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Social Volunteering with Children Peru

 

Description

For several years we have been developing a beautiful alternative school project directly in Andean communities with children belonging to internal immigrant families living in extreme poverty. Apart from homework or the English language, an essential part of our formative work is aimed at obtaining new social skills and self-esteem, in the latter, we carry out a work of cultural revaluation, the language and the beautiful traditions of the Andean culture that "modernity and dominant culture" are destroying. Work in the classroom is greatly enhanced by studying, playing and doing sports in direct contact in the field, plants and clean air, we perform educational games, stories, theatre, dances and music from the Andean world, pastry, crafts, painting and creative drawing, yoga, field trips and much more. We intervene directly in areas and communities, with a holistic and alternative approach, our methodology is direct, practical and experiential contact.

We are a social work project that promotes an alternative form of volunteering outside the tourist circuits, offering a very realistic work experience and social assistance in areas where there is a raw and true social reality, without sensationalism of any kind. You are sure to offer your personal and professional skills with real people and problems, far from voluntourism, we operate with a horizontal structure and we work. Our projects are carried out with our own resources, without intermediaries. You will have specialized support from people committed to the social and economic improvement of the country, knowledgeable about its culture, mentality and area, sociologists, anthropologists and educators, you will find yourself inserted in a small team that is quite united and safe in a personal, professional environment.


Details

Organisation:
Minka Project

Location:
El Tambo, Huancayo, Junin

Qualifications/Skills:
It is important to have the ability and patience to deal with and work with little girls (ages 5 to 9) and women of all ages. It would be ideal to possess skills or interests related to yoga, fitness, holistic energy health and related spiritual philosophies. Have a tolerant, adaptable and open mind. Have a lot of energy and be able to accept challenges. Have the ability to work with young and adult women. Ability to integrate and work in a multicultural team. The suggested minimum period is four weeks (adaptable), it can be adapted to the dates that suit both parties (limited vacancies). Basic Spanish level (optional).

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
4 weeks minimum (flexible)

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 19+

Cost:
US$290 for each month of participation with a 50% discount or exception of this contribution from the second month. The contribution amount covers accommodation in the organization's house, basic materials, continuous tutoring support by a specialist in your professional area, guided excursions every weekend, detailed information on Peruvian culture, travel, exchange activities culture, celebrations, native and Latin dance, food exchange, and the opportunity to learn about the mysticism and positive rituals of the Andean culture.

Other information:
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