The Community Education project in northern Peru helps children who are living in extreme poverty by providing them with educational and welfare support.
The team provide nutritious meals, tutoring and well-being classes for the children aged 6-18 years in a friendly community centre. Volunteers run workshops, games and arts and crafts sessions which help to inspire a passion for education. The educational support they receive from volunteers boosts the children’s confidence at school and improves their chances of academic and social success.
Experience rich Peruvian culture whilst surrounded by breath-taking mountain scenery. It’s a perfect adventure location, you can explore the stunning trekking routes at weekends.
Volunteers are needed to help support local staff run sessions with 55 children at the project.
Volunteers support 55 children aged between 6 and 18 years old at a community centre in the mountain city of Huaraz. The centre provides a safe, family orientated environment where children can access much needed academic and welfare support.
On arrival you will have your induction where you will learn more about Huaraz and receive an introduction to your role at the project.
Each day will differ and volunteer tasks include:
Volunteers are encouraged to use their imagination to come up with activities to engage the children. If you have any specific skills or interests then the community education project is always eager for you to share these with the staff and children.
Volunteers work five days per week, Monday to Friday. The day is split into 2 sessions;
Friday is generally the sports, arts or games day and so if you have a particular passion or workshop you would like to do, this is the best day for it! On the days off you can enjoy free time activities.
There are generally between 1-6 volunteers with a maximum of 8 who work alongside a local coordinator and full-time teacher.
This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.
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.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Peru Community Education Reviews.
Volunteers work in partnership with local full-time staff to support lessons and educational games as well as to bring a new perspective and creativity to teaching and activities at the project. Volunteers expand the children’s horizons by acting as positive role models. The educational support they receive from volunteers boosts the children’s confidence at school and improves their chances of academic and social success.
“Our volunteers are the lifeblood to our organization - they bring new ideas, energy and creative projects to our classroom. Most importantly, they offer support, encouragement and knowledge to our students whom are our top priority.”
Yuri, Project Director
The project is closed due to national holidays between 22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019, 24 Jul 2019 - 1 Aug 2019 and 23 Dec 2019 - 06 Jan 2020.
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:
To find out more see: Lonely Planet Peru
Located in northern Peru, Huaraz is the provincial capital of the Ancash Region and is at the foot of the spectacular Cordillera Blanca Mountain Range. Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru, is frequently visible from the city centre.
Huaraz is a small but lively city, filled with thriving markets, cafés and restaurants and a hub for the outdoor tourist industry. Surrounding the city, there are lots of outdoor activities including day walks, trekking, mountain climbing and mountain biking. Further into the Callejón de Huaylas (or ‘Peruvian Switzerland’) there are beautiful glacial lakes and some of the most remote areas of the Andes.
Your evenings and weekends will be free for you to enjoy the local area. A graduate of the community school is now training to be a tour guide and can advise you on the best places to explore. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.
The volunteer apartment is basic but in a great central location, a short walk from both the project and local shops. Bedrooms are shared with 2-3 volunteers per room and there are shared bathrooms. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and living area and intermittent internet connection.
“Volunteering was the best experience I have had. I stayed for 3 and a half months and wish that there was a way I could stay for longer. Teaching the kids is so rewarding and all the Peruvian volunteers at the school are very welcoming. Huaraz is a beautiful place with hikes, nice weather, and friendly people.
They are very polite and welcoming which makes arriving easier. I have already made plans to return next summer and volunteer again. Most rewarding was helping the kids with their homework when they don’t understand it. Coming here and being with these kids is a decision you won’t regret.”
“I was keen to spend my summer holidays doing something genuinely useful. The placement in Huaraz, Peru, was perfect, because it gave me the opportunity to help vulnerable children and practice my Spanish in a completely new setting.
The volunteer role itself is challenging, but ultimately very rewarding - the children are so appreciative of the educational and emotional support provided by the community centre and it’s such a privilege to see them develop their literacy and numeracy skills in a secure, supportive environment. Most rewarding was seeing the children’s improvement, even in the short 2 months that I was at the project.”
“My whole experience was incredible. Small organisations do such amazing work for the kids but they don’t have very much money so it’s really important to support things like this. Their money comes from volunteers deciding to go out there, they totally rely on all the volunteers. And it’s so worth it for the experience!
Working on the project was an amazing experience. The kids in the school were so friendly and welcoming you feel right at home straight away. The local team were also all very helpful and welcoming. I actually stayed an extra month it was so good! Would highly recommend this project to everyone!”
“The time spent assisting at the Community Education project was truly amazing! My only regret was that I did not sign up for a longer period of time. The children are a joy to be with. They make you laugh constantly. The teachers seem very appreciative of help from the volunteers - the other volunteers and coordinator were great. I loved Yuri and the other teachers! It was sad to say good bye! I can’t wait to visit again
While the children are quite disciplined and work diligently with their studies, they are playful and extremely fun. Most rewarding was working with the children- they are playful and sweet. Friday’s together we’re amazing. It’s important to share - our wealth, our experiences, our time, our love. Even though I went to give my time and any of my gifts, I feel if I was the one who was benefited the most.”
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.
|2 weeks||£625||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£115||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
children and their families supported by the project
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"The project combined everything I was looking for: working in a community, for a small organization, with kids, in Spanish, in the middle of the mountains! I definitely left in Huaraz, a little piece of my heart."Read more volunteer reviews
“Working on the project was an amazing experience. The kids in the school were so friendly and you feel right at home. The local team were also all very welcoming. I actually stayed an extra month it was so good!”Read more volunteer reviews
“I taught them a lot, but they taught me a lot as well. As volunteers, we help a ton with their education, but we also get the opportunity to be positive role models, and that was really special to me.”Read more volunteer reviews