What will I do during this project?
You’ll work with children at one of our partner organisations, and be a source of support for local teachers and caregivers. These are some of the activities you could take part in:
- Promote early childhood development through fun, educational activities
- Improve literacy and numeracy among children
- Support local staff at care centres and kindergartens
- Encourage regular hygiene practices, like hand-washing and brushing teeth
- Work at summer schools to run educational activities during school holidays
Your role at your placement will focus on the following areas:
Promote early childhood development through educational activities
Children learn a great deal in their early years. These skills ensure that they can thrive as they grow up and start school. With each child we work with, we have identified areas where they need improvement. These areas are related to their physical, social, and cognitive categories.
You’ll help by running activities and games. For example, a ball game can help improve hand-eye coordination. You’ll track and monitor the children’s progress through our Global Impact Database.
Help children improve literacy and numeracy
Learning the basics before they start school can boost a child’s confidence and get them off to a good start once they start school. You’ll help raise literacy and numeracy levels by doing fun, creative activities and playing games. You could also do things like singing a song about numbers to learn about counting.
Support local staff at care centres and kindergartens
As a volunteer, you’re a welcome pair of helping hands for staff at the care centres. You can assist with tasks like preparing teaching materials, planning classroom activities, and more. It’s also worthwhile to spend time creating resources like posters and flashcards. Teachers and other volunteers will be able to use these materials to teach long after you’ve left.
Encourage improved hygiene, like hand-washing and brushing teeth
An important part of your role is helping to keep the kids healthy. The best way to do this is to encourage good hygiene practices every day. Make sure they wash their hands before meals and snacks, and show them the most effective ways to brush their teeth.
Work at summer schools
If you choose to volunteer with children in Peru during the school holidays from January to February, you’ll work at a summer school. The children attending are between the ages of 7 and 14. At the summer school you’ll teach basic English, and do fun activities like arts and crafts or sports.
Where will I work in Peru?
You’ll live in Cusco, a fascinating city with a rich history. It was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire, and the remains of this civilisation are clearly visible today. As you move through the city, you’ll move through different ages just by looking at the architecture around you. Cusco is near the Urubamba Valley, and is surrounded by the Andes mountain range.
You’ll work with children at one of our partner organisations. You can choose to work at a kindergarten, daycare centre, or special needs centre. Most of the children are from disadvantaged families. Their parents often have to work long hours to earn an income.
The centres also have large numbers of children, and the staff need all the help they can get to help each child.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Peru is a vibrant country with a mix of activities for every kind of volunteer. Whether you’re into arts, culture, history, or nature, there’s sure to be something for you!
One of the biggest attractions of Peru is the Inca history. There are awe-inspiring archaeological sites like Coricancha, Tambomachay, and of course, Machu Picchu.
Over a weekend, you can take a trip to the village of Pisac, where you can browse bright, eye-catching textile markets. Don’t miss out on seeing the llamas and alpacas too!
There are also lively restaurants, the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing and enjoying local cuisine, like ceviche.
We run a variety of projects in Peru so you’ll likely meet many other volunteers on your trip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and travel as a group. However, you’re welcome to travel independently if you prefer.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Peru
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