No, we’re not a volunteering organization or an NGO, but we love supporting projects in Cusco that need help. Students often combine their Spanish classes with volunteering, or they first have their classes and the following weeks they volunteer, so we are happy to arrange your volunteering period and guide you there on your first day.
For the coordination of your volunteer work we charge a cost of 30 USD. It doesn’t matter if you’d like to volunteer one week or several months, we only have this fixed cost for the organization of your work, our guidance to the project on the first day, and our follow-up during your volunteering period.
After-school projects with kids
Many NGOs in Cusco have after-school projects to keep the kids away from the streets after school time. These kids live in the poor neighborhoods around Cusco and often end up playing around on the streets and being exposed to bad influences.
As a volunteer you can give them the playful attention they need and also use your own talents and interests to teach them something new. You can help them with homework, teach them some English, organize cooking classes, play games and sports outside, or read them your favorite children’s story in Spanish. These are just examples of what you could offer as a volunteer. Everything depends on the group of volunteers at that moment and what you’d like to do.
Working hours: 15 hours a week – 3 hours a day Monday to Friday
Schedule: afternoons 3 to 6 pm
Teach English and Sports in public schools
The public schools in Peru don’t get much support of the government and are often overpopulated with students. Teachers work daily with more than 40 students in one class and could use the help of volunteers to support them in teaching English or teaching sports. You can choose if you’d like to teach both, or only English or sports, and we will talk to the director of the school and work out a schedule for you.
Working hours: 15 to 20 hours a week
Schedule: mornings or afternoons
If you like taking care of smaller children and use your basic Spanish then working with toddlers can be a lot of fun for you. You’ll work in the mornings and support the teacher with games, songs and participate in all kinds of activities. The director of the kindergarten would love the kids to learn their first English words already at a young age, so that’s where our volunteers can make a difference as well.
Working hours: 20 hours a week – 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday
Schedule: mornings from 9 am to 1 pm
If you love animals, the dog shelter is a great project for you. Don’t think you’ll be sitting around feeding and giving love to the dogs, because this project is so much more than that!
At the shelter there are only 20 dogs, because the main focus is dealing with the problem on the streets. Only when a dog is really sick, or if there’s already an adoption family, the dog will be brought to the shelter. They organize medical campaigns to take care of the street dogs and educate the people how to take care of the dogs. It’s a big problem in Cusco because many people buy a cute puppy as a toy for the kids and after 6 months the dog needs to survive on its own on the streets. Educating the people on the streets, and the kids in kindergartens, is a very important aspect in this project.
You can also help the veterinary in small operations if you’re interested in this side of the job.
Working hours: 12 hours per week – 3 hours / 4 days
Schedule: 10 am to 1 pm
Volunteer In Peru
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