Literacy: Girls' LitClub Assistant

We believe that all children have the right to read, to write and to share their words to change the world. This projects helps them tell their story.

Otra Cosa Network has the amazing opportunity to work with LitWorld, an international organisation which promotes literacy skills and builds self-confidence in young girls from a more disadvantaged background. Girls'LitClub in Cerrito de la Virgin is LitWorld’s first Latin American project and so far has been a fantastic success. From May 2015 we will be starting a second Girls' LitClub, this time in another of Huanchaco's shanty-towns, Las Lomas.

Volunteers work with a local teacher and coordinate with the organisation in New York all whilst having a great time working with the girls, encouraging creativity and freedom of expression using the LitWord curriculum – and of course their own excellent ideas. Volunteers with all levels of Spanish are able to work with LitClub (especially as it is a great way to improve their Spanish language skills) but having an intermediate or higher knowledge of Spanish would be particularly useful.  LitClub runs one afternoon a week (from May 2015 this will be twice a week - once in Cerrito de la Virgen and once in Las Lomas), but there is more work involved, organising materials and planning lessons. It is a perfect project to combine with others!
LitClub is truly an amazing project; it is wonderful to watch the girls become more and more confident in themselves and in their ideas, which they express through writing, reading, drawing and storytelling. The project requires enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about reading and writing and good with relating to others.  LitClub is a very rewarding project and a good challenge - we look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer Roles / Working Hours

  • Encourage creativity
  • Encourage self-expression
  • Improve literacy skills, both reading and writing
  • Build confidence levels
  • Follow the tried methods of LitWorld
  • Currently the club is open in Cerrito de la Virgen on Fridays from 3.00 - 6.00pm, all year round. From May 2015 it will also be open in Las Lomas on Wednesdays from 3.00 - 6.00pm, all year round. There will also be the need for more time to prepare and plan lessons, and organise craft activities. This is a part-time project and so would be great to combine with another project.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Other Skills
No formal skills required, just a willingness to help give the children the confidence to express themselves, and develop their reading and writing skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Wednesday and Friday from 14:00 - 18:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Peru? Volunteer World directly connects you with Otra Cosa Network

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Free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, for all types of surfer. Huanchaco is surrounded by some mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). Furthermore, there's a beautiful white mountain range, the cordillera blanca, situated in Huaraz, fairly close to Huanchaco (5h bus ride), which offers a good many hiking and climbing possibilities in the most fascinating landscape. If you prefer cultural activities, we are a few minutes away from the Chan Chan and 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. The town of Huanchaco has a gym, and you can find some fields to play basketball and football close to the beach.

Water Sports


What's included?
The OCN payment fee covers Volunteer placement and accommodation arrangement services. It includes:
Collection in Trujillo at the bus station or airport, by a member of the OCN team:
Introduction to your project, as well as to Huanchaco;
Day to day support as and when required;
Advice on accommodation options in Huanchaco.

Please note that all travel as well as accommodation costs must be paid by the volunteer (in addition to the Volunteer Program Fees).
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Huanchaco/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Otra Cosa Network will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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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431 Las Camelias, 13000 Huanchaco, Peru