Volunteer with Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda

Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda

We are an organization of volunteers with 4x4 vehicles to bring Humanitarian Aid and logistic support to people in need when emergencies and disasters happen in remote, isolated and difficult to access places not reached by aid and emergency services


Closest City: Lima (25.0KM)

What We Need

Peru is a disaster prone country; the local situation may vary suddenly and in short terms of time. Natural phenomena such as earthquakes, landslides, floodings, mudslides, volcano eruptions, severe weather, etc, strike unexpectedly any time
Thus the volunteer work may vary accordingly. Below are some some volunteer work options available at the time of update.

Update June 2018
Freezing Cold Humanitarian Aid Missions
The recent issue that requires volunteer work is the national emergency situation as the consequence of the unusual extreme low temperature season affecting the poorest communities living in remote isolated places in the Andes highlands above 3500m. Many victims has been reported with severe skin burns due very low temperatures, especially affected are the children.

We have launched the Freezing Cold in the Andes Humanitarian Missions.
The project consists in find and identify the poor communities suffering the freezing cold in the highlands of the regions where Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda counts with operative volunteers groups: Trujillo, Lima, Ica, Arequipa and Tacna.
The goal is to reach those remote communities in the highlands with our 4x4 vehicles carrying aid supplies: medicines, food and warm clothing. Mapping and other field tasks will also be done.
Driver license and multitask habilities are desirable. Bring your computer, a hand held two way VHF portable radio and GPS navigator if possible
Duration: as long as the crisis last

Update May 2018
First response radio
This project consists in the rapid deployment and set up of portable FM radio broadcast stations to the areas affected by a disaster
When disasters strike people in the affected communities urgently need information about how to keep their families safe and well and where to go for help, where to find food, water, assistance. and who to call for help. Generally communication gets interrupted and the need to comunicate: transmit and or receive locally a message is urgent and vital, the First Response Radio cvers these needs for the local people.
In times of need, communication with communities is key. Yet emergencies can strain local communication infrastructure. To alleviate suffering and contribute to rapid recovery, it is important within 72 hours of the disaster impact to get life-saving information to communities quickly, through portable radio broadcast stations and mobile technology, in the languages of those affected. To ensure understanding among less educated individuals and second-language speakers, communication should be short, simple, and clearly illustrated. Important information – including how to access services and where to report abuse – should be provided in plain language, absent of jargon, this is possible through a mean that can reach everyone in the affected area, almost everyone owns a FM radio receiver to listen relevant local information and crisis relief news.
Spanish is the lingua franca of Peru, spoken by 90 percent of the 30 million Peruvians as a first or second language. However, in the areas generally most affected by disasters, a number of native languages are spoken by more than 4.5 million people. An estimated 800,000 quechua speakers are monolingual. The aymara language is the dominant indigenous language, spoken by one million people in the Puno, Moquegua and Tacna highlands
Literacy rates are low among the indigenous people of the region; just 40 percent by some calculations. Women are less likely to be able to read than men, making verbal communication especially important.
Driver license and multitask habilities are desirable. Bring your computer, a hand held two way VHF portable radio and GPS navigator if possible.
Duration: the average time the First Response Radio station is deployed in the disaster affected site is one month.

Update June 2017
Our present project consists in Reconstruction of the Irrigation systems in Chilca valley located 65km south of Lima, Peru. The area is rural and was severely affected from January to April 2017 by natural disasters: intense rains causing mudslides and river floodings destroying roads and irrigation systems, During the crisis phase of the disasters Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda assisted 8 communities in the valley with humanitarian aid supplies to relief the consequences of being isolated for 4 weeks because the mudslides and river floodings. The work will include field work and office work also help for fundraising and web work. More info about the Chilca valley event is available in the web: http://unidad4x4ayudaemergenciasperu.blogspot.pe/2017/03/chilca-valley-present-situation-report.html
Driver license and multitask habilities are desirable. Bring your computer, a hand held two way VHF portable radio and GPS navigator if possible
Duration: as long as needed by the project.


When & Who

The volunteers are needed any time of the year., but especially when emergencies and/or disasters happen. The needs for humanitarian aid are almost endless.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
No maximum stay limit
Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups, Retirees, Disabled

What we Provide

Homestay, Volunteer House

24/7 in-country support
Airport pick-up
Program orientation
Volunteer placement
Accommodation
Meals
Discounts on language lessons

Variety, Vegetarian, Vegan, Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

The meals are home cooked and served in the volunteers house. Self cooking is also possible if you want to do so -no daily fee discount

Wifi & Satellite
Hot Water
Electricity
First Aid

Our Fees

$30
$300

More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off
Orientation
Tours
Social Activities

Included at no extra cost additional services are: Pretrip assistance, PIck up from airport. Orientation.
Tours and social activities are extra cost. Price vary with the tour or activity selected


Contact Person

Anibal Paredes
Los Nogales 567, Chaclacayo, Lima, Peru.

Other Ways to Help

Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help
Fundraising
Video/Photo Editing
Editing Work

The online volunteering we are requesting includes following tasks: 1. Create and update of our website 2. Social media interaction and networking 3. Fundraising 4. Video and photo editing 5. Editing work of content for the website

We need following items. You can contribute with any quantity, as much as you can

100 T-shirts printed with U4x4A logo for the team members -locals and foreigners
100 hats
10 VHF handheld two way radios
500 gallons of fuel -petrol, for the field work with the 4x4 vehicles
2 Portable FM radio broadcast stations


Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Office duties: phone calls answering, paperwork, internet/social media networking, archive management, volunteers register, accounting, logistics, goods inventory, radio-communications, etc.
Field duties: car driving, aid supplies storage and distribution, mapping, field data collect, interaction with local communities, goods shopping, general support, etc
Volunteers house duties: house keeping, cooking, cleaning, garbage disposal, maintenance, etc

Mandatory for volunteers to have: Visa. Medical insurance. Yellow fever vaccination.
Please contact us and ask for advice and any relevant information such as weather condition during your volunteering time with us

Volunteering activities may change with the season and with the local situation regarding any disaster and or emergency that may need to be attended within the scope and reach of the Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda groups

Our organization of volunteers with 4x4 vehicles is focused in providing Huamanitarian Aid and Logistic Support to people and communities affected by disasters located in difficult to access remote, distant and isolated places, where aid and emergency service providers can not reach. With our vehicles we want to help the supporting measures to ensure access to people in need and to facilitate the free flow of assistance, as well as actions aimed at reinforcing disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction, and contributing towards strengthening resilience and capacity to cope with, and recover from, crises;

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