Volunteer in Peru with SKIP
There are many reasons why people decide to volunteer - to learn about a different culture, develop their professional skills, or give something back to society. What is certain is that the experience is hugely beneficial, not only to those you work with but also to yourself.
Volunteering at SKIP
You must be team-work oriented, positive, responsible, and hard-working. Volunteering in South America can be a challenging experience, we have a team of Volunteer Coordinators who will help you settle into your volunteering role and introduce you to the local area. Our team is a mix of language abilities from native Spanish speakers to those who have only just started learning and we find it's a supportive environment that encourages language development. Qualified and experienced professionals run each of our programmes and will work with you directly, enabling you to develop the skills needed to offer a quality service to the children and families we are working with.
If you would like to hear about other volunteers' experiences, we have volunteer testimonials below most of the volunteering position descriptions, you can read this blog about George's experience on his year abroad, or watch the video below to see our volunteers in action and inside the volunteer house! If you would like to be put in contact with past volunteers directly to ask them questions, that's also fine, just let us know.
If you like what you see and would like to join our team then please download our application form.
Please send completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For placements with a minimum commitment of six weeks, please make sure that you have reviewed all relevant information relating to contribution fees (see below). Please note that our minimum volunteer age is 18 years old.
All applications will be reviewed and applicants responded to in writing within two weeks.
Once an applicant confirms they are happy with the volunteering offer and confirm their dates of travel a confirmation of volunteering letter will be sent out within two weeks, detailing the nature of their volunteering opportunity.
SKIP stands out from other grassroots NGO's because of our professional approach, structured programme and qualified, experienced staff. In order to provide this high level of training and support to volunteers, we have needed to find ways to bring in funds for salaries and other associated costs. Click here to see bios for our permanent team members. If you want to know how money is spent, read our annual reports
One extremely important funding source has come from within our own volunteer community and these donations currently provide around a third of our funding. We recognise that the financial burden of volunteering can be intimidating and we have made some suggestions about how volunteers can work towards fundraising costs in our fundraising guide: how to fund your volunteer placement
In order to facilitate volunteers who wish to stay for a longer period of time, we have introduced a system whereby as you stay for longer, the contribution fee amount decreases.
There are some Coordination or leadership roles (for those with qualifications and experience and who are able to commit to a minimum of 9 months) that are exempt from contribution fee and some include an incentive/living allowance - please see volunteer positions available. We also offer scholarships to South American volunteers - please get in touch for more details.
Accommodation will be provided and the cost of this is included in the contribution fee. Usually volunteers share rooms so please let us know if you really want a private room and we will do our best to make that happen. Host family options are available, let us know your preference during the application process.
There is an initial fee of $200 (or equivalent) in order to confirm your placement.
Then in order to cover the cost of your placement:
Contribution fees according to length of stay:
1st month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £340 GBP / $480 USD)
2nd month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £340 GBP / $480 USD)
3rd-5th month: 1150 Nuevos Soles / £240 / $360 per month
6th-8th month: 820 Nuevos Soles / £175 / $250 per month
9th-12th month: 570 Nuevos Soles / £120 / $170 per month
When the contribution is paid directly to the charity, ideally whilst you are in Peru, please be aware that this should be in Peruvian Nuevos Soles.
Please be aware that volunteers will be responsible for covering all other costs for flights and also food, work related travel and so on - we estimate that $250 should be sufficient as a basic budget to cover monthly costs.
Please feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions