Short Term Community Development Internship In Peru

Gain international experience and contribute to sustainable community development initiatives in Peru’s bustling city of Cusco.

Program Information

Join a variety of community development projects in Cusco, contributing to a selection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal #4 - Quality Education, #5 -Gender Equality and #10 – Reduced Inequalities. Assist with educational activities aimed at improving English classes, after school activities, healthcare, infrastructure and women’s personal and professional development. Our short term community development internship will also provide you with skill based training and mentorship in order to improve your career skills and increase your employability.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Located on the Western coast of South America, Peru is known for its cultural history and its incredible fusion cuisine. You’ll be based in the city of Cusco, a metropolitan city at an altitude of 3400 meters. Your role will be to help communities in the city to enhance children’s access to education; increase women’s awareness of their rights; and assist the neighbourhood with completing development projects they have identified as important.

Depending on the community’s needs at the time, interns will be assisting our project partners to develop both the infrastructure and the quality of education in order to bring a better quality of life to the local community.

All GVI internships are geared at developing your leadership skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1998 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.


  • Contribute towards sustainable community development initiatives, specifically contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Comprehensive staff mentorship, feedback and evaluation

  • Develop and enhance your leadership skills

  • Increase your confidence in public speaking by teaching at a local school

  • Get involved with implementing water protection plans

  • Help the local community with tourism development initiatives

  • Gain hands-on, international experience to boost your resume

  • Make a difference in the lives of the local community, alongside our partners in Peru

  • Meet participants from across the world - Improve your Spanish language skills - Immerse yourself in the local Peruvian culture


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Program Details

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Location: Latin America - Peru - Cusco

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Life on the Internship

As a short-term intern you will spend the week working within the community of Cusco. Daily activities will be dependent on the needs of the community at the time, but may include renovating the resources available for English lessons; constructing or painting new community centers; teaching literacy and numeracy classes; and running environmental awareness, water protection, healthcare or women’s rights workshops.

From Monday to Friday you will work on the projects, planning and delivering educational classroom lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at our base with the other participants.

You will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation with your fellow participants, with running water, electricity and flushing toilets. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the rest of the team.

Project Details

The project details are quite flexible and the projects we contribute towards will be decided upon by assesing the needs on the ground. Typical projects that we will get involved in include teaching; renovation projects; women’s rights workshops; organising after school recreational events; and helping to set up for community functions.

As a short-term intern time will be set aside for leadership development that further assist the projects and contribute to your personal and professional development. At the end of your internship, you will plan and implement your own project that contributes to the long-term development goals of the project and the community as a whole.

How this program makes a difference:

GVI interns help faciltate impactful discussions and workshops to equip community members with the necessary tools and skills to overcome the challenges they face. Each of our internships collaborate with the efforts of local partners to ensure the sustainabilbity of the work being done.

Peru’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs


We checked in with our long term field staff for advice and travel tips for discovering the best attractions Peru has to offer.

Optional Side Trips

The following short trips are very popular and should definitely be checked out during weekends or on your off time.

- Cusco boasts a wide array of cultural attractions, such as Museo Inka, home to some of the best-presented displays of ceramic artifacts, jewelry, and hand-woven textiles.
- Spoil your taste buds and indulge in Cusco’s tantalising cuisine, usually made with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some of the local favourites include papa rellena, a twice-baked potato; baked chicken empanadas with a squeeze of lemon; and cocadas, giant coconut macaroons.
- Head over to La Catedral, an ancient cathedral that displays amazing architecture and is and unique brickwork.
- Why not go see the wondrous colour of the Rainbow Mountains, and do a trek to 4800 meters!
- Take a class in traditional Andean medicine or a pottery workshop, to create something special to take home with you.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Peru. These could include taking a tour of the renowned Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the best-known archaeological sites in the world. The outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy a hike up Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range. Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands are also an attraction not to be missed. If your time and budget allows it, make a point of travelling Peru, you will not be disappointed!


The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

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