Volunteer in Peru

LLI's volunteer program has been welcoming both local and international volunteers since 2009. With a focus on ethical volunteering, a self-sustaining approach with low cost program fees, and real development work, our volunteer program has enjoyed incredible success by making our education programs possible and powerful

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High Impact Volunteering 

Our volunteer team is a close-knit team of international and local volunteers, working hard to provide participants in the Huaycan community free, supplemental education programs throughout the week and weekend. Without our volunteers, LLI cannot succeed! We have volunteer and internship placements available from 2 weeks to one year. Continue reading to learn how to join our team!

If you are ready to join us, please fill out our Volunteer Application.

Ethical and Responsible Volunteering

We need volunteers to keep our education programs going and as such, make it a priority to offer valuable and ethical volunteer placements in a variety of programs and contexts.  It’s extremely important to us that volunteering at LLI is positively impacting the community, and not harming it, which is an extension of our organization’s philosophy.  We are careful to have the community driving the programs and are proud to host our volunteer program within the Huaycan community, investing not only in education, but its economic future.

Additionally, within our volunteer program we hold monthly Civic Reflection Discussions, in order to promote a safe, productive dialogue environment for our international and local volunteers to share experiences and learn from each other, and thus, enriching our understanding of what service to a community means.  These dialogues will challenge volunteers to think deeper about community development and as a result, become better volunteers! 

Please consider reading more about our ethical philosphy as an organization here.

Open Volunteer and Internship Positions

Don't see the position you're looking for? We have more opportunities than those listed. Please apply!

English Teachers

Wed 09 Aug 2017

Apply Here

Business Development Intern

Wed 30 Aug 2017

Apply Here

Art Teacher

Thu 11 Jan 2018

Apply Here

Women's Program Manager

Thu 01 Feb 2018

Apply Here

Ready to Join? Choose Your Placement.

Volunteers come ready to be involved, receive responsibility and become a part of the LLI and Huaycán community. Typically, each volunteer receives a primary placement (20-30 hours/week) and one or two secondary placements (5-10 hours/week). In addition to any contact hours with the community, volunteers often participate program development projects and monthly meetings, making their impact last well beyond their time with LLI.

Volunteers join us for 2 weeks up to one year and are accepted on a rolling basis from January through December 5th of each year. Learn more about our placements below, but remember, the longer you stay, the more impact you'll have.

Children's Program:

See more information on the placements below, but be sure to read up on the Children's program.

(click on the link to read/download the volunteer placement guide)

 *Basic Spanish required

**Intermediate Spanish required

Teen Program:

See more information on the placements below, but be sure to read up on the Teen program.

(click on the link to read/download the volunteer placement guide)

 *Intermediate Spanish required

Women's Program:

See more information on the placements below, but be sure to read up on the Women's program.

(click on the link to read/download the volunteer placement guide)

*Fluent Spanish required

Remember to follow the golden rule when choosing your placement--ask yourself, would I volunteer in this program in my home country? Do I feel qualified to be a part of this program/placement? If the answer is yes, you've chosen well!

Ready to Apply? Fill out our Volunteer Application now.

Looking for an Internship?

LLI offers a wide variety of long term internships that are fundamentally important to the development and sustainability of our programs, and also provide a hands-on learning environment for the intern.

Gain experience in a grassroots non-profit environment, making decisions that directly impact our programs and help shape you professionally and personally. 

Teen Center Program Manager

Our Teen Center Program Manager runs the day-to-day operations of our teen center, plans special events like movie nights, culture nights and more, builds rapport with teen participants, and more. This position requires an advanced Spanish speaking level, interest in working in youth development, and a 12 month commitment in exchange for free room and board. Email your cover letter and resume to Lara DeVries, Executive Director (lara@lightandleadership.org). You can often find the full description of the position on idealist.org.

