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Spanish and Volunteer Work Cusco, Peru

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 28 - 140 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 25 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Volunteering Vacations  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1734 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2690 US Dollar (USD)

Our Volunteer Work Program provides the unique opportunity to live and work abroad. Students and volunteers will experience first-hand Peru’s rich cultural diversity while practicing their Spanish as they will speak Spanish from early in the morning till late at night. Through the Volunteer Program the volunteers are able to make contributions to Peruvian society and to help bridge the gap between foreign visitors and native Cusqueños. There are many different volunteer opportunities at different projects as well as internships and/or trainee-ships, where you can be placed once you finish your Spanish lessons.

- Types of volunteer placement. Participants may choose both, the field and preferred location, of their volunteer placement. Possible fields of interest include social work, education, tourism, cultural work and catering. While most of our projects take place in Cusco, there are also projects out of the city. A complete list of the 30 projects can be sent upon request.

- Procedure for volunteer work. When booking the Volunteer Work Package, we'll ask you to send us your preferences, your resume (CV) and a motivation letter. When arranging a placement, our Volunteer Coordinator considers the student's personal goals, level of Spanish proficiency, prior work experience and length of probable commitment, as well as the needs of the host organization. When the volunteer organization agrees on the placement, we'll send confirmation of the student's voluntary work (placement document). The final decision regarding the acceptance of a student in a project will be taken by the organization.

- Support offered for volunteers. Upon arrival to Cusco, students receive an information package with preliminary information regarding the volunteer work experience. We organize an introductory meeting with general information about Peruvian history and culture, working in Peru as a foreigner, cultural differences and social hierarchy of Peruvian society. During a student's course of study, he/she will have the opportunity to personally discuss the appropriate placement in terms of goals, desired experiences etc. with the Volunteer Coordinator. During the placements, the weekly volunteer meetings enable volunteers to talk in general about their experiences and raise any concerns.

- Spanish course for volunteers. A four-week Spanish course (minimum), either One-one-One or Group, is included in the Volunteer Package, enabling the student to communicate in Spanish. Students may also do part of their study in the Sacred Valley or Manu.

- Practical information for volunteers. Students will need to have a minimum of eight weeks to dedicate to the Standard Volunteer Program. The first four weeks of the program will be spent studying Spanish; the volunteer placement will continue four weeks more. Extra weeks can be added, if you have a longer period of time available, you can consider participating in our Volunteer Plus Program. During the Spanish Course students can choose where to stay: with a host family, or in our Student Residence. During volunteer work, students will be staying at Student Residence with other students and volunteers.

- Volunteer fee. While participation in our Volunteer Program is completely free (all students pay is their course and accommodation), all volunteers are requested to pay a Volunteer Fee. This money will be used to support the projects. According to the most urgent needs of the projects, either we purchase food, or support the projects with their infrastructure (we purchase paintings, or help fixing a toilet, a broken window etc.), or we purchase educational materials.

- Standard volunteer work program. Internship program in Peru a minimum of 8 weeks is required to participate in the Standard Volunteer Work Program. Initially, students participate in a four week Spanish Program. Part of the Spanish Program can be completed in Sacred Valley and/or Manu. Following these four weeks, all volunteers move into Student Residence, settling there for the rest of the program. While volunteering, different activities (meetings, workshops, extra Spanish Classes, hikes on Cusco's outskirts) will be organized. Volunteers can count of the continuous support of our Volunteer Coordinator that will have at least one personal interview with each volunteer and take him/her to the project the first day of work.

Volunteers are placed in orphanages, schools, hospitals, projects for street children etc. Opportunities for non-social volunteer work (tourist agencies, teaching English, etc.) are also available. We can mail a complete list of all Volunteer Projects (subject to change) upon request.

Standard volunteer work program:
- Spanish course and accommodation
- Minimum commitment of 8 weeks
- All levels
- Maximum 6 people per group (Spanish)
- Begin any Monday of the year
- Extra free activities included including one free weekly Spanish class
- Free internet.

- Volunteer plus program. Our Volunteer Plus Program is especially suited for professionals with a stronger commitment (doctors, dentists, computer programmers, marketing professionals, teachers, carpenters, tailors, hairdressers, gardeners, mechanical, electricians, etc.) interested in supporting one of our projects by working a longer period of time. Most participants have studied some Spanish before and/or have basic communication skills before.

