Being a part of this program will bring several challenges but it'll be equally rewarding as well. Volunteers joining this program work in a school for mentally challenged and deaf students. There are students from the age group of 3 to 20 years. The project is located in an urban area of Cusco. Working with those children will make you realize how valuable your role can be, in their lives.
The school placement has different sections depending on the level of disabilities of the students. There are separate classes for deaf students, a kindergarten, primary section, Division Multiple Complex Behaviors and Practical Training. Volunteers in this program work as class assistants of different classes supporting the teachers in different activities during the mornings. We suggest volunteers to prepare lessons in advance that include indoor games, art & craft activities to help students in their learning process.
Volunteers having License of Psychologist or Therapist can work directly with the Psychologists in the school, rotating in different classrooms.
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
When you choose to volunteer in Peru, just pack your bags and arrive at the destination with a relaxed mind. Our dedicated coordinator at the location arranges airport transfers, stay, meals and also weekend tours for you. All you have to do is arrive.
Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.
Volunteers are provided with accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually, there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have the WiFi connection and cable TV as well.
A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. The orientation will be given by the local staff in Peru.
Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc.
During your Free Time
Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. On the weekends most of the volunteers plan a trip to Sacred Valley or the world famous 'Macchu Picchu' - the lost city of Incas. In Cusco, you can walk around Plaza de Armas and explore the different restaurants and shopping areas.
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