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What do we do?
Provide care and support for children and young adults in their homes, schools, or in the MySmallHelp house. The beneficiaries may have specific physical, social, emotional, educational, mental health and/or other needs.
Offer a variety of classes and therapies, such as: basic therapy exercises, basic communication exercises, social skills, art, help with homework and academic support in general.
Provide support related to medical care and follow-up of the health treatments of the beneficiaries.
Participate and support children in educational projects in schools, such as giving English classes, and helping out in community and special education schools.
Help in administrative, logistical and marketing tasks as well as other tasks that may arise.
Participate in community development projects and health campaigns in communities nearby (occasionally).
The ideal candidate has/is:
Intermediate level of written and spoken Spanish, minimum. Intermediate level of English, is a plus.
Proactive, reliable, creative, charismatic, and willing to help wherever needed.
Strong interest or experience in working with children, people with disabilities (not mandatory, but a plus).
Able to live and work in a team environment.
Able to adapt to different settings and respect people from different backgrounds, including economic, cultural, and linguistic.
We request a minimum commitment of one month, however there may be exceptions depending on specific circumstances or skills offered.
This is a certificate of Global Recognition, that identifies the soft skills acquired while volunteering, which is a non-formal learning experience. It is a useful tool that gives the opportunity to the volunteers to recognize learning outcomes and validate their experiences in the labor market.
To know more about the GloRe Certificate, check their website: www.glorecertificate.net
Opportunities for volunteers
MySmallHelp Volunteer House
Located in Ollantaytambo, the MySmallHelp House is a cozy place with gorgeous views of the mountains. The house has 2 shared rooms, 1 private room, 2 shared bathrooms with hot water, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, a dinning room and a beautiful garden. We also have Wi-Fi connection running through the house.
Our house is a 15 minute walk from the main plaza of Ollantaytambo, a 10 minute walk from the train station and near the fortress of Ollantaytambo. The MSH House is a quiet and calm place where our volunteers and staff live to enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Volunteers share responsibilities for maintaining a clean and friendly living environment while sharing their experiences!
The volunteer program has no cost; however, we ask the volunteers working in Ollantaytambo to stay in our volunteer house, which is a social project in itself. For those who volunteer on-site, we ask for a contribution that allows us to cover maintenance expenses and the projects of the organization.
The housing cost depends on a volunteer’s length of stay. We request a minimum commitment of one month, however there may be exceptions depending on specific circumstances or skills offered.
Information for volunteers
Ollantaytambo is located approximately 2 hours from the city of Cusco and 2 hours away from Machu Picchu. International flights usually land in Lima, the capital of Peru, with many connections to Cusco just a short hour flight away. Bus transportation from Lima to Cusco is also available as a more economic option.
Volunteers can take a taxi from the airport to Ollantaytambo, or we recommend heading to Calle Pavitos, where buses are also available to go to Ollantaytambo.
We will provide clear instructions to all volunteers upon arrival, in our welcome pack.
What to know about Peru
Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes Mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. The mixture of cultural traditions of each region has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.
The Peruvian territory was home to different ancient civilizations (some of which are the oldest in the world) and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of great stability and economic upswing.
During the volunteer program with MiPequeñaAyuda – MySmallHelp Peru you will have the opportunity to enjoy some magnificent touristic archeological routes and to discover places around the Sacred Valley of the Incas circuit (Pisac, Moray, Chincheros and Ollantaytambo). In addition, near the city of Cusco, you can visit the Temple of the Moon, the Water Temple and the Temple of the Sun, so you can feel the energy of these places.
You can’t leave without getting to know Machu Picchu, just 2 hours away by train from Ollantaytambo, where our volunteer house is located. It is certainly the favorite place chosen by our volunteers; touring its citadel, even climbing the mountains that surround it, are unique moments that you will never forget.
MySmallHelp is an amazing NGO that day by day contributes to a lot of lives in the Sacred Valley. Not only the ones of the beneficiaries, who get a heart filled and lovely overall support, but also of the volunteers! I was very close to the team of MSH and made great friends there. You feel every day that your work is needed and well utilized; you get to know the REAL Peruvian culture und you'll be very close to the beneficiaries.Emma SchneiderGermany
Desde un primer momento la experiencia era como estar en una extensión de mi propia casa. Sentí mucha calidez, mucha sensibilidad y humanidad. Para mí es haber cumplido un sueño, desde hace mucho tiempo quería vivir esta experiencia. Cubrió las expectativas que tenía. Es como estar en un aprendizaje constante y seguro va a seguir generando su influencia en adelante.Ana Laura MirandaArgentina
Hi! I spend one month as a volunteer in the NGO "MySmallHelp Peru - MiPequeñaAyuda". Volunteering there gave me the chance to get to know the Peruvian people and their culture besides of the touristic stream. I had the opportunity to see how people live and visit and support them at their homes. We stayed together in the volunteer house in Ollantaytambo, from where you can do great tips and hiking. It was a great and unique experience that I will never forget! Thank you MSH!!!Lara RajkovicSwitzerland
Me siento bien, muy bien, porque hay una atmósfera muy buena en la casaMaxence De GoyneFrance
y estoy feliz, porque antes de llegar quería venir para ayudar y creo que he ayudado. También me siento feliz en la casa porque las personas son muy simpáticas.
El voluntariado aquí es adictivo, no sé por qué pero es adictivo...
Hello! I spent 3 weeks volunteering at MSH Peru with my boyfriend. This experience was part of a one year trip around the world. It was a wonderful experience. Jessica, in charge of the NGO welcomed us very warmly and although she had a lot of tasks, she took a lot of time with us. I highly recommend supporting MSH, if you are lucky to travel in the area and want to experience a beautiful time and feel useful, don't hesitate to volunteer!Fabienne RondeauFrance
Spending a month volunteering in Peru with My Small Help (MSH) was truly a life changing experience! In fact, my time had such an impact on me, that I have now reconsidered my plans back home, and I am currently looking into a career change to move into the charity sector. Thanks MSH!Deepika PatelEngland
I have been a volunteer for one year with the association MiPequeñaAyuda in Peru. It’s difficult to describe one year of work, laughter, energy, and good team vibrations in a few words, but I can say that my experience has been a real opportunity of discovery and learning. Also, living in the house of volunteers is another great experience that allows you to know people from all over the world, to open your mind, to test you in a context that changes quickly, and to laugh and smile of your time. So, the most beautiful mountains that I have ever seen in my life and the children of Ollantaytambo are waiting for you and your passion. Let’s the journey begin!Martina AlpaItalia
Pienso que lo más importante e interesante es como el nombre “MySmallHelp” es perfecto. Todo el mundo quiere ayudar a lo grande, piensa en macro, en una visión del todo, pero el nombre, lleva al micro nivel, al individuo. Aprecio eso, porque realmente se puede ver lo importante de lo “pequeño”, de los pequeños cambios. Cambiar el foco de lo grande a las cosas pequeñas, es un camino diferente de todas las formas que yo había conocido en mi vida. Hay pequeños cambios que se pueden hacer en el día a día, y es lo más importante para mí, todos juntos haciendo pequeñas ayudas. Es más personal.Mees BakkerThe Netherlands
I learned how to work with many people coming from all over the world and how to be multitasking, I also learned how to save energies because my work was necessary.Kylie BeginU.S.A.