Come be a part of LLI's close-knit family! Our program was designed to give you a chance to learn about life in Huaycan and make a difference in a developing community. Check out our video on volunteering with LLI:
Please explore our Volunteer Program below and fill out our volunteer application!
Volunteers are extremely important to Light and Leadership. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
When is the best time to volunteer?
LLI accepts volunteers throughout the year, except for the month of December. We consisently look for volunteers or interns who will commit for a longer period of time, as the impact and success of their placement will be much greater. Instead of a 2 week stay, consider 4 weeks. Instead of a 8 week stay, consider staying for several months! LLI relies on a long term volunteers for consistency in our programs!
Ready to sign up? Please fill out our application.
Light and Leadership is always looking for qualified students, graduates and professionals to intern in Peru and positively impact our organization. Please see our internship opportunities below and please note the time commitment and language requirement (if needed) before applying. Full descriptions are available on Idealist.org.
Long Term (6 Months - One Year)
Short Term (3 - 5 months)
"I gained invaluable experience in learning how to teach English, being immersed in a different community, and meeting all sorts of new people." --Kristen Gensheimer, LLI Volunteer (2013)
The volunteer house is located in a developed zone. The house is complete with a kitchen, computer and Internet access, a common room, patio, and balcony. To ensure volunteer safety, a security guard is present from the afternoon until early mornings.
Living in the community offers so many advantages to our volunteers. As a volunteer, you’ll better understand the challenges our participants face, greatly improve your Spanish and discover Peruvian culture. It also significantly reduces the transportation costs as a volunteer—we are within walking distance to banks, markets, and our participants’ homes!
Our program fees vary on the time you spend with us. We accept volunteers for two weeks up to one year! Each week you stay, the price per week goes down, encouraging volunteers to stay longer and making it more affordable.
Please see the pricing below. All prices are stated in USD and must be paid before arrival. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are planning on staying longer than 24 weeks.
Flat Registration Fee: $200 USD
What is included in the program fee:
What’s not included in the program fee:
Get your questions answered here in our FAQ page!
Why is there a program fee to volunteer?
Volunteer program fees supply our volunteer program and household with the things it needs to operate, including providing salaries to FOUR local Peruvians. It is a minimal fee, but we need it to keep our volunteer program running and ensure that donor dollars do not go to support volunteers, but instead directly to the community itself.
To see a breakdown of where our program fee goes, see our annual reports here.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We welcome anyone who is willing to encourage education, open to learning/speaking Spanish, and is over the age of 18. Please contact us for group volunteer opportunities.
"...My experience provided me with friends from all over the world, the opportunity to explore new places, the ability to communicate in a new language, and the amazing feeling that I am making a difference in the lives of others."
What is it like as a volunteer?
All volunteers live and work together in Huaycan and share a beautiful, bright yellow house as living quarters. Volunteers can work 20-40 hours a week, depending on their responsibilities and engagement in our programs. We give large of amounts of responsibilities to the volunteers who are looking for it. Volunteers enjoy the days off of Wednesday and Thursday to explore Lima or travel around Lima/Peru.
If it's your first time volunteering abroad, we encourage you to read the short guide Traits for a Successful International Volunteer as that will help you imagine what international volunteering might be like.
Want more photos? Check out our Facebook photostream and be sure to give us a "like" on our page!
"I gained the most amazing experience... Huaycan is such a beautiful place. I am lucky to have been able to volunteer with LLI and could not have wished for anything better than what LLI provided."
As a volunteer with the Light and Leadership Initiative in Huaycan, you will be welcomed as one of our family. We have in-country and on-site support available to you at all times, including American citizens (Lara DeVries and Katie Ehrlich) and a volunteer coordinator. Cell phones will also be issued to volunteers staying longer than two weeks.
Volunteering in Peru with LLI is an exciting way to help those in need, see more than just the typical tourist spots, learn/practice Spanish, and explore a different culture. Perú offers a delicious cuisine, tastes of traditional Andean culture, an abundance of historic Incan Ruins like the famous Machu Picchu, and the ever changing and complex capital city of Lima. Above all, you'll meet the extremely welcoming and generous people of Perú who will love to share their culture, city and home with you.
Still left with some questions? Check our our FAQ page.
Special thanks to VAOPS for supporting our volunteer listings. Visit them at www.vaops.com
Special thanks to VolunteerSouthAmerica.net for supporting our volunteer listings.
Special thanks to Volunteer Latin America.
...and what it means to LLI. Please take a minute to learn more about LLI's approach to volunteering and community involvement here.
Volunteer Needs - 2017
- Chess, Art and Math Teachers to start June 2016 and onwards
- English Teacher to start late May or June and commit to at least 6 weeks or more. Interested in an internship? Apply for 10 weeks or more!
- Kids' Center Coordinator Internship available to start June 2017
- Women's Program Manager Internship or March 2017 (see description on Volunteer Page)
Fill out your online application to volunteer!
Check out our Past Volunteers
Pay your program fees through the Donate button:
"I feel that if someone is looking to volunteer with LLI, they should because it is a once in a lifetime experience." --Allison Good, LLI Volunteer (2012)
"LLI is superior to volunteer programs that have international recognition... it was a window to view a grass-root effort that is truly making a difference."
--Leslie Kee, LLI Volunteer (2011)
"Experiencing a completely different way of life was wonderful. LLI is awesome in every way."
–Julia Friedman, LLI Volunteer (2010)
"I was truly inspired by my students’ curiosity, dedication to learning, and desire to expand their understanding of the world. Volunteering at Light and Leadership was a truly amazing experience that has given me skills and insight that I will use for the rest of my life."
-Annonymous LLI Volunteer (2010)
"[A] favorite part was the lasting relationships and friendships I've made with so many of the volunteers and our local friends from Lima."
-Gladys Pasapera, LLI Volunteer (2011)
"I met some extraordinary people, both volunteers, the director, employees in the house, children and students in Peru."
–Loréne Mermin, France, LLI Volunteer (2011)
"I think I benefitted the most from the opportunity to experience and intergrate into different cultures (in my case both Peruvian and American). As cheesy as it sounds, being taken out of my comfort zone in both of the above really changed my perspective on certain things I did or was hoping to do back home."
-Edd Elliot, LLI Volunteer (2011)
"The real life experience gave me a much better understand of how I'm able to make a difference to improve the lives of the children living in Huaycan."
-Annonymous LLI Volunteer (2010)