Volunteer trips represent an alternative to the traditional way of tourism because anyone who contributes in some way to the development of poor Andean communities not only financially supports the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but the whole country of their visit, ie Peru. In addition, these trips seek to promote solidarity between travelers and the local people who receive them at the destination. One of the main attractions of volunteer travel is that they offer visits to cooperation and development projects carried out by NGOs in the field and somehow cooperate on their initiatives; as they relate to the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of the people living in the destination country.
During a volunteer trip, participants do not need previous experience or knowledge and fluency in the local language, as they are always accompanied by the trip organizers. In general, volunteer trips take place during high-season, such as Holy Week, summer, and Christmas seasons.