Our mission is to help those living in poverty or with a disability access a brighter future primarily by providing access to education, skills training, and health care. Our philosophy is that if more and more people give their small help every person will be able to enjoy their basic human rights.
MySmallHelp works with individuals with disabilities as well as people coming from a lower socio-economic status to access education, health care, and other necessary services. MSH has several projects in the Sacred Valley area with different beneficiaries:
Our main projects focus on giving access to education and healthcare to the people who we work with.
We work directly with the children and their families during visits in their house or in the MSH Peru house. We help them practice basic communication exercises, finish their schoolwork, learn English, play instruments, art, etc.
We help disabled children at home with physiotherapy.
We assist families with construction projects to improve their security, health and quality of life.
MSH Peru accompanies people with disabilities to complete the legal documentation to get access to public health. We also assist and support families in their medical consultation when needed.
MySmallHelp Peru (MSH) is currently looking for volunteers to work on a variety of projects in the Sacred Valley and Cusco:
-The Integral Support Program for beneficiaries, which serves to give our beneficiaries (people with disabilities or coming from low income families) access to education, health care, and skills training.
-Community Development projects, which includes construction projects. This is addressed to agencies, large groups, and short term volunteers.
-Workshops and volunteering at schools, which includes “The Reading Corner Workshop” that we do with community schools, English workshops, and working in CEBE special needs school in Cusco.
-Health campaigns (sporadic)
-Participate in administrative tasks, which may include: organizing paperwork, developing communication tools, searching information regarding disabilities, or other tasks requested; and logistical tasks.
-Provide direct care and support for children and adults who have needs related to physical, social, emotional, and other special education needs, often living in poverty.
-Assist the beneficiaries in their home or school setting with basic physical or speech therapy exercises, social skills, and general academic support
-Form relationships with their families and encourage them to assist with practicing the exercises daily at home.
-Work in a team with other professionals and volunteers to create the best support possible.
-Participate in administrative tasks, such as updating social media sites, updating volunteer websites, helping with paperwork, etc.
-Ensure the correct representation of MySmallHelp.
-Strong interest or experience in working with people with disabilities.
-Experience in individual and/or group management, is a plus.
-Intermediate level of written and spoken Spanish and English, minimum.
-Reliable, proactive, creative, charismatic and willing to help wherever needed.
-Able to work with and respect people from different backgrounds.
MSH House is a cozy place with all the comforts of home. We offer 2 private and 2 shared rooms & gorgeous views of the mountains. The house has 3 shared bathrooms with hot water, a fully equipped kitchen, a cozy living room and a beautiful garden. WIFI runs throughout the house.
We have no specific costs for volunteering; however, we do ask volunteers working in Ollantaytambo to stay at the Volunteer House which is a social project itself.
For anyone who chooses to stay with us, we ask for a contribution to help us provide hot water for showers, wireless Internet, and helping to cover administration costs. The costs are $10 or less.
We are looking for online volunteers to help us with:
- Our Social Media on a daily or weekly basis.
- Fundraise for MySmallHelp Peru on an international level.
- Design and update of the contains of our website.
- Research about grants or opportunities than we can apply to, and be in charge of writing and the application process.
Volunteers work directly with local families. Through this, MSH volunteers are able to learn about the customs and traditions of Peru, give assistance to and build strong relationships with people with disabilities or coming from low socio-economic families, and share this experience with other volunteers from around the world. Volunteering with MSH gives you the opportunity to travel around the Sacred Valley and see numerous historical sites, including Machu Picchu.