PERU CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
Journey into the heart of Peru and give back to a community in need while exploring the Unesco World Heritage Site where you can travel up the Inca Trail to arrive at the famous Machu Picchu.
While being surrounded by the astounding archaeological sites, there are also a number of vulnerable communities in Cusco where families aren't able to provide their children with basic needs such as education and food due to poverty.
By working alongside a range of daycare centres, community centres, and shelters, our partner is able to help children at these centres gain the attention, love and support needed so they can be empowered towards a brighter future.
The children at these centres wouldn't be able to gain creativity and learn basic life skills without your help! Our volunteers have been making an invaluable difference in the lives of the children our partner supports. [Read below for more info ↓]
Experience Length: 2 weeks minimum (with an optional extension)
Work Type: Supporting underprivileged local children
Arrival Airport: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Finish Date: The program will end in Cusco on the Friday either one, two, three or four weeks after your start date (depending on the duration you book).
Recommendations: Healthy, no maximum age, minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over (or have parental/guardian consent aged 17). Open-minded and willing to be accepting of a very different culture.
With limited spaces, the exact cost of the 2 week experience is US $1350 but if you register in the next 7 days we can squeeze it down to US $1250 which comes in at about US $89 per day. The two week extension is US $750.
This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation, to project fees and staff support. Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full a couple of months before you travel). We also provide you with a comprehensive travel guide which covers everything from what to bring to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
At the childcare placements volunteers will assist the children with their homework, organise educational activities and provide the children with love and attention. The children at the projects we work with require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship, and most of our projects work with severely underprivileged children.
Volunteers are encouraged to use their skills and interests to develop workshops such as in music and dance, jewellery making, sports, aerobics and arts & crafts for example.
There are many different childcare placements available in Cusco, including working at orphanages, schools and after-school programs in needy communities, homes for abused children, community centres and working with street children at shelters. There is also the possibility to work at a school for children and young adults with Down syndrome. Please come with an open mind, your placement may feel disorganised and underfunded, yet the children are always happy to see you and are very welcoming to our volunteers. If you have an area which you are particularly interested in please let us know, although it will depend on availability and local need as to which project you will be placed.
Some placements have a "Learning Station" set up where you can support children in learning English and perform basic tutoring. Some placements may ask you to use your English skills to teach one 45 minute lesson per week.
Volunteers need to arrive on the Sunday before any Monday of the month. You can choose which start date suits you best. On your arrival you will be picked up by a member of the in-country team at the airport and taken to your accommodation.
The next day you will have an orientation session at our partner organisation's headquarters. This includes a PowerPoint presentation about our partner organisation, the program, and general information about living in Peru. You will also be given an info sheet relating to the meeting, which includes information on your volunteer project (schedule, contact person, location, how to get there etc.) and your Spanish class schedule. All volunteers are provided with a pocket-sized card with our partner's emergency telephone numbers. You will then visit your project with a staff member, who will show you how to use public transportation. You will be introduced to the staff at your project, and you will be able to discuss your role at the project in more detail with the staff.
Volunteers in Cusco will help at their project for about 3-4 hours every day (Mondays to Fridays).
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Every day on this project is unbelievable and unforgettable – guaranteed! Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite:
- If you arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport on the official start day, we'll arrange for you to be met and transferred to your host family to start your adventure
- In-depth orientation in Cusco
- Transportation from your homestay to your project location
- Accommodation with a local host family
- All volunteering project materials and guidance
- Daily support from our experience team of coordinators
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you prepare for your time with us
Volunteers based in Cusco will be accommodated in a traditional homestay, living with other volunteers in a Peruvian home. The host families have been carefully selected with volunteers in mind and have almost all had experience hosting volunteers in the past. All houses have electricity, running water, and a western-style toilet but usually have no central heating. You may want to bring a sleeping bag or blanket for extra warmth at night. You will eat meals with the family. Your laundry can often be done by the host family for a small fee (charged $5 per kg).
- Minimum age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult. Aged 17 is acceptable only with signed consent from a parent or guardian
- Enthusiasm and flexibility - schedules can change without notice due to uncontrollable factors
- Willingness to get your hands dirty and work as a team
- An open respect for other cultures and customs
- Travel and medical insurance
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our coordinators
- Project donation and supplies
- International flights
- Spending money
- Travel visa - if required; please check with the Consulate or Embassy closest to you
- Meals and drinks, other than those stated in the above description
- Travel and medical insurance
Turtle Volunteer Experience (14 days)
US $1250: US $89 per day
Turtle Volunteer Experience 2 week extension
Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot, you pay a deposit of US $250 - you can then choose to pay the remainder in weekly instalments or as one lump sum a couple of months before the experience starts. Once you have made the deposit payment, you will receive a comprehensive experience guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
Cuzco today thrives with a measure of contradiction. Ornate cathedrals squat over Inca temples, massage hawkers ply the narrow cobblestone streets, women in traditional skirts and bowlers offer bottled water to a pet llama while the finest boutiques sell alpaca knits for small fortunes. The foremost city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
On arrival into Cusco, because it's so easy to become lost in a world of sensory overload, our team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the starting point, your centrally located host family. You'll have plenty of time to rest, refresh and settle in before getting started.
If you plan to arrive into Cusco early, you will need to make your own accommodation arrangements until our official arrival day. Please speak with the team and we can confirm this for you.
There are great online resources for finding cheap flights, such as www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights. If you would like to speak to an agent you can use our preferred agent by clicking on this link www.wearebamboo.com/tours/sta-flights.php.
Please book a flight that arrives into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport on your chosen arrival date.
If you arrive into Peru before your chosen arrival date, you will need to make arrangements for your early accommodation.
When you have your flight booked, you must send us the flight number (usually a code consisting of two letter and three numbers. For example, BA009) and the arrival time. Without this information, we cannot collect you from the airport and that would just suck!
It's also a great idea if you can send us a number for a mobile or cell phone that you plan to bring with you so that we can contact you if for some reason we're unable to locate you at the airport.
Your project will end in Cusco. Of course our team will help you to organise transportation for where you need to get to next but you will need to pay for your onward travel yourself.
SPENDING MONEY AND CURRENCY
Peruvian Sol is the official currency of Peru, there is 3.23PEN to 1USD and 4.51PEN to 1GBP. US dollars are widely accepted in many places however you can also exchange money at the airport, in supermarkets and in banks across Peru. ATMs are easily accessible in major cities and tourist areas just don't forget to inform your back about your trip.
As we're not medical professionals, we're not permitted to give medical advice. However, most travel clinics suggest having the following vaccinations: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Polio, and Typhoid.
Please do seek medical advice from your GP or local medical travel clinic for the most up to date information.
To confirm your place on the program, we just require a deposit of USD $250. This is one of our most popular programs and does have limited numbers so to ensure you can get a placement confirmed, we suggest sending this deposit as soon as possible. Once we have received your deposit, your placement will be confirmed by email. If you haven't received that email in 48 hours, please check your spam/junk folder or get in touch with our team.
We require your placement to be paid in full a couple of month before your arrival date. We can set you up with a weekly payment plan if you prefer - just contact our team to make that happen.
Throughout your project, you will be accompanied by experienced teams of coordinators. They are there to help you understand the culture and customs, to help you with arrangements, answer any questions and to ensure that you enjoy your time to its fullest. If at any time you feel unsafe, either in general or on your placement, we urge you to speak to your coordinators immediately. In almost all cases, whatever the issue is, we will be able to get things resolved quickly and with minimum effect to your placement.
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