Location
  • Peru
    • Cusco
    • Arequipa
    • Lima
Length
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Apartment Guesthouse Hostel Lodge
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
500
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Jan 20, 2021
Apr 24, 2020
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About Program

Amazon Conservation Project: Join a team of international scientists to collect data on wildlife and help in the development of community bio gardens. The research and sustainable initiatives aim to monitor, preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the rainforest. Live at a research centre where there is an abundance of local wildlife which includes sloths, endangered blue-headed macaws and monkeys.

Children's Day Care volunteering in Arequipa: Help to support young children aged 2-5 at an outstanding day centre providing free child care and educational support to families from low income backgrounds in the city of Arequipa.

Community Education volunteering: Live in the beautiful mountain city of Huaraz and help provide educational and emotional support to children from low income families at this education initiative. By encouraging positive attitudes to education and nutrition, this project aims to break the poverty cycle.

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with Pod Volunteer for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Work alongside scientific researchers in the Amazon to help conserve the rainforest
  • Care for young children aged 2-6 at a community kindergarten in stunning city of Arequipa
  • Work with children an after-school project in the mountain region of Huaraz
  • Explore Peru, a truly diverse South American country which is rich in must see sights from the snow capped Andes Mountains to giant sand dunes in Huacachina

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Ruth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Seeds of Hope, Huaraz, Peru

This is a fantastic placement. The centre is right in the middle of Huaraz, so that you have everything you might want or need at your finger tips. The accommodation, although not luxurious, is comfortable and again, it provides everything you might need. There is hot water and very good wifi! I volunteered during their long summer holidays, so that we only worked during the mornings with the children. We did also teach English to adults in the evenings, but as this was shared, it meant that you do not work every evening. It is the interaction with the children and the adults that make this placement so rewarding. The children are very responsive and enjoy meeting their new teachers. If you do not speak much Spanish, this does not matter as everyone is quick to help and to understand what you would like to say. It does though, give you a wonderful opportunity to learn Spanish and there is the possibility of having private Spanish lessons if you so wish. I found I was given a chance to be creative in what I did with the classes. We did not have to keep to a strict program but could teach them English, do art work with them and play games in a way that we found useful for them and interesting for us. My time there passed very quickly as we were busy every morning and then there was plenty to do in Huaraz for the rest of the day. At weekends, it is possible to explore the beautiful places around Huaraz which is right in the middle of the Andes. There are lots of opportunities for trekking or for tours high into the mountains. I quickly built up strong friendships with the other volunteers and was made to feel very welcome form day one, even though I was much older than any of the others there. Peru is a wonderful country. It is extremely varied in its geography and it has such a long and rich history, that there is a lot to learn about and to explore. Travelling around the country is very easy and not expensive. I spent time on my own visiting different places after I finished volunteering. I felt safe and wished I could have stayed on longer as there is so much more I want to explore. It was very easy to join tours if you do not want to be on your own. I only booked them the day before. They are a great help as you can get to places that it is difficult to go to on your own.

I would recommend this placement as it is one of the best ways of integrating into Peru.

18 people found this review helpful.
Kam
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

PERU EDUCATION PROGRAM SEEDS OF HOPE

The Community Education Project in Huaraz, Peru is such a worthy cause. The children are taught nit only academic education but also how to eat healthy and play, which is essential in any child's development. The volunteer apartment is in a great location and has a social area to watch movies on a large LCD 40 ins TV with internet connectivity to Netflix, Youtube etc. This can help volunteers if they feel home sick. There is a great open plan kitchen where you can cook with an oven, blender, toastie maker and everything you would need (apart from a micro wave). Huaraz is a wonderful place and very safe (I felt safer than any major UK city). Very beautiful as it is surrounded by mountains and treks are many of the world's most stunning treks only a few hours away.
Typically you would work Monday to Friday 9.00 - 12.00, then go for a lunch break and back at 3.00 - 6.00pm. Friday afternoons are left for a treat to the park. The children are so well behaved and happy that the volunteers are there.
A worked with several volunteers from different backgrounds and ages and they all agreed it was such a fantastic experience for all. I would recommend this project to anyone who would like to make a difference.

What would you improve about this program?
The program has already improved since I left. The new coordinator Melanie has worked on promoting the website by adding more picture and video's. This can really help inspire future volunteers. They have managed to improve the building and facilities with painted walls, new table covers, books and resources which is really important. As a qualified teacher, I feel a system to help volunteers understand the level of each child and what particular skill they need would be really useful. Maybe a card system stating aspects such as improving times tables or Spanish spelling would really help the child and help the volunteers teach them. But it is a fantastic project already, I am just one who always looks to improve things.
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