In the 1980s, the political terrorism of the Sendero Luminoso (“Shining Path”), which originated in the Andes, caused significant numbers of rural residents to seek refuge in Peru’s more urban areas. Although the movement saw its end in 1993, the influx of migrants over the last several decades has resulted in a serious strain on social resources, leaving children and the elderly especially vulnerable. Volunteering in Peru, you’ll work alongside and for the benefit of these people, supporting grassroots efforts to provide essential services to those in need.
Peru has historically been one of the poorest and most unequal countries in Latin America. Despite sustained economic growth for over a decade, distribution of wealth remains one of Peru’s greatest challenges. More than 70% of the population lives in cities, with 33% of the urban poor found in the capital of Lima. It is estimated that 1/3 of the population of Lima live in poor conditions in shantytowns like Villa el Salvador.
Join our team in Peru as we continue to build on nearly two decades of volunteer work in Villa el Salvador. Together we work on programs that reinforce the importance of education, health, and dignity for children, mothers, and their families. The educational, recreational, and public health curriculums we deliver targets school dropout rates and promote child health and the empowerment of families that are under-resourced.
Volunteers in Peru greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Primary schools and organizations that support vulnerable children are under resourced and understaffed. Volunteers assist teachers, conduct educational and recreational programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with much needed one-on-one attention.
The community in Villa el Salvador often struggle to access the health care they need. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition we lead multiple public health projects in Peru including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.