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.
I spent two weeks as a teaching assistant at a rural kindergarden. The experience was way different than I expected.
The children live very difficult family circunstances and you have to be ready to see and hear some heartbreaking experiences. Nonetheless they are very loving and affectionate to volunteers so you instantaneously feel welcomed. Then is up to you how you want to make an impact.
In my experience I came to the realisation that you cannot educate them in two weeks, and what these children really needed was love and support.
I recommend Iko Poran for this type of program because they offer support at all times if any doubts or concerns arise.
I was able to contact the Peruvian based advisor by whatsapp at al times regrding my situation and even touristic doubts and the host family was always there for a chat if you are having trouble adjusting.
Adriana has been volunteering in Cusco, Peru
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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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.
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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. Volunteers have may teach Basic English, work in the craft workshop, plant yucca trees and pick fruits according the season, and help their 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. Volunteer in Peru in this immersion program to help your host family in their daily activities.
The life in this rural town is basic; you will not find the amenities you are used to. 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.
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Volunteer on Community Development in Peru in this project to live in a rural village that offers full immersion into a traditional Andean life based on subsistence agriculture and textile production. This unique life experience will take you to the Sacred Valley of Cusco to get to know first-hand the agricultural practices and process of making textiles with natural dyes.
Living with a local family will give you the opportunity to learn their language (they speak Quechua; Spanish is their second language and they do not speak any English), experience their lifestyle, and taste their cuisine – with recipes dating back to Inca times still on the menu.
The accommodation and meals are basic due to the remote setting of this rural village, but you will be stunned by the beautiful landscapes. It´s important to be healthy and physically prepared to do manual labour for most of your volunteer time (your tasks will include preparing the earth, seeding and harvesting). So, if you are a hard worker and you are ready to do experience things that you never expected, this is the program for you.
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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.
Be a childcare volunteer in Peru at a rural kindergarten. Work with children in Arequipa where we place volunteers in a Wawa Wasi (Quechua words meaning house of the kids). The Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care in responding to the need for day care for children under 4, children of working mothers or parents. The program focuses particularly on girls and boys who are vulnerable, and/or are living in conditions of poverty or extreme poverty. 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.
Working with these children is extremely worthwhile and will give you the opportunity to see life in a different way. Children assisting in this day care center have the chance to socialize, play and learn new skills in a safe area. These day care centers desperately need volunteers because they work with 8 children from 1 month to 4 years of age to each one care giver. Your role is 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.
You will be living in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano. In your spare time you can explore the mysteries of this astounding place and get to know the real Peru.
Join us for the experience of a lifetime.
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Volunteer in Peru in our medical programs and leave your mark! You will be placed in medical centers located in disadvantaged areas around Peru, providing care mainly to low income families. These medical centers are not well equipped and most of the time there is not enough medical staff to meet all the demands of the patients.
The health project is particularly suitable for Pre medical and Medical students who want to gain valuable clinical experience. All the volunteers in this program work alongside and in assistance of the local doctors and nurses.
Pre-med students can help the medical staff taking weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, making beds, cleaning, preparing materials, administering vaccinations and sterilizing equipment. Med students with previous medical experience or good grasp of Spanish will be shadowing a doctor and will be asked to clean wounds, give injections, sutures, consult rooms and specialized departments, assisting doctors taking physicals and histories and drawing blood samples.
If you apply for this program you have the choice of working in three different cities across Peru.
You can choose between projects 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.
Each volunteer needs to bring medical scrubs, medical gloves, shoes and first aid kit to work with.
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Take part in the Peru Construction Volunteer Program and help to build family homes, schools or provide water supply.
According the number of volunteers and the needs of the community we work in schools, orphanages, family homes, and medical and community centres to improve the living conditions of the people living in underprivileged areas. We work alongside the community and families to help to promote social change and impact by working together. There are no words to describe the satisfaction of seeing the completion of a renovation project, and the effect that it has on the local people. This project is unique and rewarding as it offers volunteers the chance to see their immediate impact in the community in which they work.
Every day the tasks of the project vary depending on the current need of the public and feasibility based on the number Volunteers painting a mural in our renovation program of volunteers. When we work in houses for disadvantaged families work can vary from renovation to painting and gardening. You will see the smiles and happiness of the benefited families, something which will stay with you for the rest of your life.
You can choose between projects in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the home of the Incas and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
Please note: This project is available for a minimum of 5 people arriving together.
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