What is the At-Risk Youth Social Work Internship in Peru all about?
This At-Risk Youth Social Work Internship in Peru is a great way to support young children and adolescents in a rural town right outside of Cusco, Peru. The NGO you will be interning with welcomes between 20 and 50 children from infant to teenagers at any given time. The centre was established by a retired police officer who wants to improve the life of the youth at risk. It provides them with accommodation, food, education and healthcare. The majority of the children are boys that have been abused or abandoned. Some comes from very impoverished family that could not afford to feed them. The aim of the centre is to provide a safe and loving home, as well as support and training opportunities for these at-risk children and adolescents that have already faced life hardship.
The NGO set up a Guinea pig business as it is a delicacy in Peru and teaches the children and adolescents about social enterprising. In addition, the center has many farm animals and a greenhouse on the ground to achieve sustainability. All of the initiatives of the centres help prepare the at-risk youth for a life independent of the project in the long term.
Come intern as a at-risk youth social worker and support the growth and impact of this project on vulnerable children and adolescents.
What are the benefits of interning as a At-Risk Youth Social Worker?
- Enable this project as it offers vulnerable young children a different outlook on life through culture exchange and the hopes and opportunities for a better future.
- Empower the children and adolescents at the centre as they will be learning new skills through intern-run activities, as well as practice using a second language.
- Improve your Spanish skills while gaining insight into the challenges facing the project and its beneficiaries and learning the skills needed to work as a social worker.
Role of the Community intern
Interns can bring their own skills and ideas to the NGO especially if they have experience of working with high-risk children. There are a number of activities in which interns will get involved including English workshops, computer science, music, art, painting, math, helping with homework and participating in sports activities. You will also be helping with the maintenance of gardens (plants in the greenhouse), cooking of the meals and maintenance of the buildings. The aim of the project and the role of the intern is to provide the children attention and support they need to success in life. With the encouragement in participating in the various activities, the children learn useful skills and habits that will help them through their entire life.
What skills are required as a At-Risk Social Worker Intern in Peru
Interns can bring their own skills and ideas to the NGO especially if they have experience of working with high-risk children. There are a number of activities in which interns will get involved including English workshops, computer science, music, art, painting, math, helping with homework and participating in sports activities. You will also be helping with the maintenance of gardens (plants in the greenhouse), cooking of the meals and maintenance of the buildings. The aim of the project and the role of the intern is to provide the children attention and support they need to success in life. With the encouragement in participating in the various activities, the children learn useful skills and habits that will help them through their entire life. A basic level of Spanish is preferred, to enable you to communicate and make the most out of this placement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. In the case of Cusco projects, you will remain in a hotel for the first 3 nights of your placement before joining your host family. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR SPRING 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help a local organisation to provide support and better futures for children and adolescents
Learn about the challenges facing a small local organisation
Gain real life experience and build your CV for future employment prospects
Where will I work in Peru?
About the location
The project is based a rural city just outside of Cusco. It is reachable by taxi or public bus from your homestay, but the centre also offers on-site accommodation for interns that do not wish to commute from Cusco daily.
Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and its legacy as the seat of the Inca Empire is apparent. The city streets are lined with original stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas. There is a lovely square and plenty of places to observe local life. Visitors can join a dance class, explore the markets or simply watch the world go by from a cafe.
During your stay in Peru you will live with a local family. The homestay opportunity allows you to fully engage into Peruvian culture for the period of time you are there. All homes have electricity, running water and indoor plumbing so you will be quite comfortable.
What to do in your spare time?
During your free time visit the museums, churches or art galleries and at night time visit one of the salsa clubs. The food is excellent and you are sure to find some local delicacies that you haven’t sampled before in one of the many restaurants. Machu Picchu is not far so make sure you allow time before or after your placement to visit this amazing site.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1604 / $2504 for 4 weeks
£328 / $512 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cusco, Peru
- Working hours: Monday – Friday, 5 hours per day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
- Meals: 3 meals provided per day
- Airport pickup and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure pack, pre-departure & on-site orientation, learning reflection document
- Project certificate on completion of end of placement presentation
- Support: 24 hour support
- Excursions: Staff will help plan cultural visits (activity prices will be extra) for your spare time and weekend off
What is not included
- Visa fees
- Extra Spanish classes are available for £85/$149 for 10 hours. Please contact us for more information about booking
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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