Impact Area: Early Childhood Education
An influx of internally displaced people, often due to extreme poverty, to the capital of Lima created temporary communities that are still in existence today. Education, a right of every child, is lacking in these communities due to a lack of government support, absence of a proper ID to enroll in formal schools, and a sense of despair that the current educational opportunities available to children will create pathways to a better future. Support the community through improving the day to day education for children through activities, instruction, and individual support at day care centers and pre-schools so that children and families get a positive start to meet their educational goals.
In communities where education is not readily available, and for children enrolled in school to further their education during school breaks, CCS volunteers work with primary school children in Casa Hogares (children's shelters). These shelters provide a safe space for children with individual attention to improve literacy and English language skills, as well as an outlet for artistic expression. Through crafts, activities, stories, games, and individual education opportunities, volunteers facilitate a productive and positive environment to create a meaningful difference in the interaction, engagement, and academic potential of the most vulnerable students in Lima.
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When you embark on Gap Year in Peru volunteer program with Cross-Cultural Solutions, 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 on your gap year in Peru, you'll be making a real and sustainable impact as you become immersed in a fascinating culture.
Volunteers are needed year-round from 1-12 week increments. Groups of 4 or more can select their own custom dates and individuals are encouraged to select from the dates below to join a cohort of others.