Our empowerment center is a club under a Swedish NPO in Trujillo, Peru.
Education is important for everyone. Therefore, we offer our children and women free education through activite and fun workshops to enable them to have a better today and future.
It is one of the most important means of empowering our women and children with
the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully
in the development process of our world.
Huanchaco is a beautiful surf district North of Peru with a great vibe. Just a couple of minutes up to the mountain behind the church in Huanchaco is a little community named Cerrito De La Virgen. The area is a very low income district with no running water or electricity in most houses. Some of the kids do not go to school because of their private situations.
For our school to be present in this area the kids are more than excited to come over and have fun with us a couple of days a week.
We are an organization that started on the 14 january 2013.
NORMALLY we offer 2 days a week of workshops for the children
- Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm to 6 pm.
We also have a women's project that meets two days a week for workshops and craft production
- Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm to 6 pm.
Sometimes we offer writing and reading classes for the women 1 day a week
-Mondays 2-3 pm
The classes are English, meditation, Yoga, health/environmental awareness, arts and crafts and whatever skills classes the volunteers come with.
We normally teach Ages 6-18 but sometimes teach other age groups from 3-7 years.
We are also looking for independant volunteers who would be able to take the older kids on different activity classes like:
During summer which is mid december to end of february we offer all our classes in the evenings, 2 days a week to all age groups.
Our main goals of the project
- Keep the kids off of the streets
- Give them the right to be kids, even if it is for an hour a day, by taking them out from their homes where they have big responsibilities.
- Educate them -learning different skills and English will open so many doors for the children in the future to give them better opportunities.
- Simply learn by having fun!
The women's group consists of 6-12 women each meeting and is one of the more challenging projects. We have started a social enterprise with these women and during our meetings we meet to make recycled jewelry and knitted products. These products are sold in Peru, Sweden, and the U.S. to provide a salary for the women that partcipate to support their families.
The volunteers are responsible for collecting the products, keeping record of each product, representing the women, and creating a fun and stable environment.
With it being a very new project, starting in January 2014, there is still a lot of groundwork that needs to be done. It is important that the volunteers who come are advanced in Spanish, patient, culturally open, and are flexible. It takes time to build trust and stable relationships with the women in this community.
Hours: 12-15 hours a week for all our projects together
Goals of Women's Group
-Create a stable and safe environment for the women
-Help the women understand their worth, value, and talent
-Represent the women and create a unified community
-Create a sustainable environment for the women to support themselves and their families
-Have educational workshops of cooking, nutrition, health, arts and crafts, and self-love
Due to some difficulties with our old property we were forced to find a new property and we have been moving and working on construction since July-Oct 2016. We are looking to build with eco-friendly material and need experienced people to help with the construction starting January 2019. We will be offering simple lodging for the group helping out with the construction. We would also want to incorporate the community in the process of the construction to learn and get a stronger feeling of community.
Currently, we are collaborating with volunteers to achieve our goals-and we need your help to continue bringing hope to our community.
We are looking for serious, independant, creative volunteers interested in teaching and gaining a beautiful experience with us. We have a range of openings for no Spanish to an advanced level.
We are also looking for a new Program Coordinator starting January 2019! For this position you have to be able to stay for at least 1 year. If you are interested in this position, please contact us for more information.
Starting January 2019 we are looking for a director who will be running the school under the supervision of the Founder. In order to get this position we would love to see someone with documented experience in similar work or the passion to make it work. You should be able to commit to a year of work. If you are interested in this position, please contact us for more information.
Please only SERIOUS interest in volunteering, we have many emails coming in and need to know that you are genuinely interested in volunteering. We are at the moment only offering help to find accommodation. We cant pay any positions and we cant offer food. Every penny of our fundings that we raise through events goes to the kids of the school and their families.
Thank you for your interest in our organization! We hope to hear from you soon!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
As a volunteer we only accept people staying for at least a month.
We recommend that you stay for 2-6 months to get a better feeling of teaching and bonding with the children.
You work aprox 15 hours a week and have plenty of time to enjoy the sun, surf or archeological sites around Trujillo.
We give all our volunteers a two day introduction of teaching
No teaching background required.
You need to be open to being creative or try by using the internet. You also need to be independant and able to take charge.
No spanish required, we have found it better for the children if the teacher does not speak spanish.
Advanced spanish preferred for the women's group with a 2 month minimum commitment preferred.
If you have other skills, please mention them in your application because we are open to offer more classes to our women and kids even if it is temporary.
We do not take any fees from our volunteers. It is free to volunteer for our organization.
You are more than welcome to bring donations with you in the form of money or things, the community of Cerrito de la Virgen would be very happy.
Since it is free to volunteer for us you can spend a little more on your accommodation. It is very cheap to live in Huanchaco and we have many contacts to help you find the best place for you if you need help.
We will help you find the best accomodation for you depending on your own budget. Please inform us what you are interested in and we will do our best to book an accomodation for you free of charge.
We can help you find accommodation from 10 Soles a night and up.
For a private room with private bathroom around 400-700 Soles per month and up.
If you are interested in becoming a program coordinator volunteer at our school in Peru and helping create a better community we are currently looking for someone to start working in January 2019
Experience in a leading position is required of at least 2 years or the relevant education. Please send a copy of your recommendation letter. We are also looking for the right person for the position which means that personality and the right attitude will get you a long way.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
2-3 hours per day 4 days a week monday to thursday