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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
~ Mahatma Ghandi

Azma International has a wide range of volunteer placements in Peru. Volunteer projects include:

 

  1. Childcare
  2. Teaching
  3. Medical Care

We recommend that all volunteers regardless of their Spanish language ability (unless they are extremely fluent), take advantage of the very affordable Spanish lessons offered all around Huancayo. The program staff in Peru will assist you in enrolling for Spanish language classes. Basic knowledge of Spanish will give you more interaction and responsibilities in the volunteer placements.

To apply online now simply click here and begin by choosing your volunteer time period! If you would like learn more about our booking process simply click the Booking Process link below on the side menu.

Tourism Excursion Activities in Peru – Check out some of the most amazing activities in Peru.

Along with your volunteer work you may choose from several exciting excursions and workshops. Below are just a few of:

  • Visit the “TORRE TORRE” natural formations
  • Trek to the Glacier – Huaytapallana
  • Jungle Excursion of Chanchamayo
  • Cycling in the Andes
  • Tour Arqueologico- The Time Machine
  • Arts and Crafts with Locals
  • and many more activities fun activities

Find out more below by clicking on Tourism Activities on the left hand side menu, or click here to begin your Journey!

 


Volunteer Opportunities

 

Childcare

OrphanageVolunteer who choose the childcare project in Huancayo will work in a childrens home, caring for orphaned children and HIV infected babies. This is an opportunity to change the life of a poor child, by just giving them your tender love and care!

 

Volunteers working in the home help with daily chores, assisting the local staff with feeding, caring for children and babies, cleaning in the home, any other duties that require their help in the home, and most importantly playing with the children.

 

Volunteers play an important role in working alongside local staff to improve the health, emotional, and educational conditions of the children.

Teaching

schoolVolunteers in the teaching program work in both primary schools and high schools.These schools and centres receive poor children of different ages. Volunteers play an integral part in providing computer lessons to school children.

 

This project was started to Inspire confidence and offer technology training through self-sustaining computer centers in disadvantaged Peruvian schools. These rural schools have very limited access to information, out of date materials and inexperienced teachers. This makes them struggle to offer education on par with urban standards, and increases students’ and parents’ lack of faith in the overall quality of the school. As a result, school attendance suffers and the number of school drop -outs increases. Some students leave to find work even before completing high school!

 

Volunteers teach children in rural schools and a community center. Duties in teaching placements can involve working as an assistant teacher, assisting the children with their homework and participating in extra-curricular activities.

 

N.B: Volunteers DO NOT need to be a qualified or experienced teacher.

 

Are you ready to begin your journey? Click here to choose the time period you wish to volunteer.

 

Medical and Health Care

Volunteer projects in health and medical care are at various clinics and hospitals. Volunteer placements are in various clinics and hospitals that provide a free medical consultation and other medical services at a low cost.Volunteers work is assisting doctors and nurses in the areas of general medical practice, maternal health, pharmacy and laboratory work.

 

These projects are only available to volunteers with a background in medicine such as: Nurses, Doctors, Medical and Pre-med students.

 

Specific assignments to volunteers will be made according to the skills and interests of the volunteers, as well as his or her Spanish language ability. An intermediate level of Spanish is required for this placement.Volunteers who wish to participate in medical care placements need to have realistic expectations when it comes to duties and activities in clinics and hospitals. Independence in medical placements will always be determined by:

 

  • Level of training
  • Demonstrated expertise
  • Spanish language level
  • Volunteer period

 

NB: Students participating in the medical volunteer program must be pursuing a degree or certification in a relevant medical field. Students are required to obtain a letter of recommendation from a primary adviser attesting to their course of study and previous training.

 

Click here to apply online now !

 


Tourism and Exciting Excursion Activities in Peru

 

1. Cycling in the Andes

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Take a long bike ride through Huancayo and some of the surrounding towns. This is a Mountain bike trip over the Central Andes of Peru and Mantaro valley.

 

You will be taken off the beaten track to meet with some of the local artisans in nearby villages, a very different experience.

 

You finish up in the town of Concepcion, best known for its statue of the Virgin Inmaculada at the peak of a nearby mountain.
Cost

 

Cost –1 person $25 USD

 

 

You can add this awesome Cycling in the Andes trip to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

What the cost includes?
  • English speaking guide
  • Good quality bike
  • Helmet and gloves
What is not included in the costs?
  • Lunch & Transport/taxi
  • All personal expenses & drinks
  • Insurance

 

 

2. Trek to the Glacier – Huaytapallana

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There aren’t many places that take your breath away, but Huaytapallana is certainly one of them. This is undoubtedly one of our most popular excursions, though as one of the highest peaks of the Andes this trek isn’t for the faint hearted. Luckily an excellent trout restaurant at the base of the mountain will help you refuel!

