Peru Vivential

Teach English and assist at a dog shelter in the beautiful city of Trujillo.

Trujillo, Peru, South America

We are a small non-profit organization located in the low income district of La Esperanza in Trujillo, Peru. Currently, we have two projects running: teaching English to some of the poorest children in Trujillo and assisting at a dog shelter for rescued street dogs.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care

What We Need

Teaching English Program

Your role will consist of leading English classes (with another volunteer when possible). At present, the general level of English of our learners across all schools and settings is basic and it is important that volunteers are prepared to be teaching students or learners who will more than likely be at a beginner level. Generally, volunteers will work with classes once or twice a week between 2 or 4 hours per day, although timing is flexible. The length of lessons is usually around an hour, but can sometimes be shortened or extended depending on other activities of schools and settings. The class teacher will usually be in the classroom with you but not participating. Depending on which class you teach, the assistance you will receive from the teacher will vary.

Specific tasks include a combination of the activities listed below:
- Giving English lessons to children (sometimes there is also a demand for arts or sports classes)
- Bringing new ideas to improve the HELP English project
- Preparing lesson plans or even a syllabus or study program for your subject, considering what's been done in the past and what can be improved now
- Keeping all materials organized

The school is open most of the year (March to mid-December). Volunteers can get there from Monday to Friday, 8 AM - 1 PM and 1 - 6 PM. However, timing might vary according to the subject(s) you will be teaching. Do not forget you'll need some time for planning activities and staff meetings!

Volunteer Requirements
- Age 18+ on arrival
- Basic to Intermediate Spanish level when you start working - we can arrange Spanish courses for you to start on arrival, which can boost your Spanish before you start volunteering
- Empathetic, responsible, pro-active, and strong personality that can deal with unexpected situations and ask for help when necessary.
- Relevant skills in English, arts/crafts, or sports
- Experience teaching or working with children in some way
- Good team player
- Ability and confidence to deal with streetwise children

Dog Shelter Project

The main task of volunteers is helping protect the good health and well being of the abandoned dogs while trying to find them a new home if possible.

Work at the Dog Shelter includes a combination of:
- Helping with the maintenance of the facility (i.e. cooking, feeding, and cleaning up)
- Taking the dogs out for walks
- Rescuing abandoned dogs at risk

Generally speaking, the center is open every day. However, volunteers work from Monday to Friday, 9:40 AM to 1:30 PM.

Working with abandoned animals part-time can potentially be combined with another project role.

Volunteer Requirements
- Age 18+ on arrival
- No Spanish required, but some basic knowledge is useful for communication with the people who look after the animals. We can arrange Spanish classes for you to start on arrival
- Volunteers must be animal loving!
- Adaptable and flexible to work with limited resources.
- Relevant academic & professional background (veterinarian, etc) would be an advantage, but not expected or essential.

When & Who

All year-round
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Month
The longer, the better.

What we Provide

Homestay, Volunteer House

Most of our volunteers choose to stay in our volunteer house which is located very close to the historic center and 15 minutes from the beach by bus. Rooms are shared and there is a kitchen.

In addition, the volunteers have the opportunity to stay with a host family, where you will have a calmer environment.

Wifi & Satellite
Hot Water

Our Fees


We do have to charge a small fee, paid on arrival, to contribute towards the costs of accommodation.

One month: $300
Two months: $550
Three months: $750

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Social Activities


We offer our volunteers a rewarding and exciting volunteering experience. When they aren't working they will participate in activities such as salsa classes, Spanish classes, bachata and other dance classes, surf lessons, camping, sandboarding practice, parties, meetings, and sporting activities such as frisbee, football, volleyball, basketball, etc. There will be tours and touristic activities such as visiting the historic center, Chanchan, ruins around the city, Huaca del Sol y la Luna, Huaca Esmeralda, Huanchaco beach, and other cities. We also provide all the information you need know to go to Machu Picchu or any place in Peru.

Contact Person

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Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

We are a Peru-based non-profit organization that provides a free English education to disadvantaged children and adults in the local community. We also support a dog shelter and, with the help of our volunteers, hope to create more projects. We are located in the thriving city of Trujillo, Peru which is in the city's poorest district of La Esperanza.

We are collaborating with volunteers to improve the quality of life for some of the poorest people through education. We founded Peru Vivential in order to broaden the horizons of our community, recognizing that many members of our community are born into this type of poverty and have very few job opportunities. Our goal is to provide opportunities to the members of our community using education.

With the help of our volunteers, we are able to offer children and adults alike this useful skill for free.

In Peru, sadly, thousands of pets are abandoned by their owners every year for various reasons. The fact that most of them are cross or mixed breed and, therefore, of no commercial value is the main reason why they're left alone on the street to either survive or die. The luckier animals that aren't hit by cars, shot, or used for research purposes end up in a refuge or family shelter where they wait to be adopted.

Two small associations in Trujillo were extremely concerned about the situation and joined together to form a cooperative aimed at minimizing this awful situation. They opened a small dog refuge center that looks after abandoned and sick dogs found on the streets. They also have a sterilization campaign in place to decrease the number of homeless pets.

The refuge center is in Huanchaquito and can accommodate up to 40 dogs. The center is run by Danny with help from just one other person; so, volunteers are always needed to help with the workload. It would be advantageous if you have any veterinary skills or experience (previous work in an Animal Refuge or similar) but it is not necessary; all the dogs need is someone with a genuine interest and love for animals and a strong willingness to help. Make a difference for these poor creatures marauding about the streets, ill and starving. They sure will appreciate it!

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