Plan My Gap Year

Urban Childcare Assistant

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fondée en 2011
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Coordinateur | Josh
Coordinateur | Josh
Work at childcare facilities in the great city of Cusco and support their important daily work. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Seul voyageur
Couples
Groupes
50+
The majestic city of the Incas, while tourist based and thriving, is a city of the poor who come in from hungry villages hoping to sell their crafts, clothes and even pose for photos in traditional dress just to make enough to eat. Each year in the city of Cusco millions of tourist visit to explore the Incan culture and venture to Machu Picchu. Although there is such high tourism and a thriving economy more than half of the population still lives in poverty. Due to the inability to make enough money to support their families tourist will encounter child beggars at all hours of day and night. Among the poverty, the ageless majesty of the Incan empire radiates from the streets of this historic city. As you walk the cobble stone streets and witness the small girl posing with her Llama or the man pushing a cart of cheese to the nearby market, you can’t help but notice their features and recognise they are all direct descendants of the exceptional rulers of the Andes.

In this indigenous culture many children are subject to troubling home environments due to low income, addiction, violence and neglect. PMGY Peru has joined up with local organisations to provide assistance to children with great need. The projects range from orphanages to after-school programmes providing food for the young workers of Cusco.

Though lower class families receive some minor assistance from the government, in many situations they require their children to leave school and take to the streets for work. Due to this reality, at no cost, local groups including police, language schools, government institutions and local NGOs have teamed up to give food, shelter, entertainment and at times clothing for the young ones.

THE PROJECT
The kindergarten programmes and those for working children are essential in restoring families and providing necessary assistance to ensure children are not abandoned. Volunteers joining us in the childcare projects are able to both assist in the prevention of orphaned children and also provide support to those that have been. By volunteering on these projects you are contributing so that children can be fed, educated and guided in becoming a good citizen to their community and interact in sports or crafts as appropriate to their age.

In many cases working children or those in the kindergarten will spend hours in the afternoon until late into the night following their mother as she trots through the plaza selling jewellery or food off a cart. It isn’t uncommon to go into a shop and find a little ones sleeping in the back or encounter a child on the lap of his grandmother as she roasts corn in an alleyway on the way home from a night out. With each volunteer there is a donation made to these projects and with that donation is more potential for these projects to enhance or even save a family from separating or a child from being forced into a foster home or orphanage.

SPANISH REQUIREMENTS
For our programmes in Latin America, we recommend that you speak basic to intermediate Spanish. While the programmes only require you to speak a basic level of Spanish, we find that the ability to speak a good level of Spanish will greatly enhance your overall experience. English is generally not widely spoken so if you do not speak a reasonable level of Spanish then you will find it difficult to communicate and thus may have a frustrating experience.

PMGY offer Online Spanish Lessons that you can take before your trip. These are priced at $225 for 20-hours and this provides you with the opportunity to receive one-on-one classes from a trained Spanish teacher. Classes are held via Skype and can be worked around your schedule back in your home country. We also offer a Language & Immersion Programme which you can take part in prior to your volunteer placement. This provides you with 20 hours-per-week of group Spanish lessons. Both of these options can be added during our online application process and are highly recommended if you want to make the most of your volunteer placement.

Once you are in-country then you are also able to organise additional Spanish lessons directly with our local team. Volunteer feedback suggests that it can often be tiring to complete Spanish lessons at the same time as your volunteer placement so we generally recommend the Language & Immersion Programme option.

ESSENTIAL INFO

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

Can I use this programme as part of a university or college placement? 

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions. 

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances. 

All volunteers will receive a digital PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you.

Journée Typique

PROJECT EXAMPLE – KINDERGARTEN
This project is a non-formal kindergarten for low-income families to provide care and education for those that cannot afford it. This organization is funded by the Ministry of Education of Peru. The programme is run by a member of the community, also known as a mother, to maintain the centre working as a teacher. The project is open for 4 hours of the day and the cost is as little as £3 per month.