Women's Empowerment Program Manager

Join our women's program as our Women's Empowerment Program Manager and oversee all coordination for our weekly classes and workshops. Work alongside our Peruvian volunteers and staff to offer one-time workshops and 4-8 week long certificate courses. Teach weekly computer literacy courses as well as oversee instruction of our English certifcate course. Oversee coordination of LLI's fair trade project, including order pick ups and drop offs. Advanced Spanish required, 12 month commitment required in exchange for free room and board. Email your cover letter and resume to Lara DeVries, Executive Director (lara@lightandleadership.org). You can often see the full description of this position on our idealist.org page.

Kids' Program Manager

Love kids and speak strong Spanish? Love education? Our Kids' Program Manager oversees day-to-day operations in our Kids' Center, an education space for kids ages 7-12 years old. The manager is responsible for coordinating class schedules, answering parents' questions, holding parent meetings and "parent hours", stepping into classes to help teach when needed, and more. This position requires an advanced Spanish speaking level, interest in working in youth development, and a 12 month commitment in exchange for free room and board. Email your cover letter and resume to Lara DeVries, Executive Director (lara@lightandleadership.org). You can often find a full description of responsibilities on our idealist.org page. 

Volunteer Program Manager

LLI's volunteer program manager is the glue that keeps our organization going-- coordination between the community, international and local volunteers is the key to our success. Join our team as our volunteer program manager and gain experience in what it takes to run a grassroots non-profit and work with volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The manager is in charge of coordinating incoming volunteers' arrivals and preparation, maintaining the volunteer household, planning events for both local and international volunteers, purchasing goods at the local markets and more. Intermediate Spanish required, 12 month commitment required in exchange for free room and board. Email your cover letter and resume to Lara DeVries, Executive Director (lara@lightandleadership.org). You can often see the full description of this position on our idealist.org page.

Program Fee Information

Program fees are important to the sustainability of the volunteer program, but also to the education programs. Program fees support you as a LLI volunteer to live, eat, have wifi and more in Huaycan. By supporting yourself and paying your own way, you allow donations by LLI’s supporters to go directly to the community programs.

Additionally, program fees are directly invested in the Huaycan community, supporting at least 4 local staff members and purchasing as much as possible from the local markets.

Here at LLI, transparency is extremely important, and so are low cost volunteer fees! Read more about our financials and the volunteer program fee break down here.

Our Fees are the Following:

Flat (one-time) Registration Fee: $200 USD

All prices are stated in USD and must be paid 30 days prior to arrival. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are planning on staying longer than 24 weeks.

 

Week 2: $260
Week 3: $360
Week 4: $430
Week 5: $530
Week 6: $620
Week 7: $710
Week 8: $795
Week 9: $875
Week 10: $950
Week 11: $1,035
Week 12: $1,120 

Week 13: $1,205
Week 14: $1,290
Week 15: $1,375 
Week 16: $1,480
Week 17: $1,545
Week 18: $1,630
Week 19: $1,715 
Week 20: $1,840
Week 21: $1,885 
Week 22: $1,970 
Week 23: $2,055
Week 24: $2,160

 

What is included in the program fee:

  • Airport Pick up
  • Volunteer placement in Huaycan
  • Secure housing
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast provided; prepared lunch; dinner prepared or food provided)
  • Bottled Water
  • Hot Showers
  • Cell Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cleaning Service 6 days a week

What’s not included in the program fee:

  • Airfare, bus fares, and other transportation costs
  • Leisure Expenses
  • Medical or travel insurance/expenses
  • Pre-paid minutes for cell phone (varies with personal use)
  • Laundry expenses
  • Vaccinations/Immunizations (not required to enter Peru)
  • Departure trip to Airport/bus station

Program Fee Breakdown

Our program fees are calculated carefully to be afforable, fair and ethical for the volunteer, but also uphold LLI's investment in the local economy and human capital. 

52% of Program Fees are applied to salary expenses, including supporting two local part-time women and two full time men with benefits and pensions. 

24% of Program Fees are dedicated to food and market expenses. LLI strives to buy from the local markets as much as possible, investing in the economic development of our community.

15% of Program Fees are utilized to pay bills, including water, electricity, internet and more. 

7% of Program Fees are applied to transportation costs, including airport pick ups.

2% of Program Fees are allocated for house repairs, furniture costs and other miscelleanous expenses. 

We hope you will join us as a volunteer!