Projects Abroad volunteer works with children on the Peru Childhood Development Project

Early Childhood Development in Peru for Spring Break

Help young children reach their development milestones in Peru over your spring break

At a glance

Assist with the early childhood development of young children in Peru during your spring break. You’ll be an extra pair of hands at the care center so that the local teachers can focus on the children who are struggling. With your help, the children will have a better chance to reach their full potential.

It’s important that young children receive proper development tools while they’re young. Your job will be to assist teachers and caregivers in delivering these tools and skills to the children. You’ll plan fun, educational activities and help them achieve their developmental milestones.

This volunteer opportunity will give you the extra edge and practical work experience in teaching and childcare to boost your career. In this way, you explore something new during your spring break and add to your professional experience.

You’ll live with a local host family and work in the city of Cusco with the other spring break volunteers. This is a great way to get to know the city as well as volunteers from around the world. To ensure you get the most out of your stay, your project supervisor will have planned a few social and sightseeing experiences. Get ready to explore Machu Picchu and eat your weight in the most delicious ceviche.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during major holidays

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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Is a last minute childcare spring break trip in Peru right for me?

This project is perfect if you enjoy working with children and want to support disadvantaged communities. This childcare spring break opportunity in Peru will give you and other college students a great addition to your resume. This is especially beneficial if you’re studying or thinking of studying teaching, social work, or childcare.

You’ll be working with like-minded people and have constant support from our local staff. They’ll be by your side throughout the two weeks and have organized an action packed itinerary. You can expect an itinerary filled with volunteer work and social activities. We want you to get the most out of your spring break, which includes travel and fun, just as much as it includes hands-on volunteer work.

You don’t need any prior experience to volunteer over spring break. Your supervisor will teach you everything you need to know. They’ll even run Childcare and Teaching workshops where you can share ideas with other volunteers and get advice.

Projects Abroad volunteer helps her student with an early childhood development activity during her spring break in Peru.

The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our booking form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.

Promote early childhood development through fun, educational activities

Children are most malleable during their younger years, so skills that help them thrive in school is important for them to learn early on. Each child has his or her own needs and areas that need improvement, ranging from cognitive, physical, or social categories.

You’ll help improve these areas through simple activities like catching a ball to improve hand-eye coordination and painting to improve creativity. You’ll then track their progress.

Help children improve literacy and numeracy

You’re a welcomed extra pair of hands for staff at our care centers. You’ll help out by preparing teaching materials, planning classroom activities, and more. It’s important that children are given the best chance to learn numeracy and literacy before they start school. This’ll help build their confidence. You can assist them in reaching this goal by playing fun, creative games and other activities. You can organize spelling bees, sing songs or practice counting through the numbers.

Creating posters, flashcards, and other resources are especially worthwhile since they can be used after you’ve left.

Encourage improved hygiene, like hand-washing and brushing teeth

Besides helping to keep a healthy, active mind, a healthy and active body is equally important. You can help do this by encouraging good hygiene practices. These include washing hands before meals and snacks and showing them effective ways to brush their teeth.

Explore Peru with other volunteers over spring break

There’s more to your project than volunteer work. Your project supervisor will make sure you get to do all the exciting sightseeing and local dish tasting that you can during your stay. Expect a hike through the majestic Machu Picchu while tasting all the popular dishes that Peru has to offer. You and the other volunteers will have an experience like no other over your spring break.

Where will I work in Peru?


Cusco Description

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aims of our alternative spring break project is to bring like-minded college students together to improve early childhood development in Peru.

In Peru, and many disadvantaged communities around the world, children are being left behind due to lack of access to proper childhood development services. Our long-term goal is to offer support to these communities which will benefit future generations.

Many of the care centers are short-staffed and could use the extra help. You’ll be a welcomed pair of hands. You and your group will work closely with the teachers and caregivers to improve numeracy, literacy, and other important skills.

Join us in Peru during your spring break and help young children reach their developmental milestones.

Young students play a game during their early childhood development class in Peru.

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Cusco. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 917 810 4744 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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