Music School Assistant

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founded in 2004
Otra Cosa Network
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Coordinator | Sophia
Coordinator | Sophia
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High­lights

Gain an understanding of NGOs and how they cooperate with local communities
Apply your specific knowledge and past experiences when contributing with lesson planning and execution
Enjoy fresh seafood and beautiful sunsets in Huanchaco after volunteering being only a couple minutes away from the beach
Immerse yourself to the rich Peruvian culture and hopefully master your Spanish speaking skills while travelling through the country
Join and bond with a team of like minded international individuals through weekly lunches, weekend excursions, and communal housing
Are you passionate about music and would like to share your knowledge with Peruvian children? Would you like to experience new places while committing your time to good? This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
About Otra Cosa Network:

Otra Cosa Network is a well-established UK Registered Charity and Peruvian registered not for profit (NGO), addressing the educational needs of children and vulnerable adults in an extremely impoverished area of Northern Peru. We work in informal settlements where many community members have been displaced by climate change, disaster and political instability. They live in precarious circumstances, few have running water, sewage provision and there is only sporadic electricity. Additionally, many children are forced to work instead of continuing their education, in order to boost family finances and there are no community-based facilities for learning and developing new skills in a safe environment.

Our dynamic range of activities address language skills, environmental awareness, women’s entrepreneurship, youth, employability and gender empowerment. we are seeking volunteers to work in project implementation in our new Recreation and Education Centre as well as our field office. Projects will restart as soon as the community is safely able to come out of isolation, post coronavirus. Our range of activities are implemented by national and international volunteers, allowing them to express solidarity whilst boosting their field experience. We are also a partner organization with this vibrant music school in the heart of Trujillo.

About the Community Education Volunteer position:

Since the school was founded, it has been devoted to training locals to become professional and/or certified musicians and teachers. Your role as a volunteer will be focusing on their children’s program, which is designed to provide children and youngsters with early preparation for professional musical studies in order to fulfil the demands and expectations in the growing market of music. 

Please note that all volunteer positions are also available as Internships. With this add-on you will receive an extra level of mentorship and where necessary all appropriate liaison with your academic institution to ensure compliance with internship placement requirements. 

This position includes tasks such as:
  • Coaching children and adolescence with a creative passion for music, encouraging in them individuality linked with musical values, and instilling in them the importance of practicing and hard work.

  • Giving classes/workshops to develop the musical skills of students- through the experience of various forms of orchestral music.

  • Teaching children how to play musical instruments.

  • Showing children the importance of practicing everyday and discipline.

  • Giving advice about proper care and maintenance of instruments.

  • Bringing in new ideas to improve the musical techniques and other ad-hoc features.

What you can expect from us:
  • Personal pick-up upon arriving and walking tour through Huanchaco

  • Thorough introduction to the organization 

  • Certified training in First Aid and Child Safeguarding.

  • 24/7 emergency support 

  • Organized activities & trips (barbeques, game nights, volunteer-lunch, team building trips) with like-minded people from all over the world

  • Working in a friendly beach & surf town right next to many historical sites

  • The satisfying feeling of committing your work to a good cause whilst gaining insight into a new culture.

  • Certificate of completion detailing your role, the project(s) you participated in and the dates you volunteered in.

Requirements:
  • Current background check from your home country.

  • Spanish Level*: Basic - Intermediate. 

  • Time Commitment: Minimum 4 weeks

* The director of the program is fluent in both English and German and can communicate in these languages if your Spanish is basic. However, you will need to communicate with the students. We can therefore arrange Spanish classes for you in advance (by Skype) or during your stay, if you have no/minimum Spanish or want to improve your language skills.

Volunteering Hours: 
  • Generally, 20-25 hours per week, Mon-Fri

Related Fields of Study:
  • Music Pedagogy

  • Instrumental studies

  • Vocal studies

  • Musical Arts

  • Music Composition and Theory

  • Music History and Literature

  • Music Merchandising and Management

  • Sound engineering and music production

  • Music technology

  • Musicology

  • Music therapy

Typical day

Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, tasks within a typical day vary depending on your own musical expertise and range of skills. Teaching takes place during the day and events over evenings and weekends too. You can discuss and create a bespoke schedule with the director, depending on their requirements and your experience, within the parameters of what is possible in terms of timetabling. Former volunteers love to give the children an introduction to music to provide them with the skills and inspiration to sing and compose their own songs.

After work there is plenty of time to catch one of Huanchaco’s world famous sunsets from the tranquillity of the beach, or indeed from a surfboard. Then there are various options to fill your evening, socializing with local and other volunteers, sampling the famous Peruvian cuisine, attending talks and cultural events, music, dance, theatre, movies- the list is endless.

Free-time activities

Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, tasks within a typical day vary depending on your own musical expertise and range of skills. Teaching takes place during the day and events over evenings and weekends too. You can discuss and create a bespoke schedule with the director, depending on their requirements and your experience, within the parameters of what is possible in terms of timetabling. Former volunteers love to give the children an introduction to music to provide them with the skills and inspiration to sing and compose their own songs.

After work there is plenty of time to catch one of Huanchaco’s world famous sunsets from the tranquillity of the beach, or indeed from a surfboard. Then there are various options to fill your evening, socializing with local and other volunteers, sampling the famous Peruvian cuisine, attending talks and cultural events, music, dance, theatre, movies- the list is endless.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Desired Skills and Competencies:

-Professional musical training is a plus.
-Certification as a music teacher would be a benefit.
-Experience with working with kids in a music setting preferred.
-Ability to play one or more musical instruments is a plus.
-Understanding of music fundamentals.
-Empathetic, proactive, and an open-minded personality.
-A creative free spirit.
-Patience.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Otra Cosa Network

The contribution payable by our volunteers and interns covers administrative fees, project placement, assisting with booking suitable housing, inductions and training as well as ongoing supervision, volunteer support and associated overheads. Please remember we are a not-for-profit organization, the low-cost volunteer contribution goes directly into covering the volunteering overheads and the rest to support our development projects- we don't make a penny in profit, unlike many other agencies or year-off businesses.

 

We think you’ll find that the low-cost volunteering model at Otra Cosa Network offer great value for money and compares extremely favourably to most other volunteer NGOs both here and around the world!  Please also have a look at our minimum volunteer contributions page which outlines the contributions and methods of payment.

Airport Pickup at Jorge Chavez International Airport

We can arrange all the logistics from our end: a pick up service as soon as you arrive in Trujillo, taking you to your accommodation, plus an induction and tour soon after you arrive and additional support, advice and help during your stay.

Accommodation

All volunteers and interns are able to stay in our affordable Volunteer House, depending on availability; the volunteer house has a variety of different rooms and apartments. This offers wifi, hot running water, clean and secure bedrooms and a great atmosphere, sharing the facilities with other volunteers. We also offer home stay options with local families as well.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Since most of our projects are ongoing, we are accepting application all year round!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$250
5 weeks
$254
6 weeks
$259
7 weeks
$263
11 weeks
$280
19 weeks
$315
50 weeks (max. stay)
$450
Average fees
$36 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Otra Cosa Network will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Otra Cosa Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Music School Assistant

Are you passionate about music and would like to share your knowledge with Peruvian children? Would you like to experience new places while committing your time to good?

$36/week

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