Due to various factors, we run Traveller Not Tourist as a business. We genuinely appreciate that our volunteers give their time, energy and often blood, sweat and tears to work with the children we help but we feel that this is the best way to ensure that we can provide both a quality service to the volunteers, and really useful help to the children (and their carers) who we support.
We provide employment for local people and work for local businesses.
The costs of volunteering with Traveller Not Tourist in Arequipa – Peru are as follows:
Flights: To be bought by the volunteer. This allows you complete flexibility. We are registered with Diversity Travel, who may be able to get you a better deal on a flight. Just mention that you will be volunteering with Traveller Not Tourist when you contact them.
Airport/Bus Station Collection: We offer an airport/bus station collection service for when you first arrive in Arequipa as we know this can be trying time after a long flight or bus journey. It is also a lot safer to have a known taxi driver collect you. Please mention your interest in this service when you email us and we will let you know the price.
Administration Fee: We charge a one-off Administration Fee of US$100 for one person, US$ 150 for two persons coming together and US$ 200 for 3 persons coming together which is used to pay wages and for other organisational costs (stationery etc). This is non-refundable.
Accommodation: Accommodation in the dedicated Volunteer Flats is US$70 per week. You can find out more about the accommodation here. Ideally, all volunteers would stay in the Volunteer Flats but we understand that some volunteers may have reasons for not wanting to do so. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your needs. There is also a required deposit of US$60, this will be returned to you at the end of your stay as long as your keys are returned and no damage/loss of property has occurred.
Spanish Courses: Although not obligatory, we strongly recommend that you take some Spanish Courses during your volunteer period as we believe that you, and the children, will get more out of the experience if you can communicate with them better. For more information on Spanish Courses please click here.
Food: Not included in the Admin Fee/Accommodation. The volunteer accommodation has fully equipped kitchens and there is a great range of restaurants to try in and around Arequipa. There are many Arequipenian speciality dishes to sample such as Roccota Rellena (Stuffed Peppers) and Cuy (Guinea Pig…yes, Guinea Pig) as well as dishes from around the world such as crepes, stir frys and even McDonalds. Volunteers often cook or go out to eat together. Bear in mind though, if you invite someone out for food or drinks in Peruvian culture, this means that you are offering to pay for them!
Tours: Peru is an amazing country, with many great sites to visit and beautiful places to see so make sure you budget in some time and money for travelling about. If time is limited, there are trips you can do around Arequipa, as well as further afield. See our Tours Page for more information and don’t forget that 50% of the profits of any tour you take with us will go to thewe work with so tell all your friends and travel buddies too!