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.