Volunteer in Peru Orphanage in a Rural Community
Orphanage in a Rural Community
Project Overview: A home, founded 10 years ago, for children and adolescents who have been abandoned or who are homeless. The founder and current director of the project had identified a real need to support unprotected children who had no resources with which to survive, and started this orphanage both for children from Cuzco, and children from the rural areas surrounding Cuzco. The orphanage currently cares for 23 children. Unfortunately, the project suffers from very limited funding and relies entirely on external donations to be able to continue to function.
Location: The orphanage is located in a small village in the surroundings of the city of Cuzco. To get there you can take a local bus from the city (every 20 minutes) that will drop you off 1 minute from the project. The orphanage is situated in a really beautiful setting, in a rural community surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Project Mission: To provide a home to unprotected children where they feel secure and loved. To improve the lives of children and adolescents from high-risk environments, providing them with vocational training so that they can generate employment and have a more promising future.
- Homework help and mentoring on all subjects that the children study in school – for example, math, science, writing, reading etc.
- Carry out a wide range of educational activities – cooking classes, IT instruction, sports activities etc.
- The volunteer can also contribute to vocational training classes such as bread-making, horticulture or others.
- Each volunteer can suggest and carry out their own activities based on their specific experience and skills, and their level of initiative.
- Share experiences and immerse yourself in the daily life of the orphanage alongside the children.
Working Hours: Afternoons from 2.30pm-6.00pm (approx).
In January and February volunteers can also work during the morning as well as the afternoon.
Suggested Volunteering Dates: The orphanage is open to volunteers all year round, including during Christmas and holidays.
Tourism: In Peru tourism is a huge attraction and the third largest national industry, after mining and fishing. In the last 5 years tourism in Peru has grown by 25% annually – making it the fastest growing national industry and the highest in South America. Tourism is largely based around the (more than 1000) archeological sites and trekking routes, although the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu are particularly famous, thanks to their denomination as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Peru and is used across most of the country. The cultural and historical legacy of Peru is expressed through the variety of native languages that are still spoken throughout its territory. The language of Quechua (and its respective regional dialects) is constitutionally recognized as Peru’s second language and is spoken particularly in the Andean regions of the country.
Currency: The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo sol: $1(3 soles), 1EUR (3,5 soles).
These details could vary according to future currency fluctuation
Volunteers in this project will be able to choose from 2 accommodation options. Either they can choose to live with a Peruvian host family in a charming house located in Cuzco, or in the community in which you will be carrying out your volunteer placement. The majority of rooms are single-occupancy, although some are shared with other volunteers. They are simple, clean rooms with all the basic necessities and the families are incredibly warm and welcoming. Each volunteer will be provided clean bedding and a home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday-Saturday.
- All volunteers must be 18 years old or above
- High level of Spanish fluency in the case of non-native Spanish speakers.
- This particular project is appropriate for all kinds of volunteers and does not require specific training or experience.
- This project is appropriate for people who like to be surrounded by nature and in the countryside, as the orphanage is located in a rural community
- We expect a positive attitude and a willingness to live, learn and get to know a different culture in a community with few resources.
- It is very important for a volunteer to be highly adaptable, as the people that will be surrounding you during your time in Peru have very different lives and work than your own.
- It is essential to have an attitude of wanting to learn, willingness to listen and observe and motivation to help children and/or adults.
- Complete dedication to the volunteer experience is imperative.
4 weeks: 635 Euros ($685)
3 weeks: 525 Euros ($565)
2 weeks: 435 Euros ($470)
Extra week: 75 Euros ($80)
(These prices could vary slightly according to fluctuations in the $-EUR Exchange Rate).
These prices include:
- Transfer from Cuzco Airport to accommodation (one way).
- Accomodation with a host family, including 3 meals Monday-Friday.
- Presence of a Volunteer Coordinator to support you throughout your placement.
- Organization of your volunteer placement in a project of your choice, and a donation to the project.
These prices do not include:
- Plane ticket
- Travel insurance (obligatory)
- Contact us either by phone, email or by filling in the following application form.
- Once you have chosen your volunteering project and have confirmed your start and end dates, you will need to provide us with your exact flight dates (date, flight number, arrival time).
- We will send you a breakdown of the price of the program that you choose.
- Before departure we ask you to make a deposit of your program cost to the ONGVoluntariado Bank Account (the balance of your program cost will be settled in-country upon arrival).
- Before departure you will also receive all the information pertinent to your volunteer placement, Volunteer Contract, travel recommendations and useful info, and we will be available to resolve any doubts or issues you may have before commencing your placement.