Volunteer Option in Lima, Peru
Available- a "volunteering guide" who can work with
visitors to Peru
that would like to volunteer in some way, in Lima. We can always
try to assist
you with your schedule to volunteer throughout the year.
info (at) LastMinuteLima (dot) com
Unwanted Garments to Good Use
If you have unwanted clothing or shoes, these items can
be put to good use as donations.
When traveling to Lima, these items can be donated by
leaving at your hotel for our team to pick up and deliver
to an orphanage or a Pastor whose church team works with
children and families living in a poor area of Lima. We
have been assisting both, as they serve the less fortunate.
Our goal is that this will help people living in poverty,
giving them a "boost" to their health and quality of life,
and hopefully a step towards a better tomorrow.
Items should be in good to excellent condition. The items
most appreciated are:
-For men, women and children-
Cold weather coats, blazers, dress shoes, casual shoes,
hiking shoes, boots, sandals, dock shoes. Jeans, cotton
-Sneakers, especially for children and teens.
-Womens closed-toe, light weight shoes, like EZ Spirit.
-Mens dress shirts, shoes and suit jackets.
If you can have the items in a bag, and leave with a clerk
at your hotel office or front desk counter (in Lima only),
we will conveniently arrange to pick up from there. Please
email with the hotel name and address, as well as the
date when the items will be available.
info@ LastMinuteLima com
you are able to visit Peru, consider sharing some time
at an orphanage where the children could really benefit
from your knowledge. Churches work with the children and
families living in poor areas, while a "Casa Hogar"
is a licensed orphanage, started by people or agencies
who wanted to help at-risk children and teens that would
otherwise be abused or have no
where else to turn. Many
orphanages only receive assistance from the government
in the form of two
sacks of rice per month.
See the Testimonials, below
The church Pastor or directors and other staff work hard
every day in the community or by creating a homestyle environment,
and offering activities that might include sports, crafts,
music, baking or food gardening.
Mostly, these people are kept busy with daily obligations
and tasks. Their budget relys on donations, and most all
do not receive help from the government. As such, giving
more attention to the kids, or doing repairs or completing
new projects, go by the wayside, just waiting for a helping
They would greatly appreciate your time lending a hand,
teach a skill, play a game, show how to play baseball, teach
english or computer usage, make repairs, etc. Doctors to
do health checks are of great need.
excellent way to help might be interior or exterior painting,
to brighten the lives of the children as well as the neighborhood.
There are paint stores around the city, and hardware superstores
are Ace Home Centers, and Sodimac.
The most needing assistance can be found in the neighborhoods
around the outskirts of the city, or rural areas, that are
not as developed. Foreign volunteers and church missions
can be found in these areas year-round. It would be best
to pre-arrange your date and time to volunteer, so they
can meet you and/or help you to get to the volunteer location.
WHAT TO WEAR
Recommended to wear clothes that fit the project or task
you would be doing. Wear a baseball type hat, due to sun
or in case of painting or doing repairs, especially if you
have light colored hair. Older clothes and a hat also give
more of a "local" appearance, not so touristy.
NOT wear jewelry, and watches openly.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring water and a sandwich or lunch (empanadas carry well).
Bring any items needed to teach your craft. Best to bring
a spanish dictionary if you have one, and in case of teaching
something. Bring the address or directions of your hotel.
In regards to repairs, the tools and materials may be available
there or nearby. It's best to bring these items, if possible.
Also, take any unwanted clothing, shoes, toys, electronics,
tools or housewares, to donate. They should be good condition.
Example of a Community Needing Assistance-
Juvenal of the church Oraciones para las Naciones (Prayers
for the Nations), which is registered with the government.
The Pastor is located in Huaycan (why-con), a community
in eastern Lima, in the city's ATE Vitarte district. It
is about an hour drive from Miraflores, depending on traffic.
His staff works with children and families needing assistance,
meeting in a couple locations here. Practicing or teaching
English is welcomed.
Get Letters From Volunteers
Good news. There's been an outpouring of interest in your
group [in Peru]... This could take off and I can't think
of a better place to send help. Thanks for doing what you
do, Ray (USA)
Back in Canada now...back at work and trying to get acquainted
with our daily routines once again... I would like to thank
you for meeting with us and spending the day with us at
the orphanage and helping us out with the translation at
the store. I hope those computers [we donated] are serving
the kids well.
Thanks again and keep in touch! julie (Canada)
To blessed protectors of the children, I will be in Lima
in January and was thinking that I would like to volunteer
for a day or two to help out. Maybe I could bring any supplies
that you might need, or donations of clothing or something.
Please let me know if I can help in anyway. sincerely Rudy
for your reply! There were more emails on the way, with
more photos…Please- if you can somehow, transfer these photos
to the school- for the kids to see- I would appreciate it….
And I’m sure they will too…Thanks
If I had good Spanish, I would write them …: if you can
send then my regards as well, together with the photos-
I would appreciate it! Thanks for everything! Best regards!!!
Aug 25, 2009-
I went to Casa Hogar San Miguel on Monday and enjoyed my
visit very much. I wish I could have volunteered longer
but I only had two hours that day. I will send pictures
within a week. I also brought jeans, jackets, and basic
children's books in English. I hope they can make great
use of everything. Also, please send my regards to Ana for
talking with me last weekend. Please also thank the coordinator
at the home who allowed me to come and las mamas de casitas
for letting me see their casitas. I let the coordinator
know that I hope to come back in November. At the very latest,
I will come back in late December. If I do, I would love
to teach English to the children, who seemed very interested
Sincerely, Aleli (USA)
Tue, 16 Dec 2008
Subject: Re: Peru- Volunteering at your Orphanage
these folks here talk of you with so much pride, loving
memories and amazement. You obviously really touched their
hearts, and through what I hear, you're a really amazing
person. Cheers for putting me in touch with these folks.
Spent almost 8 hours today at the orphanage painting, and
playing sports with the kids. Amazing fun!!!! Will be there
tomorrow morning again. Cheers for the tips.... Ari
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