Volunteering

WHAT IS NATIVOS INKA PROJECT

Nativos Inka Project is a volunteer Cusco-Perú organization. We receive people each year on a variety of service projects and internships. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun. We offer Perú voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation & environment, medicine & healthcare, and more.

OUR VISION

Our mission is to encourage young people to volunteer for worthwhile work in developing countries. We expect that doing this kind of voluntary work will in time become the norm. As more and more people join us, we aim to create a multi-national community with a passion to serve, to learn, to understand, to teach, to inspire, and to be inspired. It is the responsibility of all young people to take an active role shaping the future of our planet. We believe that each young person deserves the opportunity and tools to be able to develop their potential. We provide young people with practical experiences of self-management. We allow them to see the world, make a real difference and discover what really matters to them.

OUR VALUES

COMPANY: We believe that the most efficient way to organize people and resources for our activities is through a non-for-profit company; it allows for the pooling of resources and the dispersal of risk, and it encourages innovation.CONTRIBUTION: We believe in helping where help is needed, even in far-away places, whether it is needed by an individual, an organization, an environmental project, or an entire community; we respond to need as effectively as we can with our abilities and our resources.COMMUNITY: We believe that our colleagues, our volunteers, and our partners, determine our success. We recognize that each individual has a unique ability to contribute, which we must nurture.CULTURE: We believe in the value of cultural exchange between young people from different communities; such exchange helps to create a world with greater mutual respect and understanding.

VOLUNTEER IN PERU

Volunteer in Peru – a country that is home to Machu Picchu and a fascinating Andean location alive with cultural stimulation. With magnificent ruins of ancient cultures. Although Peru is rich in natural resources and offers a great many places to visit, many of Peru’s citizens are poor and live in unfortunate conditions. Thirty-seven percent of the population lives under the poverty line. Take an adventure to Peru, a popular destination for interns who seek a balance of exciting activities and meaningful projects to share their love, passion and assistance with poor children and impoverished communities. Peru’s other main attractions are other archaeological remnants of pre-Columbian cultures as the center of Inca’s Empire; amazing food experiences; examples of colonial architecture and their natural resources (a paradise for the ecological tourist).A volunteer in Peru offers exciting opportunities for volunteers to explore an amazing country and – the archeological capital of the Americas. NATIVOS INKA PROJECT PERU’s internship projects are located in Cusco, a major tourist destination in Peru.To get a head-start on your Peru volunteer program, take a few moments to contact us by email for more information, including travel dates, fees and more. We look forward to hearing from you.

CARE PROJECTS

Orphanage, Day care center, kindergardens,

Project Summary

Volunteer in an orphanage in Peru and immerse yourself in Peru’s colorful culture and help add brightness to the lives of orphaned or abandoned children. Share love, compassion and skills with the very-unfortunate children who have lost their parents due to complications caused by poverty, disease, family violence or simple abandonment. NATIVOS INKA’s orphan projects in Peru projects aim to provide homes, education, love and hope to these children. The homes are run with the atmosphere of a large family accompanied by live-in parents that are there 100% of the time to support, care for and nurture the children. Volunteers will undoubtedly have the chance to brighten the lives of orphans while at the same time growing personally and professionally. Volunteers who are willing to volunteer for at least a month with special skills such as counseling, social work, psychology or nursing can volunteer in orphanages and homes for special children,.. These children are emotionally, mentally, developmentally and/or physically challenged and need extra special attention and care. A caring and devoted organization in Cusco has taken on the challenge of caring for them, but they need your help and support. If you are up for a challenge, consider working in this type of orphanage.

Skills/Qualifications

No specific skills or qualifications are needed to volunteer in an orphanage in Peru. Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (not mandatory). If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping. There are no specific qualifications needed to join NATIVOS INKA’s volunteer orphanage projects in Peru. All volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient, as well as possess a passion and love for children.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer in an orphanage in Peru, volunteers work with schools and nonprofit organizations 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff, daily activities may include:
  • Teaching Basic English (2-4 hours to children ages 6-16, depending on orphanage and school schedules)
  • Helping students with their homework
  • Planning and leading extracurricular activities such as dancing, singing, drawing, painting, playing sports
  • Teaching children about health and personal hygiene
  • Teaching computer classes
  • Helping take children on field trips
  • Teaching life skills and daily tasks such as cleaning, cooking, business skills, getting dressed, sewing, gardening, etc
  • Working on maintenance of the facilities
  • Assisting in orphanage and school administrations with daily tasks
  • Fundraising

How Many Children Are In The Orphanage And What Are Their Ages?

