Affordable Volunteering with Children in Peru

Location
Peru
Length
12 to 52 weeks
Housing
Hostel
Age
18 - 100 years
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About This Program

Our volunteer program is a tight-knit family, made up of volunteers from all over the world. Our common goal is the Light and Leadership Initiative's education programs, increasing access to education for women and children on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. We take volunteering seriously and encourage you to read more about our ethical volunteering philosophy.

Highlights

  • Join a close-knit community of international and local volunteers and staff
  • Choose a placement that suits your skills: English, art and music, chess, math, physical education, or technology
  • Eat amazing Peruvian Food - all made fresh by our local chef, Dina
  • Work with an organization that is more focused on the community than on making money
  • Work with a grassroots organization where your impact will reach over 500 people a year

Typical day
Volunteers may teach two to three classes a day. Days here in Huaycán start at 10am leaving volunteers to have mornings to themselves. Volunteers may do yoga on the roof, hike the nearby cerro (tall hill), or simply rest. Mornings are typically reserved for lesson planning and preparation and meetings with fellow teachers and the Education Program Manager who assists volunteers in their classes. Lunches are communal and held at the volunteer house between 12 and 1. Classes typically start at 3pm (after school) and run through the evening and sometimes we hold special events on weekend nights! Volunteers then return to the volunteer house for dinner and may hang in the common room with other volunteers, play games. or go out to eat on the main road (called La Quince).

Volunteers work Friday through Tuesday with Wednesdays and Thursdays off as travel days or days of rest. Volunteers will sometimes plan trips to the many spectacular destinations Peru has to offer! Volunteers will additionally partake in a volunteer meeting every two weeks to discuss issues in the house, celebrate and recognize successes and learn of volunteers who are arriving and departing. We have a staff-wide “civic reflection” each month where volunteers and staff engage in a productive dialogue environment to share experiences and learn from each other, and thus, enriching our understanding of what service to a community means. These dialogues will challenge volunteers to think deeper about community development and as a result, become better volunteers!

What's Included
Accommodation
Airport Transfers
Meals
Wifi
More info on what's included:

Volunteer placement in Huaycan
Cleaning service six days per week
Cell phone

What's Not Included
Airfare
Domestic Airfare
Transportation
Travel Insurance
Visa
More info on what's not included:

Medical Insurance
Laundry expenses

Meals

Volunteers are provided with a light breakfast (bread, jam, fruits, and butter). All volunteers share a communal lunch from 12-1pm which involves delicious home-cooked Peruvian meals from our chef Dina including aji de gallina, lomo saltado, papa rellena and much more! Vegetarian? No problem! Every meal we offer vegetarian and meat dishes with soy and egg alternatives. Dinner is available starting at 6pm and is a lighter meal such as soup or pasta. There’s always leftovers! We also do composting!

Housing

Accommodation: Volunteers are housed communally in secure dorm-style arrangements where they may have one or two roomates. Housing includes wifi, hot showers, potable water, a small kitchen and a communal space with our multilingual volunteer library, television for movies and shows, and plenty of games. Volunteers also have space on the roof to do some morning yoga or watch a sunset. Volunteers are responsible for their own laundry - we do have the means for volunteers to wash and dry clothes by hand but volunteers are responsible for detergent.

LLI has participants from every one of Huaycán’s twenty four zonas. In one year, LLI had 58 teens join in 33 Leadership Project meetings that generate service projects such as animal vaccinations, disaster relief, and conservation programs all organized by the teens.

LLI provides free after-school classes to any resident between the ages of 7 and 17. Our programs help to create opportunities, form leaders, and transform lives. Not only do we offer educational programs, but we also organize special social events throughout the year. Participants reported they are more excited to read given their access to our library, that they feel more empowered to start local businesses, and that they have a safe, productive, fun & social space to hang out in after school. Our Women’s Empowerment Program held 140 educational workshops for 127 women last year.

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2 Weeks
$460 USD
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$580 USD
4 Weeks
$688 USD
5 Weeks
$794 USD
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$897 USD
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$998 USD
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$1098 USD
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$1195 USD
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$1290 USD
11 Weeks
$1384 USD
12 Weeks
$1477 USD
13 Weeks
$1570 USD
14 Weeks
$1662 USD
15 Weeks
$1754 USD
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$1845 USD
17 Weeks
$1936 USD
18 Weeks
$2026 USD
19 Weeks
$2117 USD
20 Weeks
$2207 USD
21 Weeks
$2296 USD
22 Weeks
$2386 USD
23 Weeks
$2476 USD
24 Weeks
$2566 USD

Location

Location:
Lima
Currency:
Peruvian Sol
Weather:
Jan-Mar
81 F / 66 F
Apr-Jun
75 F / 59 F
Jul-Sep
66 F / 59 F
Oct-Dec
75 F / 59 F
Airports:
Jorge Chavez International Airport
( LIM )

Lima is the capital city of Peru and one of the best places to get a taste of authentic Peru. The best way to explore Lima is through their Peruvian cuisine, which takes ingredients from the coast, Amazon, and mountains to add depth to every dish. After you have eaten, take a stroll through the city center and marvel at the architecture of the churches and monasteries that have maintained their Spanish influence.

