Volunteer Lamay Peru

Educational solidarity trip to Ecovillage in the Sacred Valley

Collaborate in a small educational project located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, carrying out educational activities in the natural outdoors.

Educational solidarity trip to Ecovillage in the Sacred Valley

from 580€ por persona

Help with homework, art workshops, activities, games and outdoor activities for children and the community of the Sacred Valley.

This project is located in the village of lamay and consists of a community house whose The main objective is to provide a safe space for the whole community with the idea of offering a place for the local population to meet, exchange and learn. We work both with children at risk of exclusion living in the area and with their families to offer them a safe space where they can develop the values of identity, friendship, community, inclusion and learning.

This centre has a library and technology area, a toy library, an area for various workshops, various clubs (reading, cinema, sports, etc.). 

The centre originally opened its doors in 2015 in the Sacred Valley but has recently moved to the village of Lamay in this new concept of integrated community support.

The number of people who come to the centre varies according to their needs and availability at the time, as well as the age of the children, although the usual range is between the ages of 3-4 years at 15 years. Many of these children have had to drop out of school or attend school for a short time because they work to support their families. The timetable for working with them is in the afternoons.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 End poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    Lamay, Peru.
  • Volunteer hours
    From 14:50 to 18:00 h approx.
  • Volunteer activities
    homework help, art workshops (painting, music, dance, etc.), outdoor games, support in the library and toy library as well as in reading and/or film clubs, and "Circles" (group reflections and work with emotions).
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Hot water
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Travel insurance

Volunteer Program

Voluntary activities
  • School reinforcement, homework help for boys and girls. 
  • Art, craft and nature workshops. If you know a discipline well or are good at an area, we encourage you to propose your own workshop! 
  • Games and sports activities. 
  • Support in the library and toy library as well as in reading and/or film clubs, etc.
  • Emotional accompaniment tasks.
  • You will also be able to help with management tasks such as networking, maintenance, organisation, etc.
Profiles required
It is not necessary to have a specific profile to participate in this solidarity trip. The only requirements are:
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
  • Be proactive in proposing workshops that you are good at or that are related to your training/job.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • Young people or solo travelers who want to meet other people during their volunteering.
  • Groups and couples.
  • Teachers, professors, social educators or any professional or student in the education sector.
  • People who seek to be in contact with nature.
A day in the project
“In the mornings they have breakfast starting at 7:30 (but not before greeting us all with a kiss and hug) and then each one does a bit of what they feel like most: being in the relaxation areas, going out to walk through the mountains, bathe in the river, go to town or go to the surrounding towns that are part of the Sacred Valley and that can be enjoyed a lot. At 1:15 p.m. there is lunch and at 3:00 p.m. the children begin to come little by little. We do homework with those who have homework from school (they are usually a couple of cards or about four pages of an activity book), then when we finish we prepare a joint game or activity if we see that it is feasible or we separate the children by age or interest to be able to play with them. The outdoor spaces are used a lot, it is an incomparable environment and they enjoy a lot. We have played spinning tops, table football, volleyball, ball games, we have made collages with recycled material, face painting... and Friday is movie day, so children and adults take the opportunity to watch a movie together. At the end of the day, a cup of milk is distributed to the children and we make a small evaluation. When finished, the little school is fixed and cleaned and we are going to have dinner at approximately 7:00 p.m. (it is already very dark and cold there). After dinner, activities of interest to the guests are usually programmed: stargazing, campfire, meditation, games... Life here is very familiar and calm”
Maria Sanmarti

Project Location


The centre is located in the village of Lamay as at one hour from the city of Cusco and about 25 minutes walk from the ecovillage. where you are staying. It is a very special place for nature lovers since the environment is wonderful, surrounded by mountains, with a river, etc.


Lamay is quite high, almost 3,000 m above sea level. The temperature during the day is warm and at night quite cold. It can reach 20ºC in the morning and at night reach 8ºC from September to April and 2ºC from May to August.

The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks
Room 8 people580,00 €705,00 €830,00 €
Room 3-4 people690,00 €870,00 €1.050,00 €
Double room790,00 €1.020,00 €1.260,00 €
Single room1.050,00 €1.400,00 €1.760,00 €
* All costs are per person.
What is included?
From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in the chosen option.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Access to the kitchen
  • Local Coordinator.
  • Internal transportation from Cusco airport to the project.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (free of charge for Spanish nationals).
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.

Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.
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