PORVENIR CHILDREN'S CENTRE is part of a non profit organisation operating
in the city of Trujillo, Peru, with the aim of giving aid and support
to children from impoverished backgrounds living in and around the area.
A team of international and Peruvian volunteers provide food, classes
and activities to children who would otherwise be in the streets - our
mission is to get them educated.
Peru (Porvenir) works at getting all children to attend school and helps
with the provision of school materials; it also fosters good relations
within the community.
itself, a group of volunteers, a trained social worker and a team of Peruvian
staff work at the project every week day. Children come in daily for lessons
and lunch, remaining at the centre until they are attending school regularly
and ready to graduate. Those too old to enter first grade will continue
to be taught at the centre (or will join other children at one of our
Porvenir's very poor children
do not attend school in PORVENIR, due one or more of three
reasons: extreme poverty (even attending free school in Peru costs
about €110 a year), abandonment or parental abuse (children of poor
parents often are made to work instead of attending school)
Our primary goal is to get as many children into school as possible,
and this involves encouraging learning, talking to parents and in
some cases purchassing uniforms and school books. We have the more
general aim of providing children aged between 6 and 12 with fun
activities to do in the morning, to keep them occupied, together
and away from the streets, and to give extra help to those struggling
in school and with learning difficulties.
do we need?
We are looking for volunteers to join our organisation who
are interested in working with children and (preferably) have some
knowledge of Spanish . Volunteers stay for as long as they like –
although we ask for a minimum of 1 month – and live in our
What to expect as a Volunteer:Your Job at PORVENIR will
- Teaching children
- Team working
- Sport activities
- Recreation activities
- Teaching English to adults, evening hours
- Promotion work
Eager for School! next: school uniforms
To read more about Peru click HERE
Accomodation and Spanish lessons + a certificate
for your CV: is what we offer.
We ask a fee from our volunteers to keep our work going. The money
goes to pay for the bills, and the cost of the social services, children's
costs- also to promote the opening of other Children's Centres in
Peru. This fee includes
Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most
effective for the children. Volunteering at PORVENIR can be a tiring but
immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups
of street 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 centre you will be a representative of the project and
are expected to be responsible and behave as an example for the children.
What you do in your free time outside the centre is up to you.
Volunteering with PORVENIR 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
Trujillo is a city of 651,000
inhabitants, on the Paciffic Ocean in 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 partssprawling along the coast to the north and south, and to the
west toward the Andees mountains. For the visitor it is a safe and lively
place, with good restaurants and bars, an excellent market, all manner of
beach and ocean sports and, as a testament to the great Inca civilisation,
the palaces of Chan Chan and the Temples of Waka de La Luna, which lie just
outside the city. The local inhabitants are generally kind and friendly,
and we have been able to cooperate well with schools and families in the
is located in the section of Alta Trujillo, and is comprised of an open
plan adobe building, separated into five tables - for children of differing
learning skills.. Children attend the centre from between 9 AM and 12:30
PM, (ending with lunch). During the children's time in the centre volunteers
organise a range of workshops and activities, including art, music, with
the main emphasisbeing on reading, writing and maths. Groups are divided
up according to age or ability. None of these children go to school, so
an important part of our program is teaching them group discipline and study
habits. We regularly plan trips outside the centre, to play football and
other games. Our international Volunteers do not live in the PORVENIR centre,
but rather on our main campus, which is located in the centre of Trujillo,
a half block from the main square. PORVENIR is a forty five minute bus ride
from the campus.
The Language School:In the evenings English-speaking
and French-speaking volunteers give English and French classes to adults,
who pay a monthly contribution to our work. Our students know that their
tuition goes towards our work with the children and enables us to maintain
PORVENIR and our other centres. Volunteers are therefore obliged to give
at least one class per night to maintain our Language School.
Spanish classes are offered for free to all our volunteers.