Just fyi, I have traveled a lot in Europe, so I'm not totally new to this, but would like some info from folks who have either done something similar, or have lived there. Thank you for your advice.
There is hardly any campground in Peru and camping is not common at all. People get from place to place by bus (sometimes planes) and stay in hostels.
It is advisable to arrange volunteer work in advance. Have a look at www.volunteersouthamerica.net. Can't say anything about Workaway.
Visitors often after a few days (sometimes hours) come to the conclusion that things are much better for them than they were led to believe before they left home.
As for the volunteering, I spent two months with a program in Arequipa teaching English to children in a shanty town just outside of the town. The organisation is called Helping Overcome Obstacles in Peru (HOOP) and I would highly recommend them. They're very professional and have the children's best interests at heart, not their own. There is a one off $200 fee and they can provide cheap accommodation in a shared volunteer house. The permanent team are great and I've kept in very close contact with them all. Check out their website (www.hoopperu.org) and contact the volunteer coordinator (Priya Loomba) for more info, she's great and always happy to help.
If that doesn't seem like the kind of thing you want to do I'd still recommend visiting Arequipa, it's a gorgeous city!
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