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Volunteers Peru

Support Team Member in a Home for Girls

Arequipa, Peru

Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte is a home for girls aged 3 -18 who have been removed from their families following abuse, neglect or abandonment.

About the Program 

We are looking for caring and enthusiastic people with a passion for helping others to support at the Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte girls' home in Arequipa, southern Peru.

The Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte is a Christian home for girls and young women who have been removed from their families due to abandonment or abuse. It is based just outside of Arequipa, about a 40 minute bus ride from the city center. There are generally between 20 and 30 girls living there at any one time aged from 3 to 18 years. The state sends girls to the Casa Hogar, but provides very little financial assistance, which is why volunteer support is needed. As a member of the team at the Torre Fuerte, you will work alongside local staff to support the girls in their care.

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain experience working in a caring role with young people and those who are interested in women's and girls' rights.. The girls are very warm and welcoming - working with them is an extremely rewarding experience!

We are always looking for compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers willing to commit as much time as possible to helping the children at both of our projects. Below is a list of skills and attributes that we look for in our volunteers. However, please keep in mind that anyone is welcome to apply.

Essential Qualities

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dedication¬†
  • A passion for working with children
  • Desire to learn about the communities we work with
  • Ability to work as part of an international team
  • Desirable Skills and Experience

Childcare Experience

  • Teaching skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Spanish language

We ask that those applying for this role dedicate a minimum of four weeks. There is no maximum volunteer period - the more time that volunteers are able to commit to the girls, the better. Please note that due to the nature of the project, there is limited availability for male applicants.

Typical day

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Homework help
  • Domestic tasks as necessary
  • Playing with the girls
  • Contributing towards a safe and stable home environment
  • You are also welcome to get involved with mini-projects and training, dependent on your skills and experience

Free-time activities

Arequipa is a beautiful vibrant city with lots to keep volunteers occupied during their time here. The skyline is dominated by volcanos and the city is famous for its colonial architecture, great food and lively nightlife. The sun shines around 300 days of the year. International travellers are well catered for, but there are plenty of opportunities to integrate into local life. Arequipa is a great base for further exploration of Peru. The Colca Canyon and the floating islands of Los Uros on Lake Titicaca are within easy reach for weekend trips.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Application Form, CV and Reference
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate Spanish
Childcare skills/experience desirable
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 13:00 - 18:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteers Peru are happy to help you.

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This one off $230 fee goes directly back into the organization to cover legitimate administration costs and support the projects. The program fee covers the costs of our support to you. In volunteers Peru, you have 24/7 support and assistance in all of your needs while being here and personalized support before your arrival. In addition, the fee goes towards your Volunteers Peru uniform shirt, administrative fees, and Volunteers Peru sustainability. You will receive a certificate and reference upon request.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) in Arequipa. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$230.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$230.00
Average fees
$31.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arequipa/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteers Peru will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteers Peru during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas South America Peru Arequipa, 300 B Cruz Verde
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