In Villa El Salvador:
Community Centre – Nuestra Senora de la Paz
Training courses for women in dressmaking, hairdressing, computing, arts and crafts, Peruvian handicrafts, jewellery, crochet etc – all opening the way to employment.
Workshops for young people in dance, karate, music, aerobics and sports.
Library and internet services for students.
School support programme for students with learning difficulties.
Legal aid centre.
Taytacos – provides a hot meal for 70 senior citizens twice a week, as well as medical attention and medicines, arts and crafts, Spanish language for Quechuan speakers.
Child-care Centre – Vida y Esperanza
60 undernourished children from 6 months to 12 years of age are cared for while their parents are at work. They receive nourishing meals and an after-school support programme.
Medical Centre – Madre de Dios
Provides physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychological help for physically handicapped children.
Medical Centre – San Martin
Parish Medical Centre which provides medical attention and medicines, dentistry, nutrition and physiotherapy for members of the Parish.
The Elizabeth Prout Medical Centre provides physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychological treatment for physically handicapped children.
In these Latin-American countries Spanish is the spoken language but because our Sisters’ communities are nationality-wise mixed (Chileans, Peruvians, Argentinians, English and Irish) it is not uncommon for some of us to be bilingual (Spanish and English).
Nevertheless it is important that prospective volunteers learn to speak and understand Spanish, otherwise the lived experience is limited.
Volunteering work can be interspersed with breaks into the city of Lima or other magnificent places of interest
Our placements begin in early march to match the time-table of the year in Peru
The video below begins with Pachacutec which will visit and may choose to work there then, it moves onto Villa El Salvador where you will be based
Could you see yourself volunteering in the photos below