Volunteer with Otra Cosa Network

Otra Cosa Network

Huanchaco, Peru, South America

Otra Cosa Network is an NGO that works in Northern Peru with the vision of equal opportunities in Peru for everyone to succeed and thrive.

Otra Cosa Network is a registered Peruvian non-profit NGO and Registered UK Charity (Registration number: 1133680) that runs five local community projects known as the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programmes (HELP). These programmes focus in the areas of youth development, women's empowerment, literacy, environmental education and English language learning. We also partner with suitable community led projects and help to partner them with willing, capable volunteers in a way that benefits both parties. We carefully select well motivated volunteers with the right skills and experience for appropriate HELP project or partner project and offer them support from arrival to departure. Otra Cosa Network is based in the small seaside town of Huanchaco, about a thirty minute bus ride from the major city, Trujillo.

Our Activities

What We Need

Each of our projects have different sets of requirements that you can find on our web page. The positions we currently have available include:
-English teacher in the local schools
-HELP Youth Skate Ramp Coordinator
-HELP Environment volunteer
-HELP Environment research position
-HELP Women- Women's empowerment coordinator
-Marketing Intern
-Fundraising Intern
-Intern Volunteer Coordinator
-Assistant at a Children's home
-Working at a dog shelter
-Teaching Assistant at a special needs school
-Teaching Assistant at a local kindergarten
- Organic Fair-Trade Coffee and Sugar Community Farm
-Supporting a local health clinic as a doctor, nurse or medial assistant

-Project Coordinator

We are always looking for volunteers to fill our volunteer positons.
Hot positions we are really in need of help for include:
-Intern volunteer Coordinator (Starting March 2016- volunteer fee is waved for this position)
-English teachers starting in March 2016, you would be beginning the school year with the kids!
-HELP Youth Skate Ramp Coordinator (beginning in May)
-HELP Women: Women's Empowerment Coordinator (beginning in May)
This depends on the project you decide to work with. The minimum commitment is 1 month for all positions. Some of our higher level coordinator roles have a minimum commitment of 6 months.

What We Provide

We will arrange everything for you from here including your project placement and your accommodation. We will pick you up in a taxi when you arrive in Trujillo then you will be given an induction about our organization as well as a walking tour around Huanchaco. We have three full time staff members based in Huanchaco who are available 24/7 for support and in case of emergencies. We also work hard to create and open and fun community among of volunteers and host weekly events that volunteers are welcome to take part in such as shared dinners, bonfires, quiz nights, etc.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

Up to 5 people


Our volunteers pay a one time contribution that keep our projects and services viable. You can find a breakdown of our financial statements on our web page.
1 to 3 months = £200
3 to 6 months = £250
6 to 9 months = £300
9 to 12 months = £350

Watch Us


Your Contact Person

Las Camelias 431 Huanchaco, La Libertad, Perú, Huanchaco, Peru.

Our Wish List

-School Supplies (Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, Glue, Scissors, Rulers)
-Craft Materials! (Crayons, Colored Paper, Paints, Brushes, Glue, Scissors, etc. )
-Sewing Materials
-Skate Boards, trucks, wheels
- Spanish Reading Books (ages 8-15)

Any donations towards our wishlist can be sent to:

Otra Cosa Network
Las Camelias 431
Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru

Thank you so much!!

What are you waiting for?

We at Otra Cosa Network would love to hear from you!