Volunteer with The Light and Leadership Initiative

The Light and Leadership Initiative

Education is Everything.

Huaycan, Peru, South America
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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
Closest City: Lima, Peru (0.0KM)

What We Need

The Light and Leadership Initiative is in need of Reading, English teachers to help anytime throughout September to December 2018. 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.

When & Who

New internship opportunities are available starting in August onwards!
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Month

What we Provide

Volunteer House

Our volunteers live together in our cozy volunteer house located in a developed zone of Huaycan.


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 - $18 per day). The more time you commit to the cheaper the daily rate is (i.e. 24 weeks is about $12 per day)

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

Elisa Vescovi
Huaycan, Peru.
91% response rate

Other Ways to Help

Dry erase markers

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 Volunteer Communications 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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