Andean Alliance

strengthen the educational and economic base of Andean communities

Short Term Roles

EDUCATION

We have three positions to fill in the Education Sector. We are looking for volunteers to work with Early Childhood and Preschool age children as well as a volunteer in charge of the Summer School (January – February). Due to the nature of the education programs and the fact that we are working and living in rural area it is hard to provide short term positions that would benefit the program or be meaningful for the volunteer. For this reason we prefer a minimum of two months commitment.

1. Early Childhood Education

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Piet Set Program

We are looking for an assistant for the Early Childhood education to work with children between 3 months – 3 years. This is a short term position and the volunteer should commit to work minimum 2 – 6 months between March and December.

The emphasis of the Early Childhood program is to develop observation skills and encourage the children in critical thinking. The classes should develop a questioning environment and environment of trust where the children are encouraged to make decisions and finding solutions.

The volunteer will work together with the teacher and assist in planning activities rather than structured classes. Music, stories, free and organized play and communication via books play big part in how the days are built up. Creativity and using imagination as well as sharing and cooperating have a key role on the growth and learning.

Essential skills required

  • Desire and ability to communicate with children and adults, both independently and within a team
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish and English
  • Experience in effective organizational skills and ability to prioritize workloads

Desirable skills

  • Prior teaching experience especially with children younger than three
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to fundraise

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.

 

2. Preschool Education

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Preschool kids brushing their teeth.

We are looking for an assistant for the Preschool education to work with children between 3 – 5 years. This is a short term position and the volunteer should commit to work minimum 2 – 6 months between March and December.

The emphasis of the Preschool Program is to encourage the children to critical thinking. Developing skills to find information and look for solutions has an essential role in learning. Subjects and activities that are used to develop these skills are science, communication, math and cognitive thinking, free and organized play, gardening, nutrition, library, theatre, basic letter writing, music and arts.

The volunteer will be involved together with the teacher in lesson planning which includes meetings, planning and sharing ideas. Main aspect of the work is also observing, recommending, implementing and bringing new ideas to teaching and class activities.

Essential skills required

  • Desire and ability to communicate with children and adults, both independently and within a team
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish and English
  • Experience in effective organizational skills and ability to prioritize workloads

Desirable skills

  • Prior teaching experience especially with Preschool aged children
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to fundraise

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.

 

3. Summer School

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Summer School Science Project

The Summer School is organized during the school vacation in January and February. It´s a six weeks program and the minimum length for this volunteer position is two months.

The purpose of the Summer School is to offer the children an opportunity to learn various activities and traditional subjects in a new creative and different way.Rather than sitting in an academic classroom the goal is to develop critical thinking and learning by using creative methods and activities in a practical manner.

The Summer School is being held at the Yurac Yacu Community Center and it´s meant for Primary School aged children between 7 and 12 years old.

The program can consist of different kinds of classes and workshop kind of activities. Previous years we´ve had successful young girls´ knitting group, arts and crafts workshop and outdoor games and play.

The volunteer will work as a part of a group of volunteers. The work consists of planning the program and the activities, teaching, getting the necessary materials and evaluating the outcome. This is a great job for someone proactive, energetic and creative with experience in teaching and working with children.

Essential skills required

  • Desire and ability to communicate with children and adults, both independently and within a team
  • Prior teaching experience
  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish and English
  • Experience in effective organizational skills and ability to prioritize workloads

Desirable skills

  • Experience in organizing and running a Summer School / courses / workshops
  • Computer skills

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.

 

HANDICRAFTS

4. Design Developer for Rural Indigenous Women´s Knitting and Sewing Group

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Natural Wool Dying

 

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Mother and Daughter Knitting

Length of Commitment: Minimum two months

This volunteer position requires knowledge and know-how in handicrafts and a skill to teach. If you have a special skill in sewing, knitting, crotchet, natural dyeing or something else that you feel would be beneficial for the Women´s Knitting and Sewing Group to learn, you might be the person we are looking for.

