If you want to gain experience in special need therapy while helping local disabled children and possibly earning credits towards your degree, this is the internship for you!
During your special needs therapy internship, you will be placed in a special education centre in Cusco that hosts over 200 children with different impairments causing them physical, communication and mental disorders caused by autism, intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy, amongst others. The staff is composed of qualified professionals in the fields of intellectual disabilities, hearing impairment, psychology, social work, physiotherapy amongst others. The centre is well catered for the local children and is equipped with a modern infrastructure and up-to-date technologies thanks to some government funding.
The centre was built with the purpose to educate everyone, not excluding any child. The centre caters for children with special education needs in Peru and Latin America and promotes teaching skills to achieve autonomy working together with the parents.
This special needs therapies internship is a great and rewarding experience to help you grow personally and professionally.
What are the benefits of interning
This internship is an opportunity to gain practical experience within the therapy field for children with a variety of disorders while building your CV/resume and practising a second language.
During the special needs therapies internship, you will be assigned to a classroom and will have the opportunity to be exposed in more than one therapy areas, depending on the children’s in your classroom. The project hosts therapists in a variety of specialism including physical therapy, psychology, speech therapy, etc. If you have any interest in one in particular, please speak your Kaya advisor about it.
During this internship, you will work with children as well as share your experience and skills with the staff of the centre and support them with their work. The centre has more than 42 years providing education for children with special requirements. It caters towards children between the ages of 3 and 20 years old.
You will be exposed to children with a variety of health conditions making your work more rewarding and challenging.
Role of the intern
The interns will help the patients in all capacity including improving their speech therapy, acquiring psychomotor skills, and living their day-to-day life at the centre. Interns will also be able to assist in building the capacity needed for the school to support the students in a meaningful way like serving their meals, helping at toilet breaks, etc etc. In addition, interns will also have the opportunity to come up with their own ideas and activities.
No particular skills are required to participate in this project. However, interns with a background in childcare or special needs are greatly appreciated. Also, we recommend a basic level of Spanish, which is useful (level A1 Basic User of CEFR) to enable you to communicate and make the most out of this placement. The knowledge of spanish sign language would also help you get the most out of the placement. And if you have a specific interest in speech therapy, then obviously a more advanced Spanish level will be necessary.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help a local organisation to provide support and skills needed for children with disabilities
Learn about the challenges in a third world environment
Gain real life experience and build your CV for future employment prospects
About the Location
Well-known for being the Inca majestic city for its baroque style of architecture, Cusco is a nice little Peruvian small city worth to visit. Also referred to as the “Archaeological Capital of the Americas”, Cusco mixes modern architecture and indigenous styles of building. The majestic cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and Qoricancha both gives a good example of the history of the City.
Whilst volunteering in Peru, you will be staying with a homestay family in Cusco. The homestay families are familiar with receiving volunteers and will make you feel right at home. Staying with a local family allows you to fully engage with 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. You will generally have your own room, though in the summer months you may be required to share with another participant.
What to do in your spare time
Cusco is a vibrant city with lots to do. Many visitors choses to go to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or by 4 hours on the train. You may choose to spend your weekends touring the City, the nearby Inca Ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay or spending in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Make sure you include a visit to the traditional Indian market at Pisac, the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo and the small village of Chinchero located high up in the mountains.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 – 12 weeks, longer terms available
- Cost: £1277 / $2234 for 4 weeks
£467 / $817 for each extra 2 weeks
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Cusco, Peru
- Project activities: Speech Therapy Support Activities, Physical Therapy Support Activities, Occupational Therapy Support Activities, Childcare Support Activities, English sessions, Special Education discussions, Workplace Skills Training.
- Working hours: Monday – Friday 4 to 5 hours per day.
- Project availability: Every Monday. Project is closed at the end of July and December to March for school holidays. Also, closed during Public Holidays. Speak to your Kaya Advisor to find out more.
- 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
- Daily transport to the project – Walkable depending on homestay location, or cost approximately $0.25 (bus) to $1.60 (taxi) each way.
- 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
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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