 

The glacier is fairly flat and you don’t need any special equipment but, at 5100m in altitude, you need to be well acclimatized before going. We recommend you spend atleast 2 days in Huancayo first before embarking on this trek. The trek up to the glacier takes about 3 and half hours, and 2 and half hours to return to the start point

 

Cost – 1 person: $35 USD

 

You can add this Trek to the Glacier trip to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

What the cost includes?
  • Private Car
  • Bilingual guide
What is not included in the costs?
  • Lunch & drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

 

 

3. Jungle Excursion -2 days 1 night

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Chanchamayo is a jungle village about 173 km from Huancayo, nesting at only 2224 ft above sea level.
This green countryside village is famous for the production of fruit and coffee, its impressive waterfalls and beautiful orchid fields.

 

You will drive through beautiful scenery, passing over the mountain Loma Largo at 4,200 m. high, and descend to Tarma, our first stop before arrival in the towns of San Ramon, considered “the Golden Gate of the Central Jungle”.

 

Accommodation – You will stay in a hotel in the jungle, with electricity and running water. There is no hot shower in the jungle, although most volunteers prefer to take a dip in the waterfalls!

 

Meals – You will have the freedom to sample Authentic Andean cuisine! You are free to pack snacks if you don’t wish to eat traditional Peruvian meals during this trip.

 

NB: A yellow fever vaccination is highly recommended to visit the jungle.

 

Cost – 1 person: $130 USD

 

You can add this Jungle Excursion to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

What the cost includes?
  • Private Car
  • Bilingual guide
What is not included in the costs?
  • Bed/Breakfast/Meals- estimated cost $
  • All personal expenses & drinks
  • Insurance
  • Tips for drivers & guide

 

 

4. Tour Arqueologico- The Time Machine

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Huancayo and its surrounding areas are full of stunning throw back to pre-Inca Huanca culture and its impoverished surroundings really make this is a surreal experience. Parks such as Parque de la Identidad Wanka come complete with flowers, statues, fountains, and a gift shop. You can even take pictures in traditional Peruvian dress!

 

The temple of Huari Warivilca allows you a firsthand view of ancient Incan life, next to the temple there is a little museum where you can see mummies from past centuries. Most of the Huancas ruins are on top of a hill, like Arhuaturo ruins.

 

You can add this choice to Tour Arqueologico to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.
Cost – 1 person: $15 USD

 

What the cost includes?
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
What is not included in the costs?
  • Lunch
  • All personal expenses & drinks
  • Insurance

 

 

5. Arts and Crafts with Locals

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A trip to the artisan district. Here you can buy local souvenirs to take back home with you. From curved guards to colorful wool products, you will have plenty to learn and collect.

 

Starts at “Tierra de los Mates Burilados” , which means the “Village of carved gourd”, then proceeds to
Hualhuas Weaving place. Here, you will find an assortment textiles made from alpaca,sheep fleece, and also natural tinctures as chilca, arnical, nogal, cochinilla,, etc.

 

The trip ends in San Jeronimo de Tunan, known for its silver and bronze artisan. We finish with a joyous note, at the convent of Ocopa: a religious, historical and cultural center. You can join and enjoy in the jubilation and folklore of “Valle del Mantaro”

 

You can add Arts and Crafts with locals activity to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.
Cost – $10 USD per person

 

What the cost includes?
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
What is not included in the costs?
  • Lunch
  • All personal expenses & drinks
  • Insurance

 

 

6. Visit the “TORRE TORRE” natural formations

These gorgeous sandstone formations are absolutely stunning and a great location for a hike or picnic.
The clay structures were formed over millions of years, by action of rain and wind. Visitors live a much deeper experience. Torre Torre is actually a region of many towers more than 30 meters high, a sanctuary with red castles created by nature, is the sanctuary where he reviews the time where history hides refusing to oblivion and the inclemency of the stations. It is a magical place from above has witnessed social change, population growth and commercial progress of the city, and a perfect place to claim the bustle of the city. An almost mystical place, to heal from fatigue, stress, and pollution.

 

Cost – No charge

 

You can add this “Torre Torre” choice to your volunteer package at checkout out.

 

Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

Classes offered

 

1. Weaving class

 

You can add this weaving class to your volunteer package at checkout out. Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

Cost $50

 

1 week basic Weaving class, one hour per day. Wool is provided. By the end of this class, you will weave a blanket.

