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Help Educate Impoverished Children Peru

 

Description

We are a registered Peruvian NGO nestled in a valley between the majestic mountains of Huaraz, Peru. The program has been running for the last twelve years from our own small school in the centre of Huaraz. The school provides a safe space for 50 impoverished children between the ages of 6 and 18 who are at a high risk of dropping out of public school. The children are taught to take responsibility for their own education and to value the opportunity they have to learn. They are also given emotional support from our volunteers; taught the importance of personal hygiene; and are provided with a nutritious meal at the end of each session. Our organisation provides the students with school uniforms, study materials, and school matriculation fees as necessary for each child to attend the public schools here in Huaraz. In addition, we also help to provide medical assistance by trained professionals (or in conjunction with other organisations) should the need arise. Classes are held from 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday. There are no classes on the weekend, so volunteers are free to explore the Peruvian countryside. We always need International Volunteers and welcome anyone with a positive outlook and enthusiasm.

There are many opportunities to partner with us, whether it is working directly with the children as a school tutor or through working with us on projects such as: environmental education and sustainability (recycling and gardening projects); building construction and maintenance; media and communication (video and photography projects); performing and visual arts workshops (puppet show and mural projects); English classes; literacy and numeracy (developing literacy learning resources and mental maths competitions; health and wellbeing (health education, sports and games to encourage physical fitness); fundraising (fundraising events and merchandise); social work (programs to raise self-esteem and prevent teenage pregnancy).


Details

Organisation:
Seeds of Hope

Location:
Huaraz

Qualifications/Skills:
Whilst experience working with children is ideal, it is not a requirement to come and volunteer with us. As long as you have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for working with children, we know you will have a great impact at Seeds. Our school is a Spanish speaking environment; however volunteers come to us with a range of Spanish speaking abilities. A main component of your role as a school tutor is to help the children with their homework and so, having at least a basic level of Spanish proves helpful with this.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum (at least 1 month recommended)

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+ (unless accompanied by an adult)

Cost:
For international volunteers, we ask for a US$200 monthly contribution fee, as we are still a small NGO and our funding is limited. This money goes directly towards the children and the operational costs of keeping our organisation running. We have a very safe and secure volunteer’s apartment in the heart of the city, within walking distance to our school. If you would like to stay with us the cost of accommodation is as follows: Dorm (shared) room with ensuite (US$220 monthly), Twin-share room, shared bathroom (US$240 monthly), Private room, shared bathroom (US$260 monthly).

Other information:
We can arrange cheap Spanish classes with a local Peruvian tutor if interested.


Reviews

Great Project and Organisation!
"This is a great project and organisation! I volunteered here for 5 months in 2016-17. It is really a humbling and enlightening experience; immersing oneself in another culture is fantastic. It is so rewarding watching kids in poverty progress through education, and the connections you make with the kids are most definitely the highlight for me. This project is a great way to improve your Spanish, I arrived with minimal Spanish oral and written skills in November and I improved dramatically during my time. The Peruvian Volunteers are great, as is Yuri, the Director. I do recommend if possible coming for 2 months or more because the bond you make with the children increases the longer you stay. I came as a Volunteer and ended up as the International Coordinator, so you never know what may happen!"- Jonathan Woods
Can’t Wait to Go Back!!!
"I spent 7 months volunteering at this organization and loved every second of it. The administration really personally takes care of all the activities and the children’s needs. Volunteers both local and international are very friendly. The whole experience was very enriching and can’t wait to go back!!! The kids are amazing and have such big hearts. They welcome you with open arms and make you feel at home."- Elizabeth Hazboun
A Truly Wonderful Organisation
"A truly wonderful organisation. The work they do here is incredible and Huaraz is a lovely city with plenty of day hikes and longer treks to the beautiful Cordillera Blanca. The kids are brilliant, there are about 50 of them who come to Seeds and no two are the same, you get to know them as individuals and it's a real pleasure working with them. The passion and creativity of the people who run Seeds is inspirational and they make you feel right at home, making it an ideal experience if it's your first time travelling. Some knowledge of Spanish will certainly allow you to get the most out of your time here but I arrived in Peru I knowing very little Spanish yet was still able to help the kids. A friendly local teacher offers lessons for 20 soles per hour session (about £5) and you will definitely find yourself making lots of new Peruvian friends to practice with every day. If you like working with kids, want to practice your Spanish or want to learn what it's like working in a small NGO with impoverished communities, you will certainly enjoy volunteering with Seeds. I spent 6 weeks in Huaraz and I really do miss working with the kids."- Philip Fernandes
A Great Organisation to Volunteer At!
"This is a great organization to volunteer at! The owner is very welcoming to new foreign volunteers. The apartment for volunteers also makes for a fun and affordable living environment, in the centre of the city. The environment in the school is very laid back and fun with lots of games and learning. All of the Peruvian volunteers are very helpful with handling the kids and explaining what they need or want. And the KIDS!! They are incredibly fun, well behaved, and greatly enjoy learning from and interacting with the volunteers. Fluency in Spanish is definitely NOT needed to volunteer here! Huaraz is also a perfect city to explore and enjoy the breathtaking (literally) mountain scenery of the Andes Mountains. The staff are also super helpful about answering questions if a potential volunteer has them."- Daniel Russell

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