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Otra Cosa Network

Otra Cosa Network

Are you passionate about music and would like to share your knowledge with Peruvian children? Would you like to experience new places while committing your time to a good cause? If you have music running through your veins, consider joining our team and sing along with us!

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. We are also a partner organization with this vibrant music school in the heart of Trujillo.

About the Community Education Volunteer position:

Since the school was founded, it has been devoted to training locals to become professional and/or certified musicians and teachers. Your role as a volunteer will be focusing on their children’s program, which is designed to provide children and youngsters with early preparation for professional musical studies in order to fulfil the demands and expectations in the growing market of music.

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:
  • Coaching children and adolescence with a creative passion for music, encouraging in them individuality linked with musical values, and instilling in them the importance of practicing and hard work.
  • Giving classes/workshops to develop the musical skills of students- through the experience of various forms of orchestral music.
  • Teaching children how to play musical instruments.
  • Showing children the importance of practicing everyday and discipline.
  • Giving advice about proper care and maintenance of instruments.
  • Bringing in new ideas to improve the musical techniques and other ad-hoc features.
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.
  • Current background check from your home country.
  • Spanish Level*: Basic - Intermediate.
  • Time Commitment: Minimum 4 weeks

* The director of the program is fluent in both English and German and can communicate in these languages if your Spanish is basic. However, you will need to communicate with the students. We can therefore arrange Spanish classes for you in advance (by Skype) or during your stay, if you have no/minimum Spanish or want to improve your language skills.

Volunteering Hours:
  • Generally, 20-25 hours per week, Mon-Fri
Desired Skills and Competencies
  • Professional musical training is a plus.
  • Certification as a music teacher would be a benefit.
  • Experience with working with kids in a music setting preferred.
  • Ability to play one or more musical instruments is a plus.
  • Understanding of music fundamentals.
  • Empathetic, proactive, and an open-minded personality.
  • A creative free spirit.
Related Fields of Study:
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Instrumental studies
  • Vocal studies
  • Musical Arts
  • Music Composition and Theory
  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Merchandising and Management
  • Sound engineering and music production
  • Music technology
  • Musicology
  • Music therapy

Typical Day

Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, tasks within a typical day vary depending on your own musical expertise and range of skills. Teaching takes place during the day and events over evenings and weekends too. You can discuss and create a bespoke schedule with the director, depending on their requirements and your experience, within the parameters of what is possible in terms of timetabling. Former volunteers love to give the children an introduction to music to provide them with the skills and inspiration to sing and compose their own songs.

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 caf├ęs, 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 info@otracosa.org for further information.

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About Otra Cosa Network


Las Camelias 431, Huanchaco, Non-US 130000, PE

Mission Statement

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.

Arts & Culture


We'll work with your schedule.


Las Camelias 431HuanchacoHuanchaco, Non-US Peru



  • Music Arts
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy
  • Singing




  • Minimum 4 weeks

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