Do archaeology volunteer work in Peru and travel back through time to ancient South America. You’ll work at excavation sites in two national parks, and learn from experienced archaeologists as you dig up the past. This is a great way to get hands-on with history, and add practical work experience to your CV.
We’ve partnered with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture to uncover and protect ancient Incan and Wari structures and artefacts. With your help, we can preserve these sites for future generations.
You’ll live in the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stay with a local host family. Cusco was once the capital of the Incan Empire, and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
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.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is Archaeology volunteer work in Peru right for me?
Are you fascinated by history and discovering what life was like centuries ago? Do you want to get actively involved in digging up the past? Then our Incan & Wari Archaeology Project in Peru is perfect for you!
This project will take you directly into the world of ancient South American societies and cultures. You’ll learn from experienced archaeologists, who will teach you everything you need to know about the subject. This is especially useful if you are studying history or anthropology, and want to add hands-on experience to your CV.
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join. We have archaeologists and other staff on hand to guide and supervise you. You’ll also attend regular workshops and lectures, and visit museums.
This project runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. Please be aware that certain activities may not be available during different seasons. Most of our work at excavation sites takes place during the dry season from October to April. During the wet season from May to September, we focus on indoor research.
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do on the Incan and Wari Archaeology Project?
You’ll work with experienced archaeologists as they continue doing research to discover more about the ancient Incan and Wari civilisations. These are the main areas you’ll focus on:
- Assist with the discovery and registration of new archaeological sites
- Maintain archaeological sites through clearing and maintenance tasks
- Raise awareness about the importance of protecting cultural heritage in local communities
- Attend workshops and presentations to learn more about archaeology work in Peru
Our archaeological activities in Peru are largely determined by the weather. Dry season differs greatly from wet season, as some activities are prohibited by the rain. You will focus on these main activities during your project:
Assist with the discovery and registration of new archaeological sites
An exciting part of archaeology is uncovering the unknown. During your time in Peru, you’ll get involved with exploring and registering new sites. During the registration of new sites, you’ll use GPS and photography to record your findings. You’ll take part in the mapping of the sites to further current research, and you can also assist with returning artefacts to the ground after research, if needed.
Maintain archaeological sites through clearing and maintenance tasks
You’ll work alongside experienced archaeologists on-site. They’ll teach you how to perform various archaeological activities and supervise your work. They’ll also explain the importance of cleaning and maintaining current sites. You’ll help with this by clearing weeds and overgrowth on walls and pathways, and prepare clay for mortar used to restore ancient ruins. You’ll also get your feet dirty stomping around in mud! We use the mud to paint walls and paths, and to cap walls. The mud helps preserve and restore the old constructions.
Raise awareness about cultural heritage and importance in local communities
One of the aims of this project is to further research into the ancient civilizations of South America. We do this through talks and presentations. This will help local people have a better understanding of the way people used to live. It will also allow us to share knowledge about the importance of protecting their history for the next generation.
Attend workshops and presentations to learn more about archaeology in Peru
Our staff organise regular workshops and presentations for all of our Archaeology volunteers. In these sessions, you’ll listen and learn as archaeologists talk about topics like bones, and how to reassemble ceramic artefacts. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes.
Where you work on the Incan and Wari Archaeology Project
Our Incan & Wari Archaeology Project in Peru is based in Lucre, a town in the Lucre Valley which is a 40-minute drive from Cusco. Cusco was the capital and most important city of the ancient Incan Empire, and the Lucre valley itself contains many known and undiscovered ruins from ancient civilisations.
Our projects are based in the Pikillaqta National Park and in the Sacshayhuaman Archaeology Park. Through our official relationship with Peruvian Ministry of Culture, we are given exclusive access to the spaces where you can work.
A typical day on the Incan and Wari Archaeology Project
A typical day on this project starts at 8:30am, and ends around 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. However, you’ll finish around midday on a Friday.
Your activities can vary greatly, and are also weather dependent. The supervising archaeologist will decide what you do for the day. These activities can include mapping sites, working on excavations, or conducting indoor research.
At the end of a busy day, you will return to your host family for dinner. This is a great way to experience the Peruvian way of life for yourself, and let the family share their food, traditions, and culture with you.
Your evenings will be free for you to explore the town of Cusco. You can walk along streets lined with beautiful architecture from many centuries of civilisation. You can also brush up on your Spanish with street vendors, and we encourage you to try as much of the local food as possible.
On weekends, you can explore the green mountainous landscapes where llamas roam in their natural habitat. You can also plan a trip to some of Peru’s famous attractions like Machu Picchu.
Aims & Impact of the Incan and Wari Archaeology Project
The aim of the Incan and Wari Archaeology Project is to advance the research being done into ancient civilisations, and actively preserve cultural heritage sites in Peru.
Projects Abroad has an official agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture to do this kind of work in national and archaeological parks. Together, we’re working to uncover and protect new archaeological sites and artefacts. We need the help of volunteers like you to do this.
In addition to helping preserve culture and history for the next generation, you’ll gain a unique insight into South America’s ancient civilisations. This kind of work experience can give you the skills to pursue a career in history, anthropology, or archaeology. You’ll learn directly from experienced archaeologists dedicated to their work.
Join us to do archaeology volunteer work in Peru and help protect and preserve their history.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Having done a year of Archaeology in secondary school I was eager to push away the textbooks and plunge head first into some practical work; the project did not disappoint.
Incan and Wari Archaeology Volunteering in Peru
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