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Who qualifies
Anyone who is positive, works well with others, has something to contribute and possesses a natural affection for the people we are trying to help (poor children and abandoned mothers). Age, sex, race, religion and nationality make no difference. Although it is not part of our entry criteria we strongly recommend that you have a basic level of Spanish before joining us. This will help you to get the most out of your experience as none of the children and very few of the teachers you will be working with in schools speak English. You will therefore be teaching the children to read, write and do maths in Spanish.

Types of work Available
Most volunteers come to help as teaching assistants in the classroom; whilst some have teaching experience, most do not. In addition to teachers, Bruce Peru also needs Project Directors, fundraisers and people with public relations experience. As school finishes for the children in mid-December and does not start again until January we recommend that you time your work with us to take this into account. In March there is also a couple of weeks between the summer school finishing (Jan/Feb) and the longer school session starting (March-Dec) when there is no school. During this time teachers go out into the poor areas of the city looking for children who are working but who should be in school. They talk with these children and their parents to offer them the chance to join a Bruce Peru school for the March-December school session. Volunteers are welcome to join teachers as they look for their next set of students.

Accommodation and food

For photos showing typical accommodation click here
We offer our volunteers accommodation during their stay with us. We provide three meals a day, five days a week (weekends, holidays and days when there is no school for the children are not included). No food is provided from mid-December to the beginning of January and for a couple of weeks in March as there is no school for the children at this time. All international volunteers need to live in the Bruce Peru centre or in approved accommodation, although some long term volunteers have the option of living in an apartment outside of the Bruce Peru centre. It is assumed that all volunteers have come to work only with Bruce Peru and not to take on outside work or assignments.

All volunteers are urged to come with their own travel insurance - here's a firm we recommend

Cost of Volunteering

First 3 months
$360 per month
Next 3 months
$290 per month
After 6 months
$150 per month

There is no cost to register as a volunteer with us. All volunteers pay $360 per month (or any part of a month) for the first three months, after that the price decreases after every 3 months. We are self sustaining, everyone is a volunteer and we do not rely on government or institutional support. Your entire donation should be paid not less than one month before your arrival
Free Spanish lessons are available for volunteers (1 class of 1 hour's duration for 2 afternoons per week).

How volunteer money is used

The money that Bruce Peru receives is used to help the children you will be working with when you join us. It costs $155 to pay for the first year of a child in our programme - this includes paying for school materials while the child is in our informal school, transport for teachers and volunteers to and from the school, payment of teachers, daily food, medical/clothes/sundry assistance, registration fees when the child is accepted into the national school system, purchasing a uniform, school books and event fees. It costs $65 for their second year of school.

In addition, money from volunteers also helps to pay for the following:

... · Food/drink for the children (sometimes the only food they get that day)

...·· Classroom equipment and books

...· Peruvian teachers living expenses (all Peruvian teachers are volunteers)

...· Salaries for permanent Peruvian staff who run the centres eg administrative/secretarial staff and cook

...·· Salaries for Peruvian professionals who help the children and their mothers eg social workers, psychologists, health workers, educational specialists.

...· Accommodation and food for volunteers

...· Overheads of running volunteer centres eg rent, electricity and water
The pie chart below gives a breakdown of how the money received from volunteers and from English classes is spent annually:
Bruce Peru Annual Costs

Kids Parties Spcl. Events
Marketing & Legal
Overhead & Admin.
Medical & Emergency
Volu Travel & exp
PC, Internet Telephone,

  Students & Materials.
  Teachers etc.
  Water, Gas, Electricity

Teaching English classes
Bruce Peru also runs English and French language classes for local Peruvian adults which are taught solely by volunteers. These are taught during weekday evenings, usually from Monday to Thursday. There are textbooks that volunteers can use to teach the classes as most of the volunteers who come to Bruce Peru are not qualified language teachers. All volunteers teach 1 or 2 classes a night, each of which lasts an hour. Before you start your volunteer work with Bruce Peru you may want to look at a grammar book to prepare you for teaching English classes when you arrive.

A typical day in the life of a volunteer

For photos of volunteers in action click here

In the morning volunteers make sandwiches for the children before eating their own breakfast. Volunteers then start teaching with their Peruvian teacher. In some cities children come into the centres for lessons, in other cities the schools are located both in the city centre and further away in the barrios (the poorest parts of town). The morning is spent teaching literacy and maths to the children. Some volunteers help generally with all the children in the class, others will have a specific group or child of their own to teach, depending upon the needs of the class. The Peruvian teachers decide what the volunteer needs to do within the classroom but often volunteers are left to teach the children for whom they are responsible as they see fit. At least one day a week the children also play sport. At the end of the morning the children have lunch. In some centres volunteers eat lunch with their children, in others they return to the centre to eat with the other volunteers.

