qualifies? Anyone who is positive, works well with
others, has something to contribute and possesses a natural affection
for the people we are trying to help (poor children and abandoned
mothers). Age, sex, race, religion and nationality make no difference.
It helps if you know at least a few basic words in Spanish [we
also provide free Spanish lessons]. Some volunteers bring their
professional skills, dental or medical, Vets, engineers, ecologists,
agronomists; but most of us come to teach & help very poor
children or to assist their mothers to become financially independent.
We seek long term volunteers (months or years). The minimum term
is one month unless you have a compelling reason to apply for
less. We welcome your questions.....firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our projects
|Volunteers often come to help
as teaching assistants in one of our shanty school classrooms;
whilst some have teaching experience, most do not. In addition
to teachers, Bruce Organisation needs other posts,
including Project Directors, fundraisers and people with public
relations experience. Our largest project is getting extremely
poor or street kids educated. Other projects include community
development, poverty eradication, helping abandoned pregnant teens,
technical development (such as sustainable rural energy), hands-on
animal protection., public and individual health care, gargening,
construction and physical labour.
Volunteer application form.
For photos showing typical accommodation click here Insurance
|We offer our volunteers accommodation
during their stay with us. We also help organize daily lunch &
dinner at a choice of two restaurants within the volunteer complex
@ under $2 per meal. There is a kitchen in the volunteer residence,
and we keep it stockled with a variety of fruit. All international
volunteers must live in the Bruce Organisation centre or in approved
accommodation, although some long term volunteers have the option
of living in a Bruce apartment outside of the main complex. It
is assumed that all volunteers have come to work only with Bruce
Organisation and not to take on outside work or assignments.
All volunteers are
urged to come with their own travel insurance..
We provide volunteers who need this three hours of Spanish lessons
Cost of Volunteering
(in US $ dollars)
|- $490 US per month
(*Or any part of a month) - $440
after 3 months - $360 after six months.
. FREE accommodation is available after the first year.
There is no cost to register as
a volunteer with us, (we are a charity not an agency).. All
volunteers pay $490 per month (or any part of a month) for accommodation
and volunteer services. We are self sustaining, everyone other
than indigenous staff are volunteers and we do not rely on government
or institutional support [Note:some Teachers, Psychologists
and Social Workers are also volunteers]. The entire amount
for your stay must be paid well before your arrival. If you
are a couple and would like a double room please indicate this
in your application.
It is on a first come basis as we have only a few double rooms.
A typical day in the
life of a volunteer
For photos of volunteers in action
In the morning volunteers
make sandwiches for the children before eating their own breakfast.
Volunteers then travel in teams to our shanty schools, where
they either teach or assist one of our professional teachers.
In some cities children come into the centres for lessons, in
other cities the schools are located both in the city centre,
but more often farther away in the barrios (the poorest parts
of town). The morning is spent teaching literacy and maths to
the children; plus subjects a volunteer excells at: art, drasma,
and weekly sports day. Some volunteers help generally with all
the children in the class, others will have a specific group
or child of their own to teach, depending upon the needs of
the class. The local teachers decide what the volunteer needs
to do within the classroom but often volunteers are left to
teach the children for whom they are responsible as they see
fit. At least one day a week the children also play sports.
At the end of the morning the children have lunch. In some centres
volunteers eat lunch with their children, in others they return
to the main centre to eat with the other volunteers.
During the afternoon,
depending on the volunteer's bskills and preferences
...· volunteers will
do the following
teaching of the children
in a Bruce Club for children already in state school
...· Spanish lessons
.. · Promotions·
Evening meals are
usually ready around 5 or 6pm, after which most volunteers teach
English language classes (mostly to young adults and people
of low income). Classes last for one hour and run during the
evening from 6pm - 9pm. The students of these classes pay a
small tuition fee for their lessons which helps to fund our
programmes with the children.
Volunteer days will
vary slightly according to the centre in which you are volunteering.
To read a description of a typical day at each of the centres,
go to the ´Centres in Peru´ box at the top of the page and click
on the relevant centre from the drop-down menu.
Upon notice to the
volunteer coordinator in the centre where you serve (usually
another volunteer), you may take time off to travel ans sightsee.
In Trujillo our volunteers and staff often have their own footbaall
(socker) and surffing teams, in Huaraz: mountaineering.
Present and past volunteers at
we normally have between 20 and 45
International Volunteers and 30 to 55 local volunteers serving
at any given time
(in spite of the large number of volunteers who have served
in our programs, we remain a small organization).
|In fact we are mostly volunteers;
doctors, dentists, three economists, lots of social workers, even
more university students (medicine,IT systems, education, psychology,
communication, architecture), cooks, lots and lots of teachers,
child minders, psychologists, attorneys, engineers, a biologist,
nurses, musicians, artists and laborers. The longest time anyone
has volunteered so far is two years. The
list below includes former and current volunteers.
|Begin by filling in the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
and we will respond pretty much right away.
||Click HERE for useful information before coming
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
...· Can I choose
the centre I work at?
If you have one of our locations in mind, do let us know about
your preference in your application. We do our best to accommodate
everyone, however some centres may already be booked for the
time you wish to come. Also, each volunteer has particular skills
and experience which we learn about through the application,
and apply to what we know about the needs and opportunities
of particular centres. When an applicant is accepted we normally
let you know in our first message if you can get into the centre
of your choice; or make alternative suggestions in it is already
booked. If you are a couple and would like a double room (no
extra cost) full payment must be made upon notification that
a double room is available in the centre you have applied to,
for the dates you have requested. Double rooms are available
on a first come first serve basis
...· Is there a minimum
length of stay?
Usually 1 month. [There is no maximum stay - the recod stay
so far is 6 yrs. 6 months]
...· What type of
accommodation is provided/how many people share a room?
Accommodation ranges from dormitory style (4 to 6 people) to
individual rooms for long-term volunteers and couples. Photos
of accommodation can be seen by viewing the relevant Bruce Organisation
...· What hours do
people work including evening teaching?
Volunteers work on average a 6-7 hour day excluding preparation
time for the lessons with the children and for their English
classes in the evening.
...· Are there breaks
allowed for longer term volunteers?
Breaks are allowed for longer term volunteers but we would ask
volunteers to give as much notice as possible so that we can
plan in advance how to cover your work while you are away.
...· How do you renew
your visa if you stay longer than 3 months?
After 3 months you have 2 options. You can either leave the
country and re-enter (sometimes in the same day) to gain a visa
for a further 3 months. Alternatively you can extend your visa
for 1 month at a cost of €20 plus 26 soles administration fee.
You can pay to extend your visa twice but after that you must
leave the country and re-enter to renew your visa.
...· Is there an Information
Pack available to volunteers before they arrive to help prepare
them for their work with Bruce Organisation?
Yes. When an applicant has been sellectd we give you a web address
where you can read or download the Welcome Pack for the centre
where you will be serving.
...· Do you have a
Yes, we give refunds when it is clear we have made a mistake
and a volunteer has therefore been denied what he or she rightfully
|Finding out more
||If you would like to speak to
a current or ex-volunteer of Bruce Organisation then please email
us at: email@example.com and a volunteer will contact
you. If you are interested in speaking to someone in particular
eg male/female, a volunteer at a particular Bruce Organisation
centre, particular nationality etc, please let us know in your