Working with children at a kindergarten

At the newly implemented nursery you can help by supervising, playing with, and teaching the children.

The kindergarten project is located in a shantytown called Villa Los Angeles, near Huanchaco. Unfortunately, the area doesn’t bear any resemblance to it's U.S counterpart. The poverty rate in Villa L.A is extremely high and this is the only social project around for the underprivileged inhabitants of the area; most of whom are immigrants who moved to the coast full of hope, leaving behind their roots in the highlands to find a better future. For most, the reality hasn’t been easy and many haven't been able to get full-time jobs and have little option but to work in agriculture or construction, receiving very little money to survive.

In this sad picture, education suffers. Most of the parents never completed their own basic education and therefore they often are not able to support the education of their children. In 2010, the kindergarten started off in a little wooden cottage hosting 8 children to develop their basic skills before going to primary school. As their parents are not charged any fees, the group of children is growing. Since then they have built another wooden cottage, a playground and bathrooms to offer a better environment for the kids.

Although the kindergarten is working in cooperation with the Municipality of Huanchaco to be sustainable in terms of financing, the tiny budget for operations they get (especially because it’s a brand new initiative) means that they cannot afford teachers, assistants and qualified staff to work with the kids. Currently only one teacher and one member of the community are fully involved. With the help of volunteers, they envision reaching a larger group of needy children.

The main goal of the project is to give children who live in the shantytown Villa L.A a good chance to access basic education and encourage them to exercise their citizenship and find better opportunities in life. If you want to see these kids flourishing, come here to volunteer!

Volunteer Roles / Working Hours
- Assisting the main kindergarten teacher in everything required ensuring the kids are making progress according to their age group.
- Managing the nursery room and supervising the children using the playground and outside areas.
- Organising recreational and enrichment activities and games for the enjoyment of the children.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Other Skills
Able to deal with streetwise children; Creative, responsible and independent personality; Genuine interest in working with children
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 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 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.

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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
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
16 weeks
24 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Huanchaco/Peru between 8 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%)
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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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431 Las Camelias, 13000 Huanchaco, Peru