Organic Agriculture Aid

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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 a nature loving person who enjoys working with his hands? Are you eager to increase the livelihoods of vulnerable communities? 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 also partner with organic farmers in the tropical hills of Peru.


About the Agriculture Volunteer position:

The main goal of this project is to help improve the quality of life for the people of Sicchezpampa, assisting with tasks relating to fair trade initiatives and organic agriculture. You will be helping with the cultivation of crops and the facilitation of farms located in the lovely small town of Sícchezpampa, located in the hills of Ayabaca Province.The lifestyle here is based on an Incan socio-economic model of community strength. 


This village and the community are both good representations of the way indigenous people lived prior to colonial contact. The farmers in this village need volunteers to aid in day to day operations as climate conditions and lack of funding for employees make their work difficult. Volunteering here also contributes to the awareness and promotion of sustainable social development, a vital element in this remote mountain community. If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day society and seek an experience where you have a sense of accomplishment every day then this opportunity is perfect for you.


Due to weather conditions in the area, this role is only available in the dry season, from June to December.


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. Please see our separate internships listing for further in-depth information or check out our website at www.otracosa.org.

This position includes tasks such as:
  • Maintaining and preparing the land for cultivation.

  • Helping out with the eco-garden (huerta) and the domesticated animals on it.

  • Harvesting and processing the coffee and sugar.

  • Bringing new ideas about how to improve the growing of coffee, sugar and other products.

  • Setting-up extra activities for community empowerment.

  • Assisting with marketing of their Fair Trade, organic products.

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 

  • 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 (required for communication with hosts and community)

  • Time Commitment: 1 month 

  • Must be physically capable of doing manual labor.


* We can arrange Spanish classes for you in advance, if you have no/minimum Spanish or want to improve your Spanish before arrival.

Working Hours:
  • Generally, 25 – 45 hours per week, depending on the agricultural season

Related Fields of Study:
  • Agricultural sciences & Technology

  • Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

  • Farm Management

  • Agribusiness

  • Food Business/Engineering

  • Geography

  • Environmental Sciences 

  • Community Development Studies

  • Social Work

  • International Relations

  • Marketing

Typical day

Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, tasks and activities vary greatly, depending on the stage of the agricultural year that you are in and on climatic conditions. When weather allows there will be labouring on the land and picking coffee. Other activities include testing quality (cupping) and also processing sugar cane. To make sure that those products generate income for Sicchezpampa’s people you can think about good ways to promote and market them. At the end of your day you can enjoy the peacefulness of the country whilst reading a good book or going for a hike

Free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, which makes this place popular among surfers. The long beaches and relaxed atmosphere attract both Peruvians from nearby cities and backpackers traveling through Peru. This gives the small town an extremely welcoming and friendly vibe where the locals, volunteers and travellers interact and getting to know each other on a daily basis. The city has adapted to this mix and hosts many cafés, restaurants, yoga studios, surf schools, gyms and other activities and sports that are available for everyone. However, the town still remains a quiet, easy-going place that retains its fishing-village ambience. Over the last three millennia, locals have stuck to traditional ways of fishing, going out on their caballitos de totora (traditional reed fishing boats), and using their nets to gather their catch for the day.  Furthermore, Huanchaco is surrounded by mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). If you prefer cultural activities, the district is home to Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and is only  a few minutes away from Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, is only a 30 minutes bus ride far away. The colonial city of Trujillo offers many shopping and sight-seeing opportunities accompanied by a lively big city feeling. 
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 (intermediate 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
Skills and Competencies:

-Both physical and mental preparedness to work in an isolated community up in the hills with basic living conditions.
-Prepared to be partly vegetarian, as meat and cheese are very scarce. Former volunteers advise to bring vitamins and medical supplies.
-Have a sense of empathy and responsibility.
-Highly motivated to work hard in what can be long, tiring days, working at a relatively high altitude
-Experience working with isolated communities
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 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)
$328
5 weeks
$333
6 weeks
$339
7 weeks
$345
11 weeks
$367
19 weeks
$413
50 weeks (max. stay)
$590
Average fees
$47 /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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Organic Agriculture Aid

Are you a nature loving person who enjoys working with his hands? Are you eager to increase the livelihoods of vulnerable communities?

$36/week

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