Nutritionist

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High­lights

Immerge yourself in a unique culture, with its interesting differences among the Costa, Sierra and Selva Regions
Enjoy Lima thanks to its fun nightlife and rich cultural offer
Experience one of the best cuisines of the world
Share precious moments with the kids and the staff of Superlearner
Express your personality and develop your skills working in a challenging and inspiring work environment
Support in general nutrition and with specific meal programs, development of food education workshops This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 23+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Superlearner is an Italian NGO operating in Lima (Peru). It’s a volunteer association founded in 2017, that aims to empower kids to achieve their dreams through education. We believe all children should have the opportunity to grow into whatever they want to be. Our goal is to show them that this is possible.

We are convinced that a good education can be effective only if it’s supported by a balanced psychological state and a healthy nutrition. That’s why we don’t limit our services to educational activities, but we also collaborate with the medical clinic of Pamplona Alta, the district where we realize our intervention. Our staff is also composed by psychologists and nutritionists who attend the families living in the area, providing free medical examinations, that wouldn’t be available otherwise.

Our volunteer project is developed in Lima (Peru), in the sector of Pamplona Alta belonging to the district of San Juan de Miraflores.

Since the 1950s, this district has been the location of a series of migration waves from remote Peruvian regions. Many thousands of poverty-stricken families have chosen to relocate here and began to build houses of wood, cardboard, and plastic tarp. In particular, Pamplona Alta was primarily developed due to families who lost their houses in a large fire in 1963. After this fire, more families immigrated from surrounding slums in Lima. Additionally, the Nueva Rinconada neighborhood is located at the height of the hills in Pamplona Alta, and was chiefly developed in the 1990’s. This is both one of the poorest areas and most difficult to access. Nueva Rinconada lacks running water, basic infrastructure, and at times electricity.

With Superlearner, we don’t just want to bring meaningful education to some of Peru’s most vulnerable children. We want to empower them to build resilience with the confidence that true education provides. We don’t want to simply “help” communities with short-term projects. We want to collaborate with them to build a long-term, self-sustaining program that fits the community’s needs and continues to benefit local areas long after our volunteers leave. To reach the goal, we need to learn from each other and train local teachers or community leaders, who can keep Superlearner in place. We are trying to put together an excellent team to make our pilot project effective, efficient and successful. Every volunteer can give a personal contribution according to their abilities, skills and availability, becoming part of a large community.

Our curriculum is meant to supplement the education that our children are already receiving. Our students all attend their local public schools. While it is great that they are going to school, their educational path is substantially behind that of expensive Peruvian private schools. We aim to close this gap by offering reinforcement in the subject areas in which they are lagging behind. We believe our students are as naturally talented and worthy as students from wealthier areas and backgrounds. And in order to realize these talents, they need more individual attention and more comprehensive teaching.


Mission: the volunteer is responsible for the assistance of community members at the local health center. The volunteer will also organize workshops at the educational center and activities for children and adolescents.

General tasks: 

  • Support with general nutrition and with specific meal programs at the local medical center
  • Organization and development of food education workshops for children or their families
  • Production of educational material
  • Participation in the meetings with the teamwork

The volunteer is expected to adapt to a different cultural background, be able to work in a team and be punctual for meetings. It is essential to bring a personal device like a laptop or tablet, have a certification as a psychologist and talk Spanish fluently. 


We don't ask anyone to pay fees for volunteering with us. The only cost is the subscription fee (10 Euros). We use it to pay the insurance that is mandatory as we are a registered NGO in Italy. Anyway, as we are a little NGO working on a low budget, we can't offer free accomodation and food, all our funds are used to realize the educational activities. Eventually, we can help volunteers to find a cheap solution (sometimes a free one). 

Typical day

Basically, the volunteers will attend the medical clinic every morning (Monday - Saturday) from 8 am to 2 pm. The nutritionist will evaluate the dietary needs of the patients, offer counseling and suggest positive alterations in nutrition. As many families live on the top of the hills, every month the volunteers will take part to health campaigns: with other members of the medical staff, they will visit their patients at home or inside a facility made available by the communities. One day per week, the volunteers will also be involved in educational activities for children, teenagers and families in the communal local of the different communities or at the local schools. The volunteer could make a research on food habits in the area of Pamplona Alta and help us to develop new projects about nutrition.

Free-time activities

In Lima there are plenty of free time activities to do. As the city is on the Pacific coast, you can go swimming, surfing or do other water sports. In this huge city there are always a lot of possibilities to go out at night, go to concerts, go shopping or sightseeing, visit museums or go hiking in the surrounding mountains.

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

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 23 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (fluently)
Education Requirements
Nutrition at University level
Required Documents
CV and motivational letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Being able to know and adapt to a new cultural context and different lifestyle (e.g. nutrition), being independent in the daily life
Being able to work in a team
Constructive behaviour, organization, punctuality
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 17:30

What's Included

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. 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

Details on arrival

There is no specific arrival date. Volunteers can join the program throughout the whole year.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
5 - 50 weeks

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