We have an ever-growing network of projects in various locations in northern Peru, mostly in the seaside town of Huanchaco, where our office is located, and the surrounding areas and in Trujillo, Peru's third largest city. We also have projects located in the mountainous regions of Leymabamba, Chachapoyas, Sicchezpampa, Rodríguez de Mendoza and Yanasara.
Urgent Volunteer Positions
Working with Children at a Local Kindergarten: We need someone to help out at Casita de Madera, a local kindergarten. The work involves helping the existing teacher in the mornings, and will include playground supervision, and organising games and activities for the children. To learn more about the project, please click here.
Skate Ramp Coordinator: We urgently require someone to coordinate activities at the Skate Ramp. This project was set up by OCN to provide the children with a safe environment to play and learn. To learn more about this project, please click here.
Marketing Coordinator (could also be an Internship): We need someone to work in the OCN office to help promote the work we do, and source funding for our projects. The work will include, among other tasks, updating our Facebook page and Twitter feed, analysing the effectiveness of our current marketing initiatives, and helping coordinate and plan fundraising and promotional events. To learn more about this role, please click here.
Music Teacher at a school for the partially deaf and blind: This institute for the blind, deaf, autistic and mentally handicapped is constantly in need of volunteers to provide labour for their daily operations. Here, you can teach music to children and adults in a well equipped music centre. Find more information about the school here
HELP English Teachers: the Huanchaco Education and Learning Program (HELP) instigated by Otra Cosa Network has expanded rapidly over the last 6 months and HELP English can now offer free English language classes to adults and children in the Las Lomas, Ramón Castilla, El Trópico and Cerrito de la Virgen communities, and our outreach effort to benefit still more communities continues. We are constantly in need of volunteers to teach these classes, as there just aren't enough people within the communities themselves to run the classes unless OCN can provide the manpower. Previous teaching experience is of course ideal but not necessary in all cases. We are seeking lively, excited and initiative-full volunteers to provide locals with a life-long skill with endless benefits. For more information, please see the HELP English project description here.
Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Program: We urgently need someone to carry on the work here; working with the Trujillo Municipal Government this programme is designed to help young minor offenders' rehabilitation. The volunteer will hep with activities such as: teaching sports, yoga, relaxation, anger management and other therapeutic activities, as well as teaching English. To learn more about this role, please click here.
Volunteer Surf Coordinator Position: Needed from December 2013 to March 2014
We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate our Surfing Project, where we give less fortunate youths an opportunity to learn how to surf. Surfing also allows us to to promote an environment of responsibility and mutual respect, while emphasizing many of our values including commitment, dedication, hard work, kindness to others, caring for the environment and much more. The surf coordinator will be responsible for getting the surf project organized just before the season begins and he or she will also be responsible to coordinate and manage all of our surf volunteers. We are seeking a surf coordinator who is an experienced surfer that can train our less experienced surf volunteers and who will also work closely with the director of our partner surf school. Interest in environmental education and events geared towards respecting the earth, our beaches and our oceans is also a plus. For more information about our surf project, please go here.