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Working with Kids—Volunteer in Peru!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best experience yet!

Signing up with Maximo Nivel, and helping the niños de Prenoei Nogales, is definitely one of the greatest experiences we've ever done in our lives. Not only was this our first time in Peru but also our first time volunteering and something I will definitely do again with Maximo Nivel. They were extremely helpful, and most importantly available, with getting us settled in and gave us tips to live like locals.

We couldn't have asked for a better project to be apart of. These kids, regardless of their background, were sweet, full of energy and always happy to see us with plenty of hugs and "Hola!"s to go around. Though our time was short, it is an experience I'll never forget. I only hope that Tina and I left just as much of an impact on their lives as well.

Thanks so much Maximo Nivel, I can't wait until the next time!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Phenomenal experience!

I spent two weeks in Cusco with a group from my graduate school. I am studying to earn a Master's in clinical mental health counseling, and volunteering with Maximo Nivel was one of the best things I could have ever done. As a counselor-in-training, I often rely on language to work with people. The language barrier in Peru (I speak very little spanish) forced me to strengthen my nonverbal counseling skills. Not only am I so grateful for this experience, I am grateful to Maximo! They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, safe, and happy. If you are a psychology student or in a related field, check out what Maximo can offer you!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Family travel abroad

I traveled to Peru with my son and participated in the childcare program through Maximo Nivel. The staff was kind, welcoming and very well organized. The entire time we felt safe and comfortable. Our host family was amazing and a perfect placement for our needs. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best week ever

I went to volunteer to Cusco for just one week, I hope it would have been longer. The seven days I spend there where amazing. My program was childcare and I volunteered in the Antonio Lorena Hospital with kids with cancer. I had worked with kids in these conditions once before in Lima but these experience was completely different. The kids were the best of the best, they were always playing with you, watching movies, drawing, painting, etc. They were very lovely and always wanted to learn more, especially english words. The Maximo Nivel staff were very helpful to me, gave all the materials I needed, the scrubs and because the kids had a weak immune system, they gave me closed new games for the kids. The house I went to was great too, the food and the room was excellent, and the family was very kind to me and the other volunteers. I also met volunteers from all around the world and we are planning to repeat these volunteer experience because of house great it was. I recommend these to everyone no matter if you can do it only one week, it is totally worth it! Go for as long as you can!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

2nd Time's A Charm!

I just volunteered in the beautiful city of Cusco, Peru for my second time with Máximo Nivel! I decided to return to Cusco to visit and volunteer at the orphanage, Hogar de San Judas Chico, I worked at for two months last year. Cusco is an amazing city with so much to do and see; however, the experience would not have been the same had I not volunteered with Máximo again. It is extremely difficult to find an organization that not only caters to the needs of the volunteers, but also to the citizens of the country that the organization is based in, yet Máximo does exactly that. I was placed in an incredible home-stay, and felt completely comfortable and safe during my time in Cusco. While I loved the home-stay, Máximo makes it clear that if there are any problems or concerns, they are available to help. Having volunteers stay in home-stays allows for the Peruvian hosts to not only make needed extra money, but also creates an amazing immersion experience and gives the hosts a chance to practice their English. Additionally, volunteers are able to practice their Spanish and learn about Peruvian culture.

Working at the orphanage last year was the most eye-opening experience (not to sound cliché) that I have ever had. I immediately knew I would want to return, but still had some nerves about the experience not being the same the second time around. While the experience was different than last time, it was just as incredible. The smiles on the girls faces when we saw each other again for the first time reminded me of exactly why I returned. I came back to Cusco with a purpose: to spend the rest of the donation money that I had previously raised the year before. When I received news of a family emergency back home, Máximo was there for me in more ways than I could have imagined. I thought I was going to have 2 whole weeks to plan out and spend all of the donation money, but I only had one because I had to go home 10 days early. With the help of Máximo, I was able to buy each of the girls shoes, underwear, bracelets, and lotion. Additionally, I was able to pay for two of the girls to take four months worth of English classes at Máximo. I also was able to buy glasses for the girls who needed them, and I was able to pay for the dentist for the girls who needed dental work done. There was no way I could have completed all of this without the help of the amazing organization.

