PERU

CARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN IN CAJAMARCA IN PERU

Help out at a local children's home in Peru and be a part of improving the lives of the physically and mentally disabled.

This program is for those looking to assist this special needs centre in a variety of ways. You'll be part of daily therapy sessions, helping the local staff with disabled care, and interacting with these special children. This programme will give you a new appreciation for life and caring for others!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Peru, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
worldwide.com
Price: £645 (approx. US$825) for 1 week
£275 (approx. US$350) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every other Monday, all year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 16, or younger if accompanied by parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.
No qualifications needed, but you should have Intermediate level of English.
Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Food and some free beverages (tea, coffee, water)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport,
Return transfer to the airport at the end of your placement,
Transfer to your project location,
Daily transport to and from your project,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with children, voluntary work and community care, projects abroad or study abroad. This project is particularly suitable for the discerning volunteer looking to experience genuine, well-structured care work assistance in the community, thus getting a more meaningful experience than a tourist holiday.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of knowing that your work is helping disadvantaged chilldren.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Volunteer giving her full attention to one of the children on the Care for Special Needs Program in Peru
A Volunteer gives her full attention to one of the children.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Spend some of your time at this special Home for children (and some adults) who have physical and mental disabilities. This programme is perfect for you if you're looking to work with children that require a higher level of care and assistance.

You'll help take care of roughly 30 children, as well as assist the Centre staff with their daily tasks, thus lightening their huge workload and enabling them to give additional effort to the care of the children.

Activities you can look forward to being a part of include therapy sessions, educational lessons, dancing lessons and outdoor activities. You might also find yourself helping to make classroom materials, painting, cutting firewood, and organising the facility.

The main goal of the organisation is to maximise what these children are able to do on their own, with the hope that one day they will be able to get jobs and live fulfilling lives!

PROGRAMME AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To increase the children's levels of independence;
  • Enable you to gain skills and experience and improve your ability to work with special needs children;
  • To assist the local staff with additional hands-on work looking after the children.

Because the children attend school in the morning, the program will be based more in the afternoon, thus your interaction and assistance will mostly take place from around lunch-time until dinner-time.

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A Volunteer takes one of the children on a trip into town in Peru
A Volunteer takes one of the children on a trip into town. Outings like these are very excciting for the children.
Care children cuddling into hew blankets in Peru
A group of children cuddling into new blankets that were given to them.
Volunteer lines up to take her turn at getting some hot chocolate in Peru
A volunteer lines up with the children to take her turn at getting a mug of hot chocolate.
Photo showing the outside of the special needs care centre in Peru
This photo shows the outside of the Special Needs Care Centre.
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ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation has beautiful view of the Andes Mountain Range and is close to the Amazon Rainforest, it will bring you back to South American nature!

You will be staying in our accommodation center in Banos del Inca, Rural Cajamarca countryside. The house is made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, it also has large gardens and its own chicken coop off to the side.

You are asked to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Although rooms will be cleaned daily by staff, you'll be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Wi-Fi / Internet: WiFi will be available in your rooms, but keep in mind that it may not be stable at times. We recommend also using 3G data if staying connected is important to you.

There is also an internet cafe in the main township where you can access Wi-Fi from when you're not at the centre.

FOOD:
Food is provided and you'll have three meals per day during the week - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and two meals on the weekends.

The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

FACILITIES:
Since our centre is located in close proximity to the township of Baños del Inca, you will have access to a range of facilities including the local gym and swimming pool.

Shops:
There are many local coffee shops and restaurants in the main township within walking distance of our centre. Restaurants & Cafes, a Swimming pool, mini-mart, a fitness gym, supermarket, and shopping mall are all close by.

Transportation:
The accommodation is about 1.3km from the main square of Baños del Inca and about 20-30 minutes away from the Cajamarca city center by bus.

Money:
There are numerous shops and ATMs in the center of town.

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One of the bedrooms in the Accommodation in Peru
One of the bedrooms in the Accommodation.
In the kitchen at the accommodation on the Teaching Children project in Peru
The kitchen at the accommodation. Volunteers are welcome to go into the kitchen to learn ho to prepare some Peruvian dishes.
One of the children's bedrooms
This bedroom is in the Care Centre and is used by the children - including the big fluffy toy!
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

You'll be staying in the Los Baños del Inca district found in the east of Cajamarca. It is known for being centered on a naturally occurring thermal spring! Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city (Capital and largest city of Peru’s Cajamarca Region, enriched in culture and history), this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after a day out.

Chiclayo: You can easily reach Chiclayo, Peru’s fourth biggest city, by public transport which is cheap and frequent. Chiclayo offers shopping centers, a cinema and nightlife, but it is also a major traffic hub in northern Peru. This makes it easy to travel on the weekends or after your program.

There are plenty of small restaurants or shops around the area. There is an active surfing community and it is easy to make local friends, we can also point you to our Tandem Skydiving program and some other events.

Huanchaco: Only 12 km outside Trujillo. Once a quiet fishing hamlet, the town is now one of the best places for surfing.

