Internship Abroad: Cusco, Peru


Internship Abroad 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.




What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work three to five hours a day. They serve in either a home for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, or at a school that offers special education for children with disabilities, as well as vocational training for older children and adults in areas like carpentry and tailoring. At the school, volunteers help develop educational materials; assist in practical workshops about daily activities such as washing clothes, cooking and grocery shopping; and organize recreational activities for the students. At the home, volunteers organize creative and recreational activities, take the patients for walks, and help with serving meals. Volunteers with experience in physiotherapy are welcome.

Requirements to participate:

-A very caring and open attitude.
-Spanish is not required, although at least a basic level is helpful.
-Education and/or professional experience in a caregiving-related field is not required.





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.



What do volunteers do?

Volunteers assist local teachers teach children ages 6 to 11. They work three to five hours a day. Volunteers work closely with teachers to create lesson plans, lead classes and provide individualized attention to students falling behind. Depending on local need, volunteers may also teach classes by themselves. Volunteers generally work in one of the following classroom topics: art, computer, English, language and reading, math, music and physical education. As needed, volunteers may also assist teaching children up to 15 years old, who attend middle school.

Requirements to participate:

-At least an intermediate level of Spanish.
-Native English speaker (only for English teaching).
-The creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in a field related to the classroom topic.
-Teaching experience and/or certifications are not required.



What do volunteers do?

Depending on local need, volunteers work in clinics, centers and schools in Cusco. They prepare and then deliver public health workshops to the locals, who may include children or adults depending on the context where volunteers are presenting. Areas of focus vary widely as they must be tailored to the audience. However, important potential areas to focus on including hygiene, nutrition, sanitation and sexual education. Volunteers are responsible for creating the content, as well as delivering it in an engaging manner that resonates with the locals.

Requirements to participate:

-An intermediate level of Spanish or better.
-The flexibility to participate in many different activities depending on the ever-changing local needs.
-At least a pre-med student or undergraduate studying public health.

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