Volunteering with children in the center of Cusco with extracurricular activities
For many travelers, volunteering around the world becomes one of their most valued experiences. Especially if their experience relates to teaching children and young people from low-income communities or people who need support. In many of these communities where volunteers make an impact, schools are lacking financial resources for school supplies, which means that many children and adolescents don’t attend school.
A volunteer can teach abroad while taking part in the school reinforcement volunteer program for children and adolescents in Peru, Cusco. This program seeks to generate love, self-esteem and extra school activities in order to cover the basic educational needs of the children (most of them are children and adolescents from the Quechua communities).
The volunteer works with children between the ages of 8 and 12 and adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18. If you want to know more about the school reinforcement volunteer project for children and adolescents in Peru, continue reading all the information we provide you with to start your own volunteering experience.
The programs start on Mondays, therefore you should arrive on a Friday or Saturday to the country (minimum 2 weeks).
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
The volunteers who are part of the volunteer reinforcement program for children and adolescents in Peru, are involved at all times in the teaching and learning of children of different academic levels and ages. The topics that the volunteer regularly practises with children and adolescents are:
Although English lessons are taught and children and teenagers enjoy them, classes are given in Spanish.
The vast majority of children who come from very humble families go to school, therefore one of the objectives is to help them with their homework. But most of the extra-curricular activities focus on generating self-esteem and moral support for the young people, trying to enhance their skills, listen to them, give them love and teach them values. Cusco is a very spiritual place and as part of the culture, relaxation activities with the children are held during the extra school classes.
There are also special classes on computer science, art and personalized tutoring for children and young people with greater learning difficulties.
It’s also expected that the volunteers put into practice their creativity and initiative, you will have the freedom to propose and organize workshops, games and dynamic activities that help children in their learning. It’s important to keep in mind that teaching methodologies are different. Some of the things you might encounter in a classroom are:
- More children than recommended
- Children of different ages
- Lack of teaching material
However, this shouldn’t discourage you from teaching as you are still going to have a great time with the children.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE VOLUNTEER
To be part of a volunteering experience in Peru, you must be 18 years of age or older.
If you are not a teacher or experienced in teaching children and adolescents, don’t worry, the volunteer is not required to have a specialization in education to support the school reinforcement for children and youth. We only ask that you comply with the following requirements:
- Be punctual
- Prepare activities in advance
- Always arrive to the project with a positive attitude
- Attend meetings that are organized for volunteers
It’s very important that you present the following documentation in the application process for your volunteering in Peru:
- Criminal record certificate
- Copy of your passport
The dress code in the volunteer programs in Peru is very important. It’s not considered appropriate to wear clothing that is tight or shows too much when you are with children and teenagers. Therefore, we require volunteers who are part of an educational volunteer program in Peru to wear the recommended clothing:
- Long pants (non-tight)
- Shirts that cover your shoulders (non-tight)
- Closed shoes or slippers
- According to the workshop in which you are participating that time of day, you will wear a different colored gown to differentiate the type of activity.
Another important fact that the volunteer must bear in mind is that smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited in schools (and even outside the facilities).
ARRIVAL DAYS AND TIMES
The arrival days for joining the teaching and school reinforcement project in Cuzco are from Friday to Saturday, since your first day in the program will be Monday. Arrival times for programs in Cuzco are flexible, so you can arrive at any time and you will be picked up.
The project is open all year round. However, during the school holiday season the project opens only in the morning, from 8:50 am to 1:00 pm.
The project closes for the national holidays in Cusco.
SCHEDULE AND PLACE OF WORK
If you decide to become part of the Adventure Volunteer family of volunteers, you are expected to commit as much time as possible to the volunteer project in which you take part. This will allow you to get to know the children, teenagers and local staff better.
The volunteer school reinforcement project for children and adolescents in Peru, Cusco, runs from Monday to Friday with the following schedule:
- Morning shift from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (schools in Cusco).
- In the afternoon from 2:50 pm to 7:00 pm (schools in Cusco and the Sacred Valley).
- Volunteering in the Quechua villages from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
For the holiday period in Peru, which is usually from January to February, the projects only open for the morning shift from 8:50 am to 1:00 pm.
The volunteers stay in a volunteer hostel-house, which is 10 minutes walk away from the program of school reinforcement and extracurricular activities. A good part to the accommodation cost includes a donation to the project. Some members of staff that work in this hostel are former students of the school.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the accommodation cost. Volunteers will also be able to take advantage of travel information, wifi, bar, garden, kitchen for guests and various activities. The location is very central, just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas in downtown Cusco (10 minutes).
The program cost includes accommodation in shared rooms of 6-8 beds. If the volunteer wants a single or double room, they have to pay an additional fee of around €115 per week (subject to availability).
The hostel can charge a deposit of 20 soles for the room key that will be given back to you when you return the key.
Washing and drying services have an additional cost. Breakfast includes cereals, coffee, juice, milk, oatmeal, bread, butter and jam. You can request a different type of breakfast at an additional cost.
COSTS OF THE PROGRAM
The cost of the volunteer program of School reinforcement for children and adolescents in Peru, Cusco, is divided into two parts. To register for the program, you must pay a deposit of €150. One month before the start of your volunteering, the rest of the program fee must be paid. Each additional week costs €180.
The prices of the volunteer program of School reinforcement for children and adolescents in Peru are in euros, so the exchange of foreign currency will be affected. You can check the currency exchange rate in the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Airport pick-up and transfer to the volunteer hostel-house
- Accommodation during your volunteering in the volunteer hostel-house
- 3 daily meals in the hostel
- 24/7 assistance from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Volunteering certificate
- Accident insurance
- Civil responsibility insurance for your activities
- Guidance and advice on the choice of the program
- Volunteering t-shirt
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM COST?
- Flight to the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Travel insurance
- Internal transportation
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Extra meals and drinks
- Travels in and out the country