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This program is now open to international volunteers! 

Volunteer for kindergarten and primary school kids on our after-school program for remote communities in Northern Peru. As a volunteer, you will assist students with homework and build learning skills in English, Math, and other subjects.


Program Highlights:
  • Experience South America's third-largest country and its beautiful countryside town of Cajamarca
  • Gain practical experience teaching English.
  • Provide educational enrichment and reduce the chances of children dropping out of school. 
  • Make learning more fun by organizing educational games
  • Explore the rich Incan history of Cajamarca
  • Visit Machu Picchu and other amazing sites during free time on weekends
  • You can enhance your Peruvian experience by adding our Culture Week in Cajamarca or/and another volunteer program (see below). 

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum One-Week Commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA). You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your new accommodations in the Andes city of Cajamarca.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to the local team, their program, partake in a Peruvian culture lesson, and tour around the local area. Participants will join a short guided hike to 'The Callacpuma hill', from where you will cross a pre-Incaican lost ancient city, then a Peruvian picnic at the panoramic top. After sunset, you can try the Thermal Baths in Banos (Optional) and a massage session (Optional) 
 
Days 3-6, Tuesday- Friday: Rewarding volunteer work on our After-School Program.   

Days 7-8, Saturday and Sunday: Volunteers staying only one week will depart on Saturday. The weekend is free for volunteers to spend how they wish.

Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.


Join more volunteer opportunities in Peru!  

We also offer other exciting volunteer programs from our base in Cajamarca: 
  • Eco-building - Help the community with sustainable building projects from mud and local materials. 
  • Archeology - Assist a team of archeologists to excavate artifacts from different periods of history, including Incan. 
  • Hydroponics - Learn and support sustainable farming techniques for communities affected by draughts.  
  • Veterinary dogs clinic - Assist local veterinarians and students to provide quality care for abandoned dogs.  
Join for 2 weeks or more and you can take part in a different volunteer program each week while staying at the same accommodation. You don't need experience and there is no extra fee to combine these programs. We will provide further information upon application.  

 
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Location of the Project:  Cajamarca, Peru
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Project length:  Min 1 Week - Max 8 Weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA)
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching English and other subjects
Age:  Min age of 18. Age exceptions: Participants aged 17 may apply with parental consent
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Volunteers will commute from Monday to Friday to the project site in a rural village, 11 km from the accommodation in Cajamarca. Our local coordinator will provide guidance and support.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared room in volunteer house
Food:  Three meals on weekdays and two on weekends
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation:  Volunteers will go on a tour of Cajamarca and receive an introduction to their program before beginning volunteer work.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, and personal expenses.
Peru, known for its incredible cultural heritage sites, such as the renowned Machu Picchu, is the third largest country in South America. Peru is geographically diverse, with a variety of landscapes, climates, and ecosystems. This makes it possible to go surfing at its northern beaches one day, and hiking in its vast mountains the next. 

The volunteer project is in Shaullio Grande, a rural community near the northern Andes city of Cajamarca, known for its natural thermal springs, breathtaking mountain views and relaxing atmosphere. The location provides the best of both worlds with its proximity to both natural wonders such as the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest, and the bustling commercial center of Cajamarca. There is also a rich Incan history to explore, as the city is known for the Battle of Cajamarca, where the Inca Empire fell.
As a volunteer, you will join our private after-school program to provide free lessons for children from remote communities! Its focus is not to intervene with the Peruvian school system, yet to provide free educational enrichment in the afternoons. After public school finishes, children attend one of two sessions to complete their homework or improve their English, Math, and Reading skills. Our local team of teachers will help prepare the lessons so you may teach solo or with other international volunteers as a team. You may also teach basic hygiene and painting skills, as well as sharing your own experiences and cultural background. The kids are eager to learn and appreciate those who can assist them with their educational development.

The program runs with around three groups for primary school and kindergarten students.
  • Group 1: ages 7 to 9/10; from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • Group 2: ages 10/11 to 12; from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • Group 3: ages 5-6; from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Currently, there are around 10 students per class, this may change in the future. 

You can expect to volunteer for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. A typical day may look like this:
  • Breakfast
  • Free time
  • Lunch
  • Teaching experience at Shaullio Green Way School (from 2:00 to 6:00 pm) **
  • Dinner
**You should also expect to work on the next day’s activities/exercises.

Volunteers will commute from Monday to Friday to the project site in a rural village, 11 km from the accommodation in Cajamarca. Our local coordinator will provide guidance and support. 
Internet
Internet:  There is Wi-Fi in your rooms and in the public areas at your accommodation. There are also internet cafes around town, yet we recommend using 3G data if staying connected is important to you.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities are available.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  As a volunteer, you will stay in guesthouse accommodation in Cajamarca. A three-floor urban complex with dorm rooms, each equipped with lockers, drawers, and shelves. Participants will share bathroom, separated by gender. The accommodation is very secure with cameras operating 24/7. It also has beautiful gardens and several dining and lounge areas, table tennis, and a patio for barbecues. Participants should be environmentally aware and use water, paper, and electricity with restraint. Although the staff cleans the rooms daily, they will expect you to clean up after yourself as well.
Food:  The program includes three meals on weekdays and two on weekends You will have access to a communal kitchen to store and prepare your own food. There are affordable local eateries you can enjoy too!
 
  • Minimum age of 17
  • Police clearance form
  • Good level of written and spoken English
  • Desire to explore a different culture
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination & a negative PCR test for COVID-19 Before arrival
  • Open-mindedness and willingness to learn
Travel Extras (Not Included):
You can extend your stay with one or more great travel extras for an additional fee. Choose from one or more of the following and sign up upon registration.

Culture Week (Recommended): This program provides a comprehensive introduction to South American culture, the Cajamarca region, and the traditions and customs of Northern Peru. You'll get to visit some of the highlights of Northern Peru, besides learning some basic Spanish, trying typical Peruvian dishes, and experiencing the local culture. More Info

Spanish Classes: Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to brush up on your skills, this add-on is a great way to make the most of your volunteer experience. Classes are 20 hours per week, with a maximum of six students per class. They also offered afternoon conversation classes for those who wish to further their Spanish in a more informal setting.  


Volunteers can join the following activities during the volunteer program: 
  • Daily Peruvian cooking lessons (free)
  • Visit a local farm (free)
  • Bicycle tours (extra fee)
  • Thermal baths and massage treatments (extra fee)
  • Camping, hiking and photography with a local university club (extra fee)

Our local team can book the following activities for you in advance on the weekends. 

Short day trips: 
  • Llacanora Waterfalls and Namora 
  • Cumbe Mayo - the oldest man-made structure in South America. Built around 1500 B.C.E 

 Full weekend trips: 
  •  Cuzco & Machu Picchu 
  •  Chiclayo 
  •  Huanchaco - surfing hot spot
  •  Chan Chan - the largest adobe city in the world
  •  Kuelap - the second Machu Picchu 
  •  Gocta - the world's third-highest waterfall




 
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