Volunteer in Peru

According to their individual interests and skills, volunteers and interns can specialize in educational or recreational areas such as tutoring or creative activities for the children. Other areas might be fundraising, project management, marketing, finances and anything that can help us to improve every day!

Volunteer in Germany

You can also support our German team from distance in the areas of international Marketing, Finance, Fundraising or Administration.  

Benefits 

Working with Intiwawa is unpaid, but provides many advantages:

  • Interesting insights into the work of an NGO
  • Certificate according to your specialization in Project Management, Event Organizing, Marketing, Finance, Social work, Psychology or Education
  • Perfecting your Spanish skills
  • International contacts in the Intiwawa Community
  • Learn about the different realities and perspectives of today’s society
  • Contribute to sustainable development
  • And of course, the biggest reward: The happy faces of our children!

Requirements

  • Good Spanish skills
  • Minimum stay of 3 months
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Independence and flexibility

Details

  • Weekly hours will vary but are typically around 30-40 hours per week
  • Professional introduction and guidance by our volunteer coordinator
  • Work-related expenses for trips to the Colca Valley are covered
  • Low-cost housing with the volunteer community available
  • A letter of reference and certificate will be provided at the end of the term

Why Volunteering is an experience for life

A day in the life of a volunteer

Apply now!

Fill out the form below and don't forget to send us an email with your CV, a letter of motivation and your criminal record certificate.

If you are an international volunteer, email felix@intiwawa.com.
If you are Peruvian, please email mireya@intiwawa.com.

VOICES OF VOLUNTEERS

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Amel, Switzerland:

In Intiwawa I encountered open, optimistic and loving people, great adventures and beautiful landscapes.

Every day, I took the bus through the whole city to get to the Intiwawa house where the children were already waiting for us. The "children of the sun" in Intiwawa are turbulent and rebellious but they are real treasures and I grew to love them so much. Every day I received hugs and kisses from them. I never asked myself, why I am doing this here or if it makes sense to be here. There was just an incredible energy that connected all of us, kids and volunteers. The most important thing for my personal development were the different people I lived with and worked with. It was enriching to meet so many different personalities and also the kids learn to communicate with and accept different people from different cultures. It was a special experience to help the kids with their homework and learn about their educational system. It was a very intense work during which I got to know many strengths and weaknesses of myself and it was really challenging my patience. My Spanish skills improved very fast being with the children and the Peruvian volunteers every day. It was a privilege for me to leave my comfort zone and feel at home in a completely new and different environment.

Mary

Mary, Ireland:

I was so pleased to be able to donate my time to such a worthwhile cause, helping Intiwawa in their Accounting.

As a qualified accountant who has worked in the non-profit sector for many years I had always wanted to travel and integrate into a new culture not just to experience it as a tourist but to provide something positive to help the people of the area. I contact Accounting for International Development (AfID ) who were extremely helpful in with my decision of where to travel. As an AfID volunteer I was working with the Manager, Mildred Hauck, supporting her and the team by implementing and training in the use of an integrated accounting system and financial procedures.

With the support of AfID, I arrived in Arequipa on Saturday evening the 22nd September 2018, feeling exhausted from my long trip from Ireland wondering had I made the right choice! Thankfully right from the start I was made feel really welcome.
Meeting the international volunteers the next day, intihouse started to feel very much like home. They are very committed to Intiwawa, they stay minimum stay of three months and they all spoke Spanish, which was a fanatics help to me as I don’t speak Spanish and would have been totally lost without their support. It was a huge culture change for me to be living in a huge city surrounded by such poverty.

On the third day we travel out to San Isidro in the slums of Arequipa to visit the project. The trip on the public bus was definitely a new experience for me! The bus was jammed packed and similar to a work out to prevent myself from falling over! As I arrived at the school of Intiwawa the harsh reality of the poverty and the hardship endured by the children became very real. I notice an area near the school where the red bricks were produced and I got told that if the children were not in Intiwawa, they would be helping their mothers produce bricks with their bare hands! I was also remained of the fact that the toilet in Intiwawa was the only one in the area!

The children began to arrive. I hadn’t allowed for the lovely hugs and smiles I was going to get with each happy greeting, “Buenos Dais Miss”. The children were not long about finding their class room and settling in to do their homework. I visited each of the class rooms which were vibrant with students and children. Three of the boys were playing monopoly and asked me to be banker. The boys were very ambitus and were not long about buying up some houses and hotel, requested a “Casa Miss, hotel Miss “. Then the music started as a signal to tidy up for dinner and there was no time wasted in getting to the dining table.

The whole experience just encouraged me to ensure my work enhanced the wonderful work being done by Intiwawa.

Betsy, USA:

Working at Intiwawa was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and I will always have a family in Peru.

I was scared on the plane to Arequipa. I didn’t know much about where I was going or what I was going to do, but I had a blind faith in Intiwawa. I was right to follow my instinct. Working at Intiwawa was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I had the chance to work with a team of truly open-hearted, curious, optimistic, profound and intelligent people. I learned with them, created with them, and trusted them in their work, just as they trusted me. We worked well together because we each saw the joy that Intiwawa brought to its children, and vice versa. It’s hard to put an adjective to how I felt witnessing this joy without sounding trite. I can try to show you with three memories:

  1. Three girls and one brother walk me to the bus stop and wait with me on the side of the road for the bus to drive by. When it comes they kiss me and hug me and ask me to stay, and then chase after the bus for some steps. I watch them and wave and soon they break down laughing and run up the hill, already on to the next game.
  2. Two cousins walk to Intiwawa together. They are always the first to arrive. On the way, they stop to pick up trash and throw it into the ravine. Sometimes they find walking sticks and sometimes they fight. They share everything. When I see them on the way, they wait for me to catch up and we walk together hand in hand.
  3. After cleaning up we walk to the football court and play in the last light of day. Sunsets in the desert turn the sky bright pink and purple. The mountains in the distance glow orange.

I wish I could share more, but more so I wish you the same feelings of fulfillment and friendship and trust. I will always carry the children and the other volunteers with me, and I will always have family in Arequipa.

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Valentine, France:

Intiwawa is a really open-minded organisation, promoting ideas from volunteers and listening to feedback.

I volunteered at Intiwawa during my university summer break. I initially chose this organisation because I wanted to work around kids and with local volunteers, to improve my Spanish and be able to live in the city. But Intiwawa brought me so much more than what I expected. From my first day, the children were already giving me hugs and asking me loads of questions about myself and my country. It is great to see that meeting international volunteers give them dreams and goals to discover the world as well. The association is about an hour by bus from the beautiful city of Arequipa. From Monday to Thursday, I assisted the kids with their homework and made some recreational activities to help them learn more in the fields in which they face difficulties. On Fridays, we were preparing English classes as well as activities to promote the traditional Inca culture. Intiwawa is a really open-minded organisation, always trying to promote the implementation of new ideas from volunteers and constantly listening to their feedback. Volunteers can help in the areas they feel comfortable in, from cooking or sports classes to talks organised with the parents. It is a great association, always trying to support more the development and well-being of the children. The team is also very inclusive and assists the volunteers in their process to come to Arequipa. Peru is a beautiful and incredibly diverse huge country to visit. People are really nice and always ready to help you. I had an amazing experience there and made really deep friendships. I’m always so happy to see pictures and videos of the kids, constantly involved in more projects and as smiling as always!