5 Places to Volunteer in Peru That Support Kids

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Nearly one-third of the Peruvian people live below the poverty line. Obviously, the children of Peru are the most vulnerable section of the society.

Childcare is one such area where passionate and committed volunteers can really make a difference. Your valuable volunteering work can not only transform the life of a child but also the Peruvian society as a whole.

Lima

You’d be surprised to know that 20% of the population of Lima still lives in dire poverty. Quite naturally, the children of the city never get the adequate support and care that they need. You can offer your extremely valuable time and energy to work in the shelter homes run by El Refugio, Niños del Rio or CIMA that take care of the kids from the streets or high-risk environments. If you are a doctor or have some experience in the healthcare profession, you’d be really interested in the works that the Villa La Paz Foundation has been doing in the city. The NGO runs a center for the destitute and sick children named Hogar Sun de Asis in Chaclacayo where the needy kids receive free health check-ups, treatments, drugs, operations, food and an extremely good care.

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Huanchaco

This small beach town of Peru offers various opportunities to spend some time or work with the underprivileged children of the local communities. Increased migration of the rural population to the nearby town of Trujillo and the lack of proper infrastructure to withstand the emergent demographic pressure make Huanchaco a crucial site for volunteer work. The Milagro School run by Coco Touzet has been doing great work in empowering the impoverished children of Cerrito de la Virgen. The school offers arts and craft lessons, vocational training and educational classes and try to create an environmental awareness among the local children.

There are other NGOs like the Otra Cosa in the region where you can volunteer as an English teacher to the kids of the local indigenous communities. If you want to devote your time solely to the street children, Mundo del Niños is a perfect project for you. It runs a home in Huanchaco that provides shelter to those extremely poor kids whose families are in no position to support them.

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Cusco

Living in Cusco and working for the socio-economic uplift of the distressed kids of the local indigenous community can be a real life-changing experience. You can volunteer at the various NGOs to offer your skills as an English teacher, to teach the local children basic computer lessons, dance, art and crafts, sports or in the management of local shelter-homes or handicraft centers for the children. Cusco provides good opportunities to work with the disabled children as well. Here, Projects Abroad runs a care project through a public school which helps the children with Down syndrome to develop various kinds of skills.

Trujillo

The third largest city of Peru is another important hub of volunteering work and NGO activities. The aim of the Fairmail program in Trujillo is to provide economic support to the impoverished kids from the postcards they make for sale. Volunteers with the projects train 10 kids from ages 13 to 17 in the arts of photography and graphic design, take them to photography excursions and create beautiful postcards that are sold globally. Fifty percent of the profit from the sale goes to a fund meant for those kids.

SKIP in Trujillo (Photo: SKIP Peru)

El Porvenir

This beautiful town on the northern coast of Peru has a number of fantastic volunteering projects for underprivileged children. SKIP, one of the largest NGOs working with Peruvian children runs a program that offers quality education and vocational lessons to the poor kids of the area.

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Carsten Korch

Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.