Family volunteering in Peru

“A two week family volunteering break in Cusco, Peru staying in a local homestay and working with and learning in a local primary school. ”

Highlights

Two weeks volunteering in school in Peru | Stay in homestay accommodation | Cusco | Andes Mountains | Easy access to Machu Picchu | Responsible volunteering practices adhered to

Description of Family volunteering in Peru

Family volunteering in Peru really is an adventure for a lifetime for those who seek a real cultural exchange for them and their children. While adults work as teaching assistants (or teachers if they are fully qualified) in a local primary school, your children get to take part in classes, sports sessions and meet new friends from Cusco. So, although volunteering placements are associated with gap year students or empty nesters, we have found that families give and gain so much during these placements also.

Cusco, where you will be based, is famously the capital of the Inca Empire, and so while you arenít participating in volunteer activities, you will have access to the ruins at Machu Picchu, which are accessible by train. Dominated by not only the Andes, extraordinary Quechua culture and colonial architecture, Cusco is like one big classroom really, but with lots of fun too.

Volunteering

You will be working with children aged 6-11, working alongside their full time professional teacher to help them gain confidence in reading, writing and of course speaking in English. If you have skills in other areas, we will be happy to incorporate them into your placement if they fit into the school curriculum. You will be given 24/7 support throughout the placement as well as training to make sure that local children can gain as much as possible from your contributions to their education. And, at the same time ensuring that you and your family leave with life long memories of having gained a wonderful, culturally immersive experience, as well as having contributed to the Cusco community in an important way.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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2017: 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec, 18 Dec, 25 Dec
2018: 1 Jan, 8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct ...
Top tip:
Donít worry too much about your kids not enjoying local food. It is delicious, but also pretty recognisable, with plenty of fish, meat, rice and salad, and not too spicy.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Solos:
Single parents welcome.
Accomm:
Local homestay.
Meals:
All meals included.
Included:
Placement fees to schools or community, accommodation, all meals, airport pick up.
About this holiday company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects there and also now in Peru, where projects include community work and healthcare placements.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family volunteering in Peru

Environment

Our volunteer placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. Thereís plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local Peruvian partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.


Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Meaningful Volunteering
We are working with an established local organisation in Cusco that provides a support to the indigenous community by employing them and also working with them by sending them volunteers.
We are also working in local schools who are in desperate need of volunteers to help with education particularly for English so they can get better paid jobs in the future.

Child Protection
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the childrenís backgrounds.

Environment overseas:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Community

All of our activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Local Experiences: For any excursion, the guides, host families, handicraft cooperatives Ė receive fair wages as stipulated by the community- based tourism committee. We ensure that a majority of the money from each trip goes directly to the villagers and contributes to the community fund. This creates jobs to help families stay together instead of working in towns far away, and supports scholarships, youth activities, and other initiatives.

Machu Picchu and local tours : Our ground partners share our commitment to responsible travel. Our accommodation and destination partners ensure respect for both the environment and local culture. When you book with us, you can be sure that you will have a responsible and fun-filled tour.

Volunteer and Service Placements: Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to the villages, schools, and childrenís homes that we serve. We also provide our partners with financial support as they rely on limited government funding and/or donations. A project donation to the volunteering location is included in the program.

Cultural sensitivity: We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Peru. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

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