I am extremely happy that organizations like Máximo Nivel exist because they truly take the time to ask the places that they help what tools and things they need, rather than simply implenting their own ideas. Máximo also checks up daily on the volunteers and their projects, and they are always open to advice on how change things to make the help more efficient. I am proud to say I have worked with this organization twice, and hopefully I will be able to work with them again. At least I know my girls at the orphanage, and everyone else that Máximo helps, are in good hands.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Wonderful Cultural Experience

I participated in a volunteer trip to Cusco, Peru with some coworkers. It was such a wonderful experience! From the moment we landed, Maximo Nivel took care of us by arranging for our transportation and housing. Our group stayed at a home-stay at Eddy and Lily’s house. The house was spacious, clean, and our host family was so warm and accommodating! It was great staying with the family because we learned a lot about living in Cusco.

Chelsey, our program director, gave us a very informative orientation to prepare us for our volunteer assignment and our stay at Cusco. She even took us on a walking tour to show us good eats and shopping! 

We were assigned to volunteer at an after-school program for disadvantage children, Villa Maria. Once again, Chelsey helped us acclimate to our surroundings and found each one of us assignments and tasks that fit our Spanish level. Every afternoon we helped the children with their homework and we learned about each other’s lives in our broken Spanish and/or English. Google Translate became a very handy tool! During the morning, we took half day tours through their affiliate tour company.

I got a much deeper understanding of Cusco and its surroundings and people by volunteering through Maximo Nivel. I would definitely volunteer through Maximo Nivel again! It was such an eye-opening, cultural and memorable experience!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Cusco Volunteer Experience

In October, 2015 I volunteered with 7 other members of my company in Cusco. We participated in an after school program for underprivileged children in the mountains outside of the city. They did a great job with orientation, preparing us the experience, and making sure we were comfortable and taking full advantage of all the various opportunities (including learning Spanish) along the way.

At the end of the week, they put together all the plans and tickets for us to go to Machu Picchu, where we also climbed Huayna Picchu mountain, which has limited tickets available. It was a smooth and awesome end to the trip.

The professionalism and effort the staff took was immense and resulted in a fantastic volunteer experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in taking advantage of it.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

One month with the most amazing kids in the world

I had the best time volunteering in Cusco in a village outside of town in an after school association called Corazon de Dahlia. The staff at Maximo Nivel does an excellent job of helping settling in smoothly, and I liked how I could come up with my own initiative to do stuff with the kids. they are really loving and caring, and if you put your mind to it you will fall in love with them! It really boils down to how much effort you put in. Cusco life and its surroundings are also definitely worth the trip.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Transformative Experience in Cusco, Peru

Our group of Counseling students worked in two placements (an orphanage and a shelter for girls) in Cusco, Peru for two weeks and the experience was truly transformative. The staff at Maximo (particularly Chelsey Rickert, the volunteer coordinator assigned to our group) took care of all the details so our group of students could fully concentrate on working with the girls. The placements, themselves, were a perfect match for our group and it was evident that Chelsey had taken great care to provide us with the best experience possible. Our homestay host was very warm and welcoming and we felt comfortable from the moment we arrived. The city of Cusco is an amazing place and we had ample time to explore, in addition to a weekend trip to Macchu Pichu. Maximo Nivel is a highly professional organization and we will continue to work with them on future trips.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Policia de familia

I was volunteering at Policia de familia. Some days were extremely emotionally draining but those were the days where by the time you left you felt like you made a a real impact on the kids lives you were working with. It wasn't always easy but I wouldn't change any of it and it really puts things into perspective. Not only do you learn from the kids you get a chance to work with, you also learn from your fellow volunteers. I met so many good people that I wouldn't of crossed paths with otherwise. Overall I loved working with Maximo and highly recommend them to anyone looking to volunteer abroad!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The Diversity of Culture, yet Universal Challenges Children Face

I had a great time volunteering at the Boy's Orphanage in Cuzco Peru. The program was set up perfect the boy's looked forward to having interaction with the volunteers. My time spent was well worth it I have many fond memories of the people and places. These young boys face tough challenges and just to be able to meet them and talk to them and give a little guidance was great for me and I think helpful to them. It is a shame in today's world so many children don't have the support that many people take for granite. It is great to have a opportunity to give the International support.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Working with Children

If anyone is to consider a volunteering group, look no further than Maximo Nivel. I spent 4 weeks working with children at Orphanage centre in Cusco and the experience has had a major effect on my life, especially the Christmas celebrations.

In this program not only do you meet many fantastic people and interact with many wonderful kids, you are changing their lives and it in turn affects yours in a great way. We participated in many activites such as decorating, painting parts of the orphanage, buying the kids and staff lunch, gift wrapping and giving and playing various games with the children such as, egg and spoon race, face painting, soccer and many other exciting games!

Also, the support of the fantastic directors and volunteers at Maximo Nivel was another factor in making this program so enjoyable

If i have any regrets, it would be that i couldnt stay longer.