The children are 3 to 5 years old in one combined class. The working hours for this project are 9:00 am to 12:30 pm assisting the ‘mother’ with different tasks including lesson planning, playing with the children, organising workshops for the network of teachers to improve care of children in this programme across Cusco and assisting in areas such as nutrition by preparing meals and hygiene like brushing teeth, washing hands and bathing. This programme provides volunteers with the ability to create their own day on the project getting involved in whichever areas they find interest with the children.

PROJECT EXAMPLE – ORPHANAGE
The orphanage that you may join is a foster home for the abandoned, neglected and at-risk youth from the streets of Cusco. The home was founded in 2002 by a former police officer after his encounter with many children victim to domestic violence. This project is a non-profit organisation caring for 20 children aged 6-18 years old. The children of this home have been subject to court-appointed housing after either being subject to domestic violence, neglect or other troubled areas due to the family environment.

This orphanage is completely funded by independent donation. The director, his wife, a nurse and a teacher oversee all personal care of the children by providing them food and shelter. Although the provided care is basic the atmosphere is very loving and each child feels happy. The goal is to give all children an education so that, although their childhood, they can have a bright future!

This project will provide flexible hours for volunteers for 3-5 hours of the day in the afternoons. This orphanage is a sustainable project with its own greenhouse, small farm and solar panels. Each child has his/her chores to do when they are finished with their lessons or artistic activities. Volunteers are asked to assist children with their homework and language skills, organise sport or fun activities, provide guidance in health-related areas like brushing their teeth or puberty-related changes and help with chores if you wish caring for the orphanage grounds.

This orphanage is a project based outside Cusco which requires a 1-hour commute from your homestay, but it is unlike any other project with PMGY Peru. This project is very flexible in a rural setting, which provides a very Peruvian based lifestyle with the surrounding mountains and sustainable lifestyle. If you join this project you will be in the company of children from troubled backgrounds, but all are incredibly warm, intelligent and artistic.

PROJECT EXAMPLE – AFTER SCHOOL ASSISTANCE
The programme was created to help parents that have to work after the children are released from school. This project is an afterschool programme organised by the Police Department of Cusco. The mission of this programme is to provide the children with a bright and promising future, by educating them and teaching them skills that will help them in the future, and encourage them to become more self- sufficient and independent.

The Police Department organizes recreational activities, such as painting, dancing, drawing, etc. for the children that join this programme. When the volunteers are present, they can organize these activities according to their skills. The children are also often victims of domestic violence (emotional and physical) or sexual abuse. Due to this, there is a high importance that the project has upbeat and patient volunteers! The project is especially rewarding for those that want to stay for longer periods of time as they can develop deep relationships with children.

The programme will engage volunteers with children 6 to 14 years old that either work in the street or have mothers whom work into the late evening. The project is from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the weekdays. The volunteers will organize and teach crafts, art, music or areas they have interest. The children will be taught English and assisted with homework along with being provided loads of motivation and support from PMGY Peru volunteers.

Informations sur l'arrivée

This programme starts on the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month. You should arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco (airport code CUZ) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by your host family or a local team member who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure. If you wish to venture around the Cusco area you can request this from your homestay family.
 
The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Activités de Loisir

IN & AROUND CUSCO
PMGY volunteer in Peru participants are based in Cusco, the Incan capital of world located in the Andes Mountains. The small city has so much history!  As you move through the narrow streets you can’t help but wander into the hidden markets, gaze upon the local artwork and chuckle at the llamas dressed in traditional material.

Peru is full of wonder with the Incan capital, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, the Amazon and the Nazca lines along with coast. Here you can find yourself in a prime spot to visit places like Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, the Maras Salt Mines, Sacred Site of the Moray, Lake Titicaca and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.
Water Sports
Sightseeing
Shopping /
Souvenirs
Hiking
Riding

Exigences du Programme

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler espagnol (niveau moyen)
Vérification des Antécédents Criminels
nécessaire
Exigences de Formation
à niveau High School/University
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You should be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi

Services inclus

Couche supplémentaire de sécurité de Volunteer World
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Assurance qualité
Normes éthiques élevées & impact social vérifiable
Option Flex
Modifie ta réservation sans frais supplémentaires
Garantie de remboursement
Si l'organisation annule ton séjour, nous te remboursons les frais
Support & Médiation
Nous te soutenons quelles que soient les circonstances
Notre service est gratuit
Les frais de programme sont perçus directement par Plan My Gap Year.

