SCHOOL SUPPORT IN QUISICANCHA
The Teaching volunteer project with children from rural communities of Cusco focuses on school support for children of Quechua families living in remote rural regions of Quisicancha, who spend more than an hour walking back home every day.
Before going into more details of the program, we would like you to know a little more about these communities. When you hear the word Quechua, it’s the name by which the indigenous peoples you encounter in various Latin American countries are recognized, such as: Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. They are descendants of the Inca people. By only knowing Quechua and not Spanish, they run the risk of being deceived for trafficking and labor abuse. At the same time as teaching them Spanish, it’s important to preserve their language and culture.
Los Quechuas is a town full of history, culture and tradition, but for some of these communities it has been difficult to keep pace with the omnipresent changes. Therefore, through the Teaching volunteer project with children from rural areas, we seek to solve the problems faced by these communities.
WHAT WILL I DO DURING MY TEACHING VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN CUSCO?
VOLUNTEERING IN PRIMARY EDUCATION IN CUSCO
Being part of the volunteer project with children from rural areas and helping these communities is a volunteer experience full of culture and traditions.
On the first day of this project, you will be accompanied by Griselda and/or Charo. Later you will accompany the teachers from San Jerónimo, who travel up and down from Cusco every day.
Our volunteers have the opportunity to get to know first hand the surroundings of Cusco, as well as the Quechua communities in Peru. Here you will help teachers organize classes on:
- Social Science and Geography
- Spanish (for children who only speak Quechua)
You will work with children between 3 and 12 years of age.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER IN THIS TEACHING PROGRAM?
To be part of the Teaching volunteer program with children from rural areas in Cusco, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Don’t worry if you don’t have experience in teaching, it’s not required that the volunteer has a specialty or any relevant experience to take part in the project. You will always be accompanied by the person in charge of the project, who will guide you at all times. However, you will be asked to:
- Be dynamic
- Work in a team
- Adaptat to extreme situations (poverty, cold, understanding of the Quechua language)
- Be flexible
- Have empathy
You must be sure of having these qualities so that your experience is positive. The case you don’t like the program or find it too difficult, it might result in your leaving the project, which would be a pity. We recommend contacting the Adventure Volunteer team in Spain or Cusco if you have any questions.
It’s mandatory that you submit the following documentation in the application process for your volunteering in Peru:
- Photocopy of your passport
- CV or motivation letter in our extended form
- Criminal record certificate
Also, if you have never volunteered abroad, we recommend listening to the following podcast:
WHAT ARE THE SCHEDULE AND LOCATION OF THE TEACHING VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN CUSCO, QUISICANCHA?
You can participate in this program during the school period, which is from 1 March to 20 December.
Remember that the project is closed on the following dates:
- Easter (varying accroding to year)
- 13 – 17 May (1st semester break)
- 29 July – 9 August (end-of-semester break)
- 7 – 11 October (2nd semester break)
LOCATION OF QUISICANCHA
- District: Huancarani
- Province: Paucartambo
- Region: Cusco
- Altitude: 4044 meters above sea level
- Time zone: UTC-5
The volunteer program runs from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. On weekends the volunteer can travel and learn a little more about Peru.
WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING WITH ME FOR THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN CUSCO, QUISICANCHA?
The clothing requirements for the Teaching volunteer project with children from rural areas are the following:
- Long non-tight pants
- A windbreaker and warm clothes (Cusco is cold and even so in the mountains)
- Trekking or comfortable normal shoes
In the case that you have tattoos or piercings, you must cover them. Remember that the culture and customs of Latin American countries are different from the Western ones.
WHERE WILL I LIVE DURING MY STAY AS A VOLUNTEER IN THIS PROGRAM IN CUSCO?
You will live in the Barrio de San Jerónimo. It’s a family house where up to 3 volunteers can live. There you will share a room and a bathroom with other volunteers, have your own space for your clothes, laundry area (no washing machine) and WIFI. The host family will also provide you with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in the house.
The family consists of the father, the mother, an 18-year-old daughter and another 12-year-old child. They are all very nice and Mrs. Griselda even works in the local organization.
WILL I HAVE A POINT OF CONTACT OR A COORDINATOR IN THE COUNTRY?
Apart from the coordinators of the local organization, the directors of the centers and other personnel, Adventure Volunteer has a companion in the country that will guide you especially during your first days after arrival. She will also show you the city and will recommend the best excursions. Her name is Ingrith and you can listen to her in the podcast about Cusco.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN CUSCO?
The cost of the Teaching volunteer project with children from rural areas in Peru, Cuzco, is divided into two parts. To register for the program, you must pay a €150 deposit. 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 Teaching volunteer project with children from rural areas 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 your accommodation
- Accommodation during your volunteering in the hostel or family house
- Internal transportation to move between communities
- 3 daily meals
- 24/7 support from the local coordinator and the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of participation
- Accident insurance during your volunteering
- Civil liability insurance for your volunteering activities
- Guidance and advice on the choice of the program
- Volunteering t-shirt
WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM COST?
- Flight to the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Travel insurance
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Extra meals or drinks
- Travels in or out of the country