Light and Leadership Initiative

Based in Huaycan, Peru, the Light and Leadership Initiative works with the community to bring quality education and empowerment to women and children.

Volunteers are an integral part of our team, teaching classes in a variety of subject areas and helping to run our programs. Looking to make a REAL impact? Volunteer with LLI! 


Educate. Empower. Bring Change to Huaycan.

The Light and Leadership Initiative's mission is to respond to the needs of the women and children in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children.

Through workshops and classes, women are empowered to better care for themselves and their families by improving both their physical and emotional well being, as well as advancing their skills in the workforce. Children are offered similar opportunities-classes in English, reading, math, art, chess, and sports-and learn the value of education and respect for one's community.

We believe the women and children of the Ate-Vitarte district will become positive leaders for change through love, support, and education.

Our volunteer program allows volunteers to work along side the program's participants, learn about Peruvian culture, and establish life long friendships. Volunteers play an essential role in our organization. Looking to make a difference? We can help you help Huaycan! We consider ourselves a close-knit family, and we are always looking for driven individuals to join the team.

We are registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Tinley Park, Illinois. We began program operations in June of 2009.


URGENT NEED: Kids' Education Center/Volunteer Coordinator

The Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI) is offering a unique and incredible opportunity to the right individual. We are seeking a Kids' Education Center Coordinator for our program headquarters in Huaycan, Peru, a developing community on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The ideal candidate should:

  • Be able to work in a team or independently
  • Be able to adapt to new situations and living environments
  • Enjoy working with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Be an excellent problem solver, especially with cross-cultural situations
  • Be organized and responsible
  • Be comfortable leading a team
  • Have advanced English and advanced Spanish skills
  • Enjoy working with kids
  • Previous managerial experience or in event coordination is a plus, but not required
  • Previous experience living abroad is a plus, specifically in Lima a MAJOR plus
  • Commit 12 months to working in Huaycan with LLI (6-8 month stays are possible, please ask for more information)
  • Have an interest in working with a grassroots nonprofit and making a difference!

Kids' Education Center Coordinator position consists of some additional hours managing the volunteer program. See the following responsibilities:

  • Volunteer Program (approx. 12 hours a week)
  • Develop awareness of volunteer concerns and needs
  • Run errands for the volunteer house (Including market shopping)
  • Complete volunteer airport pickups
  • Prepare volunteer rooms for new arrivals
  • Plan and carry out volunteer activities and excursions in Lima, Peru.
  • Assist the Director with new volunteer orientation
  • Assist the Director with program/volunteer coordination
  • Manage household expense receipts
  • Encourage and promote constant communication between volunteers, staff members, and Board Members
  • Contribute in weekly management meetings
  • Recruit and oversee Peruvian volunteers to work in our education programs


Kids' Education Center Coordinator (approx. 28 hours a week)

  • Manage day-to-day operations at the Kids' Education Center
  • Register new students and oversee daily attendance metrics and policies
  • Assist managing the children's library
  • Assist Program Director with evaluations and surveys
  • Oversee international and Peruvian volunteer activities at the center
  • Plan special events, including LLI's 7th anniversary celebration.
  • Teach English, Art, Chess or other programs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Light and Leadership also will offer the Kids' Center Coordinator the following benefits:

  • Free room and board in the volunteer headquarters in Huaycan, Peru
  • Transportation costs for Light and Leadership activities in Huaycan
  • Three weeks vacation in December; two days off a week

A $500 deposit is required upon acceptance of the position. The deposit is fully refundable upon completion of the internship contract.

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