Do you want to increase future opportunities for children and vulnerable adults from low-income families around Huanchaco whilst discovering new places in Peru? Are you looking for an opportunity where you work side-by-side with the local communities, volunteers from all over the world and our NGO Management team? Then join us in Peru as part of the Otra Cosa Network team!
About Otra Cosa Network
Otra Cosa Network is a well-established UK Registered Charity and Peruvian registered not for profit (NGO),addressing the educational needs of children and vulnerable adults in an extremely impoverished area of Northern Peru. We work in informal settlements where many community members have been displaced by climate change, disaster and political instability. They live in precarious circumstances, few have running water, sewage provision and there is only sporadic electricity. Additionally, many children are forced to work instead of continuing their education, in order to boost family finances and there are no community-based facilities for learning and developing new skills in a safe environment.
Our dynamic range of activities address language skills, environmental awareness, women’s entrepreneurship, youth, employability and gender empowerment. we are seeking volunteers to work in project implementation in our new Recreation and Education Centre as well as our field office. Projects will restart as soon as the community is safely able to come out of isolation, post coronavirus. Our range of activities are implemented by national and international volunteers, allowing them to express solidarity whilst boosting their field experience.
About the Community Education Coordinator position:
Being a Project Coordinator or Intern with us in community-based centres will allow you to work in several different fields such as environmental awareness, teaching English, women’s empowerment and youth development and gain experience of Project Coordination, Volunteer Management and grassroots NGO project implementation. You will work together with our field staff management team and Volunteer Coordinator, managing the volunteer team who are active at any given time, to implement activities in our Recreation and Education Centre.
Please note that all volunteer positions are also available as Internships. With this add-on you will receive an extra level of mentorship and where necessary all appropriate liaison with your academic institution to ensure compliance with internship placement requirements. Please see our separate internships listing for further in-depth information or check out our website at www.otracosa.org.
This position includes tasks such as:
Supervising volunteers to create individualized lesson plans from our pre-existing curriculum and resource packs if there is no English or Environment lead available
Scheduling activities, workshops and classes focusing on physical and psychological health and wellbeing, as well as learning and development.
Supervising and coordinating other Recreation and Education volunteers, including running weekly team meetings, in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator and managers.
Keeping all Project Coordinator resources updated and organized (including materials, books, curriculums and activities) if there is no English or Environment lead available.
Assisting in managing the project budget and expenditure.
Contributing new ideas on how to improve the program and the space.
Presenting positive results and any potential issues at the weekly coordinators meeting.
What you can expect from us:
Personal pick-up upon arriving and walking tour through Huanchaco
Thorough introduction to the organization
Certified Training in First Aid and Child Safeguarding.
You can take part in in-house training, introducing you to the world of humanitarianism and development NGOs - touching on a wide range of basic skills. such as the creation and implementation of a project plan, including Needs Assessment, Log Frames and GANTT charts, all vital elements in the world of NGOs.
Weekly one-to-one meetings with a Manager
24/7 emergency support
Organized activities & trips (barbeques, game nights, volunteer-lunch, team building trips) with like-minded people from all over the world
Working in a friendly beach & surf town right next to many historical sites
The satisfying feeling of committing your work to a good cause whilst gaining insight into a new culture
Certificate of completion detailing your role, the project(s) you participated in and the dates you volunteered in.
Current background check from your home country.
Intermediate knowledge of Spanish and English*
Time commitment: 3 months or more.
* We can arrange Spanish classes in advance for you if want to improve your Spanish
Generally 20-25 hours per week, Mon-Fri
Desired Skills & Competencies:
Experience of teaching or working with or looking after children preferred.
Currently studying/completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject desirable.
Leadership skills and discipline.
Innovation and creativity skills.
Organised and planning personality.
Good teamwork skills.
Related Fields of Study:
Community Development Studies
Disasters, Adaptation and Development
Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, on a typical day as a Recreation and Education Center volunteer you will start with a meeting with the other volunteers and the project coordinator, where you assist in the planning of the week's activities and educational classes as well as future events or bigger activities.
Here you have a chance to contribute your own experiences or help give us new ideas on how to make the program as innovative and interactive as possible. In the afternoon you will go to the Recreation and Education Centre and carry out your planned activities, running the class which you took responsibility for. During this time, you will also have plenty of opportunities to play and interact with the children and beneficiaries and create a connection with them.
After work there is plenty of time to catch one of Huanchaco’s world famous sunsets from the tranquillity of the beach, or indeed from a surfboard. Then there are various options to fill your evening, socializing with local and other volunteers, sampling the famous Peruvian cuisine, attending talks and cultural events, music, dance, theatre, movies- the list is endless.
Huanchaco and free-time activities
Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, which makes this place popular among surfers. The long beaches and relaxed atmosphere attract both Peruvians from nearby cities and backpackers traveling through Peru. This gives the small town an extremely welcoming and friendly vibe where the locals, volunteers and travellers interact and getting to know each other on a daily basis. The city has adapted to this mix and hosts many cafés, restaurants, yoga studios, surf schools, gyms and other activities and sports that are available for everyone. However, the town still remains a quiet, easy-going place that retains its fishing-village ambience. Over the last three millennia, locals have stuck to traditional ways of fishing, going out on their caballitos de totora (traditional reed fishing boats), and using their nets to gather their catch for the day. Furthermore, Huanchaco is surrounded by mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). If you prefer cultural activities, the district is home to Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and is only a few minutes away from Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, is only a 30 minutes bus ride far away. The colonial city of Trujillo offers many shopping and sight-seeing opportunities accompanied by a lively big city feeling.
Enquiries and Applications
To make an application, please visit our website at www.otracosa.org or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Promote education and social development in our local communities.
Otra Cosa Network is a registered Peruvian non-profit NGO (no. 11126841) and a UK Registered Charity (no. 1133680) based in Huanchaco, Trujillo on the coast of Northern Peru.
Otra Cosa Network runs five of our own projects, which are all part of the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP). HELP is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for those living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco and the surrounding shanty towns. Alongside this, we support several partner organisations in the area, as well as in two remote locations in northern Peru.