Social Work volunteers will have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of hands-on experience with social work institutions working to serve children in Peru, as well as receiving a general education regarding the social programs promoted by the Peruvian government. From running teamwork and self-esteem workshops in group homes, to participating in home visits to single mothers in order to promote public health, volunteers will have ample opportunity to interact with both the participants in these social programs as well as with local social work staff and volunteers.
Depending on the institution, volunteers will interact with children from 11 months to all the way up to 18 years of age. Activities can include teaching small classes on health, arts and crafts, or English; running workshops on anti-bullying, self-esteem, or similar themes; observation of government-funded social programs; assisting in planning and running of public health promotions and associated home visits; or even something simple and fun like painting a mural with the kids.
Vive Peru staff will meet with volunteers on a weekly basis to help them plan activities at the institutions where they are working and help them locate the materials they need to provide the children at these institutions with an enriching experience as well as to help volunteers be more effective at their work sites. Although Spanish proficiency is not required for participation in this program, a basic-intermediate level in Spanish is highly recommended, as most staff and children do not speak English.
This program can be combined with the Learn Spanish program for beginning Spanish speakers.
All of our volunteers participate in an orientation upon arrival to Peru. For our summer program, the orientation lasts about 5 days and for our other programs, the orientation lasts 2-3 days. This orientation is important as it gives volunteers a sense of where they are and what is important to the Peruvian people they will be working with for the next month. And as our past volunteers will tell you, it’s lots of fun!
Our orientation includes activities such as:
- Peruvian Cooking Class
- Latin Dance Lesson
- Archaeological Site Visits (Chan Chan or Huaca de la Luna)
- Sandboarding or Surfing
- Survival Spanish Lesson
- Work Site Visits and Introductions
- Presentation of Traditional Peruvian Dances
- Staying Safe in Peru: Thinking Like a Peruvian
- Introduction to Work Sites & Health and Education Systems in Peru
- Recommendations for Americans volunteering in Peru
- Cultural Differences applicable to your stay in Peru
- Weekend Travel Information
The following is a sample weekly itinerary for Social Work Volunteers.
Trujillo, home to more than 800,000 people, is the capital of the northern Peruvian coast and is known locally as the capital of eternal spring. Culture and tradition run through the city’s veins, extending from the region’s rich archaeological history to its well-preserved culinary and cultural traditions. Trujillanos are proud of their colonial history, which is alive in the Spanish colonial mansions that are still standing in the city’s downtown area. To this day, locals gather in these luxurious casonas to enjoy their rich cuisine and enjoy their region’s typical dance, the marinera. Volunteers staying in Trujillo are only a 15-minute bus ride away from some of Peru’s most important historical sites, including the ancient Moche and Chimú administrative and religious centers that predate the Incas by 1500 years. Although Trujillo receives thousands of tourists a year, the living conditions in the outlying communities of the city are often extremely impoverished and underdeveloped. Substandard living conditions contribute to the most common health problems seen in local medical facilities, and many medical institutions struggle to provide the communities they serve with basic care. Clinics are understaffed and underfunded, and as a result, doctors struggle to give patients the comprehensive care and health education they need. Just as the living conditions range from extremely impoverished to luxurious, so does the quality of education. Children from poorer areas of Trujillo are unable to attend better-funded and higher quality private schools, and the quality of education at public schools is often sub-par, due to large class sizes and a lack of ability to attract talented teachers. In addition, public schools are largely underfunded, leaving them with the inability to develop quality extracurricular programs, which are powerful resources in helping keep lower-income children off the street and in school.
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Our most popular programs run during summer and winter vacations, but we accept volunteers all year round! Look below for the dates of our upcoming programs and application deadlines or email us to design a customized experience. Dates can be combined to participate in a longer volunteer program.
Winter 2017-2018 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach. Please contact us with any questions.
|3 Weeks||December 17 – January 7||$1800|
|1 Week*||December 15-22||$950|
|1 Week*||December 28 – January 7||$950|
Application Deadline: Rolling admission *NEW! For 2017-2018 Spring Break 2018 Programs
|1 Week||March 6-12||$950|
|1 Week||March 13-19||$950|
Applications will be evaluated and spots will be filled on a rolling basis. Spring 2018 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach. Please contact us with any questions.
|1 month||January 18 – February 15||$1800|
|1 month||February 15 – March 14||$1800|
|1 month||March 14 – April 11||$1800|
|2 months||January 18 – March 14||$2300|
|2 months||February 15 – April 11||$2300|
|3 months||January 18 – April 11||$2800|
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for our Spring 2017 programs. We encourage applicants to apply at least 2 months before their program begins. Summer 2018 Programs **These dates are referential and may be adjusted slightly as the program dates approach. Please contact us with any questions.
|1 month||May 22- June 25||$1800||March 1|
|1 month||June 26- July 30||$1800||April 1|
|1 month||August 1 – August 31||$1800||May 1|
|2 months||May 22 – July 30||$2300||March 1|
|2 months||June 26 – August 1||$2300||April 1|
|3 months||May 22- August 31||$2800||March 1|
Vive Peru works hard to make the prices of its volunteer programs as reasonable as possible while maintaining a highly qualified staff and high-quality volunteer opportunities. Volunteer program donations support our staff in Peru and make long-term sustainable projects in the community possible. A portion of volunteer program donations goes directly to support the communities and institutions we work with in Peru.
Winter 2017 Programs
- 3 week program: $1800
- 1 week program: $950
- 1 month program: $1800
- 2 month program: $2300
- 3 month program: $2800
Spring Break 2018
- 1 week program: $950
Volunteer Program Fee Includes:
- Preparation and Training before departure
- Orientation Activities
- Airport pickup and transfer to hostel
- Transportation from Lima to volunteer site
- Transportation to and from volunteer activities
- Food and housing for the duration of the program
- On-going staff support and supervision
Volunteer Program Fee Does Not Include:
- Round-trip flight to Lima
- Traveler’s insurance
- Vaccinations recommended by CDC
- Passport costs and visa fees (if necessary)
- Personal weekend trips
- Personal expenses (cell phones, souvenirs, Internet cafes, etc.)