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 porverty, 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.
Visit the page with the childcare volunteer project in Peru here, or check out all the volunteer projects in Peru. You might also enjoy learning about more child development programs in several countries.
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)
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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!
If you feel the same enthusiasm to help developing the marvellous place, visit our page with the full information 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
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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Work as a volunteer on jungle community Immersion in Iquitos Peru teaching to the people of Kukama Kukamiria tribe basic English and computer skills.
This project offers you the incredible opportunity to live and work within an Amazonian ethnic community. As a volunteer, you can teach Basic English, or work in the craft workshop. According to the season, you can also plant yucca trees and pick fruits or help your host family in their daily jobs.
You will be accommodated in a basic home stay in the Kukama Reserve where the members are descendants of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group. Their day starts early feeding their animals, going to the farm to pick up firewood to cook, and carrying water. During the day people spend their time preparing the natural fibers to make handbags, bracelets, dream catchers, traditional masks etc. Your host family will greatly appreciate, when you start helping them with their daily activities. You can even learn the craftmaship from them!
Since life in this rural town is basic, you will not find the amenities you are used to. As the experience here is flexible and personal, you have the freedom to take part in different activities during your placement, exploring sides of life in the jungle. This is perfect for those wanting to immerse deep with nature and find joy in the simple life. Your host family will teach you about wild plants used for medicine, food, and tools and will show you beautiful and relaxing views.
This project has so much potential for a traveller, you’ll have opportunity to go bird watching, swim in small Amazonian lakes, visit nearby ethnic groups, navigate the jungle in canoes, learn to speak the dialect, and most importantly connect with nature.
Please note that as the community is located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city it is important that you know to swim.
Find everything about volunteering in Peru here in full detail: costs, requirements and how to proceed with your application as a volunteer.
Volunteer on child development in Peru working as a teaching assistant in a rural kindergarten.
In the teaching assistant projects you will be working as a part of PRONOEI. PRONOEI is a Peruvian government sponsored preschool initiative in the poorest areas of Peru, where mothers from within the community receive teacher training to work with a group of 30 children between 3 to 5 years old.
These community mothers, also called promotoras, have a huge challenge to keep their classes running, receiving very little support from the Peruvian state. They are nonetheless doing a formidable job, but that’s why receiving volunteers to assist in the classroom can be such a huge help.
You will be assisting them with classroom activities and playing with the children. The facilities in these PRONOEIs are limited to the most basic; they are often missing adequate restrooms, large enough classrooms, playground areas and teaching materials, but the children who attend them are so happy and thankful to be receiving an education that you will find the experience to be truly humbling. In your spare time you can explore the mysteries of this astounding place and get to know the real Peru.
You can choose between volutneer programs in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the Inca capital and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
Volunteers in Iquitos will be located inside an Amazonian ethnic group located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city.
Volunteers must love children and have a positive and creative attitude to make the most of the limited resources available. You will gain valuable teaching experience, while helping to keep these educational projects going.