Volunteer Bruce Peru,  help street children in Latin America.Bruce Peru - in cooperation with 'Belen'
......................................"Hogar De La Niña" Girls Orphanage in Cajamarca

Bruce Peru helps children of  Belen Orphnage

Volunteer vacancies: volunteers: 2 longstay female
..................1 male,
October: 2 vacancies
January - June: 3

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''BELEN' is the girl's orphanage of Cajamarca, Peru. Our live-in female volunteers will give aid and support to the children living in this well run orphanage. We will look after the normal orphans when they are not in school, and the special orphans the rest of the time; assist the staff in caring for these girls as well as give classes for them - help with their homework, read to them and generally care for them.

A little girl who keeps to her self, hugging her doll - the way she wants to be huged.There is always more to do to fill the gap in these dear girl's lives. There is never enough love, never enough attention, direction and friendship in their lives to make up for the absence of their own parents.

BELEN ('Hogar de La Niña') is operated by the Society de la Beneficenca of Cajamarca. Bruce Peru participates with the Beneficencia to fill as many of the gaps in these girl's lives as we can. We play with them, bathe the little ones, teach hygens and manners; give classes in English, help them with music and art; help them with their homework and studies. Most of all we befriend them and give them as much love as we can..

Bruce Peru and Belen Orphanage, Cajamarca 10.12.04
They are sisters herel

Some were abandoned at birth, some foundlings; some were turned over to the orphanage when a single parent could no longer cope: or by the court following parental abuse.
Who do we need?
We are looking for volunteers to join our organisation who are interested in working with poor orphaned girls and (preferably) have some knowledge of Spanish . Volunteers stay for as long as they like – although we ask for a minimum of 3 months from those who will live in the orphanage. During the mornings you will go to our other centre in Cajamarca, Hijas de La Caridad; where you will help street children. In the afternoons you will be with the orphans. Evenings, teach English.

What to expect as a Volunteer:

Your Job at 'BELEN' will involve:
  • Teaching children
  • Team working
  • Child Minding
  • Sport activities, or music or art
  • Recreation activities
  • Promotion work
Cajamarca Orphanage for girls: Belen
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Accomodation & food costs:

We ask a fee from our volunteers to keep our work going. The money goes to pay for the bills, meals, and our Peruvian staff - also to promote the opening of our Children's Centres in Peru. This fee also includes accommodation 7 days per week and continental breakfast, 5 days a week. Week ends free.
First 3 months £360 a month
Second 3 months £290 a month
Third 3 months £150 a month

Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the orphns. Volunteering at Bruce Peru Cajamarca can be a tiring but immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups of children demanding a lot of attention and enthusiasm. You will have to be a team worker, working together with Peruvian and international volunteers. In the orphanage you will be a representative of Bruce Peru and are expected to be responsible and behave as an example for the children. What you do in your free time outside the orphanage is up to you.

Volunteering at 'BELEN' is a fantastic way of getting to know Peru, of improving your Spanish, and above all, of interacting with the community and with the children of the city in a positive and helpful way.

The Region:

Cajamarca, Peru - a beautiful placeCajamarca is a city of 110,000 inhabitants, in the Andese mountains of northern Peru. It is the site of the largest city in the Inca Empire, has the largest quantity and best preserved Inca ruins in Peru. Today it suffers from a range of social problems, including bad sanitation, lack of electricity and a shortage of food, and was recently classified as one of Peru’s poorest cities. Like many Latin American settlements, it is characterised by an attractive and ornate colonial centre, with the poorest parts sprawling up the mountainsides. For the visitor it is a safe and lively place, with good restaurants and bars, an excellent market, also there are opportunities for mountain walking, trekking and climbing and, as a testament to the great Inca civilisation, the place where the chief of the Incas offered Pizaro a room full of gold treasures in exchange for the Inca Empire - can be looked down upon from the balcony of the Girl's Orphanage. The local inhabitants are generally kind and friendly, and we have been able to cooperate well with schools and families in the past.

The Programme:

Orphan playing piano, at Belen Orphanage for GirlsThe Orphanage is located in the heart of Cajamarca, housed in a typical Spanish colonial palace converted to the particular requirements of an orphanage for girls. It has a number of large dormatories, kitchen and dining hall, an enclosed play area, auditorium and workshops where the girls learn handicrafts, sewing and arts. We want to do everything possible to develop and encourage any talents the girls posess or show an aptitude for. They are enroled in state schools, usually during the mornings; but these years are all the preparation these girls will have: for when they turn 18 they will be completely on their own. We must help prepare them to become self sufficient, stable and able to cope with life outside the orphanage.

Trujillo, City of eternal Springtime, volunteer Bruce Peru Cajamarca