We are a small non-profit organization located in the low income district of La Esperanza in Trujillo, Peru, close to the beach town of Huanchaco.
We are looking for volunteers to come and be part of our current projects. We have two projects running at the moment; the teaching English program where volunteers teach English classes to children at public schools where they would otherwise have no access to learning English, and we are also involved with a dogshelter where 40 dogs rescued from the streets live and need your love and attention. With your help we also want to expand and improve the work that we are doing by creating new projects. We have in mind a recycling project, clinical science, medical campains, social work, animal science, arts and others, but if you have any other ideas that we can put into practise, this would be welcomed!
We realized that there was a need for English lessons for both children & adults, as these are not provided in schools. So, with a lot of enthusiasm and some very hard work, we set up our organization, hoping to bring the chance of learning English to some of the most under-privileged people in the city.
We operate all year round, enriching the lives of those we teach by opening up opportunities and a world of possibilities that they would otherwise not be able to attain.
In our School we have more than 200 students between 6 to 16 years old where they attend classes from March to December and we also run an after classes program for children between 5 to 14 years old where they attend classes from January to December.
The work is 3 days per week 4 hours per day, volunteers work in pairs and will be supported at all times by a teacher.
Shelter for Rescued Dogs
As with many South American countries, Peru has a large number of stray `street dogs` who roam around, hungry and desperate for love. We work with a shelter where we send volunteers to give some time and attention to the lucky dogs we are able to house. There is an active neutering service and veterinary care is given when required. The dogs really enjoy being taken for a walk on the beach!
In this project volunteers, help to clean the shelter, bath the dogs, help to feed them, brush them, take the dogs for walks and support the vet to check the dogs.
What help is required?
Volunteers who decide to come and help, can choose to work on both of the projects, or just one if preferred. You don`t need any special skills or qualifications, just the will to help and a positive `can do`attitude! We will give you all the help that you need to feel confident with any task you undertake, and take pride in watching our volunteers enrich their own lives, as they enrich those around them. The working hours vary each day, but do not exceed 4 hours a day. Each week a schedule is drawn up for you so that you can plan what to do in your time off, and weekends, of course, are free.
We prefer it if you can commit to at least a month with us, which gives you time to fully appreciate and develop the program, but if you cannot stay quite as long, we are still happy to hear from you, and if you want to stay with us for longer, great!
What benefits are there for Volunteers?
Living and working in the city of Trujillo is unlike any other experience you will have in Peru! This is not a tourist town, but an authentic working Peruvian city where you will be immersed in true Peruvian living. We offer free Spanish classes to all volunteers, so hopefully you will be able to talk to the people around you in no time! The children at the school love having volunteers there to practice their English with, and enjoy learning about different cultures as well as teaching you about theirs. Peru has a deep-rooted pride in the history of their country and many cultural beliefs are kept alive – you will have the opportunity to feel this for yourself. The Plaza often hosts spontaneous displays of cultural dancing and parades and there are many archeological sites in the surrounding area, the biggest of which is Chan Chan which was a pre-Incan city housing some 60,000 inhabitants! There are also modern shopping malls and facilities in the city.
Whilst volunteering with us, we organize many fun activities for your time off which you are free to join in. These include the free Spanish classes, Salsa & Bachata classes, tours to archaeological sites, camping, trekking, surfing lessons, sandboarding, and free entry to the best night clubs in the city! The beach town of Huanchaco is just a twenty minute bus ride from the apartment, and the sun is always shining!
Our projects does not receive any subsidy or help from the government; the only income we have is a donation from the volunteers who come to work with us. Therefore we ask for a small contribution to cover the costs of room and board.
We have an apartment on the outskirts of Trujillo, in a thriving and up-coming area. We have reliable wifi, hot water and equipped kitchen, with shared dorm rooms. Whilst here, this is your home, and we would ask that you treat it as such.
We have had volunteers from all over the world who have come to join us. The sharing of experiences and cultural differences whilst working together to make the world a little better, is rewarding and a truly enriching experience. We look forward to seeing you!