This job is primarily about design development. Do you have a specific design, an idea or a skill that you can teach the women in two months so that they are ready to make this product independently?

Presently the group is knitting chullos (typical Andean hat), gloves, scarves, socks and slippers. This year 2015 our objective is to learn to use the sewing machines to make diapers, menstrual pads, fleece liners for hats and potholders. And for the future we hope to produce and package diapers and menstrual pads to sell them to local women in the communities.

The volunteer will be working closely with the local knitting teacher and the members of the Club in rural environment.

Essential skills:

  • Ability to communicate in basic Spanish and English
  • Knowledge of knitting, machine and hand sewing, crotchet
  • Sizing products
  • Quality control
  • Bringing new ideas and designs

Desired skills:

  • Spinning, carding, natural dyes
  • Marketing

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.

 

YURAC YACU COMMUNITY CENTER

5. Yurac Yacu Café Manager

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Learning to work at the Café.

 

Length of Commitment: Minimum May-through August

The Yurac Yacu kitchen and café of the community center was opened for its first trial basis in May 2013. Working with and training local people, the Café opened for business, three days a week, in July and August.  The trial run was successful but there is still a significant amount of training that needs to be done.

The Café will be open daily June, July and August for the season 2015. This position is for someone who has spent time in the hospitality industry and is able to educate others about cleanliness, presentation, following a recipe, inventory, talking with customers, customer service, taking orders, and keeping track of sales. Also, there will be a promotional aspect to attract more people from Huaraz to come and eat at the Café. The work is full time; the Café is open from Monday to Sunday 4 hours / day.

The Café is marketed based on two concepts: To support local community sustainability where income generation goes directly to workers and income after the expenses is used for the education program. The second is to attract the traveler who is looking for an alternative day hike from Huaraz to acclimatize, walk in a safe area and see the local countryside in addition to using and supporting the Youth Leadership/Outdoor Skills Group who are working on being local community guides. Our potential staffing come from local people who have a low skill base, may not have reading and writing skills, no sales or financial experience and lack the confidence to communicate in a sales environment, but they have motivation and desire to learn.

Note : The volunteer will also participate in the Cooks Training Course held in May. The Café is also serving as a focal point for cooking classes throughout the year for mothers and other community members who want to learn and for some who want to improve their understanding of an equipped kitchen. It is working to help develop the concept of better nutrition, what can you grow at home and hygiene for the mothers group of the preschoolers.

Essential Skills: Ability to communicate in basic Spanish and English, industry work experience, managerial experience, organizational skills, communication, sense of humor and people skills

Desired skills: cooking, baking, marketing, management, community volunteer experience, organic gardening, food lover (a soft skill), garden to the table, nutritional knowledge, team building

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.

 

LOCAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP OUTDOOR SKILLS AND GUIDING

6. Volunteer for Community Guides Program

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Length of commitment: Minimum 2 months, preferable period May – August

The selected volunteer will support the organizational development of the Yurac Yacu Community Guides Program. Three community youth were certified as community guides following a 1 month training program delivered in 2014. These guides will now provide orientation/interpretive walks ranging from 1 to 3 hours in length to visitors explaining details such as the geological history of the Cordillera Blanca mountains, the seismic history of the area, local land and resource use practices etc.

The volunteer’s duties will include: a) Providing further technical training and supervision of the guides in terms of their client care and communications, b) teaching basic relevant English language skills to the guides c) assisting with the development and delivery of promotional materials for the Guides Walks including developing a trail map(s) and d) helping to organize and outfilt the Community Gudies Office.

Essential skills:

  • Good verbal Spanish skills. English language fluency.
  • Outdoor hiking and back-packing experience including first-aid skills, equipment knowledge and group/client care and communication skills.
  • Small business development, organization and promotion experience are considered highly valuable but not essential.

Costs

Costs for volunteering differ for each volunteer. This is based on length of time committed to the project, the skill set brought with them and ability to fund raise. For more details please contact us.

Apply for this volunteer position here.