Choosing to volunteer in Lima, Peru’s capital city has its clear benefits. The vibrant and bustling city has many volunteering opportunities to choose from, and its central position means that it is easy to combine volunteering activities while traveling.
What started as an immigration wave into Lima at the late 80’s following the attacks of guerrilla groups in rural areas in Peru, evolved into a steady growth in the city and its population. Lima’s quick expansion made the city’s current reality layered, and differences between infrastructures, education, social-economical statue in different areas can be steep.
Lima architecture and city structure are influenced by its colonial past: French and Spanish styles decorate the city’s streets, that may seem to many of the travelers volunteering in Lima far from the harsh reality experienced in the City’s outskirts and poor neighborhoods. Those willing to lend their skills can find opportunities in construction - renovating public spaces like playgrounds or private housing - education for children and adults and recreational activities, and developing a sustainable infrastructure for social change.