Volunteer in Peru with Street Children!
Do you want to help kids get off the streets and give them the care and attention they so desperately need? Are you seeking an opportunity to visit Peru and make a difference in the life of children in need?
Peru is a fascinating country whose Incan roots are long and deep, an ancient culture that is holding strong despite Spanish colonization and the rush of the modern world. The great Incan cities are ruins tourists can wander through, but the Incan people are alive and well in Peru and you can come experience their rich culture while volunteering abroad.
Unfortunately, though Peru has a rich history, its people are poor. When parents are unable to afford to feed their children, they get abandoned and end up living on the streets. Others run away to escape mistreatment and abuse. These kids end up starving and turn to prostitution and other drastic measures to survive. Most die in a few short years.
You can help! Team up with Global Crossroad’s Peru street children volunteer program. We partner with local non-profits and afterschool programs struggling to save these poor kids from the harsh realities of life and death on the streets. You’ll provide compassionate care to street children giving them a chance for happy, safe childhoods and bright futures.
Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about helping keep kids off the street in Peru!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
You will be working with schools, after-school programs and nonprofit organizations to support infant, child and adolescent centers providing poor, at-risk and street children with a safe and healthy environment where they can receive basic necessities, companionship and educational and extracurricular activities.
Depending on your skills, interests, and the current needs of the program, some of the things you’ll be doing while volunteering with street children in Peru include:
- Teaching children Basic English and other subjects
- Escorting children to and from school
- Teaching children about health and personal hygiene
- Planning and leading activities such as playing games, theatre, panting, singing, playing music, etc.
- Working with after-school programs and organizations
- Helping children with their homework and school assignments
- Being a friend to the children
- Providing care and companionship
- Cooking and serving meals.
- Playing sports with children
- Identifying children with dental or other health-related problems
- Supervising the children
- Teaching children about different cultures and the world
- Making the children confident in their rights and inspiring them to strive for bright and successful futures.
Your time spent volunteering in Peru in childcare program will have a profound impact on the lives of these troubled kids. You will help ensure they have a safe place to sleep, healthy food to eat, a good education, and kind compassionate care.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications required to join this childcare volunteer opportunity in Peru. What we need are enthusiastic and caring individuals who are dedicated to helping troubled kids in need. Keep in mind these children have been on the streets and through hard times, so bring your patience and a big heart.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred and this knowledge will really help you connect with the street children you are volunteering with. If your Spanish could use some work, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program in Cusco. You can do a full week immersion or take classes while you volunteer.
Every day, volunteering with children in Peru is going to fill your heart and soul with such joy and meaning. The work can be challenging, but you have never done something so rewarding, and it will change you forever.
You can expect to work an average of 5 hours per day, Monday- Friday. Your actual hours worked will vary based on your final placement, and you should keep an open mind and be flexible. You’re probably curious what a typical day looks like, so here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea:
First Day: On your first day of Peru childcare volunteer program, you will be brought to your project site by our helpful in-country coordinator. You’ll meet the caring local project staff, and the amazing kids you are here to help!
- Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might look something like this:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a traditional Peruvian breakfast with your local host family.
- 7.45 AM: Head out to your Peru street children volunteer program, and spend the day making a difference in the lives of needy kids.
- 12.00 PM: Break for lunch. Ask your host family for a lunch to go and spend the time bonding with your fellow international volunteers. Projects are a great place to make friends from around the world.
- 3.00 PM: When you finish up volunteering for the day, you’ll have the rest of the time free to explore and discover more of Cusco.
- 6.45 PM: Enjoy a traditional dinner with your local Peruvian local host family. Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture, eat delicious cuisine, and connect with your welcoming new international friends.
Volunteer in Peru with Street Children: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer in Peru
All volunteer programs in Peru start at the beginning of each week. Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.
All volunteer work in Peru options are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.
Fees: Volunteer in Peru
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Peru. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Peru application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
How your fee is allocated?
Spanish Lessons (Monday-Friday/10 hours a week): $75 (mandatory for medical project)
Airport Pick Up: $20
Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include safari) $2,309
Mini adventure (2 weeks include safari) $1,299
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteering overseas in Peru program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.
Accommodation and Meal
While volunteering with street children in Peru, Global Crossroad ensures you have a safe, clean, and comfortable place to stay and three healthy local meals to eat each day. You’ll be staying with one of our welcoming, experienced Peruvian host families, who will offer you a true home away from home and a culturally immersive experience.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
After all your hard work helping kids in need, you’ll deserve some time off! You’ll have your evenings and weekends free. Evenings are great to explore Cusco and learn more about this fascinating city. Weekends are the perfect chance to do some traveling and discover more of Peru and all the amazing things it has to offer!
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety is our number one priority here at Global Crossroad. You won’t need to worry about a thing when volunteering with street children in Peru, because we’ve taken care of everything for you. From comprehensive insurance, a carefully planned trip, trusted local partners, and a highly experienced in-country team to support you, you can rest easy.
Volunteer in Peru with Street Children: FAQs
If you’re asking yourself quite a few questions about the ins and outs of volunteering abroad, you’re not alone. We’ve been doing this since 2003, and we’ve fielded our fair share of questions from prospective volunteers. Here’s some helpful info we’ve compiled that should offer you the answers you’re looking for:
Arrival and departure
You’ll fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, when you join our street children volunteer opportunity in Peru. We advise arriving a day early to rest up before starting your project. Send us your final flight details and we’ll set up your airport pick up as part of your volunteer fee.
If you have a delay, let us know and we’ll make the needed adjustments. When you finish up with your volunteer work, you’ll need to book a taxi to the airport. The local project staff will be happy to provide you with a number to a taxi service.
You’ll need to obtain a tourist visa for volunteering with children in Peru. Do your research ahead of time to find out what you’ll need to do based on your home country. On arrival visas are available for nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Australia. Please visit this link for detail information.
You don’t want to get sick while volunteering in Peru, so you’ll need to get vaccinated before you travel. Make an appointment with your doctor to find out what you’ll need.
The vaccines recommended by the CDC for travel in Peru are as follows: Typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, and other routine vaccines. Check out their website for traveler's health recommendations.
Why volunteer with children in Peru?
Help kids get off the streets
Without this program, many of these kids will die of starvation on the streets, or fall prey to drugs, crime, exploitation, and prostitution. Help these poor children get off the streets and into a safe and caring environment.
Travel with a purpose
Many people go on vacation each year, but only really kind and generous people decide to spend that vacation volunteering abroad and trying to make the world a better place. Travel the world with a meaningful purpose and help others in need!
Support the hard-working programs saving the lives street kids in Peru
Peru childcare volunteer opportunity offers much needed support to the hard-working organizations struggling to keep up with the growing problem of children on the streets of Peru. There are more kids who need help than caregivers, and you can help fill the gap!
Give street children hope for a brighter future
Not only will these kids get a safe place to sleep, healthy food, and a good education, this program helps rehabilitate the kids and prepare them to reintegrate into society. Offer the children in your care hope for a much brighter and happier future.
Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about helping street kids in Peru!
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