Lima is beautifully situated on the Pacific rim and has crackling markets, historical museums and crowds of people intermingled with long beaches and hiking trails that you can easily get to over the weekend. Volunteers are needed in the poor suburbs at kindergartens, schools, reform schools for handicapped children and health clinics.
Project fee from EUR 1,730
Your Role as a Volunteer
There are a variety of projects to choose from where your volunteer help is needed and you can choose which area you want to work in. We need volunteers at day care centres, schools, and health centres.
Most volunteers work in public schools. You can teach English, math or any other subject if you want. Volunteers can also help PE teacher with football, volleyball or any other sport. The children are between 4 and 17 years of age.
If you choose to work in nurseries, your information may be playing with the children, singing and talking to them or reading stories. You can also help with preparing food. Children in day care centres are between the age group of two to seven years of age.
As a volunteer at a clinic, you will be part of the team and help with everything that happens there. The nurses are also very interested to learn English as they get a lot of medications from the U.S. but they are not very good with reading. So teaching them English would also be an interesting experience.
You can choose the one or two weeks course in Spanish studies. Lessons are tailored to your level, and you get to do a little language test which could help decide which level to start off with. If you have no knowledge of Spanish, you start from the beginning. You will be able to quickly pick up the language because you would be speaking Spanish “at home” with your family. If you want to learn some more Spanish you can accordingly pay for it there on site.
The Project’s Mission
There are a large number of slums around Lima where living conditions are tough and difficult. Unemployment is high and family income is very low. Many cannot afford to send their children to school because they cannot pay school fees. In these slums, you have a lot of opportunity to work and make life a little better for the locals.
Peru project is run in cooperation with a local NGO. The organization has many years of experience in hosting volunteers and can even help with travel in Peru. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer travels offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. It’s a guaranteed meaningful stay for all those who volunteer.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
Upon arrival to Lima you will be met by staff from our partner organisation at the airport. They would also introduce you to your host family. Our partners will also give you an introduction to the various volunteer projects. During your first week you would have a guide who would show you around, how to take the bus and more. He or she would be speaking English which would make things easier and exiting for you.
Accommodation and Food
All volunteers will be accommodated in local Spanish host families. You get your own room and we would recommend you stay at one of these families during these weeks. Your accommodation will be arranged in a middle-class family. The standard of the houses there are not the same as the UK or Europe, but you can expect basic needs fulfilled. Houses or apartments in Peru generally have no central heating so it can sometimes be a bit chilly. You would have two meals (breakfast and dinner) with the family every day. Trying new food can be fun and you can also try your hand at cooking if you want something different and invite the family to do the same.
To travel as a volunteer in Peru is like having two trips in one. You make a trip to an exciting country that has everything: Amazon jungle, Andean mighty peaks, the Pacific with gorgeous beaches and vibrant cities. You also make a historic trip to the great civilizations that flourished in the Andes and then disappeared into the mists of history, leaving behind fascinating relics. Unfortunately, the contrasts are great even on the human level. The gap between rich and poor is huge and the differences between city and country great.
Lima is beautifully situated on the Pacific rim having crackling markets, historical museums and crowds of people intermingled with long beaches and hiking trails that you can easily get to on the weekends. As a volunteer, you work in the poor suburbs and you will be welcomed with open arms!
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your tickets from any local travel agency of your choice.
Your last day is on Friday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home for the next day, ie, Saturday, or Sunday. Be sure to check the arrival and departure on your ticket.
Note When leaving Ecuador, you must pay an airport tax currently at $ 29, not included in the tour price.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary when travelling to Peru.