Teach photography and creativity to underprivileged teenagers with the aim to let them take photos for on their fair trade greeting cards.
FairMail is a social enterprise producing fair trade photo products.
The photos on FairMail products are taken by Peruvian teenagers. You see the face, name and age of the photographer on the back of each card. FairMail offers this youth photography training, a medical fund and guidance in making their future plans. The teenagers get 50% of the profits of the sale of their own photos to finance their housing and education.
Your task as a volunteer is to contribute to the mission of FairMail: guiding underprivileged teenagers in Peru in producing qualitative photos and in producing and selling fair trade greeting cards worldwide, with as goal the personal development and income support for these teenagers. The activities consist of preparing and giving photography lessons and other trainings that contribute to the development of the teenagers their self-esteem, future plans and english language skills.
Huanchaco, La Libertad, (northern) Peru. Huanchaco is an easy going fishing- and surf village nearby Trujillo (which is the 3rd biggest city of Peru). So volunteering for FairMail goes hand in hand with living a sunny (surf &) beach life.
Benefits for you:
• Get to know about the lives of children who used to be living on the streets and/or live in relatively poor circumstances.
• Have a good time with really great kids!
• Learn about working with children with a difficult background.
• Get to know a local village from an inhabitant’s perspective instead of the short stay tourist perspective.
• Seeing photogenic Peru through the local eyes of the kids and learning about the dynamics of ´local photography´.
• Chance to leave behind your contribution to a beautiful product that will generate income for people that really need it.
We accept volunteers all year through, with a minimum stay of 8 weeks and at least intermediate Spanish speaking.
Huanchaco is a beach town with great waves for surfing, for beginners as well as for advanced surfers. Sandboarding is a nice day-excursion, as well as visiting the nearby pre-Inca Ruins and Temples. A one and a half hour drive by bus brings you to a nice Andes village in the mountains. Up north, Chicama beach offers the longest wave ever, 2,5 hours by public transport.
In Trujillo (13 km from Huanchaco, easy by public transport or taxi) you can find disco's, restaurants and malls to go out and find all you need.
Fresh fruit juice drink during each class and a small snack