Continuing our series on gap year travel opportunities, let’s take a look at some of the many wonderful trips you can take to Peru!
When we picture Peru, usually images of Machu Picchu, alpacas, and Quechua clothing come to mind. And while exploring Inca ruins and immersing oneself in traditional culture is reason enough to visit this amazing country, there’s so much more to it: from carnivals and festivals to surfing and soccer, to urban style, shopping, and food, Peru offers everything a traveler could ask for. And with the country’s increasing focus on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship – alongside a strong sense of cultural preservation and celebration – Peru mixes ancient and modern in an incredible way.
If you’re a student looking to take some time off between high school and college, between college and career, or anywhere in between – otherwise known as a gap year – and you want to take advantage of the time you don’t need to spend in class or on homework, then going abroad on a meaningful and adventurous trip is a great way to do it.
Fortunately, Peru is an excellent place for students and young adults to embark on a gap year. The budget-friendly cost of living, the overwhelmingly gorgeous sights (not to mention the UNESCO World Heritage Sites), the modern conveniences in urban areas, and the many opportunities to live, learn and work comfortably make this a wonderful destination if you want to make the most of your gap year.
As a gap year traveler, there are a few directions you can go when narrowing down a meaningful trip with an established NGO or trip provider to Peru: you can volunteer, you can teach, or you can intern. Each of the organizations and opportunities we’ve highlighted below cover at least one of these areas – whether you want to earn your TEFL qualification and teach English abroad, pursue a career-building internship, or simply volunteer with indigenous communities and learn about their way of life, there is no shortage to the ways that you can experience Peru, make a difference, and enjoy your gap year.
Ready? Let’s go!