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Volunteer opportunities in PERU

Rebuilding Chan Chan - the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America
Trujillo, La Libertad          July 1 - July 18, 2015

Volunteer project: The project will take place in the archaeological zone of Chan Chan, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger since November 1986. During the project, volunteers will perform three specific actions: Conservation, Protection and Education.

Conservation: There are two factors that have caused the gradual deterioration of the archaeological site of Chan Chan: the natural environment and the social environment. The international volunteers will be involved in the process of conservation by helping the archaeologists and workers to restore and clean the walls that have been destroyed by time. Making bricks for the reconstruction of the destroyed walls, respecting the ancestral procedures and techniques, will be the main task.

Protection: Within this campaign, volunteers will be cleaning and removing garbage dumps from wooded areas around, and also raising public awareness of the importance of keeping the historic centre clean.

Education: Educational programs will be developed with conservation, advocacy and protection of the heritage in mind. Volunteers will visit schools and teach children and youth about heritage protection and conservation. They will also take part in integration activities with the local students, and will visit the archaeological site together as part of the education program. The awareness campaign will be conducted through various activities such as arts, drawing contests, festivals and tours to the archaeological site involving the general public and various stakeholders.

 

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a house in the community. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Trujillo, the City of Eternal Spring. Located in the northwestern part of Peru, it is the capital of La Libertad Department and the third biggest city in the country, at a distance of 580 km from Lima.

Nearest airport: The biggest and closest international airport is “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima. Another option can be the International Airport “Capitan FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico” in Piura City.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 770 Nuevos Soles (about $245 US)

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Special education program for children in Ventanilla
Ventanilla, Callao          July 6 - July 24, 2015

Volunteer project: This program supports the school for special needs children in Ventanilla-Pachacutec where volunteers visit and help out often for special events like Christmas, Global Day of Youth Volunteering, Children's Day, etc. The aim of the program is to improve the education and emotional health of children and their families with low economic resources. Volunteers will be involved in social work, education, art and motivational activities for children. Through cooperation with the local community, they will have the opportunity to discover different social, cultural and economic realities.

The team of international volunteers will take part in Special Education, Community Development and Cultural Exchange programs.
- Special education: The volunteers will organize games and art education workshops that stimulate children's development and their understanding of family and society. For these tasks, the group will collaborate with the special education teachers in the school.
- Community Development: The volunteers will take part in the production, editing, directing and creation of a short movie with children of the school. This movie will focus on the dreams of children for their future
- Cultural exchange: A cultural exhibition (national and international) will be organized by volunteers involved in the field work, in order to share and publicize the customs of their countries.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in the homes of local families. All the basic necessities are provided including Wi-Fi.

Location: Ventanilla is a district of the Constitutional Province of Callao in Peru, and one of the seven districts that comprise the port city of Callao. Covering more than half of the province’s territory, it is Callao’s largest district. Among the tourist, recreational and cultural sites, you can see wetlands, archaeological remains, spa and beaches, cliffs and islets, caves and natural monuments and the downtown of Ventanilla and Callao city.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 770 Nuevos Soles (about $245 US)

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Youth development projects in the Andes
Palca, Junin          July 27 - August 14, 2015
Palca, Junin          August 16 - September 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support the community of Palca in various youth development projects, entrepreneurship projects, health, non-formal education, income generation, art and cultural activities, sport and recreation, organic gardening. They will work with local children, youth, women, seniors and people with disabilities to foster their personal development.

The volunteers will participate in various activities, according to their skills, experience and interests:
- They will join young entrepreneurs from the community and help them in the production of yogurt, jam and caramel. The goal is this to be developed as a source of income for the local young people. They will also create murals, paint rooms and plant organic plants and vegetables in the garden.
- Academic activities, such as strengthening of some educational subjects.
- Implementing and developing various workshops with the girls which will raise their spirit of initiative and creativity; supporting the sewing, weaving and painting workshops.
- Art and recreational activities such as sport, music, dance, handcrafts.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a house in the community. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Palca, Junin. Palca is located in the Andes at an altitude of 2,739 m, in the province of Tarma, with a population of about 7,698. The main activity of the people is agriculture and livestock. People in the community are open and welcoming to visitors. There's basic services of water and electricity in this community, as well as mobile phone service and Internet. Within an hour of Palca is the Peruvian jungle, with Chanchamayo (La Merced) and Posuso cities and native communities.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 770 Nuevos Soles (about $245 US)

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I had such a great time volunteering in Peru. Learning the culture and helping the kids was an experience I'll never forget! I met such great people from all over the world that I still keep in touch with. I'm actually trying to figure out what program I'd like to do next! It was a little challenging not speaking the language well but I got by OK. I would recommend this program to anyone! I can't wait to do it again!"

Natasha A.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Environmental protection and conservation of the Huipoca River in the Peruvian jungle
Aguaytia, Ucayali          August 1 - August 21, 2015

Volunteer project: With this project, we aim to create awareness, foster a love of nature and advocate for preservation of the most attractive places in the Padre Abad Province. The international volunteers will raise awareness among the general public and work together with local children, youth and adults on the care, cleaning and conservation of the Huipoca River. In addition, the project is an opportunity for experiential learning on life in the jungle of Peru. During the development of the project, volunteers will enjoy the amazing nature of the province.

The volunteers' tasks include:
• Cleaning the banks of the Huipoca River, beginning at the area known as the Poza to the mouth of the Rio Aguaytia.
• Educational talks in schools and institutions to foster awareness, respect and love of nature.
• The volunteers, together with local community members, will join activities organized to draw the attention of the authorities and raise awareness of the importance of conservation of the natural environment.
• Creation and installation of posters with slogans and drawings, calling for the maintenance, cleaning and conservation of the Huipoca River.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a house in the community. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Aguaytia is the capital of the province Padre Abad in the region Ucayali.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 770 Nuevos Soles (about $245 US)

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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