ABOUT US

Volunteers Peru is a small NGO based in Arequipa, Peru. We work in collaboration with several projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the community by assisting the children at each project to fulfill their personal and educational goals, and by promoting mutual cultural awareness.

Government Registration Number: 11258832

ADDRESS

Cruz Verde 300B

Cercado

Arequipa, Peru

51-54-212982

volunteersperu@gmail.com

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Volunteer Testimonials

December 31, 2018

MAYARA MACEDO

Ter feito o voluntariado para o Peru foi uma experiência maravilhosa. O país é lindo, cheio de
belezas naturais, uma cultura riquíssima, culinária deliciosa e de um povo muito carinhoso e
hospitaleiro. Por motivos operacionais, acabei mudando de última hora meu destino e indo
para Casa Hogar de Arequipa, sem saber, essa foi a melhor escolha que fiz. Desde o momento
que pisei em Arequipa fiquei encantada pela cidade e seus vulcões.
Fui recebida pelo pessoal da Volunteers Peru que me deu várias dicas e orientações durante
todo tempo que estive lá, me senti em casa e muito bem acolhida. Mais que orientadoras e
coordenadoras Marita e Dayana se tornaram grandes amigas, das quais jamais esquecerei e
sou grata por tudo.
Além da ajuda do pessoal da Volunteers Peru e das monitoras da Casa Hogar, fui contemplada
com um time de voluntárias que se tornaram minhas hermanas de alma.
A Casa Hogar é um espaço lindo, amplo, cheio de possibilidades para desenvolver atividades
diversas e muito organizado. As meninas são encantadoras, no primeiro minuto que entrei por
aquela porta fui tomada por uma onda de amor e carinho. Elas são extremamente amorosas e
muito receptivas.
Se fui pra Casa Hogar pra fazer alguma coisa por elas, posso dizer, que elas fizeram muito mais
por mim. Com elas aprendi que com amor somos capazes de mudar até mesmo as realidades
mais complicadas e improváveis. E foi assim, com o coração transbordando de amor que
regressei pro Brasil.
Agradeço a oportunidade de ter conhecido cada pessoa que cruzou meu caminho e me
transformou um pouquinho. Voltei, mas carrego um pedacinho de cada um e o Peru no
coração. Gracias gracias gracias!!!!
PS: Escrevo esse relato ao som de Cholito Jesus .... La La La La La La Uy!!!!

January 01, 2020

Alba Azevedo

Almost everyone, by doing some volunteer work for the benefit of other people, says, at the end, that experience has caused more benefits to themselves, that this experience has changed much more the essence of their own being. Without wanting to be a cliché, I ratify that opinion. It is very nice to make a difference in someone's life, even for just a few moments. To talk about my experience volunteering in Peru is to talk about love, a love that I didn't even know existed in such quantity inside me. And within so many people. When I chose my destination and the project, I made those decisions based on love, on the feeling of belonging I felt in relation to Latin America, in the desire to work with girls, and in

my experiences with feminism.  But even though this trip was also the realization of a dream, I was very worried. First, because I was traveling alone. Second, because I didn't know what I was expecting. What if the girls did not like me? What if I couldn't understand them? What if I didn't get to help them? All those doubts were dissipated the very moment someone opened for me the gate of casa hogar and those little ones ran to greet me. I had to contain my emotions and at that moment I realized the grandeur of the days that I would live there for three weeks and I wanted it to be longer. The girls didn't just seem to like me, they seemed pleased and happy with my presence; I also didn't know that helping them was simply to be there with them, they did not need much; and I also perceived that language would never be a barrier, in the end people always understand, because they have things that are said, lived and felt beyond words.

But it wasn't just girls who made my experience so positive. Joining a beautiful team of people who only want to do good for one another was one of the most rewarding parts. Once again, the language was no longer a barrier. We spoke Portuguese, English, Spanish, French... Sometimes all together in the same sentence, and we understand everything. I'm sure I've made lifelong friends, even if we don't find ourselves physically again. It's amazing how we can find people with whom we have so much affinity, even belonging to so different realities.  No matter our age, our country, our profession, our motivations. We live miles and miles away, separated by states, by continents or even by oceans, but I think those who have a similar heart, will find each other anywhere in the world.

Thank you so much to Exchange of good and to volunteers Peru, thank you to all Volunteers

of the world. You are part of who I am and will always be here in my heart.

January 01, 2020

Smeeta

I spent two weeks volunteering at casa hogar and I enjoyed it very much. The girls were very sweet and affectionate, and very interested in all the activities that the volunteers took to the house, even homework (sometimes :D). The coordinator of the Volunteers (Miryam) and the other volunteers were also very attentive to the girls, and it was very obvious that all adults involved with the girls loved them very much. The atmosphere was always very positive. And when we left, we felt tired but very good and happy. 

