Peru is one of the world’s great travel destinations. However, despite the economic benefits generated by the international tourism industry in the area the majority of the local people live in either poverty or extreme poverty. For instance in Lima, and Cusco, there are a lot of children working on the streets. The older ones often have to take care of their younger siblings and are the first ones who drop out of school.

AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco has been organizing volunteer placements in Peru ever since its founding in 1998 and we are happy to connect local people and projects with our Spanish students, of which many are interested in give a helping hand as a volunteer. AMAUTA not only organizes the volunteer placements itself but offers complete programs for volunteers– including Spanish classes in Cusco, accommodation in our Student and Volunteer House or with local guest families, and we organize cheap and fun tours in Cusco. And – most important – AMAUTA does not only support the volunteers, but also the projects in Cusco, in different ways. Are you interested? Many volunteer projects in Cusco need you and through your booking, AMAUTA can support the projects even more!

Volunteer Work in Cusco Peru with streetkids!

The project for street kids in the city centre of Cusco is one of those organizations that benefit greatly from the participation of volunteers! Thanks to the help of many AMAUTA volunteers, the kids in this project can be a child for a couple of hours, and play, learn, do their homework, learn some English, enjoy recreational activities and maybe even enjoy a small meal at the end of the day. Through your volunteer work in Peru, AMAUTA can support this project to help around 25 street kids that are working on the streets of Cusco, selling sweets, postcards etc. on the streets, or work as a shoe-shiner.

One of the Swedish AMAUTA Volunteer gives you an impression of the volunteer work in Cusco at the project for street kids:

I had the greatest time at the street-children project in Cusco! It is lots of laughing and playing. You often have a big smile when go home at the end of the day 🙂

I worked with both the smaller and the bigger kids. With the smaller kids, I recommend you organize games, songs and activities, so they can learn to play with each other and solve problems that come up by themselves. Those young kids can be hard to handle sometimes because they don’t have a lot of discipline.

Volunteer Work in Cusco Peru with streetkids!

The older kids often start with their homework and need help. Their self-esteem is very low and it is really important to give them more faith and to believe in them. Some of them could be really nonchalant and seemed proud of themselves the more they were messing around. It’s important to be a little hard on them and to tell them what they are doing wrong. Some of them really need some hard strict words, so don’t be modest. Finally the kids respect you more.

Something that all the kids really appreciate is songs and games. Once we were painting a big man that the children could color. Then we taught them some body parts in English and finished with singing “head, shoulders, knees and toes”. After that they asked us several times if we could sing and dance to this song again! Volunteers are really needed here, I was very happy with my experience with the streetkids in Cusco.

Are you interested and do you want to know more about this – or other – volunteer placements in Cusco?

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