This 6-weeks volunteering experience in Padre Cocha remain like a dream, a wonderful sharing moment for me.
I was a teacher assistant at a Kindergarden, with a three-years-old children. This experience to teach to little kids was very interesting because of the difference of culture I discovered there. The education of the children at the Kindergarden is really different from a “common” Kindergarden. Of course, children always lived in the jungle, and act sometimes like if they were at home. What’s more, the teachers, because of peruvian laws, are not allowed to scream or punish the kids. So it was challenging to fine another way to make them obey. (Sometimes some sweets were enough ahaha)
Anyway, it was sooo nice to take care of them as well as teach them. After some time, they have confidence in you, they listen to you, they want to tell you their family memories and laugh with you, and show affection and respect. I really fell in love with them, their so-cute smiling faces.
The teacher I was with called Teresa was fabulous ! The best teacher for little kinds, skilled, sensible, affective, and involved. Great moments with her !!
Outside the school, I lived four weeks in the backpacker sunrise of the association. Prepare to spend time alone, you are not “part of a family” but definitely a guest. I recommend you to spend time with Louisa, a very interesting and honest person !
The two last weeks living in a family of artisans were the best of my volunteering, far ever. Time share with my family speaking, telling stories, eating all together for the morning and the lunch, chilling in the hammock, just being together.
It was so intense!!!!!!!!
I felt deeply lucky to have expérienced this with these people. I will never forget how wonderful was the family, how much you feel welcomed and integrated.
And honestly, having experience in the jungle, disconnecting with others and before all the mobile phone IS SO GREAT !!! Thats allows you to create deeper Links with everyone. So special people !
I miss the nature, thé forest, as well as people.
I definitely recommend this experience to everybody !!!! – Albane, France
Please visit the child development project at a kindergarden in Padre Cocha, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon on our official homepage. There, you find all the details, and how to sign up. On our blog, you can find also more volunteer opportunities in Peru, and how to sign up!
I spent 6 weeks on Cusco, in Perou, as a volunteer in a college with down syndrome children. All they were aged between 15 and 17 years old.
The experience was very special, challenging, and so interesting and valuable.
At the beginning, it deals more to obtain credibility and confidence from students, who can be distant when they dont know you.
After, it deals with managing the special needs of each of them, at the same time. I have a 10 children class, and all of them had very different level of handicap. It was so constructive and passioning to do that !!! Adapt to each children to make it improve and feel good.
They were very happy and artistic children, always speaking, or laughing, playing, or for some others singing and dancing. I laughed so much with them.
And meeting familles, mums of my students, I really met amazing persons!
I was living with a family in Cusco, which allowed me to become bilingual, speaking Spanish all time. You need to speak some Spanish at least in this kind of volunteering, its as useful in the family as well as at work.
My family was so lovely, always helping and advising me about my trips, and telling me stories. You will eat all the Amazing Peruvian dishes like cevicheeee !
I shared a lot with them, I definitely had the feeling to have a second family. Its a way to be perfectly immerged in the peruvian culture, it’s the best one!!!!
Thank you very much for all the persons I met which fully marked my volunteering. – Albane, France
With career in pyschology or therapy in mind, you might be interested as well in the occopational therapy program with disabled children in South Africa. Furthermore, you can go for stages on clinical psychology at the modern hospital of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
If love to work with children, have a look as well at our childcare abroad volunteer programs.
Sílvia Malheiro, from Portugal, chose to spend her Christmas helping children in Cusco, and she is loving it.
If you are looking for a truly inspiring workaway volunteer opportunity, try out our childcare program at a Kindergarten in Cuzco.
These daycares sometimes are called Wawa Wasi in Quechua as well.
The Quechua words means house of the kids. The Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care to cover the need for day care for children under 4, children of working mothers or parents.
Moreover you can help children in Cuzco who are vulnerable, because they are living in conditions of extreme poverty.
Since the work with the children is so rewarding, you will begin to see life in a different way. With you voluntary work, you will give the chidren the chance to socialize, play and learn new skills in a safe area.
These day care centers desperately need volunteers because each of the team’s educators has to care for at least 8 children from 1 month to 4 years. So, you can fill in the gap and give the children more attention! Your role includes also to organize short indoor activities such as art & craft, reading fairytale stories, coloring, playing games, serving food, cleaning and tidying, etc.
Volunteers must have a lot of love and energy to give to these children, and can expect to receive the same in kind. A flexible attitude is also vital to making the most rewarding experience.
Visit the childcare project at a kindergarten in Cuzco. on our official homepage. Find the full information about volunteering projects in Peru and how to apply here. If you are interested in volunteering with children in more countries, find our childcare volunteer projects abroad.
Albane Pournin from France had joined a childcare program in Cambodia last year, this year she is joining 4 programs on a roll. In this picture, she is working as a teacher assistant in a kindergarten in Iquitos, Peru.
Albane, you rock!!
If you are looking for a truly inspiring workaway volunteer opportunity, try out our childcare program at a Kindergarten or Wawa Wasi in Iquitos, Cusco or Arequipa. The Quechua words means house of the kids. While the parents are working during the day, the Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care for their children. Since children up to four years sometimes live under conditions of extreme poverty, the program provides a safe learning environment, where the children can grow. The Management Committee and the Supervisory Board perform their tasks free of charge, providing their time and social commitment in support of the children of their community.
