Volunteers in Peru stay with local host families. We believe that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community. Host families do not speak English, creating a full immersion environment to help participants improve their Spanish language skills. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
Spanish classes are not included in the program fees but can be set up either at a language school or with a private teacher. The cost of language classes vary depending on the type of class and number of class members.
Participants should arrive on Saturday or Sunday. Other than this, the arrival dates are completely flexible.
In December, we ask that participants not arrive December 22-28. This allows our coordinator to spend the Christmas holiday with her family.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need.
All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.
After you fill out the application form on our website, our applications adviser will be in touch to help you with the next steps. We have set up a checklist here for you see exactly what steps you need to take to go abroad with ELI.