Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP)
Focus: Community and Education.
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Since 2003, SKIP has been working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru. Our holistic program focuses on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family. It is our aim to foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives.
Our program includes Education, Economic Development, and Psychology/Social work departments. Our education department works with both primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (ages 12-18) students in an after-school education enrichment program that includes classes in English, Maths and Communication and various workshops including Art and Sport. Our economic development program is split between artisan workshops where SKIP mothers make clothing and jewellery that is sold by SKIP to serve as a form of income for the families and a micro-credit loan program for which SKIP families can apply.
Our Psychology and Social Work departments support entire SKIP families through individual, group, and family therapy sessions depending on the needs of each service user with a focus on child well-being. All of our departments work together to give holistic support to each family with the educational, emotional, and social development of the SKIP children as our main goal.
Costs & Benefits
SKIP has a very wide range of volunteer opportunities available because our program has so many different facets. Many of our volunteers work in education: teaching English or leading and assisting classes on other subjects that SKIP teaches (in Spanish).
We also have volunteers who help in the artisan workshops and who coordinate our micro-credit program as well as volunteers assisting in both the Psychology and Social Work departments. Along with placing volunteers in the departments that work directly with SKIP families and children we also have volunteer positions in communications, finance and volunteer coordination.
The hours that each volunteer works are usually flexible but each volunteer is expected to generally work about 35 hours a week. The duties of each volunteer vary depending on their role; more information about individual volunteer positions can be found on our website.
To help SKIP with running costs and programme expenses, we do ask that international volunteers raise a certain amount of money for each month of participation in the scheme.
We have introduced a system whereby as you stay for longer, the amount of the contribution fees decreases. Although it may seem unusual to be paying to work, one third of our budget currently comes from the contribution fees so we do rely on these in order to be able to continue working. Our volunteers are also expected to pay their own travel costs.
Please see the website for more information. The benefits of working with us include training and mentoring during the length of your stay as well as the chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community.
We are only able to accept volunteers who are at least 18 years of age unless they are travelling with a parent/guardian (we are open to having families come to work with us). We have positions for volunteers who do not speak Spanish but any level of Spanish is certainly valuable given the nature of our work within a Spanish-speaking community. We look for volunteers who are flexible, passionate, cooperative, and open to working within a culture that is different from their own.
Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP)
Calle Mayta Capac 1301
Rio Seco, Trujillo, La Libertad
Tel: (+51) 44 402757
Average cost per day: $13
Focus: Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old