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Volunteer in Peru

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Program San Jeronimo

Volunteer in Peru in San Jeronimo, a suburb of Cusco. It is an afternoon after school care for underprivileged children between the ages of a few months and 13 years. The children are present in the project from 15.00 to 18.00 (Monday to Friday) and are kept busy in a fun and meaningful way. Once per week they get a healthy meal, the aim is to do that every day but there is not enough money available yet. School children are helped with homework and do games or sports. There are between 25 and 30 children and in the house there are different rooms in which the children are divided according to age and manner in which they are kept busy. Each room has at least one volunteer, preferably two.

Type of work

In addition to helping with homework and teaching English, you can think of yoga, theater, sports, games, dance, manual work as a volunteer. On Fridays, all children go to a playground where they can enjoy themselves and get some extras like fruit, fresh juice and bread. Yes bread is special in Peru! Tortillas are eaten daily.

For the time being you will be able to stay in Cusco, for example in the school accommodation, during your work. The journey from Cusco center to the project takes 40 minutes and costs $0.20 by bus (good regular bus service every 10 minutes).

Accommodation provided by the project

But at the moment a shelter is being built for volunteers, located between the center of Cusco and the program. From March 2018 volunteers can sleep there for a very reasonable fee. Distance Cusco center to accommodation 25 minutes, accommodation to San Jeronimo 15 minutes.

When you want to volnteer in Peru, attend this program. All help is welcome to keep the children entertained and take care of them. Volunteers with the following courses, work experiences or interests can get a little more focused here: social workers, psychology, marketing, education, and construction. Minimum participation time is 2 weeks but obviously longer would be preferred!

Other volunteer options

The school in Cusco offers many different volunteer options. Standard there is a minimum time commitment of 4 weeks. They also expect you to be able to hold a simple conversation in Spanish with the people you are going the work with. And of course you will want to be able to communicate with the other workers in the program. For some of the programs your level of Spanish even has to be a bit better than that.

The school is happy to help you choose the most suitable program.

Resume and letter of interest

Send us your resume so we can evaluate your education and work experience. We also expect you to send us a short text in which you describe what type of work you would like to do and your expectations. What if you don’t have any work experience but you do want to  volunteer in Peru for free? It doesn’t have to be a problem but we would just like to know in advance. That way we can still place you in a program that fits you.

When you volunteer in Peru you get a very rewarding experience in return. The Indian communities in and around Cusco still have a disadvantage. Helping the younger generation by teaching English or computer skills will give them better opportunities in society. That is why doing volunteer work in Peru is very worthwhile.

Volunteer in Peru at the following programs:

  • Small kindergarten school in a disadvantages neighborhood of Cusco.
  • Burns and trauma department of a hospital.
  • Clinic for mentally or physically handicapped children.
  • After-school care program for underprivileged children.
  • Guidance and training of disadvantaged young adults *
  • Guidance and training of single mothers *
  • Care of the elderly
  • Rehabilitation centers for young offenders, drug addicts *
  • Work in a women’s shelter*
  • Work in the rain forest; keep into account the higher cost of living and the cost of transportation to and from the rain forest. The volunteer work in Peru is free but the transportation creates an additional cost.

* specific education and / or work experience is a requirement to take part in this type of volunteer work.

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