Avant ton départ

Consultation compétente et soutien continu (gratuit)
Plan My Gap Year (ton organisation hôte) est à ta disposition pour toute information ou renseignement. Une fois que tu as réservé ta place tu vas recevoir les coordonnés de l'organisation.
Cours de préparation en ligne (facultatif, à partir de $49)
Renseigne-toi afin d'être bien préparé(e) pour ton voyage. Avant ton départ, notre partenaire Global Travel Academy te fournit toutes les informations nécessaires pour que tu sois bien informé et prêt à partir pour ta mission humanitaire. Ils offrent des cours de "International Volunteering", "Travel Health & Safety" et "Travel Safety Abroad".

Services sur place

Services de Plan My Gap Year
Your fee includes both your registration fee and programme fees.

Your programme fee includes; accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), airport pickup (24 hours), in-country orientation, private transport to projects, 24 hour in-country support.

Your registration fee includes; 24 hour UK based support, comprehensive volunteer handbook, live pre-departure webinars, 100% financial protection, regular programme inspection.
Transfert de l'aéroport Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

We provide a 24 hour Airport Pickup.

Logement
During your time with PMGY in Peru you will live in our homestay(s). The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way as well as local families whom will guide you in Cusco and help to improve your knowledge of the Spanish Language!

The homestays are located just outside of central Cusco all within 30 minutes walk of your chosen project. Each room has single beds, up to 3 people per room (same-sex rooms only). Volunteers are provided with bed linen and cupboard space to store clothes and accessories. All volunteers will have their own keys for the front of the building, apartment and their bedroom.

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is hot to ensure you keep warm in the chilly city of Cusco! The house has Wi-Fi and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled, but the families will prepare all meals (including a packed lunch if you wish).

The families of the homestay normally have a separate area within the house for their family, but they love to interact with volunteers and hear about your days. This ensures you have round the clock support and security along with the chance to improve your Spanish language skills.
Dortoir Famille d'accueil
Aliments & Boissons
Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during their time with PMGY. Breakfast and dinner are served at the homestay, whereas for lunch we provide you with a packed lunch (upon request). Boiled and filtered water is also available at the homestay(s) for volunteers.

Most meals are traditional Peruvian dishes. Peruvian cuisine consists of a lot of rice or quinoa and the meat is mainly chicken. Most meals will incorporate lots of carbs and vegetables compared to the UK so please be open-minded around this! Due to the altitude, you will notice that your breakfast and dinner meals are quite small and lunch is very big. Going to sleep with a full stomach is hard on the body and at such an altitude it is difficult to digest large quantities of food. It may take you a few days for your body to accustom to this as well.

The main meats are chicken, fish and alpaca. There are a number of western restaurants around a 10-minute drive from the accommodation should you fancy picking up some home comforts. There are also some Vegan and Indian restaurants in Cusco. Our local team will tell you all about the options available to you during your in-country orientation.

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.
Accès à Internet
Bon accès sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) à Cuzco. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Pérou.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Pérou te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Vaccins
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Pérou, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Pérou.
Frais: Prix en USD
4 sem (durée min.)
$ 864
6 sem
$ 1,134
8 sem
$ 1,404
10 sem
$ 1,659
12 sem (durée max.)
$ 1,929
Coût moyen
$ 188 /sem

Tu peux participer à ce projet à Cusco/Pérou de 4 sem à 12 sem. Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Plan My Gap Year t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Service Crowdfunding
Généralement, partir en voyage humanitaire à l'étranger implique certains coûts. Si tu as besoin de soutien financier, nous t'aidons à recueillir des fonds pour ton programme en Pérou.
Acompte (15%)
L'acompte sert à réserver ta place avec l'organisation. Les paiements sont effectués par Paypal, notre partenaire de confiance pour les solutions de paiements internationales. Si tu n'as pas Paypal, tu peux également utiliser ta carte de crédit.
Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Plan My Gap Year durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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