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Solidarity trip with children in the community of Collana

Support a small educational centre working with children at risk of exclusion.

Solidarity trip with children in the community of Collana

from 495€ por persona
Open all year round (except Christmas)

Support children who come from very poor families and are at risk of exclusion.

Did you know that Peru has the highest rate of child labour of any country in South America? This is unfortunately a reality in the San Jeronimo neighbourhood in Cusco, an area of immigration of families from rural High Andean communities. They are in a state of vulnerability, both because of the lack of education and because of the discrimination they suffer due to their lack of knowledge of Spanish. Children are often forced to give up their childhood and work from an early age to alleviate the needs of their families.

To respond to this reality, a young man from Cusco, Coco, founded a small center that every afternoon welcomes about 25 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 15 to give them the support they cannot get at home. The project is also a tribute to Coco's mother, who for 20 years worked for the little ones in the neighborhood.

This centre is the only place where children can enjoy their childhood in a family atmosphere, where they can learn and play without worries. The volunteers who collaborate with the centre not only help them with their homework, but are also invited to carry out activities that awaken their creativity and help in the personal development of the children. All in an atmosphere of affection, trust and mutual respect.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 End poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    San Jeronimo, Cusco
  • Volunteer hours
    2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Volunteer activities
    Homework support, preparation of workshops and activities, supervision of children during outings, support in hygiene activities (hand washing and teeth brushing), food preparation
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Hot water
    Accommodation
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
    WIFI
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Kitchen
    Breakfast
    Travel insurance
    Flight

Volunteer Program

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Voluntary activities
  • School homework support
  • Language teaching (mainly English but also German and French)
  • Preparing meals: volunteers are invited to prepare typical dishes from their region.
  • Collaborate in the development of personal hygiene, especially hand washing and teeth brushing.
  • Care for and supervise children during visits outside the project (park, medical campaigns etc.).
  • Organize activities (music, dance, art, sports, etc.) and crafts
  • Center maintenance tasks
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Profiles required
It is not necessary to have a specific profile to participate in this solidarity trip. The only requirements are:
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • People looking for a smaller project with enough autonomy in the implementation of activities and preparation of workshops.
  • People interested in the Inca culture and willing to live its reality.
  • People looking for peace and quiet and a shared life with local people: the coordinator organises dinners and cultural outings together with the volunteers.
  • Teachers, professors, social educators or any professional or student in the education sector.
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A day in the project
"In the project we were there from 15:00 to 18:00, which was when it got dark and many of the children left because they were walking home. During the three weeks we were there, we established routines to work with the children, in our case we were in the class of the youngest children from 0 to 5 years old. They arrived and we sang a welcome song: days of the week and handed out name badges. We did storytelling workshops, yoga, etc. There was a bit of play if there was time left. They continued with hand washing and snacks: every day they boiled water and prepared juice, one day a week they made purple mazamorra and another day they made food: macaroni, lentils, rice pudding and chocolate. Afterward, we would do some teeth, hands, face washing and put some cream. At the end, a song was sung and all the children were dismissed one by one. On Fridays, they went to a nearby park and if it rained, a film was shown. In the mornings, we, the volunteers, organised and/or looked for things needed for the project and from time to time we went sightseeing in the city of Cusco.Fco. Javier Martínez Verdugo, volunteer in 2018

Project Location

Project

The project is located between the San Jerónimo and Saylla neighborhoods, about 35 minutes from downtown Cusco. It is an immigration district of rural areas of the Cusco Andes, where Inca customs and culture are still preserved. In the streets, instead of Spanish, one hears Quechua and instead of tourists, one finds the indigenous society. It is a very authentic area where the volunteers feel more involved in local life.

Climate

The climate in Cusco is relatively cool although very changeable, it can go from bright sunshine to torrential rain in minutes. Average temperatures range between 13 and 15ºC, although at night they can drop to 0ºC in the dry season.

During the year Cusco has two different seasons:
  • April to October: This is the cool, dry season, with sunny days and temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius, but with very cold nights. In June and July temperatures can drop below freezing.
  • November to March: the rainy season, when temperatures are highest (up to 25º during the day, dropping to 8º at night) and with rain mostly in the afternoon.
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The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. Prices are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Accommodation:Double room (cost per person):
  • 2 weeks: €495
  • 3 weeks: 580 €.
  • 4 weeks: €675
  • 8 weeks: €1,030
  • 12 weeks: €1,400
Single room:
  • 2 weeks: €570
  • 3 weeks: 695 €.
  • 4 weeks: 820 €.
  • 8 weeks: €1,315
  • 12 weeks: €1,815
What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Thai-English dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in a single or double room (only available if there is a person to share the room with).
  • Transport from airport to accommodation.
  • Access to the kitchen of the house. Food is not included but you can cook whenever you want.
  • Local coordinator who also organises outings to cultural events, dinners with typical dishes and other activities for people from other countries.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (free of charge for Spanish nationals for stays of less than 90 days)
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.

Services

  • Hot water
  • WIFI
  • Located in city
  • Pick up from the airport.
  • Access to the kitchen
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