Live and work in Peru while you learn how to manage a small NGO.
Travel to Peru and experience all aspects of managing a small NGO while you help improve the lives of at-risk children and young people. If you have management skills, do not mind working under pressure, and are interested in non-profit work, this internship would be perfect to advance your professional goals.
This organization offers a unique opportunity to someone interested in small NGO management. Their mission is to help with the education of vulnerable children and teenagers in less-developed areas of the Arequipa region. They collaborate with several local organizations to achieve their goal and their volunteers help with children’s education while fostering intercultural communication. With your work, you are not only enriching their lives and broadening their horizons but you are also supporting non-profit institutions focused on the education of children and youth.
This internship offers supervised hands-on experience in a wide range of NGO management tasks. As an intern, you will be involved in all aspects of management, from administrative work to marketing and fundraising, project assessment, and report writing. This means that you will have a wide variety of daily tasks. Your main responsibilities will be to measure and evaluate the impact of our project through surveys and progress reports, to inform and raise the awareness of potential donors and supporters through marketing, and to help with the planning of fundraising events. You will also have the opportunity to coordinate the schedules and work of our volunteers and to participate in development projects.
Volunteers Peru was founded in 2013 and its main focus is helping children and young people in the Arequipa and Tomepampa region. Children and teenagers face several social problems such as alcoholism, low-quality education, lack of support from public institutions, and the violation of their rights, especially in the poorer areas of the cities and in rural Peru.
The NGO supports these at-risk children and teenagers by placing international volunteers and interns in local organizations and schools. They help with the children’s educational goals and at the same time, they foster an intercultural relationship that will broaden and enrich their lives.
TASKS & REQUIreMENTS
You will participate in many different activities as a member of the management team. Your work may vary from one day to the next. Some days you may organize a volunteer’s schedule and supervise his/her work and help on the project and some days you may be involved in marketing and/or fundraising activities.
- Coordinate volunteers
- Research local organizations for potential partnerships
- Develop surveys to measure the impact of our projects
- Write progress reports
- Create content and graphic design for websites and blogs
- Manage social networks
- Develop fundraising activities such as product sales, events planning, and donations
- Intermediate level of Spanish
- Adequate academic and/or professional training. People with some experience in event planning, marketing, fundraising, and volunteer work are especially valued.
- An interest in other cultures, and an acceptance of other religions, races, and lifestyles
- A desire to help children and youth development
- Good oral and writing skills
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
Interns stay at a local hostel right in the middle of downtown Arequipa. They stay in small apartments where they enjoy a full-sized bed, private bathroom, cable TV and a kitchenette with all they need to prepare their own meals. They also have access to free WIFI, and a weekly cleaning service is provided as well.
Safety & Support
Arequipa is generally a safe city but petty crime does occur. Avoid going out alone at night and if you need a (taxi) ride, it’s generally best to ask your host or the accommodation for a trusted taxi company.
Make sure to visit your doctor and dentist for a check-up before your internship and to get all the recommended vaccines and/or medications necessary to stay healthy. There hasn’t been a case of malaria in Peru for 20 years.
Your accommodation provides free WifI access to stay in touch with family and friends during your stay.
Meals are not included in the fees. You can prepare your own meals in your apartment. It’s also very cheap to go out for lunch or dinner. For a two course meal with a dessert and drink expect to pay between 10 to 15 soles (USD 3-5). Be on the safe side by only drinking bottled water.
You will stay in Arequipa, the capital of the region of the same name located in southern Peru. The city is considered to be one of the prettiest in Peru and is famous for its colonial architecture, white stone buildings and delicious food. It is located in the Andean mountain range, is surrounded by three volcanoes and is not far from Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.
DATES & RATES
Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.
What you’ll pay (2024 rates)
12 weeks USD 2,136
16 weeks USD 2,539
20 weeks USD 2,942
24 weeks USD 3,345
- Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
- Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
- An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
- Transfer from Rodríguez Ballón International Airport in Arequipa to your accommodation
- Accommodation at a local hostel (you’ll be in a small apartment)
- Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
- An orientation program with your supervisor
- Supervision and support during your stay
- Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
- Troubleshooting if needed
- A reference letter at the end of your internship
- Flights to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport in Arequipa
- Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
- Costs for additional excursions or activities
Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Peru.
You can expect to be in bustling cities or a completely remote jungle, depending on your internship of choice. Also, you’ll be collaborating with local professionals and volunteers that will offer you insights into Peruvian work ethics and practices. Beyond your internship, your weekends and free time can be spent discovering the overall breathtaking beauty of the country.
During your internship in Peru, you’ll be able to utilize your professional and personal skills, as well as develop those skills that you feel could use more work. Also, employers may see your CV as more favorable, since it’ll show that you were a part of a meaningful international grassroots project, which shows a variety of transferable qualities. If you want to know more about how doing a nonprofit internship is good for your career, make sure to check this blog out!
Unfortunately, no. You can find other ways to fund your internship as you will not be paid while working with a nonprofit organization. Your internship experience will bring a wealth of new knowledge, along with opportunities for professional and personal growth which are both invaluable!
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