Short Term Community Development Internship In Peru

Gain international experience and contribute to sustainable community development initiatives in Peru’s bustling city of Cusco.


Program Information

Join a variety of community development projects in Cusco, contributing to a selection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal #4 - Quality Education, #5 -Gender Equality and #10 – Reduced Inequalities. Assist with educational activities aimed at improving English classes, after school activities, healthcare, infrastructure and women’s personal and professional development. Our short term community development internship will also provide you with skill based training and mentorship in order to improve your career skills and increase your employability.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

Located on the Western coast of South America, Peru is known for its cultural history and its incredible fusion cuisine. You’ll be based in the city of Cusco, a metropolitan city at an altitude of 3400 meters. Your role will be to help communities in the city to enhance children’s access to education; increase women’s awareness of their rights; and assist the neighbourhood with completing development projects they have identified as important.

Depending on the community’s needs at the time, interns will be assisting our project partners to develop both the infrastructure and the quality of education in order to bring a better quality of life to the local community.

All GVI internships are geared at developing your leadership skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1998 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.

Highlights:

  • Contribute towards sustainable community development initiatives, specifically contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Comprehensive staff mentorship, feedback and evaluation

  • Develop and enhance your leadership skills

  • Increase your confidence in public speaking by teaching at a local school

  • Get involved with implementing water protection plans

  • Help the local community with tourism development initiatives

  • Gain hands-on, international experience to boost your resume

  • Make a difference in the lives of the local community, alongside our partners in Peru

  • Meet participants from across the world - Improve your Spanish language skills - Immerse yourself in the local Peruvian culture

Program Details

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Life on the Internship

As a short-term intern you will spend the week working within the community of Cusco. Daily activities will be dependent on the needs of the community at the time, but may include renovating the resources available for English lessons; constructing or painting new community centers; teaching literacy and numeracy classes; and running environmental awareness, water protection, healthcare or women’s rights workshops.

From Monday to Friday you will work on the projects, planning and delivering educational classroom lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at our base with the other participants.

You will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation with your fellow participants, with running water, electricity and flushing toilets. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the rest of the team.

Project Details

The project details are quite flexible and the projects we contribute towards will be decided upon by assesing the needs on the ground. Typical projects that we will get involved in include teaching; renovation projects; women’s rights workshops; organising after school recreational events; and helping to set up for community functions.

As a short-term intern time will be set aside for leadership development that further assist the projects and contribute to your personal and professional development. At the end of your internship, you will plan and implement your own project that contributes to the long-term development goals of the project and the community as a whole.

How this program makes a difference:

GVI interns help faciltate impactful discussions and workshops to equip community members with the necessary tools and skills to overcome the challenges they face. Each of our internships collaborate with the efforts of local partners to ensure the sustainabilbity of the work being done.

Peru’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Exploration

We checked in with our long term field staff for advice and travel tips for discovering the best attractions Peru has to offer.

Optional Side Trips

The following short trips are very popular and should definitely be checked out during weekends or on your off time.

- Cusco boasts a wide array of cultural attractions, such as Museo Inka, home to some of the best-presented displays of ceramic artifacts, jewelry, and hand-woven textiles.
- Spoil your taste buds and indulge in Cusco’s tantalising cuisine, usually made with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some of the local favourites include papa rellena, a twice-baked potato; baked chicken empanadas with a squeeze of lemon; and cocadas, giant coconut macaroons.
- Head over to La Catedral, an ancient cathedral that displays amazing architecture and is and unique brickwork.
- Why not go see the wondrous colour of the Rainbow Mountains, and do a trek to 4800 meters!
- Take a class in traditional Andean medicine or a pottery workshop, to create something special to take home with you.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Peru. These could include taking a tour of the renowned Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the best-known archaeological sites in the world. The outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy a hike up Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range. Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands are also an attraction not to be missed. If your time and budget allows it, make a point of travelling Peru, you will not be disappointed!

 

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.


As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.