Hosted by Light and Leadership Initiative

Light and Leadership offers services 2 different communities: women and children. With the kids, we offer before and after school activities for kids before and after school activities. For our women's group, we provide Women's empowerment programs.

We offer programs that will have a direct impact on the women and children of Peru. Light and...

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Reviews

95%
based on 10 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.9
  • Safety 8.9
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John
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very worthwhile

Huaycan is a developing economy whose residents have just as much pride in their homes, families, schools and community as anyone else in a wealthier part of the world. LLI understands this and works directly with the community, lives within the community, and deeply respects those within it, as well as the knowledge they hold. Their love for Huaycan is obvious, as is Huaycan's love for LLI. Volunteering with LLI is a very worthwhile experience for anyone who wants to step outside their bubble and experience what developing economies experience as their citizens work towards improving the lives of themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, and the community at large. If you're brave enough to question whether the world you see is but a subset of the larger world, LLI will help you appreciate how much bigger the world really is.

What would you improve about this program?
I see improvements every single time I return......
Dominic
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LLI Experience 4 Weeks

So there is a wide array of subjects that can be taught here, which makes the experience so much more than it already is. I study sports back home so I was able to help out in sports classes with kids and even teens. Therefore I learned a lot about how to set up lesson plans, how to structure them, how to communicate with kids and lastly how to conduct a sports lesson.
Another great thing about LLI and the volunteer house is it s a very dynamic environment. You have volunteers coming and going, with different backgrounds and cultures. You get to learn a lot about them and where they are from and everyone gets along really well. Plus on weekends if you re travelling solo you might find other volunteers that you could go do a weekend trip to Huacachina, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu or Paracas. Options are endless and these weekend trips can really make your experience more dynamic and fun.
I would recommend this program because you learn a lot, be it social skills, communication and teaching in fun ways that the kids love.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Getting my spanish to a level of communication. I couldnt communicate on the level I wanted to.
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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Art teacher placement

I volunteered for the Light and Leadership Initiative for one month as an art teacher. The experience was great and really rewarding, leaving me with the desire to continue voluntary work in the future. This organisation allows relative freedom with relation to teaching approach and style within their set guidelines. The result enables teachers to explore creative ways of teaching concepts, without having to follow rigorous and dull curriculums. Overall I had a wonderful time volunteering with the kids at LLI, though the organization is still pretty small, its positive presence within the community and amongst young people is easily noticeable. LLI's values, clear goals and sensitivity to those the organization works with makes it an admirable charity with a lot of potential to create waves in Huaycan!

What would you improve about this program?
One aspect of LLI that I felt needed strengthening in the Education Center was its role as a place of support and young children. To improve this, I believe that the amount of reading hours/ homework/ contact hours should be slightly increased. As of now I feel it is slightly difficult for children to get extra educational support outside of the lessons provided.
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Ellen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Children's Center Volunteer

I had a blast teaching science classes for a summer camp with LLI! The children's center is a place that offers all types of classes from English to art and science. The kids are excited to learn and well behaved. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement working in the children's center, and I wish I could have spent longer here.

Not only is the organization focused on the education of children, but they also have programs with women and teens that blew me away. The organization offers cultural training, a welcoming (& fun!) volunteer house, and insight into a grassroots mission to lift a community from within. It was easy to adjust to life in Huaycan with the supportive staff and the daily meals shared together in the volunteer house. If you are looking to volunteer abroad, you will be extremely well supported here at LLI. The flexible schedule also gives you weekends where you will be able to travel and explore South America!

I cannot wait until I can come back to volunteer with the organization again!

Heidi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kid's Program with The Light and Leadership Initiative Peru

I want to thank The Light and Leadership Initiative for placing education for kids and teens in Huaycán Peru and for letting me be part of the teaching, playing and reading for some time as a volunteer! It is important to me to volunteer in a place where there is a positive impact on the community and I strongly felt and saw it happened with LLI. Children in program and their families get enormous help for their living and education that increases wellbeing in the community. This was reflected in their cheerfulness and happiness, enthusiasm and insights in classroom and in sport field and in participation in many activities and not to mention in encounters when exploring the community.

