IntroductionMOTIL CHILDREN'S CENTRE is a collabouration between the Parroquia de San Luis Gonzaga de Motil and Bruce Peru ong, a non profit organisation operating from the city of Trujillo, Peru, with the aim of giving aid and support to the children of this beautiful but very poor rural village - especially: educating them. A team of international and Peruvian volunteers help the local Parroquia to provide classes to children who would otherwise not be able to attend school from late December through March.
In MOTIL CENTRE itself, we will recruit local volunteers to join our international volunteer workers and a team of Peruvian staff from the Parroquia to teach at and participate in the project every week day. Children will come for lessons, events, recreation, guidence and friendship..
Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the children. Volunteering at MOTIL CENTRE can be a tiring but immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups of poor children demanding a lot of attention and enthusiasm. You will have to be a team worker, working together with Peruvians from the Parroquia and other 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 Bruce Peru 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 in a positive and helpful way.
The Region:Motil is 2.5 hours up into the Andes mountains from Trujillo, which 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 adobe 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 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 past.
The Programme:Our centre is located in the heart of the picturesque Andean village of MOTIL , and is comprised of living and dining quarters, plus a large classroom for children in the primary grades. English seems to be the subject most in demand - not available in local schools - but we also help with reading, writing, sciences and maths. None of these children would have had an educational opportunity during these months if the Parroquia had not brought this programl to Motil. We regularly plan trips outside the centre, to play football and other games. Our international Volunteers live in the MOTIL centre, and there they receive their meals. MOTIL CENTRE is a 2.5 hour bus ride from central Trujillo.