A volunteer is a person who offers their services and their time for free, without expecting any financial compensation. The time and type of service that they offer is their own decision. There are local volunteers: people who live in the town or province where the organization operates. There are foreign volunteers, which could be people from other provinces of Peru as well as from other countries. What a project like the Yanapay Village most needs is exactly what can’t be bought: love, the love that naturally emanates from every living being on this planet. This is why volunteering is one of the ways to build a new society.
I would like to emphasize that while the word “volunteer” means that the person shouldn’t expect any monetary compensation, it also means that this person shouldn’t pay anything for volunteering. Unfortunately, volunteering become one of the most profitable businesses currently, where a volunteer has to pay a lot of money, and many times these agencies collect the money as a donation (which often never makes it to the social project). At Yanapay we don’t agree with the idea that the person who wants to help should have to pay to do so, regardless of whether or not it’s a donation. It’s clear that there are other agreements that exist, such as providing housing or food or any other compensation; this is up to the norms and procedures of each organization. Our project offers you the following options for volunteering: At the Yanapay schools or our alternative program.
Before we go any further, don’t forget that we’re talking about children and adolescents who come from difficult situations, so it’s important to try and earn their trust in order to teach them the different things that the Yanapay Village stands for (See ideology).
1. – VOLUNTEERING AT THE YANAPAY SCHOOLS
The Yanapay schools run from Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 7PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, depending on where we go that day (CURRENT SCHEDULES). Normally a weekday at the schools is like this:
- the children arrive between 3 and 4 PM (many of them have to walk a fair distance to get to the project)
- first we address the exterior, which means the children wash their faces and hands, as well as apply skin lotion
- from 3 to 5 PM we have several options for them : library, art, educational games, reading, sports, expression
- at 5 pm we have the human circle where I talk to my angels about very real, relevant issues then the children go into their respective groups. We work with 6 different age groups. During this time they work on different topics such as : world religions and cultures, the environment, and other topics that we feel humans need (the Yanapay Village doesn’t practice any particular religion)
- afterwards, around 6:30 we have a snack and vitamins.
and thus ends another beautiful day at the Yanapay school
Saturdays are sports days, we go to the park or countryside to have fun exercising (this always depends on circumstances)
Yanapay School 1 is for children from 5 to 8 years and Yanapay School 2 is for children from 9 to 15 years of age. As you can see, the work at both schools is similar, what changes are the methodologies we use since each group receives attention according to their age and situation.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING AT OUR PROJECT
Yanapay is a project that was created with a lot of effort and love. This means that the main priority for me is the peace and stability of our children and adolescents. The way I see it, myself, the Yanpay staff, and the volunteers are adults that have decided to give our time, energy, love, and knowledge to these people that, in one way or another, had, have, and will have less opportunities than we do. The following is a list of important requirements for participation as a volunteer and you can make your own decision.
- the minimum amount of time for volunteering is one week.
- it’s important that you read and familiarize yourself with the information on the webpage
- be willing to read the information that we have at the project regarding the objectives and recommendations for each workshop (information)
- be willing to give 100% the entire time you are working
- be aware that our organization works with short, medium, and long term objectives. This means that, though the volunteers change, the message and atmosphere of the projects should stay the same (teamwork)
- be willing to fulfill the schedules (punctuality is very important)
- be willing to organize your trips with anticipation since we have a maximum number of volunteers we can accept in each project and we need time to schedule the volunteers. (YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TO VOLUNTEER, WE MAY BE REJECTING SOMEONE ELSE) Communication ahead of time is very important.
- you should be aware that this is a very organized, structured project which depends on your responsibility, consistency, and energy. This means that even though you only work 4 hours a day you should have time to prepare your classes and exchange ideas.
For me, there is nothing as beautiful as the desire to help; this is why we don’t have a minimum Spanish level for the schools. Obviously you will be placed in a group where you can best connect with the children in ways that go beyond language. After working for so many years, I must say that you are your own worst limitation when working with other human beings.
Well, in all of the programs the volunteer can participate indifferent ways, actively or passively. Along with their Spanish level, a volunteer’s specific abilities will be taken into consideration when placing him/her in an area.
It’s important to point out that volunteers do a little bit of everything, from teaching to sweeping or washing. Of course if someone has a real problem with doing some job, they should just say so; it’s not a sin to have preferences.
At the same time, there is a space for “expression” where we do workshops or courses proposed by the volunteers. For this, you just need to write down a proposal with objectives, time frames, and materials, and present it to me for analysis and approval.
NOTE: For me, volunteering shouldn’t be confused with the action of just giving something; after all these years of my own experience, at least at Yanapay, the help and learning happens on both sides, both by adults and children.
I think that volunteering is very important. Even though for many organizations, it just means people who help out and in this way the organization doesn’t have to pay employees, for me and for the Yanapay Village, a volunteer is more than just an easy out.
From the beautiful energy that is produced when someone decides to offer their time for others. And offer it with love.
To the fact that someone can learn a lot about the different cultures and customs of a people.
at the Yanapay Village, a volunteer isn’t just someone who comes to have a new experience and help, because humans can be full of experiences. But what good is an experience if it’s just a fact in your head and it doesn’t truly affect your life?
A VOLUNTEER ISN’T AN EASY OUT, THEY ARE A POSSIBILITY.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING AT YANAPAY
YOU HAVE DISCOUNTS AT THE BEST SPANISH SCHOOLS IN THE CITY
DISCOUNT AT THE PRIMIUN GYM IN CUSCO
A DISCOUNT ON THE ENTIRE MENU AT THE ALDEA YANAPAY RESTAURANT, HAPPY HOUR EVERY NIGHT AND SPECIAL OFFERS (KEEP IN MIND THAT THE RESTAURANT SUSTAINS THE SCHOOLS AND OUR ALTERNATIVE PROJECT)
SPECIAL PRICES ON LODGING AND THE HOUSE