Type of volunteers accepted: Individuals, Partners
Maximum number of volunteers: 1 volunteer at a time
Minimum length of placement: 5 months
Average length of placement: 1 year
Preferred languages: English, Spanish
Price per week: It is free to volunteer
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We are a registered charity which works to fight poverty and child labour in Huaraz, Peru, 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.
Our programme runs from our own small school in the center of Huaraz and provides a safe space for the children to do their homework, with the help of our qualified teachers and local and international volunteers.
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.
I volunteered for only two months in August and September 2007. Although I feel this is a very limited time ...
Merit, August to September 2007
The role of International Coordinator is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience of working in the international voluntary sector. It is a key role in our organisation; to assist the Director in running every aspect of our project. The post holder will report directly to the Board of Trustees and responsibilities include: overseeing service delivery to the children, young people and their families; financial planning and management; management of employed staff and local and international volunteers; promoting the organisation and contact with funders and supporters; annual reporting and business planning.
As a the coordinator you will lead a multi-disciplinary team which includes qualified teachers, specialist social workers as well as travelers, students and graduates who have an enthusiasm and energy to help support the children with their daily learning.
The service is managed by the local founder, a qualified teacher who grew up in Huaraz and a qualified school teacher who is also from Huaraz and working as the school coordinator. The International Coordinator is required as the current coordinator"s term of service will end in July 2011.
A job description and person specification is available for this volunteer opportunity.
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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