Volunteers Peru is a small grassroots NGO currently working in partnership with three projects: a home for girls at risk in Arequipa, an environmental government agency in the Cotahuasi Canyon, and a public school in the village of Tomepampa.
What We Need
We are committed to helping children fulfill their personal and educational needs, to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding, and to preserve the environment for future generations. Long and short-term opportunities are available. Our three projects are greatly in need of support:
1. Cotahuasi Canyon: In colaboration with the SERNANP (Government Agency in charge of preservation of protected areas)
Volunteers work along with the local government in the development of strategies to encourage the involvement of indigenous communities in the protection of the environment.
2. City of Arequipa: Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte
This is a home for girls and young women aged 3 - 18 years who have been abandoned or mistreated. Our volunteers help these girls improve their education and regain their self-esteem.
3. Cotahuasi Canyon: Colegio Honofre Benavides
This is a primary and secondary school in the town of Tomepampa in the rural Cotahuasi region. Volunteers help teaching English as a second language.
When & Who
What we Provide
Mini-apartment (full size bed, desk and chair, fully equipped kitchenette and private bathroom) three blocks from Arequipa's main square. From $20 to $12 daily. The longer the stay the cheaper the accommodation.
Only for volunteers willing to stay 6 months and help with some administrative work. We provide free lodging.
One-time donation of $230.
This donation is used to support our projects. We take children to the doctor, buy eyeglasses for them, provide books, educational materials and stationary; we purchase supplies for workshops such as sewing and manicure so that when girls leave the orphanage they have some skills that can help them get jobs; we provide shoes and personal hygiene products as well.
More Services we Offer
For those wishing to improve their language skills during their time with us, we can organize Spanish lessons.
- Certificate upon completion
- References upon request
- 24/7 support and assistance for all of your needs while here and personalized support before your arrival
Other Ways to Help
pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers.
Additional Info about Us
Volunteers are required to have an intermediate level of Spanish or be willing to learn.
If you would like to be a part of the Volunteers Peru team, please follow this link to fill out our online application form.
We also ask that applicants send us a copy of their CV/resume and a reference letter from an employer or professor. We will then arrange a video interview with you.