Internships in Peru are available beginning every Monday. Placements are based in Cusco city and the beautiful surrounding valleys. The locations are optimal for combining tourism activities and cultural excursions with a valuable and immersive internship experience.

Our internship programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program - each introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts to inspire the reflective journaling process.

Short-term internships provides an introductory experience, however longer participation is encouraged in order to take advantage of the reflective process (up to 12 weeks) and gain greater experience. No grades are directly involved and interns can independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Start dates every Monday
    • Intern fees from US$520
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • 15 diverse internship options
    • Homestay accommodation

Projects

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Animal Care
Animal Care

The insight provided during this entry-level internship program is aimed to help determine whether a career working with animals is right for you. Participants assist with daily animal care at a shelter and, according to any level of current veterinarian training, may additionally shadow and work alongside local vets at a clinic.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Beginner Spanish
Associated career paths: Dog Trainer/Handler, Animal Behaviourist, Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse, Pet Groomer

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Kindergarten
Kindergarten

Participants looking to expand their early-childhood teaching experience are welcome to join the Kindergarten internship program, which is focused on assisting low-income families. Educational support includes an emphasis on health, nutrrition and hygiene. Kindergarten interns should be energetic, proactive and responsible.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Beginner Spanish
Associated career paths: Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Primary Teacher, Special Educational, Teaching Assistant, Child Psychotherapist, Family Support Worker, Play Therapist

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Youth Development & Education
Youth Development & Education

This program provides experience that translates to a number of careers in education and social work. Participants work to assist at-risk youth in homes or after-school placements, helping with homework, classroom tutoring, arts, and sports, while also creating a positive environment for guidance, understanding and healthy role-modeling.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic to intermediate Spanish
Associated career paths: Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Special Educational, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Support Worker, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker

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Physician’s Assistant
Physician’s Assistant

The medical project provides observational entry-level opportunities, however placements are also available for more experienced medical students and professionals with Spanish-speaking ability. Long-term participants rotate in order to gain valuable experience and insight, assisting within a variety of departments.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for pre-med school students and medical/nursing students
Associated career paths: Physician / Physician’s Assistant, Nurse, General Practitioner, Midwife, Pharmacist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Radiographer, Dentist / Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dietitian, Paramedic, Anaesthesiologist, Sonographer, Medical Scribe.

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Special Needs Care
Special Needs Care

Participants joining this program should have a predisposition to work with disabled individuals of all ages, patience, flexibility, and an openness to assist with basic care activities. While the nature of this work can be challenging, it may also be deeply rewarding and provide insight into careers related to caring, disability support, therapy and social work.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic Spanish
Associated career paths: Individual Support, Disabled Carer, Special Education Teacher, Early Intervention Specialist, Physiotherapist, Art Therapist, Educational Audiologist, Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired, Music Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Nurse, Counsellor, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech-Language Pathologist.

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Sports & Education
Sports & Education

Physical education programs can be used as a means to promote leadership, teamwork, communication, self-confidence and healthy lifestyle. Through the Sports and Education internship program, participants work to assist exercise sessions and provide education support. Longer-term participants can additionally assist with planning and curriculum development.

Minimum Duration: 3 weeks
Language Requirement: Basic to intermediate Spanish
Associated career paths: Primary/Secondary Teacher, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker, Physical Education Teacher, Sports Coach, Physical Therapist, Exercise Science

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Language Therapy
Language Therapy

Participants with special education, language therapy and/or speech pathology skills, work alongside a local teacher, to provide individual support to students in a classroom. Students may have mental and/or motor delay, causing them to experience difficulties with speech, language, thought processes or movement.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduates accepted, must have some experience interning or working with a qualified Language therapist
Associated career paths: Language Therapist, Speech Pathologist / Therapist, Audiologist, Early Years teacher, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Special Educational, Teaching Assistant, Child Psychotherapist

Psychology

The Psychology internship program allows participants to help in the capacity of a special education teacher’s assistant. Students at this school typically experience difficulties with speech, language, thought processes or movement. In addition to assisting in the control of behaviour, participants may also conduct monitoring activities.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: 1 year of undergraduate completed
Associated career paths: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Educational, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

Dentistry

The Dentistry internship program allows participants to assist with dentist shadowing, general checks or sporadic health campaigns, with the aim of providing career insight and confidence. General activities may focus on dental hygiene, education, and basic health checks, while working alongside qualified local professionals.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Completed undergrad, in dentistry school preferred
Associated career paths: Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Dental Technician, Dentist, Dental Nurse, Dental Therapist

Midwifery

For participants with relevant education and experience, this program aims to provide career insight and confidence, while working alongside local professionals. Tasks are related to pre and post-delivery, Doula assistance, postpartum care, and Waltaska (an ancestral technique in Peru that involves newborn care and recovery of the mother).

