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When you volunteer in Peru, you'll discover a truly unique country. As you explore its ancient ruins, canopied jungles, and epic coastline, you'll understand, Peru is quite literally the stuff of legend. Once you've climbed Machu Picchu, descended into the Amazon Basin, and had every adventure in-between, you'll come to see that it's the Peruvian people that make these places so special. Peruvian culture is a melting pot, claiming Japanese, African, Chinese, and European influences, not to mention roots tracing back to the centuries-old, Pre-Columbian Incan culture. As a volunteer in Peru you'll be making a real and sustainable impact as you become immersed in a fascinating culture.
In the 1980s, the political terrorism of the Sendero Luminoso (“Shining Path”), which originated in the Andes, caused significant numbers of rural residents to seek refuge in Peru's more urban areas. Although the movement saw its end in 1993, the influx of migrants over the last several decades has resulted in a serious strain on social resources, leaving children and the elderly especially vulnerable. Volunteering in Peru, you'll work alongside and for the benefit of these people, supporting grassroots efforts to provide essential services to those in need.
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Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
Education unlocks opportunities, but with an estimated 50% of the adolescent population of Peru at work when school is in session, advancement and achievement by way of secondary school becomes an enormous challenge. Support underfunded primary and secondary schools, and improve education for children by sharing your love of learning with students, teachers, and community members alike. Your individualized classroom support and English language lessons will provide opportunities for future employment and bolster struggling attendance rates. The gift of your time and knowledge could give a child a much greater gift – the means to a brighter future.
At a fundamental stage in their growth and development, young children whose families face significant economic challenges often do not receive the support, attention, and education they need to thrive. Centers across Lima are greatly understaffed and caregivers are unable to provide the educational building blocks and individualized attention required for each child. Become a mentor, teacher, and hero when you assist with the growth and development of children. By leading and participating in enriching activities and games to inspire a love of learning, your efforts will be an inspiration for future generations.
In Lima, and particularly in the shantytown of Villa El Salvador, the elderly are among the most vulnerable in the population. Having fled the Shining Path to found a sustainable community for future generations, these brave individuals now find themselves ostracized, neglected, or abused by family and community members. Improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly when you provide companionship, nourishment, love, and support to those who have dedicated their lives to helping others. Show the older and wiser that they are valued when you work to provide a safe space for interaction, sharing, meals, and basic health services.
Often abandoned by their families, the children and adults who reside at care centers for people with disabilities in Lima rely solely on a limited staff to fulfill their most basic needs. Whether you’re sharing a meal, assisting with exercise and physical therapy, or simply holding a hand, your efforts to improve the quality of care for people with disabilities will be impactful. You’ll provide the individualized attention that children and adults need to realize their full potential. By engaging with children to improve growth and development or providing care and compassion to adults, your work not only provides basic human needs, but contributes to larger community efforts to break down harmful stereotypes and stigmas faced by individuals with disabilities.
"The families of our elderly residents are very grateful for the work done by volunteers. The attention and care that volunteers give our residents has visibly changed the attitude that families have toward their elderly relatives and has opened their hearts."
"CCS volunteers have helped to improve our students' social skills. Mothers of our students have also benefited from the cultural exchange with the volunteers."
"Help from foreign volunteers gives our students and their families more hope for their future. For staff, it has been an enriching experience and a chance to meet people from different cultures."
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