Office Volunteer

Help with the various management and administration tasks of Otra Cosa Network, a small non profit NGO attracting volunteers from around the world

Otra Cosa Network is both a UK Register Charity (No. 1133680) and a Peru registered NGO (11126841), helping community projects to improve local people’s quality of life through volunteering in Peru. 

Founded in beautiful Peruvian northern coast in 2004, Otra Cosa Network has been offering personal development and an affordable and rewarding volunteering & cultural experience to international volunteers, as well as offering our local network projects professional services through well motivated, carefully selected, well supported volunteers. Our mission is to continue, grow and develop a low cost, high quality, full service volunteer agency, offering volunteers personal development and an affordable, satisfying and rewarding experience while offering volunteer organizations a professional service supplying well motivated, carefully selected, well supported volunteers. 

We need volunteers to help with essential tasks such as marketing, updating info folders, writing and sending out quarterly newsletters, etc. By doing this you are indirectly helping all the projects we support, as they wouldn’t have a flow of volunteers through us unless Otra Cosa Network was working smoothly and efficiently. Also, once you've worked here a little, you may be able to suggest ideas for improving our practices - we are willing to learn! Volunteers can combine working on this part time with some part-time work on one of their 'front line' social projects. 

Volunteer Roles/ Working Hours:

As an office volunteer you will work under direct supervision of the Operations Manager. Office hours are from 9am to 1pm from Mon - Fri. Volunteers are requested to commit 20 hours per week, and working hours and the dates can be coordinated upon arrival (flexible).

Volunteer tasks include (vary depending on the skills and the interests of volunteers): 

- Be in charge of editing and sending out quarterly newsletter 

- Assist inductions/ walking tour for new volunteers 

- Help update the contents of our website on project/ accommodation description 

- Help update our info materials for volunteers (i.e.specific info on each project, info pack, Huanchaco map, etc) 

- Design OCN T-shirts 

- Organize travel info around Trujillo for volunteers 

- Assist getting volunteer evaluations and exit interviews at the end of their stay 

- Help out with marketing, research, etc 

- Office volunteer must bring their own laptop for the work. 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.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
21 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (basic level)
Other Skills
responsibilty and commitment regarding the fulfillment of assigned tasks;
ability to use Office programs, IT skills
previous experience in NGO sector is not mandatory
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

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 surfers. 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 (9h 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 finding suitable 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
12 weeks (min. stay)
13 weeks
14 weeks
15 weeks
20 weeks
28 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Huanchaco/Peru between 12 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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Visa Regulations
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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Peru.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Trujillo (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.
Vaccine Checker
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431 Las Camelias, 13000 Huanchaco, Peru