Assistant at a Children's Home



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Las Camelias 431


Otra Cosa Network

At Otra Cosa Network, our vision is equal opportunities in Peru for everyone to succeed and thrive.

We run five of our own projects, which are all part of the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP). HELP is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for those living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco and the surrounding shanty towns. Alongside this, we support several partner organisations in the area, as well as in two remote locations in northern Peru.

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Job Description

In Peru childhood is one of the most vulnerable and unprotected periods of a person’s life. Two thirds of children under the age of 5 live in poverty, and 2 out of 10 live in extreme poverty.

The boys who live at the children’s home (it is a single-sex facility, so there are no girls) mostly come from dysfunctional families with major economic problems, where they were often victims of abuse and violence, and are far more likely to drop out of school. Their personalities are often characterized by low self-esteem, frustration, irritability, deficits in self-control, distrust of others, problems with authority and exacerbation of sexuality and aggression.

Started in 2001, the children’s home is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to provide children and adolescents living in the streets and in extreme poverty an opportunity for a better future. It strives to generate the necessary means and resources needed in order to reintegrate the children into society. The house runs according to a very rigid schedule. When a new child enters the home he will learn the rules and regulations and have to adapt to living in a group, which helps in reducing anti social behaviour. The child’s integration into life in the home is aided by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals – teachers, psychologists, social workers – as well as a varied programme of activities.

Volunteer Roles/Working Hours

  • Supporting recreational activities inside and outside the home
  • Helping the children with their school homework
  • Developing activities and projects for the boys
  • Helping with the day to day running of the house including supervising the children while they complete their daily tasks
  • Working hours can be flexibly arranged but volunteers are required to commit 20 hours per week


  • Spanish Level to Start Project: Advanced
  • Time Commitment: 2 months min.
  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • CV and motivation letter in Spanish
  • Appropriate clothing for working with children
  • Flexibility in working hours and ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Proactive and able to work off your own initiative
  • Responsible and mature as you will be working in a challenging environment

Fee Required


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers