Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Las Camelias 431
About 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.
Do you love working outdoors, feel good about developing sustainable practises, want to improve the environment and make Peru a safer and healthier place? Then we have the right role for you!
Our HELP Environment project focuses on educating the local population from a grass roots level on the importance of conservation and sustainable practises. Within the community, we run an ever-growing number of campaigns. One of these is the ”Yo Cuido Mi Playa” campaign. This involves gathering local children to teach them about taking care of the beach and doing interactive fun activities with them. We also run training and workshop sessions for local university students, so that they can visit and educate schoolchildren on the environment. Another interesting campaign we run involves establishing hydroponic gardens in local school. The aim of this project is to help schoolchildren to develop the necessary skills to sustainably farm and harvest their own crops!
Each volunteer will bring their own expertise and interest to HELP Environment, and will have the opportunity to carry out new, sustainable ideas. There are also some core activities that the volunteers will be expected to help out with:
- Organising our monthly Yo Cuido Mi Playa events
- Promote environmental awareness in partner projects and local schools in Huanchaco
- Look after and help out at our Hydroponic gardens when this project is up and running
- Assist in guiding and evaluating local university students in their workshops
- Carry out coordinated events and campaigns with governmental and non-governmental bodies in the area.
- Age 18+
- Basic spanish. While a higher level is not required, it is highly recommended to try to improve your level during your volunteering through spanish lessons, so that you can better interact with children and local authorities.
- Minimum commitment: 4 weeks – the longer, the better.
- Volunteers should have some experience of working with children.
- Experience in environmental issues and awareness spreading would be an advantage, but not mandatory
This is an unpaid and self-funded position but we offer ongoing support to all our volunters.
We can arrange everything for you from here, including your project(s) placement and your housing placement, and we will pick you up as soon as you arrive into Trujillo. You will be given an induction after you arrive and we are here to offer support, advice/help while you´'re here. For example there are weekly volunteer lunches, there is office volunteer drop in schedule and you can always schedule a time to meet with the operations manager or other staff. We can also advise where to go if you're sick and where to find anything you might need.
Language/Cultural Support Available
How To Apply
For more information or to apply for the roles, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also submit your application at the following website: http://otracosa.org/volunteer/apply/