Volunteer Work, Child Care
flexible start and end dates, year-round
The children’s homes in Huancayo are a temporary place to live for children and adolescents who can’t live with their families for various reasons. These institutions offer the children a safe home, care and love, as well as attention, food, education, and health care.
As a volunteer for this project, you will gain a direct insight into the problematic situations that many poor families face in Peru. The children you will interact with are marginalized in society and fight for their survival daily. Therefore, a large degree of empathy and sensitivity is required as you support young people, give them self-confidence, and integrate them into the society.
No special skills or professional experience in social work or psychology are required in order to volunteer. However, it is very important that you can work independently, show initiative, and have a positive attitude full of empathy and patience. You need to be able to deal with difficult circumstances regarding the children.
There is specialized staff in the children’s homes, who oversee the caretaking and education of the 5 to 18-year-old children. The primary goal of the institutions is to help the children to overcome their traumatic experiences and give them hope for the future through good education and emotional support.
Volunteers helping in this project should be kind and enjoy working with both children and adolescents. Building relationships on trust is the most important aspect. Always keep in mind that you are a role model for the children, many of which are traumatized. You will support the educators with their daily work routines.
Your exact tasks will be assigned to you by the on-site project coordinator. As a volunteer, you will help out in the orphanage from Monday to Friday, at least 4 hours per day. You will have weekends off. It is of upmost importance that you approach the children and adolescent with a lot of patience, openness, and understanding. Being a team player, being positive and creative are very useful qualities to have during this project.
Tasks may include:
- Looking after the children and adolescents
- Helping with the care of the children
- Assisting with activities for intellectual and social development
- Developing and carrying out sports, dancing, music, and singing activities
- Helping with science, mathematics, and language (Spanish and English) homework
- Teaching different subjects (e.g. English, music, art, sports), depending on your knowledge and abilities
- Assisting with writing and reading lessons
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
While doing your volunteer work in a children’s home in Huancayo, you can choose whether you would like to be accommodated in a volunteer house or in a homestay.
In the volunteer house you live in a dormitory (up to 3 people) and share the living room, kitchen and bathroom with other volunteers. You are responsible for your own supplies (shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.). This option is suitable for volunteers who like to be independent and want to quickly connect with other international volunteers.
Accommodation in a single or double room in a Peruvian homestay with full board allows you to get to know the local cuisine and immerse yourself in everyday life. In addition, living together with the hosts gives you the opportunity to get to know the warmth of the Peruvian people, their habits and their culture. You can also share your experiences with them and continuously improve your language skills. Internet is not available in all homestays.
Huancayo is located in the Andes, about 300 km east of Lima, in the heart of Peru. The city, including the surrounding communities, has almost 550,000 inhabitants and is therefore an important hub of central Peru, with all the amenities of a modern city. Located at over 3,200 meters in a fertile high valley, Huancayo is one of the highest cities in the country.
The area has a rich and interesting history, it has been inhabited since around 1200 BC by the Wanka people and was conquered by the Incas in the 15th century against strong resistance from the local population. As a result, the Spanish conquerors were not seen as conquerors by the original population, but as their chance to be freed from the Incas. This is still recorded in the Huancayo coat of arms today. In the beautiful Parque de la Identidad Wanka and several museums you can find traces of the Wanka culture.
Not only history is interesting, there is no shortage of natural beauties either. Around one and a half to two hours east of the city, you can admire a magical landscape of high mountains with lonely blue lagoons and shiny white glaciers, close to the 5,200 m high Cerro Jallacate. If you like hiking in the mountains, you will feel right at home there.
Only about 1 km outside of Huancayo, there seems to exist a completely different world: the “Torre Torre” formation with hundreds of clay limestone towers couldn't be more bizarre and reminiscent of old Wild West films. Here you can take amazing photos during a day or even half day trip.
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Peru, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by our partner organization in Peru located in Huancayo.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in a Children's Asylum in Peru includes:
- Single/shared room in Homestay (full board) or shared room in Volunteer House (self-catering)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Peru
- English-speaking in-country support
- Escort to the volunteer place on the first day
- Handbook Peru
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Costs when living in a homestay
(single room, full board)
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 750 (minimum stay 3 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 190
Costs when living in the residence
(shared room, self-catering)
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 645 (minimum stay 3 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 155
Additionally, you can book:
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