Gap Year Program: Cusco, Peru

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Gap Year Program in Cusco, Peru

About the Location

Cusco is one of the most beautiful places in South America. It sits in the Andes Mountains at over 11,000 feet in altitude. Machu Picchu, the world famous Inca citadel, is nearby, as are countless other sights ranging from ruins to beautiful nature. However, despite the economic benefits generated by the tourism industry in the area, the majority of locals live in poverty. The most severely afflicted are those in the indigenous communities, and none are more vulnerable than the children.

While Peru in the last decade has made significant progress in expanding access to education and social programs, many children are left behind as a result of discrimination, isolation, language barriers, low education levels and other factors associated with poor living conditions. The Gap Year program in Cusco focuses on supporting these marginalized groups. Inspiring disadvantaged children in an after-school program, supporting girls that have been sexually abused and teaching indigenous students in a resource-poor school are just some of the opportunities open to you with UBELONG in Peru.

 

Projects

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work four to six hours a day in a public health center. They work under the direction of the local medical professionals who determine the level of responsibility delegated to volunteers. Volunteers shadow the doctors and nurses and, as determined by each volunteer’s background and performance, partake in areas that may include dentistry, diagnostic tests, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, OB/GYN and primary care. Additionally, based on local need, volunteers work with patients to educate them on topics like dental care, early childhood development, nutrition, personal hygiene and reproductive health.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an advanced level of Spanish.
-The flexibility to participate in many different activities depending on the ever-changing local needs.
-At least a first-year masters student in medical or nursing school.

 

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CULTURAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers serve four to six hours a day at an organization on the outskirts of Cusco. It provides support to women and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, most of whom are of indigenous Quichua descent. The women make traditional crafts that they then sell to tourists, and the organization helps those women who are mothers have time to work by providing affordable daycare and after-school care to their children. The organization itself is partially funded by the sale of the crafts the women sell, and this is the main area where volunteers help in. They assist the local staff by creating marketing materials, translating online contents, and performing administrative work. Additionally, other activities may come up such as working on the NGO’s website and social media, as well as business and marketing research.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an intermediate level of Spanish.
-The flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization.
-The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in a relevant field like business, marketing or public relations.

 

ASSISTING AT A SHELTER FOR GIRLS

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work three to five hours a day in a local shelter UBELONG supports. The shelter houses girls under 18. Most of the girls have suffered violence in their families, and some have been sexually abused. The shelter is a safe and peaceful place where the girls heal and gain confidence to lead healthy lives. UBELONG Volunteers work with the aim of promoting the girls’ self-esteem and assisting them in different activities. Activities may include leading small classes with other volunteers on topics like English, geography and math; helping the girls with their homework; and partaking in creative and vocational training workshops, or simply talking and listening to them as well as giving them love and attention they normally don’t receive.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an intermediate level of Spanish.
-The energy to keep children stimulated.
-A very caring and open attitude.
-Education and/or professional experience in a caregiving-related field is not required.
-Prior to arrival, each volunteer must submit a work plan in Spanish to their UBELONG Mentor so the local team is ready to incorporate volunteers into the project. Details on doing so are provided upon acceptance into the project.

 

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PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work four to six hours a day in a local orphanage alongside a local psychologist. The patients are the children who live in the orphanage and they all come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Volunteers work under the guidance of the local psychologists to assist in individual and group therapy sessions and counseling, all of which are conducted in Spanish. Volunteers can also be asked to plan and lead creative workshops like painting, and collaborate in other programs designed to help the children develop new skills.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an intermediate level of Spanish.
-Must be at least 22 years old.
-The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in psychology, social work or related fields.

 

Cost

$1045 for 4 weeks
$2245 for 12 weeks
$4045 for 24 weeks

 

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