Bruce Peru: 'Cerro Pesqueda'
Poor Children's Centre
Bruce Peru helps children and mothers of NUEVO JERUSALEN shanty town

Volunteer vacancies:
3/4 volunteers at any given time

Non 2004- Dec 2010 -
3 vacancies

On line Application

Introduction ................................................................................Update: 29/04/2012

PESQUEDA 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.

.PESQUEDA works at getting all children to attend school and helps with the provision of school materials; it also fosters good relations within the community.

First volunteers, NUEVO JERUSALEN Centre, Peru

Volunteers coordinating the opening of Bruce Peru  NUEVO JERUSALEN, Peru
Sandra, Social Worker; Charo, Co-Director

In Cerro Pesqueda 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. The social worker liaises with parents, teachers and community members; the volunteers organise activities of a wide-ranging nature.

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 'NUEVO JERUSALEN' will involve:
  • Teaching children
  • Team working
  • Sport activities
  • Recreation activities
  • Teaching English to adults, evening hours
  • Promotion work
Ansiosos por iniciar las clases!
Voluntarios con los niños del programa
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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

Getting the community involved to help their
poorest children.
To read more about Peru click HERE

Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the children. Volunteering at NUEVO JERUSALEN 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 'NUEVO JERUSALEN' 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:

Cerro Pesquera, Trujillo - The Region - North PeruTrujillo 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 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:

Poor Children learning class room etiquette at NUEVO JERUSALEN Children's Centre, PeruOur centre is located in the heart of CERRO PESQUERA, and is comprised of an open plan semi-complete adobe building - someone's front room - separated into two class areas - 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 CERRO PESQUERA centre, but rather on our main campus, which is located in the centre of Trujillo, a half block from the main square. CERRO PESQUERA is only an five minute taxi ride from the volunteer quarters.

The Language School

Spanish classes are offered for free to all our volunteers.

Trujillo, City of eternal Springtime, volunteer NUEVO JERUSALEN Children's Centre