Special Needs School
The special needs school is located in one of the suburbs of Huancayo. Here teachers work to teach students with disabilities basic skills using different methodologies. For instance, often songs and art projects are used to help students obtain basic skills, such as motor skills and basic penmanship. The students range in both age and ability. With just one teacher assigned per class, this organization is in desperate need of all the help it can receive. Volunteers help the teachers in their classes as well as assisting with lesson planning and preparation. The school also has a large population of deaf students. Previous volunteers have found that there are a lot of similarities between American Sign Language and the system used here. Therefore, anyone with even the most basic knowledge of sign language will immediately be put to good use!
Despite having many students in need of a physiotherapist, the school unfortunately does not have the funds to employ anyone to work full time. Instead, students from the local University come in to help whenever they can. Previous volunteers have worked with these physiotherapy students, helping them to develop their techniques. We therefore welcome anyone with any training that would enable us to further assist with the physiotherapy of the students at Polivalente.
All of the students at this school are extremely caring and love seeing new faces. Volunteers will be able to work one to one with the students, offering vital attention and help. The staff are fantastic and even if there is a language barrier, they will go above and beyond to do all they can to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Our special needs school truly offers a warm, unique, environment. Past volunteers have created many lasting memories in this work site.