroad in Peru:


1. Rich Culture and History:

Peru is a country with a rich and diverse cultural history that dates back thousands of years. By volunteering in Peru, you can immerse yourself in this fascinating culture and learn about its history firsthand. From exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to experiencing the vibrant markets of Cusco, there are countless opportunities to learn about Peru’s unique heritage.

2. Sustainable Development:

Peru faces many challenges in terms of sustainable development, particularly in rural areas. A lack of education and economic opportunities contributes to rural poverty and also encourages migration to rural communities. Volunteering abroad in Peru can be an opportunity to contribute to sustainable development efforts, such as improving access to clean water and sanitation, and structurally sound schools and houses.

3. Language and Communication:

Volunteering abroad in Peru can be an excellent opportunity to learn or improve your Spanish skills. Peru is a Spanish-speaking country, and many organizations require volunteers to have a basic knowledge of the language. By improving your Spanish skills, you can enhance your ability to communicate with locals and immerse yourself more deeply in the culture.

4. Adventure and Exploration:

Peru is a country of incredible natural beauty, with stunning landscapes that range from the Andes mountains to the Amazon rainforest. Volunteering abroad in Peru can be an opportunity to explore these incredible environments, from hiking in the Andes to canoeing down the Amazon river.

5. Personal Growth:

Volunteering abroad in Peru can be a transformative experience that helps you grow personally and professionally. You’ll have the chance to step outside your comfort zone, meet new people, and gain valuable skills and experience that can benefit you in your future career and personal life.


If you are interested in joining a Service Learning Trip in Peru, visit our website to learn more.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.