Volunteers in Peru: Educating Street Kid & Eradicating Poverty: Bruce Organisation
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Volunteer Life
VIDEO of a Vol experience
in one of our projects for
street children.

Knights of Compostela
is part of
Agenda SOS International

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 anyone abandoned, in need of help). Sex, race, religion and nationality make no difference. Many volunteers work from their home, or in their own community. Some volunteers bring to us their professional skills, dental, medical, vets, engineers, ecologists, agronomists; but most of us come to help out in general - whatever needs to be done now. We especially apreciate having long term volunteers (months even years). The minimum term is one month unless you have a compelling reason to apply for less. We welcome all your questions.knightsofcompostela@gmail.com
Some of our projects

Volunteer application form.
What is the cost
of Volunteering

There is no cost to volunteer with us.

An averagel day
for a volunteer
(in a typical Latin American project)

For photos of volunteers in action click here

[Please note: A volunteer day along the Santiago/Finisterre pilgrimage is completely different to what we do in Latin America. Watch this space for more information.]

In the morning volunteers prepare a nutritious snack for the children. Then travel together to our shanty schools, where they either teach or assist one of our professional teachers. In some cities children come into the centres for lessons, in other cities the schools are located both in the city centre, but more often farther away in the barrios (the poorest parts of town). The morning is spent teaching literacy and maths to the children; plus subjects a volunteer excells at: art, drama, a weekly sports day. 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; skills of the volunteer. Local 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 the end of the morning the children have a snack. Volunteers return to the city centre for their lunch break..

During the afternoon, depending on the volunteer's skills and preferences volunteers will do one or more of the following
...· More teaching of the children
...· Assist in a woman's cooperative (usually mothers of our children)
...· Participating in a Bruce Club for children already in state school
...· Spanish lessons ·
.. · Promotions· Free time

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 Latin America´ box at the top of the page and click on the relevant centre from the drop-down menu.

Upon notice to the volunteer coordinator in the centre where you serve (usually another volunteer), you may take time off to travel and sightsee. In Trujillo our volunteers and staff often have their own footbaall (socker) and surffing teams, in Huaraz: mountaineering.

Present and past volunteers

we normally have between 2 and 30 International Volunteers and 2 to 40 local 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 mostly volunteers; doctors, dentists, three economists, lots of social workers, even more university students (medicine,IT systems, education, psychology, communication, architecture), cooks, lots of teachers, child & elderly minders, psychologists, attorneys, engineers, a biologist, nurses, paramedical & martial arts prepared first responders, musicians, artists and laborers. The longest time anyone has volunteered so far is two years. The list below includes former volunteers.
Demographics [Words from some of these volunteers]
Austria 4 Japan 35
Australia 111 Korea  3
Belgium 23 Lebanon 1
Brazil 9 Lithuania 1
Canada 152 Netherlands 46
Check 1 New Zealand 22
Chile 1 Norway 5
Cornwall 2 Panama 5
Cuba 2 Poland 5
Denmark 6 Local People 772
England 321 Scotland 31
(Expat) Peru 6 Singapore 4
Finland 2 South Africa 2
France 71 Slovakia 2
Germany 45 Spain 45
Hungary 4 Swden 15
Iceland 1 Switzerland 14
India 25  
Indonesia 1   U.S.A.
Ireland 79   Venezuela
Israel 17   Wales 1
Italy 17   Total .2,328
How to volunteer
Begin by filling in the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM and we will respond soon.

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. If you are a couple and would like a double room (no extra cost) full payment must be made upon notification that a double room is available in the centre you have applied to, for the dates you have requested. Double rooms are available on a first come first serve basis

...· Is there a minimum length of stay?
Usually 1 month. [There is no maximum stay - the recod stay so far is 6 yrs. 6 months]

...· What type of accommodation is provided/how many people share a room?
Accommodation ranges from dormitory style (4 to 6 people) to individual rooms for long-term volunteers and couples. Photos of accommodation can be seen by viewing the relevant Bruce Organisation 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 Organisation?
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.

Find out more  If you would like to speak to a current or ex-volunteer of Bruce Organisation then please email us at: info@agendasos.com 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 Organisation centre, particular nationality etc, please let us know in your email.