There are about between 15 to 40 children at the girls and boys orphanage in Cusco ranging from infants – 17-years-old, however the majority is aged between 6-14-years-old

What are the day to day activities in the orphanage project? What I actually do?

Volunteers can teach English, computer skills, play with the children, work with socialization of the children, assist in household duties or simply enjoy time with the children. Volunteers are free to teach and bring information on subjects they may like and/or share information about their home country. The orphanage encourages art, crafts, music, dance and drama for the children. You are free to teach and share in any of these areas as appropriate to age.Girls or boys also may play outside or do some sports. There will be different activities based on the age of the girls, their school hours that vary and those that do not attend school yet or only go to kindergarten.

How Many Hours A Day Do We Work In The Orphanage?

Volunteers work in the orphanage Monday – Friday for about 4 hours a day either mornings or afternoons, depending on your Spanish language schedule.

TEACHING PROJECT

Public schools (primary or high), after school places

Volunteer in Peru teaching English and improve school environments, provide children with greater opportunities and engage in Peruvian culture. Schools in Peru are drastically underfunded and although English, art and physical education are required, they are typically not available due to the lack of funding and staff. In some schools, these courses may be taught but at a very low skill level as local teachers are not qualified to teach the courses. Peru needs volunteers to teach these important but often overlooked subjects of art, computer skills, physical education and more than anything, English. With the tourism in Cusco, English is one of the easiest ways to open doors for children, as the job market in tourism and hospitality is dominant. Volunteer to teach English to children in Peru and interject a passion and love for learning into their lives!

Skills/Qualifications

No specific skills or qualifications are required to volunteer in the Teaching English Project in Peru. Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (not mandatory). If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping. There are no specific qualifications needed to join NATIVOS INKA’s volunteer teaching projects in Peru. Dress code is required in the schools (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and volunteers must be physically presentable (no excessive tattoos or piercings). Volunteers are expected to be reliable, flexible and patient and strive to be good role models for the children.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Working as a volunteer in the Teaching English Project in Peru, you will work 2-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff, daily activities involve: • Teaching basic English 2-4 hours a day • Teaching other subjects such as math and science • Teaching health and personal hygiene • Planning and leading extracurricular activities such as dance, games, sports, arts, music, etc • Helping children with their homework • Providing assistance to school administrations with administration, curriculum development and fundraising

What Is The Name Of The School I Would Be Placed?

Your local coordinator will provide you with all school and placement information on the day of your arrival. On your first working day, your coordinator will accompany you to your project and make sure you arrive well and safe. Your local coordinator will provide telephone numbers and directions as well.

What Is The Age Range Of The Students In The School?

The students you will be instructing range in age between 11-18-years-old

How Many Students Are In The School? How Many Of Them Are In Each Class?

There are about 150 students at the school with the average of 25 students per class.

Will I Be Handling The Classes On My Own Or Will There Be Someone Assisting Me While Teaching?

You will be teaching alongside a local teacher. Depending on your Spanish language level you may teach some days independently, this depends on your interaction and engagement with the students.

Do They Have Teaching Curriculum?

Yes, there is a teaching curriculum that teachers need to follow. Any ideas for teaching methods or teaching content are very welcome though. There is a high demand for native English speakers to work as teachers in Peru.

How Many Hours A Day Do I Need To Teach?

You will teach about 2- 4 hours a day on average.

Do I Need To Bring Teaching Materials? Or Does The School Have Teaching Materials Which I Can Use?

The school has their own books; however, English teaching volunteers are welcome to bring additional books, school supplies or anything else that they feel may be a beneficial to their students.

Is Teaching Available All-Round The Year? If Not, When Does It Close For How Long?

