Volunteer in Peru this summer and spend six months living and learning from our fantastic partner, WARMIS, in their effort to support rural communities.
WARMIS began when a group of women from a church in Cajamarca saw the needs of people in rural communities. They saw that they could do something and so they began running workshops teaching reading and writing, helping people grow in their Christian faith and develop handicraft skills.
They teach local farmers how to manage their land so they can feed their families and have enough leftover to sell at market. They equip women with skills and confidence to establish their own businesses, providing women with an independent source of income. The Children of Hope project makes sure younger generations grow up with a good education and job training.
Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all is the 8th Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s).
The projects WARMIS run aims to break cycles of poverty and teach villages to stand and work together. The work is transformational.
Through participation in WARMIS craft workshops for local women, Maria has learnt to sew and make bedspreads. She plans to sell her bedspreads to provide additional income for her family and hopes to to buy a cow to make a living from selling milk.
WARMIS projects are restoring hope in rural communities by teaching people to use their own skills and resources to lift themselves out of poverty. It’s all about tackling poverty by supporting local communities to take action using their own resources.
So, are you ready?
Six months in Peru will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice and have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.
Who are we looking for?
Individuals who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend six months living in Peru, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and WARMIS staff.
WARMIS are particularly keen for volunteers with music and craft skills i.e. playing instruments, singing, sewing, crocheting, art, knitting or quilting. Also people who have some experience of teaching or leading.
Peru is a Spanish speaking country so a knowledge of some Spanish is an advantage.
We ask all team leaders to be conversational in Spanish.
What will you be doing?
- Participating in the life of the local church including church services, leading worship, preaching and organising youth retreats.
- Developing holiday Bible clubs
- Teaching English in rural state schools to children who would not otherwise have access to English lessons
- Working with farming families, supporting the promotion of good land management and improving food security
- Running music classes and workshops for local young people
- Participating in WARMIS craft workshops with local women
- Using your individual skills as opportunities arise
The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.
Please note, flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.
For more information about additional costs, check out our ‘All you need to know’ section.