Care & Community in Peru
- Placement location: Sacred Valley
- Types of placements: Kindergarten and Care Home
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Cusco (CUZ)
- Local Languages: Spanish, Quechua
Based in the Sacred Valley, Peru, Projects Abroad’s Care & Community project combines a wide variety of daily activities aimed at improving the conditions in the local community. As a volunteer, the majority of your time will be spent doing practical activities, including renovating, painting, cleaning, and gardening at some of our placements.
Your project will include some Spanish lessons in order to help you learn a bit of the local language and practical workshops so you can interact with the community. Improving your Spanish will also make daily life much easier. Some of your time will be spent working with local Peruvians and may include a few days in a kindergarten, helping to organize a play day with the children or spending time working with the elderly in a care home.
In the Sacred Valley, you will live with a welcoming host family, allowing you to experience the Peruvian culture firsthand. It is also a fantastic opportunity to practice your Spanish and maybe even pick up some of the local indigenous language, Quechua!
On the weekend you will visit the breath-taking site of Machu Picchu that Peru is famous for, and soak up the atmosphere in one of the bustling and colourful markets found throughout the Sacred Valley.
During the day, my group and I would volunteer at various kindergartens around Urubamba. We would play with the children and help them with their schoolwork. We also volunteered at a nursing home and at a school specialising in teaching children with special needs. It was incredible. The children were so sweet and outgoing, and it also gave me a chance to practise and improve my Spanish. We were also tasked with helping to repaint the school walls. At the elderly home, we helped cook and distribute lunch and dinner, and helped clean their rooms. We also had a chance to sit and talk with them about life in Peru and their life in the home.Read more...