I’ve been to Peru several times to visit my birth family.
On my last trip in 2015, I thought it would be interesting to volunteer up in the Andes Mountains and to learn more of the Andean culture. I was searching through several organizations and came upon Makikita Quykuway. It had the best information about what the volunteering options were and I read the other volunteers reviews which were very positive.
The director Juliana is a warm friendly person. She cared a lot about her volunteers and would give great information about where to shop and what to do on your days off. She introduced her family and friends to us and a few times took me and another volunteer out on daytrips, for dinner and some cultural dancing.
One day when I was sick Juliana went out of her way to check on me and brought some drinks and food. She’s very supportive and wants to give the best experience for volunteers. Her website about the program is organized and explains a lot of information you would like to know.
I had a truly great experience being a part of the (Yachay) Street Children Program. I volunteered one month and the staff and kids were very welcoming to me as a volunteer. Every morning and afternoon the kids were happy and very keen to get to know me. I assisted with the children’s homework ( or catching up ) while their parents were busy. Sometimes the children would have to help their parents work so they would miss school for the day or more. We took them on field trips and also taught them some English. We also played games at the centre.
When I arrived I met Juliana at the office and she took me to the volunteer apartment, showed me how to use the stove and where to shop for food down the street. She took the bus with us to the volunteer centre first day. I enjoyed living out in Huancayo on my own, cooking my own meals and getting out to places to explore the main streets, food markets and central plazas.
I would recommend Makikita Quykuway and if you only have a little Spanish to communicate not to worry Juliana speaks English and there’s Spanish lessons available.