Volunteer Abroad in Cusco Cuzco Peru: Volunteering Opportunities http://www.abroaderview.org/cusco.php
Volunteer Abroad in Cusco Cuzco Peru: Cusco is considered the archaelogical capital of the Americas, and has been declared by UNESCO as a cultural Heritage of Humanity. Cusco maintains its Old World charm with beautiful plazas, cobbled streets and colonial style buildings lining the city. With its close proximity to Machu Picchu and other archaelogical wonders, Cusco has a wealth of treasures to offer a globally-minded traveler.
In spite of receiving thousands of tourists every year, Cusco also has one of the highest levels of poverty in the country. This is evident by the presence of hundreds of children living and working on the streets. These children lack a decent education, food and caring, with almost 30% living well below the poverty line. We offer orphanage and teaching placements throughout the city. With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of Cusco, while doing meaningful community work. This is a great opportunity to enhance your Spanish knowledge, live with the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following programs in Cusco: 1-24 weeks placements Optional Start Date
Program Length : 1-24 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Local guesthouse or homestay
Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 18 years , Basic Spanish knowledge, an able body and caring spirit.
We support private institutions that improve the the lives of children. Volunteers work at a local children's home which doubles as an orphanage and day care. The children range in age from infancy to 12yrs old, some with mild handicaps. Volunteers assist the local staff with the basic needs such as feeding, bathing and clothing, as well arrange games and day trips with the kids. Teaching English, as well as manual labor (sweeping, painting, gardening) may be involved. Basic Spanish is required, as well as a positive and flexible attitude.
Volunteers can teach, or assist the local teacher with English classes. The kids vary in age and most do not have any proper schooling. By speaking English, new opportunities are available to the children that would otherwise be destined to stay in the cycle of poverty. Volunteers do not need previous teaching experience, although it would be helpful. Basic Spanish is required, as well as a positive and flexible attitude.
We have placements in community clinics in Cusco and also a rural clinic about 40 minutes outside of the city. Community clinics provide necessary care for thousands of Peru's poorest; their children and the indigenous people. Since most people, especially the children lack medical attention, these clinics provide basic heath check ups, dental and immunizations free of charge, so the need for volunteers is great. Medical volunteers assist the local staff in whatever capacity they may need, such as taking medical history, checking vitals, assisting with medicine and supplies. Volunteers must be in the medical fields and provide copies of their credentials. Medical and nursing students are accepted as well. Spanish knowledge is required. This is a great opportunity to gain first hand medical experience in a foreign country while donating your time and skills.
Language & Cultural Immersion:
Delve into a new language! We provide you the chance to fully immerse into Peruvian culture; learn Spanish, volunteer in Cusco and have the chance to discover Machu Picchu.
The Spanish classes offer a perfect balance between teamwork and the personalized work, creating a climate of concentration and simultaneous fun that will make easy the leaning. The classes are limited to small groups, and focus in conversation practice, grammar, readings and the vocabulary. The lessons are provided 4 hours per day, total of 20 hours per week Monday to Friday. The language school is located in the center of town, 4 blocks away from Main Square, and within walking distance to your guest house. You attend classes in the morning, and the remainder of your day you will volunteer at children's center helping children learn English, while you practice your Spanish. The total immersion course is 1 to 4 weeks, program includes:
- Arrival transportation with meet and greet in Cusco
- Welcome Dinner
- Guest house accommodation with private bedroom.
- 3 meals a day
- 20 hours Spanish language classes (4hrs per day) with professional instructors.
- Learning materials provided including books and audiovisuals
- Cultural activities (Peruvian cooking classes, salsa lessons, Spanish language films)
- 20 hours of volunteering in a local community center (4hrs per day)
- Orientation and sightseeing day in Cuzco
- Project Director available 24/7 for support and guidance
- Departure transfer at the end of the program
Homestay or local guesthouse or on-site volunteer accommodations at orphanage. Includes three meals a day. Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Our local Project Coordinators will provide orientation briefing and Cusco city tour, half day Spanish lessons. Introduction and placement in a volunteer work project. *Additional Spanish classes can be arranged for you locally.
The project coordinator is available 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise. They can assist in arranging sightseeing excursion before, during or after the volunteer program.
Tel: 1-215-780-1845 / Toll Free: 1-866-423-3258 / Fax: 1-215-887-0915
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