January 01, 2020

Priya Loomba

Working with Volunteers Peru on the Venture Peru exchange 2016/17 was one of the best experiences of my life. To work with VP to enable young people in the UK and Peru to immerse in a completely different way of life was profoundly humbling and to see the richness in connections that were created through this project - it will stay with me forever.

January 01, 2020

Emily

I can't recommend coming to volunteer at Casa Hogar highly enough - getting to know the girls, playing silly games, working through some science homework, reading stories, making bracelets, puzzling out maths problems, running around in the garden, colouring, doing jigsaws, helping the little ones on the monkey bars... Every day was different and hugely rewarding, and already wish I could come back.

January 01, 2020

Leni

I always say that the best trip of my life is "the next ", because it is always the expectation of a new trip with many surprises and good things. But I'm going to have to make an exception. One of the best (I think the best) of my life, far from all possible luxury was this I made for Peru. I didn't know how I was going to interact with the girls, if I could add something good in their lives. I was ready to "give Love " and I can guarantee that I won a lot of love! If I did something for the girls, they did a lot more for me. When I left Peru, I cried a lot. And I miss the girls very much. Today, I see the pictures, the videos and drawings they made for me, and I still cry. Talking, seeing, watching, listening..... is easy. But feeling is different. Gratitude to the universe for having afforded me this path and that I have had the courage to face it. I am 56 years old, I am divorced, I have two children and today I am a much better person because of voluntary work in Volunteers Peru!

January 01, 2020

Tilly

My words can’t do justice to describe what an amazing experience I’ve had at Casa Hogar these past few weeks. The girls are so welcoming, caring and loving and I have truly enjoyed my days with them. Considering their backgrounds the girls are bursting with so much happiness and joy and it is special to be part of that. However the afternoons were spent, be it reading, doing homework, playing, drawing, it was always with lots of laughter and love. I will really miss everyone at Casa Hogar, it is a wonderful place and I am extremely grateful to have been able to be a part of it.

January 01, 2020

Leticia

My days in Arequipa were full of joy and a lot of heat! I felt very welcome, thank you to Megan, Sarah and Marita, who always helped me and who were very good company. The girls in the house have a lot of energy, joy and affection. It is true that we learn from them, as they do from us. A rewarding and enriching experience. Highly recommended.

January 01, 2020

Vania

I signed up to do the volunteer without knowing for sure what to expect, or what would happen... I can say that it was two weeks of an incredible experience, which I can not describe... It was a very great exchange with the girls, and with the house administration, everything very intense .. very beautiful. The strength of the girls to face life enchanted me, how they smiled even with all the problems ... I chose to spend my birthday there, and I can say that it was special and unique .. spending these two weeks at Casa Hogar was really one of the best experiences I've ever had .. would do it a thousand times if it were possible.

January 01, 2020

Caitlin

I loved learning about the girls - their interests, their favorite songs, who they want to be when they grow up - and learning about Peru through their eyes. I loved sharing my culture with them and understanding my own country differently through their questions... I loved this work and would return in a heartbeat to do it again!!!

January 01, 2020

Diego

From beginning to end, I was treated very well. Every time I didn’t know where to find something or how to do something, Volunteers Peru would promptly help me out (ex: where to find a barbershop). I was not left on my own to figure out how to get to Tomepampa.

 

My favorite part was teaching the children in the elementary classes. In this case, I got to make my own English classes, which taught me a lot.

 

In Tomepampa, I was well received by everyone. Dominga’s family made me feel welcome and her food was great. Directora Dina made sure I was well introduced to the school. The teachers were kind to me and never forced me to do anything I was not confortable with.

January 01, 2020

Karlee

If you are trying to decide whether or not to do this program, I have two words of encouragement, DO IT!

The opportunity to practice Spanish, experience different cultures, and become a better global community member are just several of the opportunities you are exposed to when you volunteer with Volunteers Peru at Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte.

I volunteered with this group for two weeks in September 2017. The entire staff is incredibly supportive and caring. Arequipa is a beautiful city. The girls you get to work with are kind and loving. I connected with and made new friendships with people from all around the globe. I couldn't imagine a better volunteer experience.

January 01, 2020

Anna

I enjoyed the friendly and women only atmosphere of Volunteers Peru. I really appreciate how every volunteer can be himself, is accepted just the way they are. Nobody is pushed to do something they don't feel like doing. And of course I appreciated the girls at Casa Hogar, they are so giving and rewarding, it is a true exchange. Yes you give your time but you receive so much in return !

