Do archaeology volunteer work as a teenager in Peru, and travel back through time to ancient South America. You’ll work at excavation sites in two national parks, and learn directly from experienced archaeologists as you dig up artefacts from the ancient Incan and Wari civilisations. This is a great way to get hands-on with history and add a unique experience to your CV!
We have an official partnership with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture to uncover and protect ancient Incan and Wari structures and artefacts. With your help, we can protect their cultural heritage for future generations.
You’ll live and work with other teenagers in the city of Cusco, and stay with a local host family. When you’re not working, our staff will organise fun cultural activities and an exciting weekend trip to Machu Picchu.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
In Peru, you’ll join a group your age and take part in various exciting archaeological activities. Your project work can include the following:
- Work with professional archaeologists and help with their activities at famous dig sites
- Attend presentations to learn more about the ancient Incan Empire
- Help preserve and maintain national heritage sites
- Take part in community outreach days to give back to the local community
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with professional archaeologists and help with their activities at famous dig sites
You will spend a large amount of time working at archaeological sites. You’ll join our archaeological team, and they’ll teach you everything you need to know. You’ll gain experience with activities like:
- Cleaning and maintaining current sites
- Exploring areas for new sites
- Classifying artefacts
Attend presentations to learn more about the ancient Incan Empire
We also teach you a lot about archaeology outside of excavation sites. Our staff will organise presentations for your group to give you a deeper insight to local history and events. You’ll learn about the famous ancient Inca death cults, the Great Inca Rebellion and more.
Help preserve and maintain national heritage sites
As an Archaeology volunteer, you’ll become part of our efforts to protect and preserve natural heritage sites.
You’ll work at the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, the second most important site of Inca ruins in Peru. Unfortunately, some of the ruins here have been damaged by tourists in the past. You’ll help preserve and maintain these sites, so we can protect the country’s history.
Take part in community outreach days to give back to the local community
Aside from archaeological work, there will also be opportunities to help the local community. We will organise community outreach days in disadvantaged areas. For example, you can paint and renovate a play area at a local school.
Where will I work in Peru?
You’ll live in Cusco, the second largest city in Peru, and stay with a local host family.
Today, Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Urubamba Valley in the Andes mountain range. The city is filled with beautiful architecture from many centuries of civilisation. You should definitely try local Peruvian dishes like ceviche (Peru’s national dish), rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy peppers), or lomo saltado (stir fried beef).
Most of your project work will take place outside of Cusco. We work in two national parks, Pikillaqta National Park and Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park.
Over the weekend, our staff will take you and the other teenagers in your group to visit other ancient wonders. These include Ollantaytambo, where the Inca fought their last battle with the Conquistadors, and Machu Picchu.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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