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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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When you improve education for children, you’ll help teach children in either a primary or secondary school classroom. While many of these schools are government supported or otherwise subsidized, they are often largely underfunded and deal with the constant challenge of poor attendance. Your presence and support will boost attendance and serve as welcome assistance to teachers in great need of support.
When you assist with the growth and development of children in Peru, you’ll support one of a variety of government run organizations and NGOs established to provide basic services to the most underserved sectors of Peruvian society. These organizations offer children a safe place to spend time, participate in enriching activities, and get academic support.
When you improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly in Peru, you’ll volunteer with a very special population. Having survived the Shining Path, these are the people who established this community and had a hand in all of its progress, including its nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. The center where you'll serve offers a safe haven for this incredible generation; a place to interact, share feelings, receive health services, enjoy meals, and offer support to one another. As a volunteer, you’ll nourish, love, and support the elderly and the people that dedicate their lives to helping them.
When you improve the quality of care for people with disabilities in Peru, you’ll spend your time volunteering at a center whose mission is to serve children with disabilities from one of several nearby shantytowns. These children are in great need of basics like food, clothing and shelter. And as a volunteer, your love and attention will fill another void often lacking in their lives.
"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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