The main characteristics that we look for are enthusiasm, compassion and a dedication to helping disadvantaged children. Though having past experience working or volunteering with children is an asset, we welcome individuals who are motivated to help out, enjoying working with children and are open to learning about a new culture.
All of the activities and interactions with children and staff take place in Spanish. It is therefore helpful to have at least basic command of Spanish to be able to be meaningfully engaged. However, being fully immersed is the best way to learn a language, so volunteers with even limited Spanish proficiency will make rapid progress provided they are willing to dedicate themselves to learning the language.
We ask that volunteers commit to at least a month because it takes time for children and volunteers to build relationships and establish a level of trust. Ideally, however, volunteers will stay for at least three months because that enables them to really make a lasting impact on the children and the organization. There is no maximum time commitment, so volunteers are welcome to stay as long as they want!
Incawasi has rooms for international volunteers on the second floor of the center. There is a volunteer space for volunteers to relax in, two bathrooms with hot showers and a separate kitchen in which volunteers can store their food. Volunteers also receive breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. The main kitchen is available to volunteers to use in the evenings and on the weekends.
Incawasi asks volunteers to pay US$350 monthly to cover the costs of accommodations and breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. A significant portion of this donation goes towards covering Incawasi’s operation costs. There are no additional volunteer fees, and the totality of the donation goes towards the program. Because we value volunteers who are able to dedicate themselves to Incawasi long-term, we have established a sliding pay scale, whereby volunteers pay US$350 monthly for the first three months at Incawasi, US$250 for months four to six, and US$150 for the seventh month onward.
Yes, groups and other charitable groups can volunteer at Incawasi. Please direct your enquiries to the Volunteer Coordinator by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The most affordable option is to take an overnight bus from Lima. There are a number of safe and comfortable bus options that we can recommend. The trip is about 15 hours, but buses in Peru allow you to recline completely and serve meals to their passengers. Volunteers can also fly to Cajamarca from Lima, though flying is more expensive.
Cajamarca is a city rich in history that has much to offer to volunteers when they are not working. There are a number restaurants and bars, but also interesting archaeological and historical sites to visit in the city or in the immediate outskirts, as well as small villages and rural areas that provide great hiking day trips.