Do you have a passion for different languages and what to lend your skills for a good cause? Do you want to gain first-hand insights into a small grassroots organization whilst discovering new places? 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 Translation Volunteer position:
The role of translation volunteer is to support us on an ad hoc basis with translating documents and other content for use within the NGO. The priority is for translations between English and Spanish as these are the languages we currently work in. However, we are also looking for volunteers who are able to translate our web content into other languages such as French and German. This will enable us to promote our volunteering opportunities to a wider audience.
This role can be undertaken in person in Huanchaco to receive one-on-one guidance but can also be undertaken on a remote basis if required.
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:
Translation of promotional and marketing materials.
Translation of frequently used office documents to create a set of templates.
Web translation for the creation of our new website and for future updates.
Translation of Annual Report and Monitoring and Evaluation output.
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.
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.
Fluency in English and the target language or languages.
Attention to detail.
15 -25 hours per week
Desired Skills and Competencies:
Relevant academic and professional background.
A strong willingness to help.
Excellent communication skills to enable you to excel in a remote role.
Ability to work independently.
An eye for detail and excellent proofreading skills.
Related Fields of Study:
Languages especially Spanish and English
Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, on a typical day you will meet with the Marketing Manager talking about promotional material that has to be translated for this week. Those could be for example a website text or a Social Media post.
This is a role that we encourage you to undertake in person in Huanchaco to receive in person guidance from staff on your tasks. It can be done in conjunction with a part time role in another project, or on a full-time basis.
In certain circumstances we will consider a remote volunteer undertaking this role. Please get in touch for further details.
If you do undertake this role remotely, then you will work from home in your available free time, so the structure and format of your working hours is extremely flexible. It can be undertaken in an evening or weekend timeframe, to suit you.
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.