Lima

Lima, Peru

Community Development Organization for At-Risk Youth

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This organization promotes lasting community development and serves vulnerable populations by providing a variety of educational and skills-based programs. Through the use of play, sports, and cultural activities, they hope to transform the lives of community members. Their services include childhood educational programs, transformation and beautification of public spaces, and sports programs such as muaythai and surfing. Service-Learning participants in this organization should be highly professional and may work directly with community members or on tasks such as translation, fundraising, grant writing, and marketing or social media initiatives. ** NOTE: A skype interview with the organization may be required. Direct interaction with children will be limited in this role.

Housing and Social Inclusion Non-Profit

Spanish (Beginning)

This multinational non-profit organization seeks to alleviate poverty and transform communities through collaboration, sustainable development, and grass-roots construction projects. Participants in this role may assist the organization with fundraising, project development, campaigns, logistical support, and other tasks as needed.

Childhood Education Programs at Medical Clinics

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit organization enables children that are severely impacted by life-threatening illness to continue with as much normalcy as possible by bringing the classroom to their hospital rooms. Participants may assist at a Cancer Hospital or at a Children's hospital in Lima, and may assist the staff in helping these patients stay up to date on the school work they are missing during treatment and care. On days when patients are unwilling or unable to complete the curriculum, participants may engage in musical and/or crafting activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe how the Peruvian public health system works. *Note: This placement does not involve shadowing doctors or nurses.

Marine Life Conservation Organization

Spanish (Beginning)

This non-profit organization is dedicated to the research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine wildlife (sea lions, dolphins, penguins, marine otters, and sea turtles) along the central and northern coastline of Peru. The organization's efforts rely heavily on community awareness and support, so observation and research are key parts of a participant's role. Daily duties may consist of facility maintenance, cleaning and feeding of animals, observation of rehabilitated animals, and data collection. *NOTE: This organization is located in San Bartolo, 50km south of the ISA office; accepted participants will be required to stay onsite in San Bartolo and therefore, this placement is not available to students on a semester study program. Additional fees apply for placements with this organization. Please contact ISA Service-Learning for more information.

Environmental and Sustainability Non-Profit Organization

Spanish (Beginning)

This non-profit's mission is to raise awareness about the social and environmental benefits of recycling and the negative consequences of plastic pollution, especially in aquatic ecosystems in and around Lima. Participants will assist the staff with research, seek project proposals for creative recycling initiatives, and develop information sessions for children, youth, and adults.. There may also be opportunities to work in a marketing capacity, generating graphics and promotional materials.

At-Risk Youth Development and Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

Empower Peru’s at-risk youth by serving in a boy’s or girl’s home in the outskirts of the city of Lima.The goal of this organization is to promote, through prevention and rehabilitation, the healthy and integral development of children and adolescents at high risk in Peru. The aim here is to encourage functional participation in academic, social, and familial settings in a healthy and violence-free environment. ISA participants will work closely with experienced staff and volunteers to promote daily practices of hygiene and health, as well as quality education. Participant responsibilities vary from assisting with day to day operations and facility maintenance, to leading workshops in language, fitness, art, and sports. Participants with a high level of Spanish proficiency may have the opportunity to observe and assist in the center's department of Psychology. *The Center is located on the outskirts of Lima, a 45-minute commute on a provided volunteer van. This placement is not available to students on a semester study program.

Children's Rehabilitation Institute

Spanish (Intermediate)

This institute serves children with physical, mental, or sensory impairments. Through physical therapy, social integration, and educational activities, the children are prepared for a functional society. The institute follows an early treatment approach known as the Doman Method, and one in which the parents of the child participate actively in the rehabilitation program. Participants may have the opportunity to work directly with the children and assist the staff in various areas, such as neurology, psychology, physical therapy, education, and pedagogy.

Center for Students with Learning Disabilities

Spanish (High Intermediate)

The Center for Students with Learning Disabilities is a bilingual center dedicated to supporting children and teenagers with alternative forms of academic support. The center also provides families with consulting services to best support their student. The multidisciplinary team of experts creates specialized approaches incorporating family, school, and the therapist. Staff creates personalized programs of support as well as psychological, learning, language, occupational/sensory, physical, and psycho-motor evaluations. Service Learning participants must have an INTERMEDIATE Spanish language level or higher. This organization is closed the last weeks of July and December and for the months of January and February.

Family Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This non-profit opened in 2014 and is dedicated towards improving the health and welfare of Peruvian children. The organization provides a "home away from home" for many families that must travel to Lima so that they can be near their children during their hospitalization. Participants will assist with maintaining the facility to ensure a comfortable and welcoming environment for the families in need. Participants will also serve to support the families staying at the home during very trying times. Interested participants may have the opportunity to support fundraising events, support weekly workshops, create brochures and marketing materials, and assist in social media networking.

Labor Rights Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit is dedicated to defending the rights of domestic workers and working children, as well as to providing education to children in underprivileged communities around Lima. Participants may primarily be asked to assist with tutoring in after school programs in the outskirts of Lima, and may be required to assist with workshops on Sundays. Sunday workshops are designed to promote awareness of workers’ rights and human rights, as well as to inform the public of child labor. Participants may also help organize donations of clothing, school materials and educational information, as well as participate in recreational activities with the domestic workers and children who participate in the organization’s many projects across the city.