What is the Volunteer Support For Young Mothers In Peru all about?
Join us in Cusco and volunteer your support to young mothers and their children in Peru. As abortion is illegal and sex education is lacking, there has been an unfortunate increase in girls aged, 10 to 17, becoming pregnant. Cases of abuse have also become more common. We work with a small NGO that provides accommodation, support and opportunities for mothers. The project strives to create a family environment so that the mothers and their babies can develop and grow. It provides safety, socialization and education to help them prepare for a life independent of the project.
The project supports 10 young mothers and their child aged between 3 and 5 years old. The project provides basic nutrition, hygiene, childcare and household skills lessons to the mothers. It also teaches the women new skills, so that they can potentially develop a business and earn income in the future. Help these vulnerable, young women raise their children in a safe environment and open them up to opportunities for a better future.
Why choose this Support For Young Mothers programme In Peru?
The volunteer will perform a variety of duties depending on the needs of the project at the time of placement. The most frequent duties will revolve around childcare while the mothers are working or in school.
The mothers will benefit from learning new skills through volunteer-run activities and language exchange. That said, other duties may involve teaching English classes or other subjects to the mothers, preparing food in the kitchen, and leading art projects (especially for the children). It should be noted that the mothers are often absent from the home working or going to school. So volunteer will be largely responsible for children and will not have as many chances to interact with the mothers. They will be available 1 or 2 days per week for classes and other interactions
Meanwhile, volunteers will learn about themselves through cultural exchange and by helping others. You will also be able to practice your Spanish.
Role of the Community and Education volunteer
Most of the volunteer activities will evolve around childcare, such as baby care, meal preparation and feeding, general house chores, art classes for the children, and other game-like activities to encourage the development of the children on site.You will be solely in charge of the children while the mothers will be taking classes or working. Other activities may involved teaching English classes or other subjects to the mothers when they are back at the centre.
What skills do I need to Support Young Mothers in Peru?
No particular skills are required to participate in this project, however, volunteers with a background in childcare will be beneficial. A basic level of Spanish is recommended (level A1 Basic User of CEFR).
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 EARLY 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To provide support and better futures for young mothers and their children
To learn about the challenges facing a small, local organisation
To improve your Spanish skills through volunteering and living alongside native speakers
Where will I work in Peru?
Cusco is the the oldest, continuously inhabited city in South America, having served as the seat of the Inca Empire. Explore the city’s charming center with its original stone walls and brightly dressed, Quechua-speaking vendors. Join nightly dance classes, explore the many artisan markets or hike up to the Inca ruins overlooking the city. You won’t be disappointed by the excellent and unique food at cheap prices that Peru has to offer!
Be sure to talk to the local staff about organizing visits to amazing sights, such as Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1180 / $1841 for 2 weeks
£306 / $477 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
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
- Training: pre-departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- Support: 24-hour support from on- site coordinators
- Excursions: staff can help you plan activities for your spare time and free weekends
What is not included
- 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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