I would highly recommend participating in this program or any other ones offered by Maximo Nivel, the accommodation they provide and services on offer are far beyond expectation.

Furthermore, to spend time in the vibrant & Historical city of Cusco is a must experience for those seeking to travel through South America. After all, it is the heart of the continent.

Thank you again to the team at Maximo Nivel for making this experience an unforgettable one.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Pronoei Nogales

I spent 4 months volunteering in Cusco, Peru and had the most amazing time! I worked on multiple projects and can easily say that the pronoei was the most fun and made me feel like I was making the biggest difference. Medy was great and helpful with any questions I had. She was always easy to get ahold of and made sure we had everything we needed to make the biggest difference we could in the kindergarten. The kids absolutely captured my heart and the teachers were some of the kindest people I met during m time in Peru. Working with kids in Cusco, Peru was extremely fun and rewarding and I would definately recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference and travel!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Nuevas Americas

I served in a PRONOEI, Nuevas Americas. It is a government sponsored preschool in a poorer area of Cusco. Everything was in Spanish, the room was very small, the resources few, and I loved it! The kids were just so refreshing. They were always happy, despite their circumstances. I was greeted with a hug everyday by the professora, Flora. She is amazing and we have a great relationship. She works hard to help these children learn, and more importantly, to feel loved and cared about. My time at Nuevas Americas changed my life and I hope you'll let it change yours as well!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Medical Campaign

The program was phenomenal! It truly was the experience of a lifetime. Chelsea Rickert took great care of us and was there to answer our calls whenever we needed it, no matter what time. I recommend this program to anyone!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Cusco program

I worked in the cusco program for 2 weeks. It was not long enough. I really enjoyed working with the kids, teacher and parents. Those involved really care for the positive progression of the children. The kids were beautiful and there is plenty of opportunity to make an impact. The volunteer housing and support was great, living, working and socialising with other like minded people from all around the world. This was one of the most memorable experience of my life, I highly recommend getting involved with this program.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Cusco with Maximo Nivel

I volunteered for 2 months in Cusco, Peru in a pre-school with children ages 3-5. I had an amazing experience, not only was my placement life changing, but Maximo Nivel went above and beyond to provide support to me. After my first week, I asked to move houses because I wasn't getting along with my room mate, and instantly they switched me to an amazing house. I absolutely loved being with the family and I learned so much Spanish. Cusco was a great city to explore and hike in, on the weekends groups of volunteers would do various things and enjoy night life and salsa dancing. I do not have a single complaint for Maximo Nivel. I am glad I was able to make an impact at the school and really enjoy Peruvian culture. My experience couldn't have been better. Thanks to the crew at Maximo, I had an unforgettable volunteer trip.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Simataucca Experience

My experience in Cusco was incredible. It is truly an experience that I will never forget. My program was in Simataucca which is is just outside the city, and while the hike can be a bit tedious it more than made up for it with the kids. I miss all my kids everyday and once I return to the United States I will be writing to them as much as I can. Chelsey and the rest of the staff at Maximo were amazing and so helpful. Chelsey took the time to find the perfect program for me and she did not disappoint. My experience was life changing and I would recommend this program to anyone!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Amazing experience!

I could not have been happier with my experience volunteering with Maximo Nivel! It was my first time volunteering abroad so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the Maximo staff was so helpful along every step of the process. No task is too small for them to help with, and they are always accessible by phone. They are all really great people who really care about the people and communities they are helping as well as making sure volunteers feel safe, comfortable, have everything they need, and have a good time.

I volunteered at an orphanage for boys ages 6-16 who were taken from their homes due to abuse. They were so fun, loving and excited to have people there that cared about them. The days consisted of helping them with their homework followed by whatever games, activities, or fun they wanted to partake in. I'm back home now but I still think about these boys and the fun we had together every day.

Furthermore, Cusco itself is an awesome place to visit. Everything is very cheap, there is lots of good food, good nightlife and other fun activities to do in and nearby the city. Machu Picchu, for example, may be the most beautiful and interesting place on earth. But there are several other less well known treks, excursions, and activities that are comparable in magnificence.

Everything about this experience. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Remarkable experience

I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Peru through Maximo Nivel. The company was very well organized and the staff are unbelievably supportive, accommodating, knowledgeable, helpful, and truly genuine. I felt very safe and welcomed and appreciated the opportunity and support in making a difference in the lives of local children. It was also a phenomenal experience for my own personal growth and perspective and I value the challenge and encouragement I received from both my placement and Maximo Nivel. My accommodations, meals, and social life exceeded my expectations and it was truly a pleasure to live there for 8 weeks.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Had a terrific first volunteering abroad experience!

