On the Machu Picchu Challenge, you get to spend two weeks working in the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving education quality before ending your journey with the amazing 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu!


During your first two weeks, you’ll be immersed in the local culture in and around the Sacred Valley, volunteering in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of educational workshops. You could be teaching sessions that focus on conversational English, life skills, the environment, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and teach fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.

You will also have the chance to volunteer on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!

You can find out more about the Machu Picchu Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website. 


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences students may be eligible for Level 2 credit through PHSS2000: Practical Employability Experience. Students must have space within their program for a 2 unit general elective. For more information, visit the course webpage.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $2,850 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Lilli - 2019


In seeking the opportunity to engage in experiences that stimulate a little challenge, creativity and adventure, this short-term global experience of volunteering and exploring Peru seemed the perfect fit.

Read more of Lilli's story here





Laine - 2019

I initially decided to embark on this trip due to my peers enthusiasm but it wasn't until i further investigated that my keenness grew. I always wanted to travel and volunteering is always on my to-do list (I hardly have the time due to uni and work commitments) so it was hitting two birds with one stone.

Read more of Laine's story here


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
Host: 16 May 2020

Program Dates

Start: 27 June 2020
End: 18 July 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Peru
Credit: Not-for-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​