Paz Perú is a non-profit, supportive, innovative, constantly growing and leading organization, which is part of the Swiss Peace Foundation. Their work focuses on the well-being of the community, executing projects that contribute to the prevention of family violence, offering technical training for young people and promoting the development of a stable and positive social infrastructure.
Through their social projects (health, education, agriculture, advocacy and promotion of children) and business activities, they seek to improve the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, as well as to achieve the sustainability and self-financing of their projects.
Over the years, Paz Perú has been recognized in numerous occasions:
• "Recognition of valuable contribution and distinguished service promoting education" Regional Ministry of Education
• "Efficiency and Innovation Award" Daily News
• "Successful Entrepreneur Award" and "Social Entrepreneur" Peruvian Institute of Business Administration (IPAE)
• "Recognition of work aimed at promoting and respecting the rights of children" Round Table for the Fight against Poverty
Candidates interested in collaborating on PAZ PERÚ projects need to meet the following requirements:
1. Have turned 21 by the date of the start of your volunteering or internship.
2. University/College graduate or in the last years of his/her major (third or fourth year of university).
3. Minimum stay of two full weeks: the day of arrival and/or departure cannot coincide with the first and/or last day of service.
4. High intermediate level of Spanish: your level can be determined by the years you have studied the language and/or a Skype interview.
Candidates will be able to participate in Paz Perú projects related to their academic knowledge and professional interests. Once the area of expertise in which the volunteer wishes to contribute has been determined, a dialogue will be established between the candidate and the organization to develop a schedule and work plan that take into account and satisfie both parties.
The following list includes specialties and ideas of possible ways of collaborating. However, we are open to your suggestions and new proposals:
1. Medical Specialties: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Traumatology, Urology, Ear/Throat/Nose, Dermatology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Pneumonology, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Laboratory.
Depending on their level of experience, volunteers will be able to choose between being assistants to the doctor in charge or attending to patients independently. They can also give workshops or talks to different population groups (children, adolescents, women, the elderly) on health-relevant topics.
2. Alternative and complementary medicine: Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, German Acupuncture, Reiki, Reflexology, Taichi, Yoga, etc.Volunteers will attend to patients and/or hold talks and workshops about their specialty.
3. Psychology/Social Work: Depending on their level of experience, volunteers will attend to patients who have been victims of physical and psychological abuse and abuse by their families (children, women, and the elderly) and/or hold talks and workshops related to topics relevant to this at-risk group.
4. Teaching and education: Depending on their level of experience, volunteers can choose between being an aide to the teacher or becoming the teacher in charge for the time of their service. The number of students per class is usually five.
a. Classes in all areas of the curriculum from elementary to high school: math, science, social, language, computing, etc.
b. Language classes: English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.
c. Workshops and talks on topics of interest appropriate for the age group.
5. Geriatrics: Volunteers will help with the assistance and care of the elderly and may also organize activities for them. Talks or workshops can be organized on health, psychomotor fitness, crafts, etc. based on the interests, abilities, and needs of this age group.
6. Marketing, Design, Sales and Administration: These areas focus their efforts on the self-financing and sustainability of Paz Perú programs. Volunteers will work along with their Peruvian colleagues and will offer their support and ideas to the staff in these sections.
7. Organic agriculture: Volunteers will learn and assist in the care of the bio-garden and in the preparation of products for sale (vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and indoor plants). They will help with the implementation of drip irrigation. In addition, volunteers can organize talks and workshops to young people and adults to educate these groups on the benefits and implementation of sustainable vegetable gardens.
8. Cooking and confectionery: Volunteers will help with the elaboration of food and pastries for Paz Perú’s own consumption and sale to the public. They can also teach young people working in these workshops how to prepare pastries with recipes from their home countries.
9. Cosmetology: Volunteers will give theoretical and practical classes on any of the aspects related to cosmetology (hairdressing, makeup, hair removal, care of the fingernails and feet, personal appearance care).
10. Construction: Paz Perú needs volunteers with knowledge in all aspects related to the construction of buildings, furniture and housing Architecture, Carpentry, Electricity and Electronics.
11. Sewing, crafts and tailoring: Volunteers interested in sewing, fabrics and clothing can collaborate in textile craft workshops where garments are woven with alpaca fiber. There are also workshops for traditional handcrafted embroidery. They can also collaborate in the Industrial Confections workshop. Volunteers can learn traditional techniques and teach specific projects such as knitting bags, hats, etc.
*All volunteers working for the PAZ PERU organization receive free health care in any of the specialties offered in the polyclinic.