I was taken good care from very beginning and was given excellent information beforehand and was greeted so warmly. I was given a clear arrival instructions and was taken care on arrival. Orientation was warm and super good. LLI leadership members had always time to talk and advise with warm and unhurried way. They also gave feedback and excellent teaching tips and hints to provide quality teaching and creative and motivating games. Living in a volunteer house gives you safety, new friends, exchanging thoughts with staff members and other volunteers and possibilities to plan your free time together. The safety in a house, trips and classrooms were taking in consideration absolutely well. I was told clearly about program fees which was rather low comparing to some others.

My time at LLI helped me develop professionally more than I expected. With LLI I realized it's not a question me to be good at my work but it's important how students receive my input in teaching or how I pass the joy of motivation and learning. In addition I gained so much by learning new insights myself, improving my knowledge of the culture, following work of Artisans' handcraft and simply sensing a genuine caring of others - both volunteers and people in Huaycán. My favourite part about my volunteer stay was when students had an idea or a new insight how the math problem was resolved in homework hour and when they were describing a story or drawing a picture according a book when reading in a library!

I'm sure you appreciate the opportunity to explore the brilliant web sites of LLI in advance! I miss lively students - everyone has his own personality -, fabulous friends, lovely happenings and delicious food! Happy time, highly recommending volunteering at LLI.

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Ansku
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing volunteer experience!

LLI has definitely been one of the best volunteer programs that I have been part of! I really enjoyed my time in Huaycan volunteering because with LLI I felt I was doing something important. The programs really fill a need in the community and volunteers are really needed and appreciated. Huaycan is a good place to really immerse yourself in the peruvian culture and also work with people from all over the world. I got so many new friends and met amazing kids and teens volunteering with LLI. I would totally recommend this program for anyone interested in volunteering in Peru!

What would you improve about this program?
I don´t really have any complaints about this program because everything worked so well and was so well organised. Only thing is that the house can be full time to times, so be prepared to share a room, however this can also be a great way to have amazing new friends.
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Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Inspiring!

One of my favorite experiences was when I was socializing with some of the teens in the teen center that LLI created. We were having a karaoke night and the songs we played were a mix of American and Peruvian culture. But everyone enjoyed it all! We were singing in Spanish and in English and having such a great time! Moments like that are so special and enjoyable and I always looked forward to spending time learning about culture and making new friends.

What would you improve about this program?
I have no complaints--the program gave me so many opportunities to travel, make friends, learn, and teach. Everything I wanted in a summer adventure!
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Javier
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience for you and those you help

I volunteered with LLI for 7 months in 2014 and came away from my time there with a lifetime of amazing memories, great friends, and the satisfaction that I made a positive impact teaching kids valuable knowledge that will help them going forward. The teaching experience there is unlike many others in that you have the opportunity to not only be a teacher to the kids but also to be a part of their daily lives outside of the classroom. I would routinely find myself playing games of soccer in the street with my students, at their houses for birthday parties, even taking a 10 year old student to the amusement park (which as a side note, was one of my favorite experiences there, just seeing the smile not leave his face the entire day, running from ride to ride). If you open not only your mind but your heart to the children you teach, I can assure you that they will teach you so much more about the human spirit than you could ever imagine.

What would you improve about this program?
I would be nitpicking if I were to say anything negative. This program gives individuals so much freedom that if you don't get out of it what you expect, it would probably be more so on you than anything else.
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Donivan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience with LLI

I volunteered with Light and Leadership for six weeks this winter. It's an incredible organization, and I wish I was still there. I would go back in an instant, and would suggest LLI to anyone as a great organization to work with and a life-changing experience for all.

What would you improve about this program?
Dormitory-style bedrooms can provide a nice bonding-experience with fellow volunteers, but if the organization is ever able to afford individual rooms, having a place to go to be alone could be very helpful, and especially important for those volunteers who are staying for longer periods of time.
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Lucy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing

Lived in a cute, clean apartment with the lovely, like-minded other volunteers. We ate delicious meals cooked by a local Peruvian woman, and could even put in meal requests.
The social scene was surprisingly lively. We made friends with local people; we would play volleyball and football with them, followed by a few beers in a local bar.

The culture was, however, refreshingly different. If you want to see what it's like living abroad in a place which is utterly devoid of tourists, then Huaycan is for you!

Above all though, I felt as if the work I was putting in - primarily as an ESL teacher to children and adults - made a tangible positive difference. This feeling is what drove LLi volunteers to give 110% and support each other in doing so every day. So it was a very sparky environment.

What would you improve about this program?
This is starting to happen already, but I think volunteers need to share and discuss lesson plan ideas and resources more, in order to increase efficiency.

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