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MIRAMAR CHILDREN'S CENTRE
is part of a non profit organisation operating from 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.
work at getting all children to attend school and help with the provision
of school materials.
In Miramar itself, we will recruit a group of volunteers to join our trained
social worker and a team of Peruvian staff to work at the project in the
mornings every week day. Children will come for lessons and lunch, remaining
at the centre until they are attending school regularly. The social worker
liaises with parents, teachers and community members; the volunteers organise
activities of a wide-ranging nature.
MArta, nurser; and other BP volunteers and Miramarians
children do not attend school in Miramar, due one or mor 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
Who 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 accommodation.
What to expect as a Volunteer:
Your Job at 'Miramar' will involve:
- Teaching children
- Team working
- Sport activities
- Recreation activities
- Teaching English to adults, evening hours
- Promotion work
men in the bac (L to R) are the Mayor of Miramar, one of the
most kind hearted politicians we have met, who was raised
by an illiterate mother, didn't get to school until he was
10: went on to a careed as officer in the National Police
and now Mayor of Miramar. Bruce, and the professor/co-director
of Bruce Peru Miramar.
In front are our volunteers, other Miramar officials, and
our children and their mothers, and maybe a father or two.
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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 the cost of the social worker,
cook and secretary - also to promote the opening of other Children's
Centres in Peru. This fee includes accommodation and 3 meals a day,
5 days a week.
|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 children. Volunteering at Miramar 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 at 'Miramar' 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 Perus 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 Huaca 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 Municipality of Miramar, and is comprised of two classrooms
in the rear of the building - for children of differing learning skills..
Children attend the centre from between 9 AM and 12:00 PM, (ending with
a light lunch) during the children's time in the centre volunteers organise
a range of workshops and activities, including art, music, science, sport
and drama. Groups are divided up according to age or ability; individual
classes are also given to help with reading, writing, spelling and maths.
None of these children go to school, so an important 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 Miramar centre, but rather on our main campus, which
is located in the centre of Trujillo, a half block from the main square.
Miramar is only an eight minute taxi 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 Miramar and our other centres. Volunteers
are therefore obliged to give at least one class per night to maintain our
Spanish classes are offered for free to all our volunteers.