Trip Details

Assist local children’s home in Peru in social work, physiology and physical therapy and increase the life standard of the physically and mentally disabled as a Volunteer Intern.

Share your time and work with these special children (and a few adults) at a Peruvian children’s home in an effort to help them help increase their independence and mental strength. During this time you will be able to develop invaluable skills and help in making them active members of the community!

This program is perfect for those looking to work with children that require a higher level of care and assistance.

You will be helping to take care of roughly 30-40 children, as well as assisting the program staff with their daily tasks.

Your role will involve assisting and working side-by-side with the the local association in carrying out their main goal of maximising what these children can do on their own, with the hope that one day they are able to get jobs and live fulfilling lives.

Aims & Objectives

  • Increase the independence of individuals at the children’s home
  • Provide you with practical experience in language therapy and improve your ability to work with children with disabilities
  • Assist the local staff with extra hands

 

Trip Itinerary

Activities you can look forward to from this program include therapy sessions, educational lessons, dancing lessons and outdoor activity. You might also find yourself helping to make classroom materials, painting, cutting firewood, and organising the facility.

These activities fall under one of two sub-programs; assisting the local staff in dealing with children with disabilities inside the facility or be involved with workshop programs. The Special needs care program provides important education to children from the ages of 7 – 15.

Alternatively, workshop programs involve teaching life skills to children and adults between the ages of 16 – 30 years. These workshops require you to teach vital life skills that will help them further their opportunity in life. Workshop programs may include carpentry, arts and crafts, building, etc.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Peru 🙂

Trip Accommodation

You will be staying in the Los Baños del Inca district found in the east of Cajamarca. It is known for being centered on a naturally occurring thermal spring!

Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city (Capital and largest city of Peru’s Cajamarca Region, enriched in culture and history), this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after a day out. The accommodation has beautiful view of the Andes Mountain Range and is close to the Amazon Rainforest, it will bring you back to South American nature!

Accommodation & Food

You will be staying in our accommodation centre in Baños del Inca, Rural Cajamarca countryside. The house is made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, it also has large gardens. Wi-Fi will be available only in common areas. We recommend also using 3G data if staying connected is important to you.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Although rooms will be cleaned daily by staff, you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep accommodation neat and organised.

Food Arrangements
The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities
Eateries
Although there are many restaurants around this small town, “Menu centers” are a cheaper popular local choice. Known as a “Menu”, here you are offered soup and entrees before digging into your main meal and are usually accompanied by a drink, usually made from barley or tropical fruit. Menus have a smaller range of food, but are cheaper and more convenient. They act as the ‘fast food’ for the locals, who tend to dislike western fast food outlets.

Shops
Local shops are within walking distance. 10 – 15 mins walk will bring you to a large local market in Baños del Inca, which has supplies from all over Peru, for all your shopping needs.

Transportation
The accommodation is about 1.3 Km from the main square of Baños del Inca, and about 20-30 minutes away from the Cajamarca city centre by public transportation.

“Moto-taxis” are also available for quick rides around town (up to 3 people round trip cost Banos del Inca 2 – 3 soles).

Internet use
There is Wi-Fi in your rooms as well as public areas at your accommodation, but there is also an internet cafe in the main township where you can access wifi from when you are not at the centre.

Money
There are numerous shops and ATMs in the center of town.

Medical
We will have a basic first aid kit on site, but there is a clinic available in Banos del Inca. A hospital and various clinics are in nearby Cajamarca for any emergencies or health issues that may arise.

Activities & Events
Cooking Lessons
Daily: Evenings
Join your cook as they prepare meals for you and other participants. Take notes, learn new recipes, traditional food preservation techniques and more! Try not to spoil your dinner as you learn!

Farm Animals
Daily: Mornings and Evenings
Watch the local farmers near your accommodation, as they tend to their animals in daily rituals like shearing and milking.

Trip Country Info

Peru

Capital: Lima
Language: Spanish (Quechua, Aymara)
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)

Country Information
Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire. Although the Incas are the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.

In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy.

Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest and let’s not forget about the llamas.

Climate
Despite being near the Equator, the presence of different regions of the Andes Cordillera and the arid coast along with the effects of the cold Humboldt Stream induce highly distinct weather. The climate in Peru consists in three main regions: Costa, Sierra, Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle).

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Relevant experience or study
A letter of intent outlining your motivations, experience, skills, and personality
Intermediate Spanish is required
Sign language is recommended if you want to participate in language therapy

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa