What is the Healthy Kitchens Volunteering in Peru all about?
Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project. Often kitchens in lower income communities are dirty, do not have clean water, ways to keep food refrigerated or storage options. They also contain smoky cookers which lead to very dirty surfaces and walls where bacteria and germs gather. This project has three elements; firstly cleaning the kitchens, secondly providing a ceramic water filter, building a cleaner burning stove, installing ecological refrigerators and installing cupboards for food storage, and thirdly educating families about hygiene and sanitation good practice. These elements aim to improve the lives of family by tackling the current problem and providing solutions.
The project is run by a local NGO in Cusco and its staff know the communities, located about 30 – 40 minutes outside of the city, really well. The NGO utilises project donations and an amount generated through accepting volunteers onto its programme to secure the items needed to enable this project to continue each year. Come to Peru and help the NGO to improve the day to day lives of families in Cusco as well as gaining an insight into the solutions to improving hygiene in the home being implemented in poorer communities.
Why choose this Healthy Kitchens Volunteering programme in Peru?
The project offers families healthier futures through good sanitation practices which in turn reduces the cases of illnesses and improves work and school attendance. Volunteers help the local NGO with their workload. For volunteers this project offers the opportunity to learn about the grass roots approach to tackling hygiene and sanitation. Not only will volunteers hone their Spanish skills through interacting with the families and will also gain an insight into the challenges facing the project and its beneficiaries. This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to learn about themselves through cultural exchange and by helping others, which is a great addition to any CV/Resume.
Role of the Community and Healthcare volunteer
Volunteers can bring their enthusiasm and great work ethic to support the local project team. Volunteers will be asked to work with a family for 4 days, each morning on improving the hygiene in the kitchen through clearing and cleaning the surfaces, walls, pots and utensils. In the afternoons volunteers will work on materials to help the families learn more about good sanitation and hygiene practices. Volunteers will also instal the new local appliances and build cupboards for food storage. This really is a great placement where volunteers and project beneficiaries can see first hand the benefit of their work.
What skills do I need to be a Healthy Kitchens Volunteer?
Volunteer do no have to have any particular skills to participate in this project. However, volunteers should be able to manage manual work such as scrubbing floors and washing walls. A solid level of Spanish is required (level A2 Basic User of CEFR) to enable volunteers, project participants and the family members to get the most out of this placement. Students who are studying Public Health and International Development will find this placement of interest.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help a local team to improve santitation and hygiene practices in poor communities
To improve your spoken Spanish through living in a homestay and volunteering with local community members
A desire to explore the Amazon in your spare time
Where will I work in Peru?
Cusco is the the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and its legacy as the seat of the Inca Empire is apparent in its architecture. The city streets are lined with original stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas as well as museums. There is a lovely square and plenty of places to observe local life such as cafes. Visitors can join a cooking class, explore the markets or even undertake a night time tours of the city. For those of you that want to go further afield why not take a half day tour of Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylilas. There are a range of historical options or for the more adventurous activities such as zip lining or white water rafting. Machu Picchu is not far and if you want to book a full tour make sure you do so in advance and allow time before or after your placement to visit this amazing site.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1548 / $2416 for 4 weeks
£323 / $504 per week for additional weeks.
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cusco, Peru
- Working hours: Flexible working hours/ day available Monday – Sunday between 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation, project induction provided and Learning Reflection Manual
- Support: 24-hour support from on- site coordinators
- Excursions: Staff can help you to plan extra activities for your spare time including Machu Picchu, Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley Tour
What is not included
- Daily transport to and from project
- 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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