FAQ - Internship in Peru

1. Are internships paid in Peru?

Aid projects and internships in Peru will not be paid. Due to legal regulations, it is not allowed to earn money on a tourist visa. They require a work visa and that is associated with considerable effort.

2. Where will I live?

There are different choices for accommodation for example stay with a host family or in a furnished apartment. All accommodations are not far from the center (a maximum of about 25 minutes).

The choice of accommodation with a host family has the advantage that you can meet one of the carefully selected families, in addition to a more direct approach to language, the interesting Peruvian culture. You can also play along with all the family meals. The apartments are furnished and also in close proximity to the center. You may share an apartment with other "internationals".

3. When should I apply?

At least 3 months prior to the scheduled departure you should address your application to us. However, it is better if you sign up sooner, because you have to remember that in addition to looking for an internship, you may also manage organizational things. Moreover, often a language course is recommended or required in order to find the right placement company.

4. What kind of visa do I need?

You do not need a special visa, they must abide by the following provisions:

  • Valid passport
  • Return flight ticket
  • Free page for the entry visa

5. What travel arrangements are necessary?

More information can be found here Peru travel planning.

6. Do I need an insurance?

Yes, an international health insurance is necessary. In your own interest you should take a travel insurance. We are happy to advise and recommend provider.

7. Can I withdraw money?

Yes, you can withdraw money at ATMs with Maestro logo. Likewise, you can also exchange Euros, but it is advisable to avoid the fees connected to that.

It is best to replace a smaller amount already in Germany.

You can also use credit cards, but not everywhere. The same applies to traveler's checks, whose use you should plan a conversion fee of 2-6% for banks, 7% and 2% at the airport in special exchange offices.

8. Where can I get medications?

If you have any allergies or regular medication, you must discuss this with your doctor beforehand.

Available for all cases of sudden illness in Cusco there are public and private clinics. The standard is not comparable with the European one. As a result, recommends the Foreign Office to seek treatment for serious diseases in Lima.

9. Will my electrical appliances in Peru?

Your electrical appliances work in Peru, because the voltage is 220 volts in Europe (heart rate 60). Because American outlets are pretty common, you may have to buy an adapter. You will get one in every major supermarket, market, or electrical trade for a small price.

10. Will my cell phone work in Peru?

In Peru, you can only make phone calls with a European cell phone when it is equipped with tri-band technology. You can also buy a prepaid card. For calls to Germany, we recommend that you use the internet service Skype

11. Is Peru a safe country?

Peru is compared with other countries, a very safe country. For more detailed information we recommend the website of the Foreign Office.

12. Who can I contact if I have problems?

If you have problems you can always contact our local representative. Depending on what issues/ problems you have, you can also contact the police or the German Embassy.

13. How much cost the living?

The expected expenditure in Cusco are rather low, so a taxi ride costs about 0.60 € for short distances or € 0.20, a meal at the restaurant 2 €, € 1.50 for a beer at the club, a coffee / cappuccino Sidewalk Cafe € 0.60, € 0.80 per kilogram of laundry in the laundry and per hour in an internet cafe, you have to schedule around € 0.80.

For an apartment you need € 250 per month or  € 350 if you choose to stay with a host family (all meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner).

14. What about using public transportation?

The transport system in Peru is not comparable with that in European cities, where public transport runs smoothly. Usually, you move on to mini-buses that stop on command, and then depart at the desired station or at the desired destination. Bus or taxi fares are very cheap.

15. How is the climate in Peru?

The climate in Peru is very changing. Depending on the season, it may be very cold and most houses have no heating. For this reason and because of the high position of some places it is advisable to bring some warm clothes.

16. What is worth seeing?

In Peru there are many places of interest. For more information you can go to the following:

17. Do I need an international driver's license?

In general, there is no need to rent a car or a Scooter since public transportation is very convenient. Longer tours are offered by many organizations. If you still want to take a rental car, our local partner is glad to help you. To drive by your own, you should of course have an international driver's license.