Care Volunteer Projects in Peru
- Placement locations: Sacred Valley
- Types of care projects: Day care centres, kindergartens, special needs schools
- Age of children: 0 - 18
- Number of people cared for: 10+
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including doing educational and creative activities with the children, and promoting interactive learning.
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport,transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Our office in Peru is based in the town of Urubamba, situated in the Sacred Valley. Our Care projects in Peru are all located in this region. There are three different placement options for volunteers: Kindergarten Programmes, Day Care Centres, or working in a school with children with learning disabilities. Our local staff will help you to find the placement that most accurately matches your skills and level of experience.
As well as working with children there are also opportunities for more experienced volunteers to assist with the training of staff in our partner organisations. But whatever your age, abilities, qualifications or level of experience, you can contribute towards this vital development work during a gap year, career break, or just a vacation. Energy, passion and commitment to the work at hand should see you through.
Voluntary Special-Needs and Play-work with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad runs a pilot programme in coordination with the Ministry of Education, where materials, activities and strategies are tried out before we try to implement them in other kindergartens in the Sacred Valley. We are responsible for the in-service training of the kindergarten teachers in the region, so our volunteers are also welcome to help prepare materials for the training workshops.
You will assist the class supervisor in all kinds of play-work activities, such as arts and crafts, painting, and teaching reading and writing. You may wish to develop projects with the children using your own interests in music, sports or drama, or you may wish to take a more observational role and lend the children support through providing friendship and assistance.
Volunteers work alongside local teachers developing resources and classroom activities to make the lessons more interesting. We aim for volunteers to contribute to the resources at the kindergarten during their placement, building up a bank of information that the teachers can use in their lessons.
Volunteers can also work in Day Care Centres for children between 1 and 4 years old. Here you will assist the supervisors with general hygiene and with the caring for and feeding of the children. You may wish to develop small projects with the children using your own interests in art, music, sports or drama, and we will provide you with the resources necessary to assist you in this.
We encourage volunteers to try new activities and expand the range of games and ideas the children will encounter. Working closely with individual children and identifying their areas of strength is a very important part of this placement.
A further Care placement is at a special-needs school in Calca, where we have been working since 2005. People with learning disabilities are often still regarded as one homogenous group in Peru, but the provision of support for many learning disabilities has changed dramatically in recent years. In line with this we are helping to implement a system focussed on the individual, including art, drama and music therapies, and supporting life-long learning.
The Projects Abroad team in Peru organise regular workshops and network meetings for our care volunteers. The network meetings will provide you with a valuable insight into the care system in Peru and the background of the placement where you’re working. During the workshops you will also receive practical advice and suggestions regarding activities to carry out at your care placement.
During the holidays - between mid-December and March - care volunteers will usually either work at summer Day Care Centres for pre-school children or on a Community Project in the mountains.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Peru
We try to take advantage of all of our volunteers' talents and skills when organising their Care placement. Volunteers can assist in improving the childrens' competence and awareness in many areas of personal and social education, such as problem-solving, adjusting behaviour to different situations, and understanding others. Helping the children in these areas is vital in order to give them the best chance of living independently in the future.
Volunteering on a Care project in Peru is a chance to make a real difference to these children, not merely through the development of their social and life-skills, but also through exposing them to new ideas and cultures. And it is likely that you will learn as much from them as they do from you!
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Peru Care Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Peru now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Peru.