Placement: Needing Enthusiastic Volunteers at School for Some of the Poorest Children in Huaraz, Peru

Placement Type: Teaching, Humanitarian
Continent: SouthAmerica
Country: Peru

Type of volunteers accepted: Individuals, Partners, Small groups, Large groups
Maximum number of volunteers: 10 - 20
Minimum length of placement: 2 weeks
Average length of placement: 2 months

Preferred languages: English, Spanish

Price per week: £50 - £100


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About the Placement

We are a registered charity which works to fight poverty by providing education and material assistance to some of the poorest children.

Our mission is to support children living in extreme poverty, providing education and vocational training for those without economic means, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty.

The School was opened in March 2006 and we now work with around 50 children aged between 6 and 18 who are at high risk of dropping out of public school and with a small number of children who do not attend public school, working with them to raise the standard of their reading and writing to enable them to enter the education system.

We provide a supportive environment in which the children obtain help and encouragement with their homework.This is crucial as most of the children come from families where the parents have to work long hours to support the family and/or cannot read or write. In either case, they are unable to provide the help needed to ensure that the children remain in education until they graduate secondary school. We also try to educate the children’s parents about the importance of them staying in school and the long-term benefits that this will bring to the children and the family.

We recognise that these children need to overcome disadvantage and many other barriers to succeed in education, so we try to ensure the children have everything they need to participate in their education through emotional and material support. The children are taught to take responsibility for their own education and to value the opportunity they have to learn. They are also given emotional support from our volunteers, taught the importance of personal hygiene and provided with a nutritious meal at the end of each session.We help to provide the children with school uniforms, study materials and school matriculation fees as required. In addition, we also help to pay for medical assistance as the need arises.


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Role of Volunteer

The School:

Our schoolhouse contains 3 classrooms, a kitchen where we make food for the children and a bathroom with running water. Outback we have a large grassy

yard where the children can safely play after class. We also have a small garden where the children plant vegetables and have started a small compost


The children receive help with schoolwork from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays we focus on personal and emotional development as most of the children have experienced difficulties leading to low-self esteem and other issues as well as playing games or undertaking workshops such as theatre, art and craft. Once a month we take the children out on trips into the countryside surrounding Huaraz to do sports and games or we go to see a movie or a theatre play.

Working With The Children:

The children usually sit at tables according to their age and grade. Some will have homework to complete from school, others need to be given work. Each of the children have an individual workbook. Volunteers are encouraged to create their own activities for the children to do based on their knowledge and experience. This makes work more interesting for the children and they gain a wider breadth of knowledge. At certain times, particularly at the end of the school year, there is a need to really focus on helping the children complete all the necessary work to complete their grades.


Volunteers make up the majority of our workforce, so they are very important to us. The role of the volunteer is essential to ensuring the children get the one to one support they need to understand and enjoy their school work. The work our volunteers do, mean the children can overcome their disadvantage and seize the opportunity that an education presents.

We welcome international volunteers from all backgrounds to work on our projects. Previous volunteers have come from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. They’ve brought with them a variety of skills from teaching to engineering. They usually come to us while travelling in Peru, on a gap year, during retirement or simply for a working holiday.

We encourage anyone to volunteer, as long as you have a bit of commitment and enthusiasm. We accept all professions and don’t discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion or sexuality.

As a volunteer you will receive advice and support from a team which includes qualified teachers as specialist social workers as well as travellers, students and graduates who have an enthusiasm and energy to help support the children with their daily learning.

The service is jointly managed by the local founder, a qualified teacher who grew up in Huaraz and a local qualified teacher who is the school coordinator.



Travel Information

The easiest way to get to Huaraz is to fly to Lima and then take a bus up to Huaraz. The bus journey takes 7-8 hours. There are 2 main bus companies that we recommend using. We are happy to arrange this transport for you if you prefer.

Huaraz is one of the best places in South America to enjoy superb mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities such as trekking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, skiing and rafting. It’s also a great place for the less adventurous, who enjoy going for day walks and exploring the villages and their lively markets. The setting of the city, at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca, is spectacular. You can see more than 20 snow-capped peaks over 5000 meters, of which the most notable is Huascaran (6,768m), the highest mountain in Peru. Huaraz has two main mountain ranges, both easily reached by public transport; the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) to the east and the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountains) to the west. Huaraz provides all the facilities and infrastructure required by volunteers - just about everything you need is on or near the main street, Calle Luzuriaga, including restaurants, tour operators and agencies, banks and the post office.


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