Teaching is only available during the school year. Peruvian schools are closed between December 15th – March 10th and July 30th – August 18th.

Any Important Information You Want To Share About This Project.

It is important to respect that in Peru the teaching methods may vary from those that you are used to at your home country. Teachers may know less English than you would expect from an English teacher in your home country. Lessons are taught often in a repetitive and slow way. It is important to support the teacher in motivating the students for learning English. In Peru, especially in Cusco about 80% of all jobs are in tourism. It is critical for students to learn English for their future profession, which may very well be in tourism where the English language is vital to receive a well-paying job.

Prices for Cusco-Peru

Prices include:

  • Airport pick up.
  • 10 hrs spanish group lessons (if a student want to continue he will be able to continue group or private lessons).
  • Accommodation.
  • Food (2 meals per day breakfast, lunch or dinner).
  • In-country induction with a staff member upon arrival.
  • Support and 24 hour back-up from our local staff.
  • Salsa classes.
  • Cooking and pisco sour classes.
  • Donation for the organization you will work with.
  • Basic City tour of Cusco.
  • Cusco’s map.
  • Visa support (if applicable).

Prices do not include:

  • Flights.
  • Visas.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Costs of transportation between the homestay/apartment- volunteering placement.

INTERNSHIP IN PERU

MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE PROJECT MEDICINE

Volunteer in Peru in clinics and hospitals and help to provide care to low-income Peruvian families. While healthcare professionals attempt to keep pace with the advances of modern medicine, there are massive amounts of Peruvians who do not have access to basic healthcare. NATIVOS INKA’s volunteer projects in Peru need interested medical/healthcare professionals to support the often-intimidating front line of medicine and healthcare in a developing country. NATIVOS INKA partners with clinics and hospitals that specialize in rehabilitation for children, general medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, dental, family medicine, psychology, counseling, social work, physical, occupational rehabilitation and more. For volunteers interested in a career in healthcare or medicine, this program provides a great opportunity to gain professional experience, provide medical attention to impoverished patients and explore Peru’s mix of Andean, Incan and Spanish cultures. As a volunteer working in clinics and hospitals, you will have a rewarding, life changing and valuable experience as you promote healthy lives for local Peruvians.

Skills/Qualifications

Intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the people you help. Applicants interested in joining our volunteer health program can participate with or without experience. Those without experience must be able to observe medical procedures and emergencies where minor surgeries or blood may be involved. Those who possess healthcare certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing, physical therapy, midwifery or physician’s credentials can participate accordingly. NATIVOS INKA requires a copy of volunteers’ resumes, clearly documenting credentials and education, before arrival at the project. Projects will also require an official copy of credentials. Volunteers must be proactive, patient, responsible, enthusiastic and passionate about healthcare.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer working in the medical/healthcare project in Peru, your responsibilities will depend on your level of training, certifications and licensing. All clinics and hospitals seek to use their volunteers efficiently and create a learning environment. As a volunteer with or without experience, you can observe the work of doctors and nurses and help them according to your skills in the medical field. Volunteers with specialties will be able to help in their specific fields. The clinics may also provide basic trainings for volunteers with less experience. Again, depending on qualifications and experience, volunteers carry out duties such as:• Assisting with lab work • Helping in the pharmacy • Helping with triage • Providing basic care • Observing the work of nurses or doctors • Carry out daily administrative tasks • Taking patient details • Measuring vital signs such as blood pressure, height, weight • Distributing medicines • Performing basic first aid • Helping with medical procedures • Assisting incoming patients • Providing assistance in the in-day emergency room • Partnering with local doctors • Qualified doctors can diagnose and treat patients based on their certification and specialtyHow Far Is The Project From The Accommodation? How Do I Commute? You will stay in a typical Peruvian home with a host family. The project is about 20 to 30 minutes by public bus from your accommodations. We generally use public transportation in Cusco, however, if you wish there are taxis available for about $3 USD a ride.

Where Are They Placed; In Clinic Or Hospital?