During the afternoon, depending on the centre

...· volunteers will do the following
...· More teaching of the children
...· Participating in a Bruce Peru Club for children already in state school
...· Spanish lessons · Free time

Evening meals are usually ready around 5 or 6pm, after which most volunteers teach English language classes (mostly to young adults and people of low income). Classes last for one hour and run during the evening from 6pm - 9pm. The students of these classes pay a small tuition fee for their lessons which helps to fund our programmes with the children.

Volunteer days will vary slightly according to the centre in which you are volunteering. To read a description of a typical day at each of the centres, go to the ´Centres in Peru´ box at the top of the page and click on the relevant centre from the drop-down menu.

Present and past volunteers at
Bruce Peru

we normally have between 20 and 45 International Volunteers and 30 to 55 Peruvian volunteers serving at any given time
(in spite of the large number of volunteers who have served in our programs, we remain a small organization).
In fact we are all volunteers; doctors, dentists, three economists, lots of social workers, even more university students (medicine, systems, education, psychology, communication, architecture), cooks, lots and lots of teachers, child minders, psychologists, attorneys, engineers, a biologist, nurses, musicians, artists and laborers. The longest time anyone has volunteered so far is two years. The list below includes former and current volunteers.
Austria 4 Ireland 26
Australia 62 Israel 11
Belgium 3 Italy 10
Brazil 8 Japan 25
Canada 93 Korea 2
Chile 1 Lebanon 1
Cornwall 2 Netherlands 26
Cuba 2 New Zealand 9
Denmark 6 Norway 5
Ecuador 5 Panama 5
England 161 Local People 536
Finland 2 Scotland 12
France 46 Spain 19
Germany 29 Swden 14
Iceland 1  
Indonesia 1   U.S.A.
Total .1,355
How to volunteer
Begin by filling in the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM and we will respond as soon as possible.

Getting to
a volunteer destination from Lima airport

Once you have been assigned to a location (or if you have reserved early enough to get name your location) we provide information to help you get to the destination. Below are a few examples - click on the place name to go to the page.
Useful Information Click here for useful information before coming to Peru

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

...· Can I choose the centre I work at?
If you have one of our locations in mind, do let us know about your preference in your application. We do our best to accommodate everyone, however some centres may already be booked for the time you wish to come. Also, each volunteer has particular skills and experience which we learn about through the application, and apply to what we know about the needs and opportunities of particular centres. When an applicant is accepted we normally let you know in our first message if you can get into the centre of your choice; or make alternative suggestions in it is already booked.

...· Is there a minimum length of stay?
Usually 1 month.

...· What type of accommodation is provided/how many people share a room?
Accommodation ranges from dormitory style (for a maximum of 4 people) to individual rooms for long-term volunteers and couples. Photos of accommodation can be seen by viewing the relevant Bruce Peru Centre pages.

...· What hours do people work including evening teaching?
Volunteers work on average a 6-7 hour day excluding preparation time for the lessons with the children and for their English classes in the evening.

...· Are there breaks allowed for longer term volunteers?
Breaks are allowed for longer term volunteers but we would ask volunteers to give as much notice as possible so that we can plan in advance how to cover your work while you are away.

...· How do you renew your visa if you stay longer than 3 months?
After 3 months you have 2 options. You can either leave the country and re-enter (sometimes in the same day) to gain a visa for a further 3 months. Alternatively you can extend your visa for 1 month at a cost of $20 plus 26 soles administration fee. You can pay to extend your visa twice but after that you must leave the country and re-enter to renew your visa.

...· Is there an Information Pack available to volunteers before they arrive to help prepare them for their work with Bruce Peru?
Yes. When an applicant has been sellectd we give you a web address where you can read or download the Welcome Pack for the centre where you will be serving.

Finding out more If you would like to speak to a current or ex-volunteer of Bruce Peru then please email us at: and a volunteer will contact you. If you are interested in speaking to someone in particular eg male/female, a volunteer at a particular Bruce Peru centre, particular nationality etc, please let us know in your email.
Information about Peru Click here for useful facts and information about Peru.