Project Designer Assistant

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Coordinator | Caterina
Coordinator | Caterina
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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 Superlearner staff
Express your personality and develop your skills working in a challenging and inspiring work environment
Provide assistance in project design and development activities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 25+

Superlearner is an Italian NGO operating in Lima (Peru). It’s a volunteer association founded in 2017, that provides informal education.

In Peru more than half of students do not reach the basic level standards in reading, science and mathematics. Public schools represents less than the 50% of educational institutions and more than a half of them do not have access to the three basic services: water, electricity and sewage.

It’s very hard to feel that you can rise above your circumstances when everything around you seems to say that you are unworthy, not smart enough, and that you will never reach to anything. Superlearner 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.

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 will be responsible for the design of new projects and their development.

General tasks: 

  • Assistance in project design and development activities
  • Development of design documentations, technical specifications and other project related documentations as needed.
  • Attendance at project meetings to discuss about any issues and new design ideas.
  • Analysis of design issues and suggestion of corrective actions.
  • Work with the coordinators in developing project plan, budget and schedule.

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 and to have previous experience in project design.

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

Our work is divided into 1) Office Work where we individually and/or in teams work on the projects depending on each one's tasks or we meet to share ideas, check our work, find solutions to problems. Besides this, we have 2) Field Work where the team goes on day trips to do community-oriented work, mostly with children. Depending on your team and your individual tasks, you will be working for 4-5 days a week. We have a general week schedule for activities with children. The Office Work complements this schedule and can be more flexible. If needed, we can arrange a different schedule depending on the volunteer’s availability.

On the days of field work the volunteers go by bus to a meeting point (in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the schedule). They reach the community in group and develop the activity (generally 2 hours) inside the communal local. Then they come back to do office work or to their houses.

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


In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
Project Design at University level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
If the volunteer speaks English it isn‘t required to know Spanish but basic Spanish skills are preferred.
being able to adapt to a new cultural context and a different lifestyle (e.g. nutrition), being independent in the daily life, being able to work in a team
constructive manner, organization, punctuality
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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.
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 are no specific arrival dates. The volunteers can join throughout the whole year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
5 - 50 weeks

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