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Coordinator | Sophia
Coordinator | Sophia
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We are dedicated to advancing education possibilities and resources for low income communities around Huanchaco, Peru. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 21+

The District of Huanchaco is part of the Trujillo province in La Libertad region, Northern Peru. The district capital is Huanchaco town, a quiet, easy-going place that still 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. The district is home to Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and Huanchaco town is a known surf destination. The argument that surfing derived from the pre-Incan caballito fishing traditions is so strong, that in 2013 Huanchaco was designated as a World Surfing Reserve.

In recent decades the District of Huanchaco has expanded exponentially due to migration from the highlands and the jungle by those looking for a better standard of living or forced from their homes by natural disasters such as the El Niño phenomenon in 1997/98. Many of these incomers live in the unofficial settlements surrounding Huanchaco and their daily reality is very different from many of those living just a ten minute walk away in the centre of the town. Unlike the town centre, these communities lack infrastructure – there are no paved roads, most households don’t have a sewage system and there is limited access to running water. Furthermore, having migrated from even poorer parts of the country, parents in these areas have often had limited access to education, and poverty and social problems are rife. All of this means that children growing up in these neighbourhoods are at a disadvantage from the outset and do not have access to the same educational opportunities as their more privileged counterparts.

In addition to our work in the Huanchaco area, we also work with two mountain village projects: one in Yanasara in the highlands of La Libertad region and one in Sícchezpampa in the highlands of Piura region.

Volunteer Coordinator

As a Volunteer Coordinator you have an extremely important role in our organisation. Adjusting to the cultural differences and getting settled into their projects can be a challenge. To help with this adjustment it is important to create a solid volunteer community.

Volunteer Roles/ Working Hours

  • Meeting and greeting new volunteers, including running the welcome induction and walking tour
  • Organising volunteer activities, such as theme nights, outings and the weekly volunteer lunch
  • Taking new volunteers to their projects and helping to settle them in there
  • Writing the weekly volunteer newsletter
  • Conducting intro interviews with volunteers after they have settled in to check in with them and help them set goals that they would like to achieve while they are here.
  • Help with accompanying/supporting volunteers if they need to go the doctors/hospital/police, etc.
  • Helping out in the OCN office, including responding to email enquiries, some general admin tasks and helping with recruitment.
  • Normal working hours: largely 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday; early/evening/weekend meet & greets.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Spanish Level to Start Project: Higher Intermediate
  • Time Commitment: Min 6 months
  • Minimum Age: 21 years old
  • Fluent English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge/previous studies related to development/Latin America/social work/psychology/human resources would be a real bonus
  • Excellent communication/ conflict resolution/ interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Mature and positive attitude with a good sense of humour
  • Hard working and enthusiastic

Through our office internships you would be indirectly helping all the projects we support. Many of these roles can be part-time, so volunteers can combine this work with some part-time work on one of our 'front line' social projects. Whilst there can be some flexibility in hours, our office hours are 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm from Monday – Friday. Volunteers are requested to commit 20 hours per week (although this could be split between more than one project), and working hours can be coordinated upon arrival (flexible).

Office volunteers must bring their own laptop for the work as we don't have any extra computers. There is wifi internet connection in the office.

We also welcome any suggestions to improve our processes or administration to better serve the projects we work with and support the volunteers who come here. This could come from your practical day to day work here, or from any background you have in administration, IT, HR or business or voluntary/charity sector experience.

Working in the OCN office is a great opportunity to get an inside look at a small NGO. You will gain hands on experience working side by side with our Peru based staff

We are looking for someone who can commit to 6 months of volunteering with a view of starting at the beginning of April 2020.

Typical day

With many different projects available, each volunteer's day is both varied and unique. A typical day would be 9am-1pm but a Volunteer Coordinator will be expected to pick volunteers up from the bus station or airport at other times.

Free-time activities

Huanchaco, the place where OCN has its office, is located directly by the sea and is famous for its surfing opportunities. There are many surf schools in town that offer cheap surfing lessons. On weekends our volunteers can visit many local archaeological sites, such as Chan Chan and El Brujo. There are also opportunities for sandboarding and hiking. Cajamarca and Huaraz are popular weekend trips and once a volunteer has been volunteering for a month there are able to take time off during the week for travel too.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 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 (fluently) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and DBS criminal record check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
excellent interpersonal skills and mature and positive attitude
enthusiasm and ability to handle stressful situations
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Airport Pickup at Trujillo Airport

Given prior knowledge, OCN will arrange for their new volunteers to be picked up at the airport or bus station in Trujillo upon arrival and brought to their accommodation facilities in Huanchaco.


Because the Volunteer Coordinator role is very important for our organisation we waive the volunteer fee and offer free accommodation in our Volunteer House during the total period of time which the person will volunteer with us.

Bedroom (Single)
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 Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. 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

Our current Volunteer Coordinator finishes beginning of April 2020, so we're looking for someone to take over from around that time. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
24 - 50 weeks

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