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for pre-med school students and medical/nursing students
Associated career paths: Midwife, Maternity & Child Health Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Paediatric Nurse, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist, Pediatrician, Obstetrician, Gynecologist (OB/GYN)

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NGO Support
NGO Support

NGO internships are focused on addressing social, economic and health challenges. There are a variety of opportunities available within the field of NGO Support, with opportunity to assist with activities related to coordination, communications, marketing, social media, computer support, fundraising, management, and international relations.

Minimum Duration: 5 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate to advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in communications, languages, international relations or related field. Also suitable for participants with experience/study in organization, business administration, fundraising, sustainable development.
Associated career paths: Development, Microfinance, Social Business, Community Affairs, Monitoring & Evaluation, Human Rights, Sales & Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public & Media Relations, Foundation/Campaign Manager, Donor Relations, Human Resources, International Relations

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Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy

This program offers physiotherapy internship opportunities that are suitable for entry-level participants, as well as current students and professionals. Those with limited experience may assist at a special needs primary school, to aid a qualified physiotherapist. More experienced interns may be placed in a small physiotherapy center.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Predisposition to work with handicapped children and/or physiotherapy student/professional
Associated career paths: Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist / Assistant / Aide, Recreational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Geriatric Fitness Specialist, Sports Medicine, Chiropractor, Osteopath

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Tourism & Hospitality
Tourism & Hospitality

Entry-level placements are based within hostels and hotels. Tasks for interns are related to organization (i.e. tours, social activities), improving marketing and sales plans, reservations, website development and maintenance, SEO, social media activity, relationship building, and assisting with direct sales to clients.

Minimum Duration: 5 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for students of tourism, international business, hospitality, marketing, communications, graphic design, or a related field
Associated career paths: Concierge, Guest Services, Event & Conference Organiser, Management, Sales and Marketing, Travel Agent, Tour Guide / Operator, PR Manager, Travel Writer / Photographer, Market Research Analyst, Sales Management, Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public Relations, Media Relations

Nutrition

Nutrition interns join efforts with a non-profit NGO, in order to support the efforts of broad community initiatives for vulnerable populations. The project involves community outreach campaigns, monitoring and surveillance of nutritional rehabilitation, nutrition promotion and education, and the development of productive capacities.

Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for students of nursing/psychology/nutrition/public health
Associated career paths: Nutritionist, Clinical Dietitian, Public Health Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Management, Naturopathic Doctor, Nurse, Epidemiologist, Health Educator, Healthcare Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Natural Sciences Manager

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Eco-Tourism
Eco-Tourism

Have a passion for adventure, exploration, environmental stewardship, and culture? This opportunity is focused on the construction and maintenance of eco-domes and sustainable organic gardens along the Salkantay trek, serving to provide trekkers with alternative lodging and access to food during their journey to Machu Picchu.

Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
Language Requirement: Intermediate to advanced Spanish
Eligibility Requirement: Background in agriculture, horticulture, environmental studies, or equivalent experience
Associated career paths: Environmental Scientist, Agricultural/​Horticultural Scientist, Soil and Plant Scientist, Ecologist, Biologist, Climatologist, Geology, Ranger, Forest Management

Programs begin on every Monday of each month and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 week. All participants fly into the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in order to be picked up and transported to the accommodation, unless alternative arrangements for an overland arrival have been made. Orientation is given by our local hosts at their offices in Cusco every Monday and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more. Regular meetings are also held on Mondays, in order to provide long-term participants additional support.

All program participants are hosted in various homestay accommodations, which are located approximately 20 minutes walk to the central office (which is located just off the Plaza De Armas). There are 2 - 5 bedrooms in most home-stays and everyone has their own bedroom (unless special requests are made in advance to share). Host families typically have their own bathrooms and there is a separate bathroom which is shared amongst the program guests. Living is comfortable, however it’s important to note that the infrastructure in Cusco is different from other developed cities. Water is cut-off intermittently at various times during the day. Most of the time, the water is running early in the morning, in the afternoons and evenings. It’s advised to shower in the morning and early evening (shower pressure can be low and the water is typically warm but not steaming hot). On occasion, the water can be cut-off for longer periods of time (but with a fair warning). There is usually 24-hour electricity but from time to time the power can be cut-off without warning. It is endeavoured to provide WiFi in the home-stay accommodation but the signal may not always be strong and from time to time, may go down.

Internships in Cusco include three meals per day, served at the homestay. A typical Peruvian breakfast is provided and consists of bread, spreads, fruit and eggs accompanied with tea or coffee. Lunch is generally the biggest meal of the day, and often consists of a soup and a main dish Dinner commonly consists of meat (often chicken), soups, pastas, starches and vegetables. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations accordingly.

