Children’s Day Care

Peru

The Children’s Day Care project in Peru provides free child care for children of low income families in the local community.

The project promotes a positive attitude to education through lessons, encouragement and support to provide a strong foundation for the children as they enter the state school system. Volunteers work alongside local staff as an assistant, helping with games, music and fun activities. By providing safe, free child care, the parents can gain an income to support their families.

Live in the beautiful ‘white city’ of Arequipa, immersed in Peruvian culture with Colca Canyon in easy reach at your weekends.

Join the team and help run activities at the Children’s Day Care centre.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Arequipa
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (13+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £675 / €790 / $865 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

The Children’s Day Care centre is located a quiet suburb of Arequipa and is a colourful place with five classrooms and large outdoor play area. The project provides a dependable child care option for low income families in the area.

In the morning younger children aged 2 - 5 arrive at the centre and attend their age specific class and each class has around 20 children. Each day will differ and the primary role of volunteers is to alleviate the pressure on the full-time local teachers.

Typical morning tasks which you can get involved in could include:

  • Playing games and early learning activities
  • Songs and dancing
  • Outside games and activities
  • Creative activities; painting, drawing, arts and crafts
  • Monitoring playtime (intervening with disagreements – usually over who has the ball!)
  • Reinforcing hygiene rules, for example hand washing before food
  • Helping at meal times
  • Cleaning and tidying

In the afternoon, older children aged 6 -13 arrive and the project provides them with a safe after school venue for further study and entertainment. Volunteers who have a good level of Spanish also have the option to help with the afternoon session.

Activities in the afternoon may be similar to morning and also include:

  • Helping with homework
  • Library time
  • Lessons or educational activities; maths, English, Spanish, communication skills
  • Games

During your first couple of days you will receive an induction about the location, the volunteer house and your role at the project.

Working days and hours

There are two sessions each weekday;

  • 9am - 2pm with the younger children
  • 2pm - 5pm for the older children

Volunteers generally work 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. Most choose to work a 3-4 hour morning shift per day but it is possible to do longer. In your free time you can explore the local area.

Other volunteers

There are generally between 1 and 4 volunteers with a maximum of 8 who work alongside full time Peruvian staff at the kindergarten.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award, including a minimum number of other participants.

Child Protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Peru Children’s Day Care Reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

The Children’s Day Care project is run by full time Peruvian staff, however they are always in need of an extra pair of hands. Whilst the local teachers lead sessions, volunteers are able to assist with daily activities, games, play time monitoring and more. They are also able to free up time for the local teachers to focus on children who may need extra support or attention.

“Volunteers give the staff some well-earned respite! Volunteers do the majority of household chores as there just is not enough Peruvian help. The kindergarten would not run as well without them”
Mel, Volunteer Coordinator

Closure dates

This project is closed from the 1 Feb to 5 Mar 2018

Location, free time and accommodation

Peru

Peru is famous for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, however there is so much more to this truly diverse South American country from the snow-capped Andes Mountains to giant sand dunes in Huacachina.

Popular things to do in Peru include:

  • Hiking the Colca Canyon or Sacred Valley
  • Exploring the colonial cities of Lima and Cusco
  • Reconnecting with nature in the Amazon rainforest

To find out more see: Lonely Planet Peru

Local area and free time

Surrounded by 3 dramatic volcanos, Arequipa is a beautiful city with plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, markets and museums. Peru’s second largest city is well known for its glistening white buildings which are made from white volcanic rock, and gives Arequipa its nickname ‘La Ciudad Blanca’ or ‘The White City.

You will be located close to the world famous Colca Canyon which is one of the world’s deepest canyons and it’s a lovely site to see herds of llamas on the craggy mountain. The project staff are very knowledgeable can help you organise local tours, treks and bike rides. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Accommodation

Volunteers live within the city in an apartment located in an International Spanish School. The volunteer apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and social area, bedrooms are shared with shared bathrooms and the apartment has WIFI.

Read volunteer reviews from the Children's Day Care project

James

“I spent 6 weeks volunteering at the day care centre and it was the best experience of my life! I feel I have come back to the UK as a different person. Every morning I was greeted with hugs and pounced on by the children as they are just so excited to see you. All the teachers at the centre are a joy to work with, and the care they provide for the children is outstanding.

The volunteer apartment is very nice and in a great location. It has everything you could want. The apartment is run by Sofia, the volunteer coordinator, and she lives in the apartment opposite. She is a lovely person and makes you feel right at home. She is always there should you need her and can give you plenty of help and advice about anything. If I could give just one piece of advice - JUST DO IT! You’ll have the time of your life.”

Maria

“I had never traveled to South America and had never done any volunteer work before. Once I got to Peru, I found people who inspired me along the way. The director of the school and the teacher that I worked with, are incredible women and have the little kids best interest at heart. I loved going to the day care every morning and always left the school with a happy feeling. It was wonderful to be there.

Everything run very smoothly and every one I met was wondeful! I loved the experience! Most rewarding was the kids. They are fun, happy and want to learn. They are an adorable little community with so many personalities and so much potential.”

Kimmy

“I was welcomed by the staff and current volunteers straight away which made the transition from England to Peru that much easier. The city is just as beautiful as advertised, and there were so many things to see. The culture and lifestyle of Peru is so incredible and really changed me in the best ways. It was also so easy to go visit some of the most popular sights in Peru, such as Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and Cusco.

I wouldn’t trade my time in Arequipa for anything, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference not only to the children out there, but also their own life. And to all the amazing people involved in the projects and of course the beautiful children I met as well, I miss you all, and will be coming back at the first possible chance.”

Ross

“The volunteering was amazing, the best experience I have done in my whole life. When you arrived at the kindergarten every single child (even the ones you didn’t know as well) would come running up to give you the biggest hug ever! Their faces always lit up. Knowing this project runs solely on donations makes it even more worth it, knowing so much good is coming out of so little.

The reason this project should be done is because the teachers and students really value your opinions. The student; teacher ratio is really not enough, these children really need your help to bring in the best. Most rewarding was helping a child and seeing their face light up, teaching English to them and they start to say it back to you like ‘goodbye’ when you leave, it’s really heart-warming to know you have helped make a change.”

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What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up and drop off (Arequipa)
  • Accommodation - a shared room
  • Induction to the placement and Arequipa
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
2 weeks £675 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £85 GB Pounds
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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Peru Children’s Day Care volunteer - Ross

    “The volunteering was amazing, the best experience I have done in my whole life. When you arrive at the kindergarten every child would come running up to you! Knowing this project runs on donations makes it even more worth it; knowing so much good is coming out of so little.”

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  • Peru Children’s Day Care volunteer – Emily

    “My time in Arequipa was everything I hoped it would be, living in a foreign city is completely different to just passing through as a traveller. Becoming part of a community so far from home is an experience which you are very lucky to have.”

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  • Peru Children’s Day Care volunteer – Jessie

    “We learn about new cultures, see a life that is not so dependent on technology and learn new things about ourselves, whilst truly doing something useful and extremely rewarding.”

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

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  • theguardian
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