Peruvian Perspective — Arequipa, Peru

This particular service program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including teaching and improvement of both the school and dormitory facilities. The experience will provide students with a new perspective on the obstacles that are preventing growth in these rural communities and allow them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.

Peruvian History

The country of Peru is characterized by a diverse landscape that starts out as arid coastal regions in the west, extends to the majestic mountain scenery of the Andes Mountains (running parallel to the Pacific Ocean) and then to cloud forest and Amazonian jungle on its eastern border. Well known as the cradle of Incan civilization, the culture of Peru was heavily influenced by Spanish colonization that began in the early 1500s. Spaniards and Africans arrived in large numbers under colonial rule until independence from Spain was won in 1821.

It is a land steeped in both Spanish and Amerindian tradition with a diverse and vibrant culture. The area of Arequipa, where our program is based, is well known as producing one of Latin America’s most influential novelists, Mario Vargas Llosa and is Peru’s second largest city after the capital of Lima.

While increasing modernization is taking place, many communities in Peru are still plagued by issues such as poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education necessary to help many of its people create a more viable, self-sustainable future.

Various Service Initiatives

This particular service program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including teaching and improvement of both the school and dormitory facilities. The experience will provide students with a new perspective on the obstacles that are preventing growth in these rural communities and allow them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.

A Bright Light Volunteer representative can help you identify the right service project for your group. Some of the current/ongoing service projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving outside play areas for the children
  • Building a projector screen in the children’s salon de juegos so that the children can make use of it for both lessons and film nights
  • Constructing computer and homework desks for the children
  • Creating a vegetable garden on site to grow food for the children
  • Building bookshelves for the children’s books- many are now in storage due to lack of space to store them
  • Painting class rooms
  • Sewing and installing curtains in the dorm rooms
  • Providing computer classes and instruction
  • English language instruction and practice

Hands-on cultural activities (that are all optional and can be built into your customized itinerary) include a tour of the Colca Canyon, touring the famous Santa Catalina Convent, and an overnight excursion to visit Puno and Lake Titicaca to experience the man-made floating islands. Other special opportunities include a half-day excursion to the Huaynacotas village, passing the amazing Andean terraces on the way there and taking in the Luicho thermal baths on the way back to Tomepampa.

Housing & Food

Depending on the choice of location for the program (Arequipa or Tomepampa) volunteers will be housed in either a local hostel with western amenities or in a dorm style guesthouse in the countryside. The hostel in Arequipa is conveniently located near the Children’s Home where you will be volunteering. The guesthouse in the countryside is has a big courtyard, lots of flowers, beautiful views of the canyon on all sides and is around the corner from the school that you will be supporting. These simple, yet comfortable accommodations will give volunteer participants the best immersive cultural experience possible.

Delicious and nutritional Peruvian meals are prepared daily. Breakfast generally consists of breads and jams, coffee and fresh juices. Lunch is generally taken with the local students in the volunteer facilities, and dinner will be provided at a variety of local restaurants. If a volunteer participant has any special dietary requirements or food allergies special arrangements can be arranged for in advance.

How to get involved

This service adventure is best suited for groups that want an opportunity to work one on one with students in the host community, provide educational and work skill support, and improve the facilities so that these kids have a greater opportunity to advance in both their education and work skill set, enabling them to break free from the poverty cycle.

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Why participate in our volunteer programs?

  • This is a life changing experience that I will always remember and I will get to help other people, which is super rewarding!

    – Alaina, Student
  • I want to go to Peru because it would be a great opportunity. It is a chance for me to practice Spanish, visit a foreign country, and offer aid.

    – Jessica, Student
  • I want to participate in a BLV program because I want to visit other countries and experience helping the people there.

    – Trevor, Student
  • I want to learn about other cultures and help others in some way.

    – Rebecca, Student
  • Helping people makes me feel good.

    – Ethan, Student

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