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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Trimester 2
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 2 2019 10/04/2019 10/06/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


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Preference will be given to students undertaking the program for credit.

About:Cusco Dance

Cusco Volunteering Program T2
Community Development & Environmental Change in Peru

The broad aim of the project is to help develop Cusco, Peru - its people and community, bringing hope of a better quality of life to the local people.
These are meaningful and sustainable projects that make a real difference to the local community.

This project is unlike many others as you will be focused on manufacturing and implementing the following into local community homes;
  • Clean burning stoves
  • Ceramic water filters
  • Sustainable greenhouses
  • Ecological refrigerators and cupboards
  • Healthy kitchens
The experience will be life changing – in the best way possible!

The volunteers’ role
Volunteers in Cusco will be fully immersed within the community every day (including all the cultural and personal benefits of homestay). Pending the project and local communities engaged, some travel / transport may be required to and from the project each day (up to one hour in traffic). What makes this project unique and different than others is that you are able to experience so many different activities. You will have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities that help uplift the community - and make their lives better. Below you will find a list of project descriptions outlining the wonderful projects in Cusco:
Volunteers will manufacture cleaner burning stoves at homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them (alongside qualified staff). The cleaner burning stoves improve air quality in small, traditionally enclosed homes, lowering the risk of respiratory infections and diseases for women and children, who spend the majority of their days indoors at home. In addition to eliminating this smoke from the kitchen, the cleaner burning stoves also act to make cooking fires more efficient through their design, reducing wood usage by up to 50%. Our cleaner burning stoves are made of locally-produced ceramic components and then constructed by using improved adobe mud. After some training, you build the stove hand-in-hand with our project coordinators and the family recipient. 
In the rural and urban communities of Cusco, the lack of access to clean drinking water is the most pressing development issue facing the region. Gastrointestinal infections, resulting from the consumption of dirty water are known to be one of the leading causes of childhood malnutrition. You will manufacture ceramic water filters, deliver them to homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them. The filters improve water quality, which decrease poor sanitation and hygiene and lower the risk of malnutrition and respiratory infections. Students are needed for multiple roles to assist in the development of the project, including: manufacturing, business planning, marketing, or fundraising. 
Due to geographical and climatic conditions, the families of Andean communities are not able to grow much more than root crops and a few grains. Building these types of greenhouses, enable vegetable cultivation and encourage the families to have a healthy diet. You could help in the construction, planting and training to the families in the communities. 
This is a long-term project. It incorporates our different technologies that help improve the lives of families living in our partner communities. By constructing ecological refrigerators, cupboards, and cleaner burning stoves, and illustrating the benefits of hand washing and cleanliness, these communities are learning how to compost, filter water, and maintain a healthy home. This project is designed to implement multiple, basic home improvements in one village, signalling a long term commitment by us to create a big impact that will make a big difference for the people we serve. 

Many kitchens in rural communities only have access to non-purified water and wood burning stoves with no chimney to allow the smoke to exit the home. These living conditions contribute to high levels of respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems. In this long-term project, we focus in the most important area for the families in rural communities, the kitchen.
Project Highlights
* Help plan, design and build local structures that are particularly important for the local community
* Learn a range of core skills – communication, cultural understanding, planning, project management etc.
* Engage with community leaders and local levels of government / local organisations.
* Build environmentally-sustainable structures for local communities
* Immerse yourself in local Peruvian culture
* Make friends for life with fellow volunteers on the program

Dates: June 17th - July 7th 2018

Project Details:
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 7 hours (excluding lunch break)
Project Duration: 3 weeks
Support: Comprehensive, 24/7 on-site support from program coordinator and project leaders, plus CIS Australia 24/7 emergency hotline.



Location Profile

Location Profile
About CuscoCusco Rooftops

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Incan Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. It is  South America's oldest continuously inhabited city and the gateway to Machu Picchu. 
The city is situated 3326 m above sea level and has a population of 427,000 people.

About Peru 

Peru is a country in South America that is home to both Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city, high in the Andes mountains. A country rich in archaeological sites. 
Peru is an extremely diverse country, with 11 ecological regions and 84 of the world’s 117 different types of “life zones”.
Currently a population of 31 million people.

Credit Information

Credit Information

Academic Credit

Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

The following approved units are on offer:
MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering
APE201 - Individual Professional Project

You will be awarded 30 Global Citizenship Program points for completing this project. 

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding


Total cost: $2,749

Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
The Final Payment is due: TBC

The Program fee includes:
  • Accommodation - full room and board - homestay
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • One group leader (multi lingual)
  • Training: Pre-departure guide and session, on-site orientation, project induction
  • Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinators
  • Airport pick-up from Cusco (on set arrival dates / times)
  • Transport to and from project site - (daily)
  • Group excursion to Sacred Valley – one full day included (includes transportation, tour guide, lunch, entrance fees).
  • Various local cultural activities are included i.e. chocolate making and beekeeping workshops, salsa lesson, Spanish language lesson, weaving class. 
  • Sustainable project donation and material project purchase for the community partner and health centres.
  • Farewell dinner
  • Extensive staff support throughout all phases of the program
  • CIS Certificate of Completion

The Program fee does not include:
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Insurance
  • Police background check
  • Any personal spending money

Optional 2 day Machu Picchu Excursion (includes all, transportation, snacks, meals, tour guide): Approx. A$500. Students must confirm attendance prior to departure and pay on arrival within the first 3 days. 

OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy

Project Partner
Volunteering Project Partner

CISAustraliaCIS logo

CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students based in Australia) innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.



Application Details

Application Details

Application Processperu
  1. Click on Apply Now, complete personal details and questionnaire
  2. Book a meeting with your course advisor to find out if you have room within your degree to take this program for credit. Send approval to Deakin Abroad.
  3. Once approved, we will forward you a link to complete the application requirements of CIS Australia who will assess your application. This will include a phone call from one of the team at CIS Australia.