All medical clinics are placed in the city of Cusco about 20 minutes by bus from your host family. Your local coordinator will provide you with all directions on the day of your arrival in Cusco. She will accompany you the first day to your project to ensure you arrive accordingly.

What Are The Requirements To Join The Program?

Volunteers need to speak at least intermediate Spanish when working at the medical clinic. Most doctors and nurses in Cusco do not speak any English. We recommend volunteers participate in the Spanish language group class offered in Cusco. Furthermore, it is recommendable to have interest in the field of medicine and an education in some level of medical treatment.

Do We Get Hands On Experience At This Project?

Hands-on experience during the Healthcare Project in Peru depends on the volunteer’s engagement, their knowledge of the Spanish language as well as their experience in the medical field.

How Many Hours A Day Do We Need To Work?

Volunteers work approximately 4 hours per day at the medical clinic. If there is an unforeseen surgery you are interested in observing, you may stay longer.

Is Healthcare Available All-Round The Year? If Not, When Does It Close For How Long?

The medical project is available all-round the year with the exception of Christmas and public holidays.

Any Important Information You Want To Share About This Project.

It is important to respect that in Peru the workflow may vary from the one that you are used to in your home country. Volunteers within the healthcare project need to have an open mind to experience a new culture.

Room / Food/ Supervision

NATIVOS INKA manages your living accommodations in Peru. In Cusco, most volunteers live with a host family. Our host families are socially respected and experienced hosts of international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. Host families will prepare two meals a day for volunteers consisting of local ingredients and foods traditional of Peru. Our host families do not offer laundry services, but some will happily take up the task for a small fee.Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Volunteers are always welcome at our local office in Cusco-Peru. If project placement is local, we request that volunteers stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how they are doing with their home stay and project. If project placement is very far, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone and try to visit every week if possible.

DENTISTRY

As an Dentistry intern, your role is mainly observational and you will shadow dentists and other dental staff throughout their day. You will see routine dental work including extractions, fillings, and caps, as well as preventative dentistry. Depending on your qualifications and by showing initiative and enthusiasm, you may be asked to support the local staff with their duties. For all Dentistry placements in Cusco, you must speak an intermediate level of Spanish Interns on the dentistry placements usually work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. Your hours are usually 8am to 1pm, although there may be other work available in the afternoons. Previous interns have also got involved in activities such as running dental health workshops in the local community. During your time in Peru, you will stay with one of our local host families, and experience first-hand the warm hospitality of the Peruvian people. Living in Peru also gives you a great opportunity to practice your Spanish. On weekends, you can explore Cuzco and the surrounding region with our volunteer community.

NURSING

You must be a nursing student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad are ready to coordinate with your university to ensure the placement chosen for your Nursing Elective meets its requirements. Our in country staff will coordinate with you and help with any pre-departure paperwork and questions. When you are in Peru, you will have a supervisor, who is a qualified member of the hospital staff. They will ensure you are learning and having a fulfilling time on your placement. The hospital you are allocated to will depend upon your chosen specialism. We have opportunities for elective students in the two biggest hospitals in Cuzco, plus placements in a small mini-hospital called “postas de salud” for anyone focusing on obstetrics and gynecology. There may also be opportunities to spend time in a children’s rehabilitation hospital. This hospital is run by a priest and they look after many children with special needs. For all Nursing placements in Cusco, you must speak an intermediate level of Spanish. While you are on your Nursing Elective in Peru, you will stay with one of our local host families. They are warm and welcoming and you will quickly become part of their family. Nursing Student Electives in Cusco are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.

Prices for Peru

Prices include:

  • Airport pick up.
  • 20 hrs spanish medical private lessons (if a student want to continue he will be able to continue group or private spanish lessons).
  • Accommodation.
  • Food(2 meals per day breakfast, lunch or dinner).
  • In-country induction with a staff member upon arrival.
  • Support and 24 hour back-up from our local staff.
  • Salsa classes.
  • Cooking and pisco sour classes.
  • Donation for the organization you will work with.
  • Basic City tour of Cusco.
  • Cusco’s map
  • Visa support (if applicable).

Prices do not include:

  • Flights.
  • Visas.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Costs of transportation between the homestay/apartment- volunteering place.