ISA Service-Learning in Cusco, Peru

Location: Peru: Cusco

Term: Throughout the year, Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter, May Term

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

5301 Southwest Parkway Suite 200 Austin, TX 78735 United States

Call Us

Phone: 800.580.8826

Fax: 512.480.8866


Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, in the Andes Mountains. Cusco is home to the palace of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and the famous Machu Picchu. Cusco attracts tourists from all over the world, due to the amazing archaeological sites, architecture, and colorful Peruvian dress. The people of Cusco still use traditional dress of polleras, play zampoñas, and raise llamas.

Service opportunities range from small schools to women’s shelters to medical placements in clinics and dental offices. Through service at a local organization and guided reflection curriculum, our goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture, and community.

Each service-learning placement is unique, so visit the ISA Service-Learning website to learn more about the specific placement and program options available in Cusco. Although we have something for everyone in Cusco, we especially recommend this site for anyone interested in community agriculture or dentistry fields.


1. Receive personalized advising on service opportunities and program options that are the best fit for you. You will receive confirmation of the community-based organization you have been matched with before departure.

2. Begin your transition to daily life in your new country and culture on the Bridging Cultures Program, our in-country orientation.

3. Benefit from the ISA office, conveniently located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas (main square) in Cusco. At the on-site office participants can check their email, check out books, get information on activities, or simply visit and practice their Spanish with other students, participants, and staff.

4. Have the opportunity to earn academic credit.

5. Demonstrate the professional, cultural, and personal competencies you acquired while on the program through reflection-based assignments and activities that make up the ISA Service-Learning Portfolio.


ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must have graduated high school by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must be at least 17 years old by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

• When applicable, participants must meet the minimum language requirement of the host country

Eligibility for specific community-based organizations is determined by your resume, cover letter, and interview upon application.

  • Public Administration & Government
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Journalism
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Dentistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Creative Writing
  • Counseling
  • Chemistry
  • Art History
  • Architecture
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable Development
  • Spanish
  • Human Rights
  • Development
  • Medicine
  • Animal Sciences
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Women's Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Marketing, Advertising, & PR
  • Linguistics
  • International Relations
  • Humanities
  • Horticulture
  • Health Sciences
  • Geology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Ecology
  • Communications
  • Business
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Art & Fine Arts
  • Anthropology
  • Health Administration
Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

• Comprehensive advising and support
• Visa support
• Bridging Cultures Program, the on-site cultural and academic orientation
• Housing
• Meals and laundry service
• Guaranteed placement with community based organization
• Full-time resident staff with a maximum 20:1 student to staff ratio
• On-site ISA office, computer and internet access (WiFi)
• Airport reception
• Cultural activities

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Writing
  • Women
  • Water Projects
  • Tourism
  • Small Business Development
  • Refugee Relief
  • Recreation
  • Public Policy
  • Parks
  • Nutrition
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Geology
  • Gender Issues
  • Economic Development
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Counseling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Community Centers
  • Biological Research
  • Music
  • Veterinary Science
  • Animal Welfare
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Tutor
  • Translation
  • Teaching
  • Sports
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Human Rights
  • Health Education
  • Health Care
  • Health
  • Environment
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Special Needs
  • Culture
  • Conservation
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
  • Arts
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
This Program is open to

Worldwide, Canadian, American, European, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Asian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded