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Volunteer opportunities in PERU

Youth development projects in the Andes
Junin          May 12 - May 30, 2014
Junin          June 9 - June 27, 2014

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, experiences 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.
- 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 workshops of sewing, weaving, painting.
- 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 2,739 m above sea level, 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.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

 

Rebuilding Chan Chan - the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America
Trujillo          July 2 - July 18, 2014

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: 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.

                                                                                                     

 

 

Preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of Lima
Lima          July 6 - July 22, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will take place in the Historic Center of Lima, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1991. In this project, an international volunteer team will advocate, educate and promote the preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of Lima. These activities will be undertaken together with school children and youth and the general population.

The volunteers will be involved in the following activities:
• Educational activities, drawing, painting, theater with children and students from schools, colleges and universities in Lima.
• Workshops, training and awareness activities in the Historic Center of Lima.
• Visits to historic places in Downtown Lima.
• Cleaning and maintenance of historic monuments in the historic city center.

Language: English

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

Location: Lima, the capital of Peru

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

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

 

 

Creating a school library for children in Piura
Piura          July 10 - July 27, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support a school in a rural area of the city of Piura, in the North of Peru. The school has a space to build a library but no books. Our goal is to create a library and collect books in the city of Piura, in order to improve the educational facilities for the children of "Las Mercedes" community and provide them with opportunities to get basic education and achieve their dreams and goals. During the project, the volunteers will experience direct contact with local children and community members.

Volunteers will prepare the space where the school library will be established and will work around the city of Piura, looking for donations of books in good condition that may be useful to the children. The group will also visit University campuses, shopping centers, residential areas of the city, together with young local volunteers from Piura. Besides this, the volunteers will organise recreational and educational activities with school children in the community.

Language: English

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

Location: Piura is located in the North of Peru. It is the capital of the Piura Region and the Piura Province. It was here that Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the first Spanish city in South America, San Miguel de Piura, in 1532. Piura has the most antique square in the country and also beautiful hanging bridges, a very nice cathedral and nice parks. Piura is also famous for its tradition in horse breeding. There are nice beaches such as Colan, Yasira and Mancola Beach close to the city.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

 

Education and support for abandoned kids in Ica
Ica          July 16 - August 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will help out in a shelter for abandoned children and adolescents in the urban area of Ica. In this project, volunteers can implement their high sense of service, teaching the right values, building self-esteem and supporting self-improvement in these children, through educational games and activities that capture the interest of children.

The volunteers will develop different activities, according to their skills, experiences and interests, such as:
• Academic activities and teaching.
• Developing and implementing various workshops for the children to stimulate their initiative and creativity.
• Sports activities.
• Recreational activities like music, dance, crafts.
Volunteers will work with a total of 40 children every day, except on weekends. They will also join the festivities for the national Independence Day holiday.

Language: English

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

Location: Ica in southern Peru, about 300 km to the south of Lima

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

Environmental protection and conservation of the Black River in the Peruvian jungle
Aguaytia          July 23 - August 9, 2014

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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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. It's not far from the spectacular waterfall El Velo de la Novia (The Bridal Veil).

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

 

 

Preserving the cultural identity of San Juan de Lurigancho community
Lima          July 30 - August 17, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will develop, promote and protect the cultural, historical, linguistic and artistic heritage of the district of San Juan de Lurigancho. During the project, the volunteers will work together with local young people, drawing murals in the area, in order to raise the community's awareness and involve children, youth, and adults in art work for the benefit of the community. The project will be conducted in the district of San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima City, where the strategy and actions to be implemented will allow us to integrate the population in different areas of culture, as well as to strengthen family ties banishing any violence.

Language: English

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

Location: San Juan de Lurigancho is a district in Lima. It is Peru's most populous district, with a current population of over one million.

Nearest airport: “Jorge Chavez” International Airport, Lima

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.

                                                                                                     

 

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