Volunteers Peru

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About Us

Volunteers Peru is a small grassroots NGO based in the city of Arequipa in the Andes of southern Peru. We are currently working in partnership with two projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the local community. The first is a home for girls at risk in Arequipa; the second is a public school in the village of Tomepampa, Cotahuasi Canyon.

We are committed to helping the children that we work with to fulfil their personal and educational needs and to promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding. Long and short-term opportunities are available. Both projects are greatly in need of support.

City of Arequipa: Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte

This is a home for girls and young women aged 3 - 18 years who have been abandoned or mistreated.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

-      Homework help

-      Helping with domestic tasks as required

-      Playing with the girls

-      Helping to create a safe and stable environment for the girls

-      There is also the opportunity to get involved with vocational training and mini-projects

Cotahuasi Canyon: Colegio Honofre Benavides

This is a primary and secondary school in the town of Tomepampa in the rural Cotahuasi region.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

-      Classroom Support in Primary School

-      English Support in Secondary School

-      After school English help

-      There is also the opportunity to get involved with mini-projects as appropriate to the needs of the community and the school

For those wishing to improve their language skills during their time with us we can organize Spanish lessons. We can also help to arrange low-cost accommodation, although volunteers are welcome to make their own arrangements if they wish.

Please note: We charge a minimal one-off volunteer fee of $150 which goes directly back into the organization to cover legitimate administration costs and support the projects. We are strictly nonprofit. The program fee covers the costs of our support to you. In volunteers Peru, you have 24/7 support and assistance in all of your needs while being here and personalized support before your arrival. In addition, the fee goes towards your Volunteers Peru uniform shirt, administrative fees, and Volunteers Peru sustainability. You will receive a certificate upon completion of your commitment and can receive a reference upon request. The fee is due upon your arrival, or upon completion of your volunteering.

See our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates from our two projects. Also check out our video for more information about our work.