The Teaching Program
This exciting program is for those who love to spend time with youth and really want to make a difference to others. Located in the underprivileged outer suburb of Huaycán in Lima, this program supports at-risk youth who require additional help. Peru’s education system severely lacks resourcing and those at-risk are more likely to fall between the cracks. This program aims to step in and fill the cracks, giving guidance, positive role modelling and additional education where it’s needed most. Many of these children lack a solid family home and suffer from extreme poverty. Marginalized youth desperately need positive attention to guide them and provide assistance in their education and in social issues. By supporting these deserving youth in their education, providing companionship and showing true interest them – you can make a difference. Volunteers can work across a variety of different youth programs within the non-profit centre that runs this important program. These include a leadership program, English language, music, special events, reading and library and technology. Volunteers will have two days off per week to explore this historical city and soak up its fantastic culture. If your calling is to help at-risk youth – sign up to Love Volunteers today!
Goals of this Project:
- Provide essential education to the vulnerable youth of Huaycán – Peru
- Improve the future prospects of the youth in Huaycán
- Give impoverished youth a sense of hope, compassion and quality education
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike
How You Can Help
Volunteers will find this to be a hugely rewarding program assisting at-risk youth, supporting those aged 13 - 17 years. Through donating their time, international volunteers support youth who need a solid education and social support to help them escape the poverty cycle. Keeping at-risk youth engaged when not in school and involving them in positive activities plays an important role in keeping them away from negative influences and keeping them in the education system. By teaching youth skills in areas such as leadership and music it allows them the freedom to be individuals and express themselves, helping them towards a happier, more fulfilling life.
A typical day on this program includes some lesson and support planning in the morning, then hands-on time with youth in the afternoon and early evening until 7.30pm. There will also be plenty of time to learn more about each other. A minimum stay of two weeks is required for this program however volunteers are encouraged to volunteer for longer if they can. In their down time, volunteers will have plenty of time to travel around the wonderful city of Lima and to venture out to explore more of magical Peru.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Support at-risk youth with their education
- Interact and spend time with youth and lead by example
- Give social support and compassion to at-risk youth
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Volunteering in Peru’s capital city of Lima is an experience not to be missed! This incredible location has so much to offer: history, art, architecture, adventure, culinary delights….and all situated on a Pacific Ocean coastline juxtaposed with inland tropical desert, creating the perfect climate for enjoying this city year round!
Volunteers are based in the wonderfully close-knit community of Huaycán; a suburb of Lima situated 45 minutes east of the city center, in the district of Ate. Volunteers will find Huaycán a home away from home with its friendly locals, nearby eateries and a relaxed vibe. Exploring the wider Lima area and enjoying the many attractions on offer is super easy and highly recommended!
An opportunity to explore the delights of Peru, both ancient and modern, from the supportive environment of a welcoming local community is a truly remarkable experience. The chance of a lifetime!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every Wednesday. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation, which also serves as the local project base. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.
- Program Arrival Day: WEDNESDAY
- Program Departure Day: WEDNESDAY
- Arrival/Departure Airport: Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru (Code: LIM)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this program are accommodated within a comfortable volunteer guest house, located in the heart of the project community of Huaycan and within 2 km of both the project site and local team's office. Volunteers are provided with a comfortable shared bedroom and shared bathroom, separated by gender, and thanks to the variety and popularity of this program, they will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded people from around the world. The house can accommodate up to 14 volunteers at one time and WiFi, hot showers, all meals, two common areas, a dining room and laundry services are all available onsite. The volunteer house is well managed and is a perfect home away from home. A wonderful base for your stay in Lima!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included daily during the working week, which is Friday to Tuesday. Breakfast and lunch only are provided on 'free-days' (Wednesdays and Thursdays) though volunteers often use this time to eat out while exploring the local community or taking day trips to Lima.
Peruvian food is delicious and, yes, different. It is based around rice, potatoes, fish and lots of locally-grown fruit, such as cherimoya, lucuma, citrus fruits and pineapple. Pollo a la Brasa, also known as Peruvian chicken, is one of the most consumed dishes in the country. Originally only seasoned with salt and cooked in charcoal, today the chicken is marinated in a “secret” mixture mainly consisting of vinegar, spices, dark beer or soy sauce, and then grilled in specially fabricated Pollo a la brasa ovens. Salsas, sauces or dips are an essential part of the Peruvian cuisine and a must on every table. Yum!
Home-stay options are available on request (conditions apply).
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.