 

2. Spanish class

 

Cost – $60 per week

 

You can add this Spanish class to your volunteer package at checkout out. Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

Offered – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced class

 

Duration – 1 hour 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week

 

Basic Spanish class offers lessons for basic vocabulary to make communication with non-english speaking locals easy during your stay in Peru.
Class starts any day of the week. You can choose to have class in the morning, evening or night. Book and Pen are offered.

 

3. Cooking class

 

Learn how to make local Peruvian cuisine! You will learn to prepare local starters, main dishes and local soups and drinks. You will learn to make;

 

Starters
Papa a la Huancaina
peruvian soup
papa a la Ocopa/Green soup

 

Main dish

  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Aji de Gallina
  • Lomo Saltado
  • Olluquito con carne

 

Drinks

  • Chicha morada
  • Maracuya
  • chicha Morada
  • Pisco sour

 

Cost – 50US$ per person

 

You can add this cooking class to your volunteer package at checkout out. Click here to start the experience of a lifetime.

 

What the costs include?

All cooking ingredients and equipment

 


Safety

 

General Notice of Safety for all the programs

Safety and security are big concerns for most people traveling to developing countries (or to the friends and families of the volunteers who are traveling). While there is no way to eliminate all risk, Azma International does as much as they can to reduce any dangers. Volunteer coordinators and supervisors live and work side by side with the volunteers at all times, other than any free time where volunteers choose to spend how they like.

 

Bodily Harm

In almost all Azma International program locations, the potential for violent bodily harm (rape, mugging, etc) is significantly less than that encountered in large American cities. We generally travel with company, a fellow volunteer, local staff or host family member.

 

Project Safety

We select appropriate work activities, with safety of the volunteer in mind. We do no projects, for example, on high ladders or handling heavy duty machinery or equipment. We handle no bodily fluids. We avoid program locations with significant risk for major illness outbreaks, such as Ebola or typhoid. If at any time a volunteer feels that he or she is not comfortable with any given activity, he or she may freely abstain.

 

Illness and Injury

Most of our projects are relatively low on the manual labor scale, and are chosen with a high degree of safety in mind. However anyone can twist an ankle anywhere in the world, particularly in places with cobblestone streets. Likewise anyone can catch a cold or get sick to their stomachs. Therefore, Azma International’s program fee covers mandatory medical insurance/evacuation insurance. This insurance requires NO medical deductible to be met. In the event of any illness or injury, the volunteer coordinator accompanies the affected volunteer to the closest trusted medical facility, and stays in communication with headquarters and the volunteer’s emergency contact regarding the situation. The most common physical ailment on our programs in altitude sickness at our Huancayo program in Peru, which can be mitigated by drinking water and taking it easy the 1st few days.

 

Possessions

In many of our program locations, the local population is far less materially advantaged that that of our volunteers. Yet theft while at work site or at accommodations is incredibly rare. However when volunteers spend free time in crowded places, like markets, possessions such as fancy cameras or watches should be kept out of site to minimize the chance of being pick pocketed. There is a higher rate of petty theft in many of our program locations than what our volunteers are usually accustomed to in their home setting. Hence it is a good idea to leave designer clothing and bags at home.

 

Food And Water

All water is either bottled or boiled. All food is prepared fresh from locally purchased sources. Community hosts have been well instructed in preparing food with delicate stomachs in mind. We communicate any dietary restrictions or allergies to the host families.

 

Traveling Alone is okay

Because our programs are typically small groups, volunteers never are fully alone. The coordinator and fellow volunteers, along with the local staff and host are there to help, they are your companions.

 

Any travel comes with certain risks, and travel with Azma International is no different. Of course all reasonable precautions will be made to prevent any dangers. Travel to different countries mean that conditions will vary – – sometimes quite significantly – – from those in the United States. These reasons are some of the primary reasons volunteers are drawn to Azma International adventures, but can also be the basis for possible risks. For example, the condition of roads, infrastructure (such as phone lines, water lines, etc) and hygiene conditions, are likely to differ from, and often be considered inferior to, those found in the volunteers’ home. In addition, Azma International cannot be held responsible for forces of God, war, public transportation, level of medical service, availability of medical treatment and medical personnel, political stability, and the like.

 

The volunteers should also be aware that environmental conditions may provide certain challenges to some. For example, higher altitudes in some locales may mean volunteers with difficulty breathing may find it even more difficult in new climates. For those with sensitivity to dryness, certain climates may be uncomfortable.


How to prepare for your trip

 

1. Passport

You need a passport to travel to another country. Apply for your passport early in advance to avoid delay in your travel plans. Whether it’s your first time applying for a passport or only need to renew an old one, you should start the process early.

 

2. Keep an open mind

Keep an open mind as the culture your visiting may be different from what you are used to.

