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Teacher’s assistant at the Ashaninka tribe

As a volunteer you will live together with a small native Ashananika community and assist the local school teacher as well as helping with homework.

As a volunteer you will live together with a small community of native Ashaninkas. The tribe is located in a quite remote rainforest area which is about 20 km away from Satipo. There you will find humid tropical rainforest climate with high temperatures during day and night.
The community consists of eight families in total who are still living in a traditional way. The main economical activity of the community is agriculture like growing yucca, coffee, cacao, bananas and oranges. The people there live in basic houses built of natural materials.
Your volunteer work will consist of assisting the school teacher at the local school there. The school is only for children of the Ashaninka community. It is a primary school with only one class which is attended by 11 students of different age. The pupils are aged between 5 and 12 years.
In the afternoon the children will be happy if you help them with their homework for some time. If you like  you can also do some farmwork on close by agricultural sites together with the Ashaninkas. The tribe people will be glad if you participate in their daily working duties at the communal place, like preparing food and taking care of the animals together with them. You will live there as a member of local tribe people and will be integrated in the Ashaninka community.
Please be aware that the people there live a simple lifestyle in a remote area. The houses are really basic, the food is prepared on open fire every day. Nevertheless there is a connection to electricity and also television and mobile net are available.
Even if there is no tapwater they have plenty of water that comes from a closeby pure waterfall in water tubes to the communal place area. The shower has solar heated water and is located outside. The bathrooms are really basic and without water connection.

Suitable for

Teacher’s assistant at the Ashaninka tribe Los almunos La escuela La casa El pueblo La selva

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 (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
math, sciences, arts , sports, music, english. geography, marketing, etc at level
Required Documents
CV and copy of ID/ passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
being adaptable to the local basic living conditions there as well as the tropical climate and being an empathetic personality with sound social skills,
being fond of children and animals
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 12:00

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

Free-time activities

During your freetime you can go hiking around the mountain area where the Ashaninka tribe is located as well visiting various beautiful water falls close to tribe.
The next city, Satipo, is also worth visiting. There you can find food markets, restaurants, churches, parks and a tourist information desk.
In the tropical rainforest you find many magnificient water falls. Some of them contain also natural swimming pools.
The rainforest area is famous for birdwatching and finding some special amazing plants, like orchids that are typical plants of the Amazon region.
Around Satipo there are a lot of agricultural sites where various tropical fruits are grown There are for example coffee, cacao, pineapple, orange, lemon, papaya and banana plantations. Next to Satipo you can find wonderful natural beaches along wide rivers, for example the Playa de Bellavista or Playa Meratari. On some rivers you can take a boat tour to view the spectacular natural wildlife.
Besides the Ashaninka tribe there also live the Nomatsiguengas tribe that is native to the region too and can be visited as well.
Furthermore close by you can find some ancient rock paintings of former cultures.


Included Services

What's included?

We provide a room and full board for the volunteer at our home place. The fees also include three meals every day that we usually eat together. . Please be aware that you have to pay for your transport. All transport fees like for bus tickets or taxis are not included.

Airport Pickup

We can provide an airport pick up, but only for extra costs -> 800 Soles. Huancayo hasn´t got an airport - the next airport is Jauja (45km distance).

A pick up from the bus station (Cruz del Sur) in Huancayo is for free. 


We provide a room at our house which is located in the Santa guillermina ashaninka tribe; located on the top of a small mountain beetween satipo and mazamari, and very close to the local airport.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

We will serve typical ashaninka food three times a day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you like to prepare your own meals feel free to use our kitchen area. For breakfast and lunch we provide a hot meal according to traditional food style. For dinner we will serve sandwiches and hot beverages. Please be aware that you can not drink tapwater in Peru. So if you need additional water between the daily meals you will have to boil or buy it by yourself.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Satipo/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Peru Peru Volunteering will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Peru Peru Volunteering 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
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Peru. Please check the visa regulations for Peru.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Peru and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
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 Jauja (JAU) in Jauja. 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
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
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