January 01, 2020

Pilar

My experience with working with the organization was beautiful. At all times I felt accompanied and supported by the project workers. I felt great being there. My reflection throughout the entire process was "we receive much more than what we give". I felt very at ease at the Casa Hogar. I would absolutely recommend this experience and would do it again if I could. The girls have a beautiful energy despite their realities and give so much love.

January 01, 2020

Katrin

I volunteered at Casa Hogar for two months and I loved every second of it. Being able to spend time with the girls and getting to know them was an incredibly rewarding experience. From playing with them, helping them with homework to seeing the love and care the girls have for each other and towards the volunteers made this stay exceptional and I can definitely say my expectations have been exceeded.  

January 01, 2020

Jeff

I felt a part of the community and working with the girls was AWESOME!

Miryam

I have no words to convey what an amazing experience I had with Volunteers Peru in Arequipa! Since the very first day I arrived at the Volunteers Peru's office I felt at home. 

I did not know what to expect from the girls at Casa Hogar. I only knew that they came from abusive situations and extreme poverty. I prepared myself for the possibility of meeting children with issues of anger, distrust, etc. I could not have been more mistaken! The very first moment I arrived at Torre Fuerte I was surrounded with smiling girls hugging me, holding my hand, asking me to play with them, to help them with their homework, with so much love to give and so much joy to share! It was amazing. It brings tears to my eyes even now to remember how much more I received from them than I was able to give.

January 01, 2020

Andrew

I loved being at Honofre Benavides. It was a great experience, immersive and I really felt part of the community. From staying with the family to teaching at the primary school I enjoyed everything I did, I loved being disconnected also in terms of internet/wifi (although I know you could get signal there). Because I speak Spanish I was happy that they made the most of me and allowed me to teach all English lessons at the primary school and even teach other lessons!
 

January 03, 2023

Mattias

I felt welcome from the first moment and that I could make an actual contribution to the kids and their education.

February 23, 2023

Lelia

I really enjoyed the amount of work that I put in as a volunteer, and felt like I was doing something substantial for the organization. I felt that I had some sort of agency over how to be a useful part of the community I was surrounded by. Ultimately, it made my connection with the girls all the more fulfilling which was hopefully the more valuable to them as well.

May 28, 2023

Marissa

My time at Volunteers Peru showed me how I wanted to have the hands-on experience to support people, particularly children who I wanted to empower to fulfill their potential and have better lives. I learned so much as an intern for the organization. I had such a wonderful time, I even came back a few months later to visit the projects and attend the annual town celebration in Tomepampa! I still remember the children I worked with, from playing with the girls at Torre Fuerte with their homework to leading English lessons after school with the students at Colegio Honofre Benavides. I still use my time with Volunteers Peru as a reference in my professional experiences. It has been over fours since I was in Peru, I will never forget the two months I spent at both projects!

January 01, 2020

Mayara Macedo

Ter feito o voluntariado para o Peru foi uma experiência maravilhosa. O país é lindo, cheio de
belezas naturais, uma cultura riquíssima, culinária deliciosa e de um povo muito carinhoso e
hospitaleiro. Por motivos operacionais, acabei mudando de última hora meu destino e indo
para Casa Hogar de Arequipa, sem saber, essa foi a melhor escolha que fiz. Desde o momento
que pisei em Arequipa fiquei encantada pela cidade e seus vulcões.
Fui recebida pelo pessoal da Volunteers Peru que me deu várias dicas e orientações durante
todo tempo que estive lá, me senti em casa e muito bem acolhida. Mais que orientadoras e
coordenadoras Marita e Dayana se tornaram grandes amigas, das quais jamais esquecerei e
sou grata por tudo.
Além da ajuda do pessoal da Volunteers Peru e das monitoras da Casa Hogar, fui contemplada
com um time de voluntárias que se tornaram minhas hermanas de alma.
A Casa Hogar é um espaço lindo, amplo, cheio de possibilidades para desenvolver atividades
diversas e muito organizado. As meninas são encantadoras, no primeiro minuto que entrei por
aquela porta fui tomada por uma onda de amor e carinho. Elas são extremamente amorosas e
muito receptivas.
Se fui pra Casa Hogar pra fazer alguma coisa por elas, posso dizer, que elas fizeram muito mais
por mim. Com elas aprendi que com amor somos capazes de mudar até mesmo as realidades
mais complicadas e improváveis. E foi assim, com o coração transbordando de amor que
regressei pro Brasil.
Agradeço a oportunidade de ter conhecido cada pessoa que cruzou meu caminho e me
transformou um pouquinho. Voltei, mas carrego um pedacinho de cada um e o Peru no
coração. Gracias gracias gracias!!!!
PS: Escrevo esse relato ao som de Cholito Jesus .... La La La La La La Uy!!!!

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