The whole experience became something that I will always keep in my heart, it was just an amazing opportunity that I will never forget. The internship was a great experience for me to try different specialties in a short-term period, which helps me to pre-select what would give me joy to work on in the future. I am already missing the clinics a lot. I feel more confident, I feel more skilled, and have acquired knowledge that I know I can use in future.
Ana Pereira
Ana Pereira
Nationality: Brazilian
Age: 23
Destination: Peru
Project: Physician's Assistant
Date: July 2017 – 4 weeks
Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $520
3 weeks $655
4 weeks $790
5 weeks $925
6 weeks $1060
8 weeks $1330
10 weeks $1600
12 weeks $1870
16 weeks $2410
20 weeks $2950
24 weeks $3490
  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
  • Language lessons.
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Pre-departure interview
  • Personal impact assessment
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation & meals

Spanish lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for all of the Peru internship programs, however basic Spanish skills are required. This is in order to encourage maximum engagement and enjoyment of the learning experience. Basic Spanish skills (Level A2) includes the ability to exchange brief information with questions and answers, use and understand simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects.

We strongly recommend that all program participants take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to Intern Abroad HQ participants by our host organization. These Spanish lessons can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program (ask about online Skype lessons) or at the orientation in-country. Language lessons are tailored to each individual’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday.

Group Lesson Rates

  • 10 hours per week US$69
  • 15 hours per week US$99
  • 20 hours per week US$127 (extra hours: US$7 p/h)
  • 30 hours per week US$213

Individual Lesson Rates

  • 10 hours per week US$91
  • 15 hours per week US$140
  • 20 hours per week US$173 (extra hours: US$8 p/h)
  • 30 hours per week US$258

Medical Spanish Rates

  • Individual Course 15 hours per week US$157
  • Medical Spanish Group Course 15 hours per week US$115
  • Medical Spanish Package 60 hours per month US$1,301

Online Spanish Classes

  • Starter Package (10 hours) US$44
  • Standard Package (30 hours) US$114
  • Complete Level Package (50 hours) US$175

Extras / Packages

  • Quechua Language Course 15 hours per week US$139
  • Business and Technical Business 15 hours per week US$157
  • Spanish Immersion 120 hours per month US$1,892
  • Summer Course 80 hours per month US$1,389
  • Spanish & Salsa Combo: 20 hours Spanish + 5 hours Salsa per week US$143
  • Spanish & Yoga Combo: 20 hours Spanish + 5 hours Yoga per week US$159
  • Spanish & Rafting Combo: 20 hours Spanish + 1 day rafting trip US$155
  • Inca Trail Package: 20 hours Spanish + Inca trail to Machu Picchu (4 days, 3 nights) US$717

Weekends and travel

During the weekends, free time is available to relax, engage in tourism activities and explore other parts of Peru. The program is based in Cusco at an elevation of approximately 3,400 m (11,200 ft). As the historic capital of the Inca Empire and UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a lot to see and do within the city center alone (not to mention all the excellent restaurants!) Spanish colonial buildings mix with pre-Columbian sites in this truely remarkable city. Buy a “Boleto Turístico del Cusco”, which covers admission to sixteen excellent attractions within the Cusco and Sacred Valley region (valid for 10 days). If you have an International Student I.D. Card, use this to secure discounts!

  • Machu Picchu: It’s rare to visit Cusco without planning a trip to Machu Picchu. A truly stunning creation, the 15th-century Inca citadel is the quintessential icon of Peru and the Incan empire. The town below Machu Picchu, “Machu Picchu pueblo” or “Aguas Calientes” may be used as an overnight base before and after visiting the archeological site - especially when journeying from Cusco via bus/train, which takes about 3 hours (one way). Make sure you book entrance tickets in advance (including for Huayna Picchu if you wish to access the other peak).

  • The Classic Inca Trail: Sanctuary authorities have imposed a limit on the number of people that are allowed to hike the Inca Trail at any given time. Therefore, these excursions book out months in advance so it’s important to plan ahead by booking through a licensed guide or tour agency if you want to arrive to Machu Picchu by foot - especially during the high season, which is from May to September. Allow four days walking to arrive at Machu Picchu via the classic Inca Trail.

  • Inca Jungle Trek: This adventurous route to Machu Picchu includes walking, biking and sometimes even some rafting. From Cusco, the route leads into the Sacred Valley, from where you bike to Santa Maria, then walk to from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa, before arriving to the village of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). After visiting Machu Picchu on the fourth day, the return to Cusco is via train. This option is not recommended during the months of January, February and March, due to unfavorable weather conditions (rainy season).

  • Salkantay Trek: This is considered an Inca trail alternative - it is more physically demanding but arguably offers more picturesque scenery, including waterfalls, plantations, mountains and jungle. The trek reaches a height of 4,650 m (15,255 ft) on its first two days, passing over snowy mountaintops. However, during the third and fourth day of the trek, you pass through jungle conditions in more tropical climates. On the fifth day, trekkers reach Machu Picchu.

Capital Lima
Population 29.99 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00

Weather and climate: Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. In the mountainous region, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The Jungle is characterized by heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.