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 to women and children in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. We take volunteering seriously and encourage you to read more about our ethical volunteering philosophy.
- Join a close-knit community of international and local volunteers and staff!
- Choose a placement that suits your skills and our needs. Win-Win!
- Eat some amazing Peruvian Food :) all made fresh by our local chef, Dina!
- Work directly with an ORGANIZATION, not a company. We're focused on the community, not making $$$
- Have an impact! We're a grassroots organization that NEEDS volunteers to impact over 500 people a year!
What to Expect
Volunteers can join us from two weeks up to one year and typically receive a primary placement (20-30 hours per week) and one or two secondary placements (5-10 hours per week).
Volunteer work includes teaching English, art and music, chess, math, physical education, and technology to teens and children after school.
No previous teaching experience required and no Spanish skills required for our teaching English program, but extensive training materials and on-site orientation are given.
- Airport pick up
- Volunteer placement in Huaycan
- Accommodation with hot showers
- Cleaning service six days per week
- Three meals per day and bottled water
- Cell phone and wireless internet
What's Not Included
- International and domestic flight and transportation
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa fees
- Laundry expenses
- Transportation upon departure
Housing & Meals
Secure housing is provided for all volunteers.
Volunteers receive three meals per day in the form of prepared or provided food. We strive to buy from the local markets as much as possible as a means of investing in the economic development of our community.
We need volunteers to keep our education programs going and as such, make it a priority to offer valuable and ethical volunteer placements in a variety of programs and contexts. It’s extremely important to us that volunteering at LLI is positively impacting the community, and not harming it, which is an extension of our organization’s philosophy. We are careful to have the community driving the programs and are proud to host our volunteer program within the Huaycan community, investing not only in education, but its economic future.
Additionally, within our volunteer program we hold monthly Civic Reflection Discussions, in order to promote a safe, productive dialogue environment for our international and local volunteers 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!