Heritage restoration and training program in Cajamarca, Peru

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Long-Term (6 months-1 year)




The city of Cajamarca is very attached to its historical and cultural heritage. For this reason this year the municipality launched an ambitious plan for conservation and rehabilitation of the historic center. The project aims to collaborate in this process under the flag of the World Heritage Volunteers initiative.

The main goal is to work on the renovation of the house of Toribio Casanova, the illustrious founder of the city, in order to transform it into a museum of the culture and identity of Cajamarca, a center for promotion of the history and heritage of the town. The idea is to develop a multidimensional approach, combining manual work, awareness raising actions, cultural exchanges, developing competences in the renovation crafts and touristic valorization. Local people and associations are happy to welcome international volunteers willing to help in the restoration of this beautiful cultural and historical heritage. The objective of the volunteer project is to support the renovation of the ancient Casona of Toribio Casanova and to increase public awareness of heritage conservation.

The volunteers, under the supervision of a technical leader, will participate in all the necessary works for restoration of the house of Toribio Casanova: cleaning, renovation of the walls, construction, carpentry and reproduction of the original decorations.

In the afternoons, participants will take part in classes offered by the Restoration Workshop School of the municipality of Cajamarca to learn the art of restoration: stone cutting, carpentry, blacksmithing, archaeological conservation and gardening.

The volunteers will carry out awareness raising activities on heritage conservation based on non-formal education tools in educational centers and schools. They will also organize animation activities and parades to inform the community about the work done. The project will end with the organization of a fair to show the results of the volunteers' work to the city residents.

Cajamarca offers several archaeological and natural tourist attractions, like the Cerro Santa Apolonia, a viewpoint dominating the town where you can sit on the ancient “Inca chair”, a recreational center with thermal waters (where the Inca Atahualpa bathed) and also the Ransom Room that was filled once with gold and twice with silver to pay the freedom of Atahualpa, in vain. Just 45 minutes from the city of Cajamarca are the Chetilla and Porcon communities that still maintain the original language of Quechua and their ancestral customs such as bartering, minga, etc. You can also discover pre-Inca ceremonial centers like Cumbe Mayo, where you can see ancient hydraulic system and a unique engineering still working nowadays, cave paintings, a stone forest and a museum site. It is also possible to trek on the Inca Trail, visit Llacanora Falls, and bathe in one of the largest lagoons in the north, Laguna de San Nicolás.

Project language: English

Project dates: July 12 - August 2, 2018

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