Children’s Day Care

Peru

Help children from disadvantaged backgrounds get a head start in their education by working at a community kindergarten caring for children between the ages of 2-6. Work alongside local staff as an assistant, helping with games, music and fun activities. Live in the beautiful ‘white city’ of Arequipa, immersed in Peruvian culture.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Arequipa
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £675 / €810 / $910 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

The Children’s Day Care project offers a safe place for children aged 2+ to come when their parents are at work. Volunteers work alongside full time local staff to care for around 150 children at the Day Care centre with children. Every day can be different but activities may include:

  • Playing games or early learning activities
  • Songs and dancing
  • Creative activities; painting, drawing, arts and crafts
  • Monitoring playtime
  • Helping with meal times
  • Cleaning and tidying

For volunteers with Spanish language skills you can also choose to volunteer in the afternoon with children aged 6-13, helping with homework, leading educational games or reading together.

Working days and hours

Volunteers work five days per week, Monday to Friday. Most choose to work a 3-4 hour shift per day but it is possible to do longer.

Other volunteers

There are generally between 1 and 4 volunteers at one time working alongside full time Peruvian staff at the kindergarten.

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.

Closure dates

This project is closed from the 1st Feb to the 5th March 2018.

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

The Children’s Day Care is run by full time Peruvian staff however they are always in need of an extra pair of hands. Due to the age of the children, sessions (particularly in the morning!) can be boisterous!

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 teacher 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

How is the Children's Day Care project making a difference?

The Children’s Day Care centre is providing a safe, positive and affordable child care option for families and children that are in need of it most in Arequipa.

Child care in Peru for children is not free and can be incredibly expensive for young families. This means that frequently mothers with young children have to stay at home and are unable to work. The project provides a stable child care option for low income families in the area, many of the children come from single-parent homes or have very young parents, in many cases there are ongoing issues at home including domestic abuse, alcoholism or drug issues.

The project offers day care for ages 2-5, an after-school club for ages 6-13 as well as counselling and legal advice for families that need this.

Families are evaluated based on their need to ensure the most at-risk children are accepted into the centre where they have an opportunity to gain a head start on their education.

Where will I be living?

Volunteers live in the city of Arequipa 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.

Being located within the grounds of the Spanish School, volunteers and language students socialise together downstairs in the garden and it is easy to arrange Spanish lessons or cultural activities from here.

Arequipa is famous for its historic and beautiful architecture and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular terrain in Peru including the world’s deepest canyons. You will be able to explore the city, get to know the place and its people, shop in local markets and experience everyday life in a Peruvian city.

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 placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • 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 (Arequipa) and transfer
  • 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 placement manager
  • 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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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

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"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Gemma

Pod UK Specialist

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We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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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

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal