EMPOWERMENT OF QUECHUA WOMEN
The volunteer project with children, adolescents and women in rural areas and shelters in Cusco, Peru, focuses on the support and empowerment of Quechua families living in remote rural regions of Paucatambo or urban areas around Cusco. We also support and work with girls rescued from human trafficking.
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 volunteer project with children, adolescents and women in rural areas and shelters we seek to solve the problems faced by these communities.
WHAT WILL BE MY ROLE DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN CUSCO?
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN CUSCO
Being part of the volunteer project with children, adolescents and women in rural areas and shelters in Peru and helping these communities is a volunteering experience full of culture and traditions.
In this project you are accompanied most of the times by the social workers of the local organization. It’s a very enriching program, since you visit many places accompanying Griselda and/or Charo.
The volunteers have the opportunity of getting to know first hand the surroundings of Cusco and the Quechua communities in Peru. There you will help organize activities with the women who take part in the project relating to the following issues:
- Business initiatives
- Economic ventures
- Empowerment, violence, leadership
- Sexual and reproductive rights
You will also have the chance to teach the girls, women and people from the local communities and give classes on:
- Spanish (for those who only speak Quechua)
You will work with women from rural Quechua-speaking communities between the ages of 12 and 45, who are at risk of social exclusion and poverty.
This program is open only for female volunteers, male volunteers can instead participate in the volunteer program of teaching in rural schools or take part in the radio program that is an initiative of a group of young people from San Jerónimo.
You will also help girls who have been mistreated psychologically and physically and who went through painful experiences. For them you will have the chance to organize activities relating to:
- Basic education
- Creation of CV, so that they can apply for jobs once they leave the center
- Moral support
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM IN CUSCO?
To be part of the volunteer program of working with children, adolescents and women in rural areas in Cuzco, you don’t need to have any experience in community work or a specialty in the field. You will always be accompanied by the person in charge of the project, who will guide you at all times. However, you will be required to:
- Work in a team
- Be flexible
- Be motivated and optimistic
- Adapt to the local culture
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
To take part in this project, you will also have to be a woman and at least 18 years old.
If you have never volunteered abroad, we recommend listening to the following podcast:
WHAT COMMUNITIES WILL I WORK IN AND WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE?
The volunteer project with children, adolescents and women from rural areas in Peru, Cusco, takes place in the following communities:
- Quisicancha (school)
- The women’s shelter in Cusco city
- Local organization offices
Volunteers work from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, and they can use the weekends to travel and learn a little more about Peru. The program will be closed on national holidays and in the months of December and January.
The weekly schedule is more or less as follows:
- 2 days a week in the communities
- 2 days a week at the women’s shelter
- 1 day a week preparing classes and/or talks in the offices
It’s important to bear in mind that the schedule might vary.
SHOULD I TAKE ANY SPECIAL CLOTHING WITH ME TO CUSCO?
The clothing requirements for volunteer project with children, adolescents and women 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