Volunteer Program Coordinator

Volunteer coordinator assisting with meeting, greeting and looking after volunteers at Otra Cosa Network, a small non profit NGO located in Peru

Otra Cosa Network is both a UK Registered Charity (No. 1133680) and a registered Peruvian NGO (11126841), whose aim is the provision of volunteers to help community projects improve local people’s quality of life. Otra Cosa is based in a beautiful Peruvian coastal town and has been offering affordable and rewarding volunteering experience to international volunteers since 2004 while providing local network projects with well motivated, carefully selected volunteers.

Working in the Otra Cosa office is an exciting opportunity to take on a brand new role working for a vibrant new organization in Peru, one which is instrumental in changing the lives of many disadvantaged people on a daily basis. The number of volunteers has grown substantially over the last few years - a success story - but it means the management team now struggles to cope with all the enquiries and administration, as well as to look after growing number of volunteers. So, we need a volunteer coordinator to help us maintain close contact with our volunteers through inductions, mid-way interviews and helping to ensure that volunteers are well supported throughout their stay with us. This is a really key role, as you will play a central part in the experience of most of the other volunteers.


Volunteer Roles/ Working Hours

  • Meeting and greeting new volunteers, including running the welcome induction and walking tour
  • Organising volunteer activities, such as theme nights, outings and the weekly volunteer lunch
  • Taking new volunteers to their projects and helping to settle them in there
  • Writing the weekly volunteer newsletter
  • Conducting mid-way interviews with volunteers who are at the half-way stage, encouraging them to reflect on why they chose to come and helping them to set goals to ensure that they can achieve what they set out to
  • Help with accompanying/supporting volunteers if they need to go the doctors/hospital/police, etc.
  • Helping out in the OCN office, including responding to email enquiries, some general admin tasks and helping with recruitment.
  • Normal working hours: largely 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday; early/evening/weekend meet & greets.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
21 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Other Skills
excellent interpersonal skills and mature and positive attitude
enthusiasm and ability to handle stressful situations
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

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Free-time activities

Huanchaco, the place where OCN has its office, is located directly by the sea and it's famous for its surfing opportunities. There are loads of surf schools in town that offer cheap surfing lessons.
There are many people here organising mountain tours which volunteers can join in on weekends and during the week (volunteers with OCN can get days off if they notify the team early enough).

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 Trujillo.

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
24 weeks (min. stay)
25 weeks
26 weeks
27 weeks
32 weeks
40 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Huanchaco/Peru between 24 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
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 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