ASK / Bruce Peru
'Nuevo Jerusalen'

Street kids education Centre
North of Trujillo, Peru

2015 - it has been a good year at the Nuevo Jerusalen school. We moved into a better building, installed a toilet, Our program included all the teaching, nutrition, sports, health and social stimulation projects of a good shanty school.

Sports Day Video

Welcome to school

Birthday Parties

Summer 2013 Update: MID-Term (Winter in Soutn America) Dentists/SocialWork/School

....Spring 2013 Update: Main School Term (Autumn in Soutn America)

Autumn 2012 updates
Bruce Peru helps children and mothers of NUEVO JERUSALEN shanty town

Volunteer vacancies:
3/4 vols at any given time

Open Dec.2004- Dec 2011 -
06 June 2012

13 June 2012 - Nuevo Jerusalen in regular session: SEE VIDEO

We opened the first shanty school in the young barrio of NUEVO JERUSALEN in 2004. During 8 years we maintained it - moving from time to time along with the growing population of migrants coming in from the impoverished countryside.

We watched Nuevo Jerusalen go from a small collection of reed huts and one room adobe sheds to Trujillo's largest slum.
Finally, in late 2011 we closed our little school - partly because a State School was opening nearby and partly due to the effects the recession has been having on our finances.

Then last month, however, a delegation of mothers from Nuevo Jerusalen visited our centre in AltoTrujillo, and entreated us to reopen our shanty school in Nuevo Jerusalen- because their children were not accepted into the State school. They did not qualify. Now we are trying, in the name of ASK, to accommodate them.

Volunteers coordinating the opening of Bruce Peru  NUEVO JERUSALEN, Peru
First volunteers, NUEVO JERUSALEN Centre, Peru
Social Worker; Charo, -Director

Since 2004 our NUEVO JERUSALEN schools have worked at getting all children into education.

In NUEVO JERUSALEN we recruited mothers from the community to volunteer - they joined our trained social worker and a team of Peruvian staff to work at the project in the mornings every weekday. Children came for lessons and lunch, remaining at the centre until they are attending school regularly. The social worker liaises with parents, teachers and community members; the volunteers organise
activities of a wide-ranging nature.

What to expect as a Volunteer:

Your Job at 'NUEVO JERUSALEN' will involve:
  • Teaching children
  • Team working
  • Sport activities
  • Recreation activities
  • Teaching English to adults, evening hours
  • Promotion work
Genesis of Bruce Peru Children's Centre in NUEVO JERUSALEN

Accomodation and Spanish lessons + a certificate for your CV: is what we offer.

We ask a fee from our volunteers to keep our work going. The money goes to pay for the bills, and the cost of the social services, children's costs- also to promote the opening of other Children's Centres in Peru. This fee includes

Getting the community involved to help their
poorest children.
To read more about Peru click HERE

Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the children. Volunteering at NUEVO JERUSALEN can be a tiring but immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups of street children demanding a lot of attention and enthusiasm. You will have to be a team worker, working together with Peruvian and international volunteers. In the centre you will be a representative of the project and are expected to be responsible and behave as an example for the children. What you do in your free time outside the centre is up to you.

Volunteering at 'NUEVO JERUSALEN' is a fantastic way of getting to know Peru, of improving your Spanish, and above all, of interacting with the community and with the children of the city in a positive and helpful way.

The Region:

Cerro Pesquera, Trujillo - The Region - North PeruTrujillo is a city of 651,000 inhabitants, on the Paciffic Ocean in northern Peru. It is the site of the largest city in the Inca Empire, has the largest quantity and best preserved Inca ruins in Peru. Today it suffers from a range of social problems, including bad sanitation, lack of electricity and a shortage of food, and was recently classified as one of Peruís poorest cities. Like many Latin American settlements, it is characterised by an attractive and ornate colonial centre, with the poorest partssprawling along the coast to the north and south, and to the west toward the Andees mountains. For the visitor it is a safe and lively place, with good restaurants and bars, an excellent market, all manner of beach and ocean sports and, as a testament to the great Inca civilisation, the palaces of Chan-Chan and the Temples of Huaca de la Luna, which lie just outside the city. The local inhabitants are generally kind and friendly, and we have been able to cooperate well with schools and families in the past.

The Programme:

Poor Children learning class room etiquette at NUEVO JERUSALEN Children's Centre, PeruOur centre is located in the heart of NUEVO JERUSALEN, and is comprised of an open plan semi-complete adobe building - someone's front room - separated into two class areas - for children of differing learning skills.. Children attend the centre from between 9 AM and 12:00 PM, (ending with a light lunch) during the children's time in the centre volunteers organise a range of workshops and activities, including art, music, science, sport and drama. Groups are divided up according to age or ability; individual classes are also given to help with reading, writing, spelling and maths. None of these children go to school, so an important of our program is teaching them group discipline and study habits. We regularly plan trips outside the centre, to play football and other games. Our international Volunteers do not live in the NUEVO JERUSALEN centre, but rather on our main campus, which is located in the centre of Trujillo, a half block from the main square. NUEVO JERUSALEN is only an eight minute taxi ride from the campus.

The Language School

Spanish classes are offered for free to all our volunteers.

Trujillo, City of eternal Springtime, volunteer NUEVO JERUSALEN Children's Centre