Since the work with the children is so rewarding, you will begin to see life in a different way. With you voluntary work, you will give the chidren the chance to socialize, play and learn new skills in a safe area. These day care centers desperately need volunteers because each of the team’s educators has to care for at least 8 children from 1 month to 4 years. So, you can fill in the gap and give the children more attention! Your role includes also to organize short indoor activities such as art & craft, reading fairytale stories, coloring, playing games, serving food, cleaning and tidying, etc.
At first I was feeling kind of afraid because of the distance and the new culture… But the experience could hardly have been better. Since we arrived, Kelly, Jenny and Felipe were taking care about us, helping with transport and giving us security tips. Truly, the city is quietter, but there are also lot of things to do. The trips in Cusco are so special, with beautiful and unique landscapes you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Moreover, being accommodated with a local family has upgraded our experience to a different point, counting on their help, their interesting conversations and their typical dishes.
Talking about the project, I’ve been in a little health centre in Cuzco. It was a less-favoured area, where I could learn a lot about diseases I hadn’t seen before so frequently and I could perform some procedures that I hadn’t tried in my country of origin. For sure, this has been a great oportunity for my personal and professional growth. It is always very enriching meeting a new health system and a different way of working, making the best with the little resources that they have and knowing the individual patient very well. The doctors were kind with us and let us explore and help them in their daily practise.
So, after all, I am really happy to have been a part of this adventure:-) – Cristina from Spain (23 years)
Gabriela Lopes, from Brazil, has been celebrating San Juan with students from her Teaching Program in Peru. San Juan is a great festival in Iquitos, and the volunteer experience in the Peruvian Amazon was magnificent!
Volunteering as teaching assistent in a small village in the Peruvian Amazon is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with local people. While the students really appreciate the chance learning English from a native speaker, you will dive in a different and fascinating culture of the Peruvian Amazon. You can even participate in cultural events, like the festival of San Juan. The small community is located at only 20 min by boat from Iquitos, right in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
We believe, both the local people and the volunteer will truly benefit from the teaching program! You can make friends with people from a different cultural background, and also offer them a unique experience, learning from a foreigner.
Last but not least, nature is absolutely fascinating in the Peruvian Amazon! Our teaching project will be long-term, with new volunteers joining as teachers. And all of them enjoyed the excepcional experience a lot!
Visit also our overview about volunteering in Peru, and proceed with you application. Be welcome!
Eduarda traveled to a small village in the Peruvian Amazon and worked as a kindergarden teacher. Read her testimonial here, and find above the photo of Sangeetha Agara from Canada, who was working with children in Cusco!
I traveled by Iko Poran to Iquitos Peru on March of this year. I volunteered there for one week as assistant of kindergarden teacher in Padre Cocha, where it is an small Amazonian village.
This trip was an amazing experience for me .
The kids are lovely, I was completely imerge in the local culture, that way I practice a lot my Spanish. Also if you are looking for a place where you can rest, be in contact with the nature and learn more about the local, this trip will be perfect for you. Jenny and her family are excellent hosts. – Eduarda
If you’d like to find out more about childcare volunteering abroad, find it here.
Over the last September, I volunteered for 2 weeks as a teaching assistant in Padre Cocha, a small community located at 20 min by boat from Iquitos, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
The project consisted in a 2-week English course for local people of all ages and aimed at improving their everyday communication with foreigners, in order to promote tourism in the community.
During this period I’ve been hosted by Jorge and Jenny, the organisers of this project, at their b&b, who made me feel welcome since the very beginning and gave me all the support I could need for visiting the area.
Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.
In my experience, two weeks have been a sufficient time to forget about my own life and to dive into this new reality, getting to know new people and appreciate their differences and similarities from my cultural background, build friendships, enjoy the jungle and, hopefully, make a difference for this community. This first course, in fact, has set the basis for a longer-term project that will continue with new volunteers and with the same enthusiasm to help the development of this marvellous place.
Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody.
Volunteer in Peru working in a special needs school in Cusco.
This project locates volunteers in a special needs school in Cusco. This school is for children and youth with different learning difficulties, as well as children with physical incapacities or visual/ hearing problems. The students are aged from three to twenty five years and their needs and capabilities are varied.
The school is divided into the following classes, according to age and needs: kindergarten, primary, division multiple complex, deaf school and practical training. The number of children per classroom varies from 6 to 15 and teachers do not otherwise have assistants or helpers in the class. Your role will vary depending on the needs of the teachers and the children, but your presence will be truly appreciated by everyone here. There is also a room for physiotherapy and volunteers with any experience or training would be greatly appreciated.
Working and living in Cusco is an incredible life experience. You will see the real life of the cusquenians and will be part of their traditions, customs. Moreover you will taste the authentic Cusco cuisine at the home stay.
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Anthony and Halley Patterson, from Australia, have been teaching English in Iquitos, Peru.
We would linke to thank you very much for sharing your time, knowledge and efforts to help our partner projects.
Volunteer in Peru, teaching English in a high school located in an Amazonian community close to Iquitos. You will be providing evening classes for other members of the community as well. Many times, artesans who make pottery and embroidery are eager to learn basic phrases in English, wich allows them to interact with tourists who buy the pottery.
Our volunteers are taken aback and inspired by the eagerness of their students to learn and interact in English, and find it a very humbling experience. As a volunteer, you will give these students the opportunity to practice with a fluent English speaker. Improving their language skills will give open up opportunities for a better future. The school is located close to the riverside with an incredible view.
You will be living in Iquitos in the Loreto region of Peru – the world’s nature reserve. In your free time you can explore all the mysteries and wonders of this beautiful part of the world.
Read the following article with the full informationa about volunteering in Peru, learn about everything provided with the volunteer program, costs and requirements. From there, you may proceed with your application.
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