3. Dress code

Clothing that is fashionable and appropriate in the USA and Europe may project a provocative image in another culture. Leave the revealing clothing at home. There are cultural differences to note. The principle factor to be aware of especially for a woman traveling alone is that you may attract unwanted attention in certain areas of Africa and Latin America (in the form of catcalls and the like) if you dress in short skirts or really short shorts, or wear spaghetti straps. Likewise, you may be seen as disrespectful in you have uncovered shoulders, knees, or the heels of your feet as you enter a Buddhist temple.

 

Also, check on the weather for the period you will be in the host country and pack appropriately.

 

4. Coping with jet lag

If you’ve ever done any long distance travel, you’ve probably experienced jet lag and the host of symptoms that accompanies it – dehydration, nausea, swollen feet, fatigue, headaches, dry eyes and disrupted sleep patterns, among others.Jet lag occurs when your body’s internal clock – known as the circadian clock – is out of sync with your surroundings. Crossing time zones is the main cause of jet lag, although a number of factors, including cabin pressure, stale air and high altitude also contribute to this unpleasant travel-related condition. International travelers who pass through more than one time zone are especially susceptible to jet lag. On long trips, however, travelers should try to adjust to their new time zones as quickly as possible.

 

Remember that you want to adjust to the local time as soon as possible. Therefore if you arrive at 2pm in your destination, and take a nap, you are likely to sleep for several hours and thereby put-off your adjustment to the new time zone. Try as HARD as you can to stay awake until your normal bedtime on the 1st few days. Another common effect of jet lag is that the traveler will wake at 3am and find it extremely difficult to get back to sleep. Explore options for sleep aids with your doctor prior to your trip. Drink water. Prevent dehydration by drinking at least two eight-ounce glasses of water before you get on the plane. And don’t forget your H2O once you are in the air. Slip a plastic bottle of water in the seat pocket so you can to drink whenever you’re thirsty. And skip the peanuts, pretzels and other salty snacks that can speed up dehydration.Pack sleeping aids. Bring earplugs, eyeshades, a pillow or whatever makes you comfortable, especially on a red-eye flight.

 

5. Coming Home After Volunteering Overseas

Transition May Be Hard. Allow yourself time to process your overseas experiences and re-adjust to life at home. The longer you were overseas and the more culturally immersed you were, the harder the re-entry process will be. Keeping a journal and making a scrapbook while your memories are fresh can help you through the reverse culture shock experience. Recognize your emotional vulnerability and avoid making major life decisions until you feel grounded. Do what you have to do to maintain-or regain-spiritual balance: go for long walks, meditate, or practice the rituals of your faith or tradition.

 

6. Make Connections

Maintain contact with friends overseas. You can contact other people going to the same country as you and get to know them beforehand. Try to identify ways to build community with those who share your interest in the country from which you have returned.

 

5. Get Involved

Many people return from overseas with more questions than answers. If you have returned from a low-income country, take the time to educate yourself about the root causes of the “underdevelopment” and poverty you may have experienced. Write a testimonial, we will share your review so other volunteers can learn from your experience. You can share your experience in you class, club, family, friends, and other groups. You can start a discussion group to explore the history of the area where you worked or traveled, or take a class to study the literature from that region. As global news coverage is notoriously weak in North America, seek alternative sources of information like online newspapers.


The volunteer projects are located in Huancayo and its surrounding rural areas

 

The minimum volunteer period in this Peru rural program is two weeks.

 

The volunteers projects are located in and around Huancayo, an Andean city located at 3300m (11000 ft) above sea level in one of Peru’s poorest regions. Situated in the Mantaro Valley, Huancayo is the cultural and commercial center of the whole central Peruvian Andes area.


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Booking Process

 

The booking process has four simple steps:

 

First: Choose the country, time period, and volunteer program that you are most interested in. In addition you may choose from our amazing tourism excursion packages at checkout as additional options to your volunteer time period.

 

Second: Complete the online application form and submit at checkout. On the online application you will select the dates you will be volunteering. Once you submit the online application form, you will receive an email confirming we have received your request.

 

Third: An Azma International staff member will contact you within 48 hours to confirm the details of your work placement. We will send you important information about planning your volunteer trip and how to pay the placement fee. You are now ready to plan your trip!

 

Fourth: The Azma staff member assigned to you will send you a detailed information booklet and answer any questions that you have. This booklet provides important details about your trip, such as what to pack, information about your placement, and local customs.

 

Congratulations on your choice to volunteer with us! If you have any questions about your upcoming stay in one of these countries, please contact us at info@azmainternational.org. We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. We are here to take care of you every step of the way until the completion of your trip. Happy Volunteering!

 


Start your journey now!

 

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