ASK / Bruce Peru
Street kids education
North of Trujillo,
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.
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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.
Social Worker; Charo,
Since 2004 our NUEVO JERUSALEN
schools have worked at getting all children into
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
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
Accomodation and Spanish
lessons + a certificate for your CV: is what we
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
Getting the community involved to help their
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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:Trujillo 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:Our 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
The Language School
Spanish classes are offered for free to all our