Trujillo: Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1534, Trujillo has 709,500 inhabitants. It is the home of the beautiful Plaza de Armas and its glamorous colonial. 4 hrs from our accommodation, this city by the ocean is referred to as the everlasting spring, where temperature is usually 32ºC, and where the very important Festival de la Marinera takes place.

Having said that, the main reason why most people pass through this coastal city is to visit one of Peru’s top-attractions: the Chimú adobe city of Chan Chan.

Chan Chan: Built around AD 1300, Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas, and the largest adobe city in the world. You can visit it by taking a combi from C/España. The ticket (10 S) includes entrance to the Nik-An temple, the Chan Chan museum, the Huaca la Esmeralda and the Huaca Arco Iris.

bit further from the city, the Huaca del Sol y la Luna is over 700 years older than Chan Chan and belongs to the Moche culture. The temple is filled with icons representing Ai-Apaec, the god of the mountains, feared for provoking phenomena like El Niño. To stop him from sending heavy rains, the Moches would offer him human sacrifices.

Kuntur Wasi: The ruins of a religious structure in Peru’s northern highlands only 2 hours from our accommodation.

Cajabamba, Huamachuco: Located 5 hours away is a northern Peru town, rich with history, politics, religion, culture and hometown of the international famous muralist Jose Sabogal. Here, you can also visit unspoiled archeology sites and old monuments.

Bambamarca and Chota: Located 3 and 4 hours away, respectively, these towns are known for their festive activities in the months of June/July.

Leymebamba and La congona: Six hours' driving up north, with a little more than 4000 souls, Leymebamba is the perfect, quiet place to try visit La Congona, it can be reached on foot by hiking uphill from Leymebamba.

The Museum of Leymebamba is just half an hour walking from Leymebamba. Inaugurated in June 2000, the Museo Leymebamba displays more than 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered in 1997 from the Laguna de los Cóndores by a salvage Project directed by Centro Mallqui. Once at risk from looters and vandals, today this valuable collection is housed in the Museo Leymebamba. An initiative of The Bioanthropology Foundation Peru-Centro Mallqui, construction of the Museo Leymebamba was made possible by a donation from a group of Austrian citizens, as well as by funds from other private donors.

Chachapoyas: Also known as the Warrior of the Clouds, the Chachapoyas were a pre-Incan civilisation who lived in the cloud forests of present-day Peru. Chachapoyas contains intriguing archeological sites to explore, however the drive is 12 hours away from our Center, so good planning will be required.

Kuelap: The second Machu Picchu: Famous fortress of the mystic “cloud warriors”. One of the very few places never conquered by the Incas. Visitors describing Kuelap indicate that it is “as impressive as Machu Picchu” while it is by far not as crowded or expensive.

The government just recently decided to invest heavily into tourist infrastructure around Kuelap. Be one of the last persons discovering it while it is still relatively unknown!

Gocta: The waterfall of Gocta (771m) is amongst the highest in the world. Although methods of measurement are debatable, it got recognized as the world's third highest waterfall, right after Angel Falls (Venezuela) & Tugela Falls (South Africa). Combine your visit with Kuelap and pick Chachapoyas as your homebase to have an adventurous weekend!

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Volunteers gathering together with some of the children
Volunteers gathering together with some of the children - vcan't miss a photo opportunity!
A mural at the Centre
A pretty cute mural at the Centre.
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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:

Some of the activities that you can take part in, if you want to, in your spare timeinclude:

Guinea Pig Farm:
Daily: Afternoons
An ancient Incan tradition, learn from the locals exactly why these animals are so important to Peruvian homes and assist in their feeding and raising.

Vegetable Garden:
Daily: Evenings
Agriculture is a very important aspect of every Peruvian countryside home. Home gardens, or “Chakras” as they are called, still use ancient Incan irrigation systems for the upkeep of this vital source of nourishment. You’re more than welcome to join us in the evenings and help with the maintenance of this special part of Peruvian life.

Cooking Lessons:
Daily: Evenings
Join your cook as they prepare meals for you and other participants. Take notes, learn new recipes, traditional food preservation techniques and more! Try not to spoil your dinner as you learn!

Farm Animals:
Daily: Mornings and Evenings
Watch the local farmers near your accommodation, as they tend to their animals in daily rituals like shearing and milking.

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Volunteers and children enjoying themselves outside
Volunteers and children enjoying themselves outside.
One of the children enjoying his lunch on the special needs care volunteering project in Peru
One of the children enjoying his lunch.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

Together with our partner organisation, we are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. You'll be encouraged to take part in any extracurricular efforts to help the community in projects that will improve their environment. So you could be involved in things like helping to clean the area, or educate the residents in good environmental practices.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

Where possible, and where their needs can be identified, we liaise with the local people to provide any help we can. To this end, there are many projects on the go in Cajamarca, including volunteers helping on eco-building projects and maintenance on homes and community facilities.

Other projects that help the community are equine therapy for handicapped children and adults and working with special needs children.

We have local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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Volunteers at a waterfall in Gocta in Peru
Volunteers at a waterfall in Gocta.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu.
Volunteers sightseeing at Trujillo in Peru
Volunteers sightseeing at Trujillo.
Volunteer standing outside the accommodation
Volunteer standing outside the accommodation.
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