I just came back from spending 2 weeks volunteering in Cusco, Peru with Máximo Nivel. It was my first time going to South America and my first time volunteering abroad. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous going into it and wasn't sure what to expect. I had done enough research to know the org was legit (knew friends that had fallen for scams with other orgs), but I was still slightly cynical and wary of what they would be like - figured everything would be pretty automated and that I wouldn't have much interaction with the org other than logistics.

So I was pleasantly surprised to be warmly greeted by name by a Máximo Nivel staff member as soon as I stepped out of the airport. The staff turned out to be super helpful, approachable, and friendly, and actively engaged with us volunteers. They frequently checked in with us to make sure we were doing well and always made it clear that we could come to them if we had any questions/comments/concerns. I was placed at a girls' orphanage, and had a wonderful experience helping the girls with homework, reading to them, playing tag, cat's cradle, etc. They were all so adorable and affectionate! The volunteer house I stayed at (with ~14 other volunteers) was also much nicer than I expected. Overall, I felt very taken care of my whole stay. Oh, and I absolutely loved Cusco.

I definitely recommend Máximo Nivel to anyone and would volunteer with them again - possibly in Guatemala next time :)

P.S. For any worried parents - Cusco is quite safe! As a girl, I felt completely safe busing/walking around the city center even at night (obviously common sense and standard caution is needed, but it wasn't more dangerous than any other city).

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Cositas Community Centre - Cusco Peru

I spent the most amazing 4 weeks working with the mothers and children at Cositas Community Centre in Cusco and the experience has changed my life.
With the support of the fantastic directors and volunteers at Maximo Nivel, the mothers are able to concentrate on designing beautiful and unique handmade jewellery, while I had the joy of looking after and helping their beautiful children.
I would thoroughly recommend joining any program with Maximo Nivel, the accommodation they provide and services on offer exceed expectation.
What a majestic city to spend time in and no better country to explore than Peru!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Life changing

I had an amazing experience in Cusco, Peru. The placement was great, the people are fantastic and the service is impeccable. I couldn't have asked for a better first time adventure. It has inspired me to want to do more, go more places and interact with more people in more countries. I just want more!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

The best time of your life!

This was my first time volunteering in another country and after doing research on different volunteer agencies I felt very comfortable choosing Maximo Nivel. I volunteered in Cusco, Peru, working with children for one week ( i wish I could have been there longer). They did an amazing job communicating with me and preparing me before the trip began. Everyone is so helpful and responds well to email. Our flight got in five hours earlier than expected at the airport and they happened to have staff at the airport for pick up. They took us to Maximo and helped us get set up. My one concern I had was that we did not know where we would be volunteering or what population we would be working with until the next day an hour before we started our volunteer program. Our homestay was a great experience , it was clean, the food was great and our host family were so warm and loving. The staff at Maximo were so helpful and friendly. Our volunteer site was at a teen moms shelter in the heart of Cusco. The first day a staff member from Maximo walked us to the site and gave us a tour and introduced us to the staff and girls. She was so helpful by giving us tips and preparing us on what we would be seeing and how to handle certain situations. The staff and the girls we worked with were amazing and so grateful for the assistance. We were able to help care for the babies, assist the girls with cooking, gardening, and studying. Overall it was a great experience getting to know the girls and helping with their little ones. Even after our week was over the staff at Maximo have continued to be so helpful. We had donations made to help the families in Cusco and they have continued to remain in contact with us to let us know how the money is being used to help others.
It was so great working with others who care about these important causes and want to make a difference in others lives.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

Travel, grow and help

I love travelling, I love kids and I think helping people is one of the best things you can do in your live. So, what about doing a volunteer with kids abroad? When I had the chance to take some free days of work I decided to spent them visiting an orphanage in South America. I didn't know where to go but I knew I would like to visit a real place. Searching in the internet I found Máximo Nivel and I got in touch with them. A week after I was completing my inscription.

I spent two weeks in 'Aldea Juan Pablo II', in Cusco. It is one of the best trips I have ever done. Apart from visiting an awesome place, I met incredible people. The children of the orphanage where so cute and spending 15 days with them you realize the lucky we are. I played with them, I helped them with their homework, we spoke about different topics... It has been a really enriching experience.

I would love to go back to visit them. And to see Cusco again. t is a lovely place between mountains, near Macchu Pichu. The ruins made me feel an inca. What more can we ask?

I really recommend to take a break of the routine and to fly to Cusco to have an unforgettable experience with Maximo Nivel. You wont regret it.