VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers in Lima are either accommodated in a volunteer house run by a local family, or in a homestay, both with other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single and double beds and volunteers can expect to share a room one to two other volunteers. Living is comfortable and there is electricity and running water in volunteer house and the homestays. While bedding is provided, it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag for weekends away, along with a towel and toiletries.
Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of tea and coffee, toast, local breads, cereal, condiments, ham and cheese. A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice, sandwiches and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional meat and vegetarian stews and curries accompany the vegetables and rice. Bottled water is readily available in Peru and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Orientation is taken by our Peru team at the volunteer house in Lima. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Peru – Introduction to Peru, Peruvian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Peru, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
First Day: On the first day of the volunteering placement, you will be escorted to the project by our local staff and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.
Weekdays: A typical day would be as follows:
7.30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house or homestay.
8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
1.00 PM Lunch break. Volunteers may take a packed lunch from the volunteer accommodation.
2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing. If volunteers are taking Spanish language lessons, they will usually take these in the afternoon.
8.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house or homestay.
During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Lima and Peru. Popular activities include paragliding from the cliffs of Miraflores, visiting the Pachacamac Ruins south of Lima, climbing to the top of the Huaca Pucllana Pyramid in the centre of Miraflores, surfing the coastal waters of Miraflores and Barranco, and sand boarding in Huacachina of Southwest Peru. Long weekends can be taken to travel further a field such as Machu Picchu.
Please note, Teaching English volunteers generally work Monday to Thursday and Saturday, having Friday and Sunday free for personal time.
VOLUNTEER LANGUAGE LESSONS
Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ strongly recommends these for all volunteers, unless they are fluent in Spanish. If volunteers have little or no Spanish ability and are volunteering for a period longer than 2 weeks, they should strongly consider these courses, so they can work and communicate with all parties more effectively during their program. These language lessons are organised on your arrival in Lima at your program orientation. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer's current level of Spanish. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers at US$10 per hour.
Basic Language Course
10 hours per week (2 hours per day, 5 days a week)
Advanced Language Course
15-20 hours per week (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days a week)