- Trainee and internship program. Volunteer and Internship Programs provide the unique opportunity to live and work in Peru. Participants will experience first-hand the rich cultural diversity of Peru, while cultivating a superior level of Spanish proficiency and gain a work experience in an international environment. The Trainee Program is especially designed for students and newly graduates who are looking for a challenging working experience abroad. Working experience abroad looks great on a resume. Furthermore, most participants finish our program speaking fluently Spanish. This, added to the work accomplished in a different culture and circumstances, will be greatly appreciated by future employees.

- Types of trainee ships. We have variety of vacancies, such as working in a hospital, organizing sport competitions, teaching orphanage boys to be cooks or working in a luxurious three star hotel.

We offer trainee ships in the following fields:
- Tourism
- Gastronomy
- Medical field
- Social/legal work
- Education
- Automation
- Arts and handicrafts
- Sports.

Note: Please let us know in case you have any special requests, we will be happy to tailor a trainee ship to specific needs!

Note: Working and living in Peru might be quite a challenge. Thus, it is important to rely upon an organization with years of experience and contacts throughout Peru. Our course was founded in 1996 and has a nationwide network of contacts. In addition to arranging trainee ships we also help the participants with their Spanish classes, accommodation, cultural activities and excursions. This allows the trainee to concentrate on the things that are really important, such as the content and the quality of the trainee ship.

- Spanish course for volunteers. A four week Spanish course (either one-on-one or group), is required for all the trainee positions, which should enable a complete beginner to communicate in Spanish upon finishing the course. The course includes grammar, conversation, listening, reading and writing. During their placement, trainees can attend our specially designed Spanish Classes for Volunteers once a week, totally for free. This will allow them to rehearse their Spanish in an informal and entertaining way.

- Accommodation for volunteers. During the Spanish Course, the participants will choose where to stay: with a host family, in our Student Residence or in one of our Student Flats. During the working period, the trainees will stay in one of our luxurious student flats. All student flats are located in the residential neighborhoods in Cusco and are fully furnished and equipped.

- Requirements. The trainee ship program is designed for students or recent graduates in all fields with a minimum age of 18 years old. The only formal requirement is a minimum commitment of twenty weeks. The first four weeks of the program will be spent studying Spanish, the trainee ship will continue for at least sixteen more weeks. In order to work in some of the organizations, the participants might have to take more than four weeks of Spanish to reach a more advanced level of Spanish. After consulting with our academic coordinator we will determine the length of Spanish study. Furthermore you will have to meet the requirements of the placement of your choice (if any). Contact us to check the Internship List.

Internship programs:
- Spanish course and accommodation
- Minimum commitment of 20 weeks
- All levels
- Maximum 6 people per group (Spanish)
- Maximum 2 interns per project
- Begin any Monday of the year
- Extra free activities included including one free weekly Spanish class
- Free internet.

Included in the package are:
- A Spanish Course, including accommodation of your choice
- Accommodation in student residence during volunteer work
- Organization of volunteer work
- Information package upon arrival
- Participation in student activities (e.g. lectures, salsa class)
- Free Internet
- Volunteer meeting with initial information on Peruvian society and volunteer work placement
- One personal meeting with our volunteer coordinator
- Visit to the project on the first day of work including transportation
- One free Spanish class per week
- Certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Enrollment fee 38 USD
- Change fee 38 USD
- Volunteer/internship fee 98 USD.

- Enrollment fee. Not included in the course prices. If you combine 2 different courses you will pay the enrollment fee only once
- Change fee. Administration costs for each change in your reservation after arrival
- Volunteer/internship fee. Part of this money will be used to donate to the project. Included in the volunteer program prices.

- Standard volunteer package, 8 weeks of accommodation, 4 weeks classes, volunteer fee - 1734 USD
- Volunteer plus package, 16 weeks of accommodation, 4 weeks of classes, volunteer fee - 2306 USD
- Internship, 20 weeks of accommodation, 4 weeks of classes, volunteer fee - 2690 USD.

About This Supplier
Location: Peru
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2008

M17546 offers the enthusiasm of a relatively young agency, with the experience of our capable and professional staff. With our own offices in Cusco (Peru) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Netherlands, we have been arranging every imaginable excursion and tour in South America, as well as Spanish Courses and...

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