The Light and Leadership Initiative

Education is Everything.

Huaycan, Peru, South America
We are a close-knit family of volunteers working with the community of Huaycan, Peru to provide empowering educational classes and workshops to women and children.

Volunteering Activities

Women Empowerment

What We Need


The Light and Leadership Initiative is also in need of Art, Reading, English teachers to help throughout the year depending on current needs. Join our LLI family and get involved with an ethically responsible organization that gives valuable volunteer placements. Placements are available from 4 weeks (preferred minimum) to several months (you decide!). The longer you stay, the more impact you have!

Reading Program Volunteer

Join us in our reading program as a lead reading program volunteer! Help us manage our library, which offers kids the opportunity to read books at our education center several times a week. Encourage a reading for pleasure environment, share your passion for reading and help improve students' reading comprehension! At least intermediate Spanish skills are preferred.There are opportunities available to help in other programs as well, in addition to this placement.

English Program Volunteer

Preferring a minimum stay of 10 weeks.
Goals of the English Program:
• Increase English proficiency, in some cases supplementing what is (or is not) learned in local schools
• Provide students the opportunity to learn from native English speakers
• Teach that learning English can be fun
• Facilitate communication and cultural exchange between our foreign teachers and Peruvian students
• Promote creativity in language learning.

Art Program
- Facilitate Art classes with Teens and Kids using your own ideas or existing curriculum
- Utilize our art supply closet to create exciting classes!
- Implement our logical framework principles in your class to maximize long term learning and impact.
- Have fun, be creative, and get some really eager participants excited and motivated by art?
- Basic Spanish required, more advanced levels are helpful!

When & Who

New volunteer opportunities are available starting in January 2020!
Yes, we require a minimum of 6 Weeks
We ask that lead teachers stay a minimum of 6 weeks. We sometimes accept volunteers who stay 2 -6 weeks depending on need.
Individuals, Retirees

What we Provide

Homestay, Volunteer House

Our volunteers live together in our cozy volunteer house located in a developed zone of Huaycan. There are also home stay opportunities depending on availability.


Lunch and dinner are provided (Peruvian food is delicious!).
Bread, jam and fruit are available in the mornings.

Hot Water

Our Fees


Long-term internships (12 months only) include free room and board. Program fees are associated with commitments 11 months or less.
The daily fee listed is the highest rate for the minimum time commitment (2 weeks - $15.30 per day). The more time you commit to the cheaper the daily rate is (i.e. 24 weeks is about $13 per day)

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off

Our fees include an airport pickup (but not a drop off)
Bottled water (free)
Cell phone (you add the minutes)

Contact Person

UCV 60 Lote 3 Zona D, Huaycan, Peru.
85% response rate

Other Ways to Help

Dry erase markers
Sport Jump Rope

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

We are in search of long-term interns to join our programs! In exchange for interning/volunteering with us for 12 months, we offer FREE housing and meals. See more information below on our Teen Program Manager, Kids' Program Manager, and International Volunteer Program Manager Positions!

Not available for that length of time? We have short-term volunteering opportunities available in exchange for a low-cost program fee. Message us for details!

According to the World Economic Forum, Peru's education system is ranked last in math and science test scores and second to last in overall quality of education (2007). The Light and Leadership Initiative supports Huaycan, a shantytown located outside of Lima, in order to reinforce learning in Huaycan's schools.

Huaycan is comprised of approximately 180,000 inhabitants, almost all of which live below the poverty line. Huaycan is broken up into several different zones, or districts.

The Light and Leadership Initiative's (LLI) main focus is to empower our participants through education and to form leaders in the Huaycan community. Most residents live below the poverty line and have little access to quality education. We believe that lasting change will come to Huaycan through quality education; so, LLI offers educational programs to support both women and children in their struggle out of poverty. We now serve well over 100 participants weekly in Huaycan and the Ate-Vitarte district, expanding their education for a brighter future!

We have after-school and weekend programs in areas such as art, chess, computer programming, community management, dance, English, math, physical education, and reading. We also have a teen center with computers and books for homework help. Finally, we have a women's empowerment program.

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