Voluntary Work in Peru
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Voluntary Work in Peru
Voluntary work is an excellent way of learning about the local culture and becoming familiar with the local language and people. It also gives you the opportunity to give something back to the place that you are visiting. Many organizations charge you a fee to participate in their program and some of the fees are not small. However they are usually calculated to cover your airfare and living expenses. We recommend that you try to do as much research as you can about the projects since costs and conditions can vary greatly. The more informed that you are about what you will be doing, the more realistic your expectations will be. Hopefully this will lead to a more rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Cross-Cultural Solutions www.crossculturalsolutions.org Offices in New York (USA) and Brighton (UK). Offer weeklong volunteer programs in Lima, Ayacucho and Trujillo.
Earthwatch Institute www.earthwatch.org 3 Clocktower Place, Suite 100, Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754, USA. Tel 800-776-0188. Organises programs from 1- 3 weeks with the emphasis on promoting the conservation of natural resources. It sends travellers out to work in the field alongside scientists involved in archaeology and environmental conservation. Fees average US$1700 plus airfare but vary depending on location and duration
Bruce Peru www.bruceperu.org NGO based in Trujillo, always looking for volunteers for 3 - 5 weeks or longer. Projects include teaching street kids who are not attending school in a bid to bring them up to a suitable standard so that they can be re-integrated back into normal schools again. Other projects include centres to help abandoned mothers and pregnant adolescents. Volunteer positions available in Trujillo, Cajamarca, Huaraz and Cusco.
Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru We are always looking for help in keeping our website up-to-date and for writers/journalists to write interesting articles.
Community Service Projects:
Child Family Health International www.cfhi.org
Amigos de las Americas (America's Friends) www.amigoslink.org
Peace Corps www.peacecorps.gov US citizens only, 2 year commitment required
Habitat for Humanity International www.habitat.org
Volunteers for Peace www.vfp.org
Further Recommended Reading:
Work Your Way Around the World by Susan Griffith
International Directory of Voluntary Work by Wetter and Pymbus
How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Collins, DeZerega and Heckscher, Penguin Books
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Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru. Office Address: La Casa Cultural, Avenida Pardo 540, Cusco, Peru (just 2 minutes walk from the Koricancha Inca Temple of the Sun). If you are coming to Cusco please bring a couple of second hand clothes, toys, school equipment and drop them off in our office. We will help distribute the items to people who really need them in small village schools and communities in the Andes. For more details visit our web page www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/projects A map of our office can be found by clicking here. Copyright Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru 2000-2008. All material used within this web site is original work and is subject to international copyright law. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited without prior permission from the editor. This web page was last updated in April 2008. Website designed by AndeanVisionWebDesignStudio