Volunteer in Peru


Activities with at-risk children in Ayacucho
Ayacucho       July 4 - July 21, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will allow volunteers to work with children and teenagers in the city of Ayacucho that are in a state of moral and material abandonment. The project will take place in the shelters in the urban area of Ayacucho.

International volunteers will provide service, creating coexistence projects that strengthen the desire to overcome the difficulties and the lack of values and self-esteem in these children. The volunteers will organize and support games, recreational and dynamic educational activities for about 50 children from 10 to 17 years old.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Ayacucho

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Teaching kids in a poor community of Piura
August 3 - August 30, 2016
September 28 - October 25, 2016
October 26 - November 29, 2016
January 4 - January 31, 2017
February 1 - February 28, 2017
March 1 - March 28, 2017
March 29 - April 25, 2017
April 26 - May 30, 2017
May 31 - June 27, 2017

Volunteer project: If you are interested in working hand in hand with other local and foreign volunteers in the community of Piura, Peru, to develop different activities such as workshops in music, dance, painting, theater, and teaching English to children and youngsters, this project is for you!

The aim of this project is to provide alternatives for children and young people on how to use their free time in positive activities and help them to develop new skills as a complement to their education, and contribute to the local community as they don’t have the economic resources to hire English teachers to teach the children from the community of Piura.

The volunteers will be involved in some of the following activities:
- Prepare language workshops: preparing language classes for children and youngsters in the community of Piura.
- Facilitate music workshops: you can use musical instruments available at the school.
- Facilitate dance workshops: to exchange cultures through dance.
- Painting workshops: use painting as a tool for teaching.
- Theater workshops: to create small presentations that include educational, reflection and motivational messages focused on children and youngsters in the community.
- Recreational activity workshops: sharing experiences with the community through games, sports, culture and languages.
- Help in the construction and rehabilitation of green areas.
- Support the community in reforestation activities in the parks and gardens in Piura.

Special requirements: Basic conversational level of Spanish is required, as well as ability to speak in front of groups, share and teach, and stay engaged throughout the whole duration of the project.

Language: English

Leisure time: The sun and blue skies of Piura, where the soul of the desert and tropical light melt, make it unique in South America. Piura is full of natural attractions, calm water beaches such as Paita’s Bay, Mancora’s beach, Pocitas’ beach, many spas, pools, the Bayovar’s phosphate deposit and the Sechura desert with an area of 5240 km2, are some of the places that volunteers can enjoy in their free time.

Accommodation: In a volunteers' house. Please, bring a sleeping bag and a mat. Vegetarian food is available.

Location: Piura, Castilla’s Department, Peru

Closest bus station: Bus station in Castilla, Peru

Closest international airport: Jorge Chavez International Airport, Lima, Peru

Other possible airports: International Airport Capitan FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico, Piura, Peru

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 285 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Community development and intercultural exchange in the Peruvian jungle
Aguaytia       July 11 - July 27, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will develop an approach and experiential knowledge of rural life in the Peruvian jungle area. The area of Aguaytia stretches for 160 km across different altitudes from 250m above sea level until 1800m above sea level, accompanied by different climates. Andean, coastal and jungle native communities meet here and their cultures mix and coexist.

During the project, volunteers will be in constant contact with local people and will learn about the geography and demography of the jungle. The group will get involved in community development work with children, youth and adults from the villages in the area.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Aguaytia

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Civic and environmental engagement project
Aguaytia       July 21 - August 8, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will work with the Children’s Club “Friends of Police” in cooperation with the National Police of Peru in the city of Aguaytia.

The aim of the volunteer project is developing activities and setting positive example in the community, demonstrating new habits and positive attitude, encouraging civic and environmental responsibility. The volunteers will organize activities for the children of the club focusing on good practices, civic and environmental education. The participants will get to know Peruvian children and their way of life in its cultural and geographical context.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Aguaytia

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Educational and social activities with abandoned children
Aguaytia       July 25 - August 10, 2016

Volunteer project: The project is in cooperation with a center for poor and abandoned children and youth in Aguaytía, the capital of the province Padre Abad. The center provides children and youth with accommodation, food, psychological and educational support.

Volunteers will assist the center in providing educational, cultural and social activities, games and sports. The aim of the volunteer work is to encourage children’s self-esteem, confidence, initiative and desire to excel.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Aguaytia

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Support for people with disabilities in Ayacucho
Ayacucho       July 26 - August 9, 2016

Volunteer project: The project will support people with disabilities who live with their families in Ayacucho. Most families live in poverty. Their houses, public spaces and gardens are badly damaged by harsh rains and winds. Children and youth in this remote community feel abandoned, without any support from institutions in terms of sports, entertainment, school reinforcement.

The community needs help in repairing houses and work in the orchard gardens owned by families and providing food for them. The volunteers will also work with the children and youth, playing sports and games, watching movies, participating in contests, rides, fairs, walks. Above all, the volunteers can help the children understand that they can study and progress despite the financial constraints of their parents.

There’s about 60 families in the community affected by various forms of disability generated by political violence of the 80s, various accidents or genetic disorders.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Ayacucho

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Building healthy kitchens for highland communities
Ayacucho       August 2 - August 19, 2016

Volunteer project: The project takes place in the farming community of Vinchos in the region of Ayacucho. Most families in the community are poor, with small plots and cattle which are their only source of income. While cooking, people are usually exposed to high levels of indoor smoke from burning open fires or rudimentary stoves in poorly ventilated spaces. This poses a serious health risk especially to women and children.

The aim of this project is construction of healthy stoves and implementing healthy family kitchens as prototypes and models for the community. This initiative is meant to inspire families to create healthy kitchen environments in their homes in order to decrease the rates of disease and strengthen good habits for healthy living.
Volunteers will also develop trainings and corresponding practices in order to explain the benefits of improved kitchens: saving fuel and firewood; improved combustion process; better cleanliness, hygiene and comfort during food preparation, among others.

In addition, the project is an opportunity to get to know local families and life in the highlands of Peru. The volunteers will be in close contact with nature and will visit places of interest in the province.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Vinchos, Ayacucho

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Reforestation project in Pucallpa
Pucallpa       August 8 - August 28, 2016

Volunteer project: The objectives of this project are to beautify the community of Pucallpa, through reforestation with ornamental plants, as well as to improve the quality of life for the residents. The Provincial Municipality of Coronel Portillo is located in the city of Pucallpa, which has a population of 211 651 inhabitants.

The volunteers will be staking and planting seedlings of Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis ) along a 5 km stretch on either side of the Federico Basadre road, which passes through the Campo Verde District. The group will also plant trees in some parks and squares in the town. The volunteers may also conduct workshops on cultural exchange and environmental protection at local schools in Campo Verde.

Language: English. Knowledge of basic Spanish would be appreciated.

Location: Pucallpa, Coronel Portillo province, Ucayali region

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 210 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.