SKIP is a charity working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru.
SKIP is a charity working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru.
SKIP is a UK, US and Peruvian registered charity working in the impoverished districts of El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo, located on the North Coast of Peru.
SKIP's primary aim is to enable children living in this area to realise their right to an education. In terms of theoretical framework, we understand that families are the principal force in the lives of children and therefore work with the entire familial unit. Our holistic program focuses on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family. It is our aim is to foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives.
This holistic approach focuses on four pillars of family development: education, economically stable families, emotional well-being, and healthy and safe home environments. SKIP believes that economically-disadvantaged families have the capacity to be the principal agents of change in their own lives and communities. As such, our organisation works in partnership with the community to empower people to make sustainable changes.
• Minimum 4 weeks, all year around.
• 1st month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £320 GBP / $500 USD)
• 2nd month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £320 GBP / $500 USD)
• 3rd-5th month: 1150 Nuevos Soles / £230 / $360 per month
• 6th-8th month: 820 Nuevos Soles / £165 / $255 per month
In order to facilitate volunteers who wish to stay for a longer period of time, we have introduced a system whereby as you stay for longer, the contribution fee amount decreases. There are some Coordination or leadership roles (for those with qualifications and experience and who are able to commit to a minimum of 9 months) that are exempt from contribution fee and some include an incentive/living allowance. Scholarships to South American volunteers are available.
My name is Margo, I'm from Belgium and I volunteered at SKIP in 2017 for about 4 months. I was studying social work at the time, and did a scolarship at SKIP.
I'm so happy I chose to volunteer at an organisation like SKIP, it was the perfect combination of learning and having fun at the same time, of working and getting to know Peru and its culture. I learnt so many things; how to teach, how do deal with poverty and with people in general. I did things I never did before (teaching and dealing with kids in a completely different language), but SKIP taught me how to do it. The volunteer leaders, the teachers and other people who work permanently at SKIP guided me in the best way possible. If you're looking for a unique experience and want to meet a lot of new fun people from all over the world, volunteering at SKIP is what you should do!
I volunteered with Skip, June-July 2018. Volunteering with Skip was an experience that will last with me for a lifetime. I was able to teach english and sports, while also working in the economic development program. I never thought that I would enjoy teaching so much, but at Skip it never felt like a job, or chore. While teaching I was able to learn so much from the kids, which was the most humbling part of the experience.
Outside of the actual service that takes place at Skip, the other volunteers become like a second family. There are quite a few opportunities to have a whole lot of fun and relax with all of the volunteers.
Hola mi nombre es Marta y estuve de voluntaria con SKIP en Octubre -Noviembre 2017. La verdad que todo fue una experiencia maravillosa, desde el dia que llegue hasta el dia que me fui. Estuve trabajando en el proyecto de micro- créditos, el cual me permitió conocer a todas las familias y sobre todo a las mamás que colaboraban con la organización, también tuve la suerte de enseñar lengua y arte lo que me sirvió para entablar relación con todos los niños tanto pequeños como mayores. Skip es una gran oportunidad para todo aquel que busque un cambio y nuevas aventuras y sobretodo para poder colaborar en un proyecto tan bonito como este.
Gracias Skip por todo,
Espero volver a veros.
My name is Selene Cruz, I'm from Peru I study in London, and I volunteered at SKIP in 2017 for about two months. I was studying international business at that time.
I'm so grateful and happy I chose to volunteer at an organisation like SKIP, it was an incredible experience of learning and know more about my own culture at the same time. I learnt so many things; how the micro-finance program works, how to teach and how people from my own country deal with poverty and with people in general. I experienced things I never did before, but I honestly can say that each of that experience makes me realise how grateful someones are and how actually can we help them. Since the beginning, I thought it was going to be simple and easy for me because I speak the same language, but there were many things I learnt from skip such as understand the reality of other, teach children, had empathy for other and so on. The volunteer leaders, the teachers and other people who work permanently at SKIP guided me in the best way possible. If someone who study or work is looking for a unique and incredible experience and want to meet a lot of new people from all over the world at the same time helping people in need to make better changes for the future, volunteering at SKIP is what you should do!
I did my volunteering in Trujillo back in 2016 for few weeks and I fell in love with the role. It’s quite an achievement as a person who hasn’t never been in front of the kids but after the first meet with the kids you kinda understand your role- just be there, have fun and do your best!
Skip volunteering helped me find the kid in myself again and I have now done my Tefl training in Thailand and also taught English there for a while :) even though it’s not my real profession, it’s such a great thing to do! I still have a dream to teach again in South America for one summer or semester, so a short period with Skip really did change my life!
All the people who work in Skip permanently are also super awesome, they will help you get on the road quite quickly. The good thing is they just show you the way, you still have to walk it!
All people who are kinda interested, just go and enjoy the kids and you might just learn something new about yourself!
I volunteered at in the education programme at SKIP for four months at the beginning of 2018. To begin with, it was holiday club - a fun extracurricular programme which was a delight to take part in. When the term started again I took on additional roles. I was excited to be involved in as much as possible and Heather, the volunteer coordinator, was more than happy to help.
SKIP is a really wonderful organisation which wears its values on its sleeves. Their principles (equality, empowerment, inclusion, etc.) are evident in everything they do. The leaders and coordinators have infectious enthusiasm to keep you going if you start to feel low. Aside from the work, the volunteer community is so supportive that I never once wished to be anywhere else.
I would 100% recommend this to anyone who cares about all children receiving a quality education. If you are a responsible, hardworking and considerate person who wants to volunteer, please do it at SKIP - the children deserve it.
I’m Tom from Ireland and I volunteered with SKIP from January until June of 2017. It was my first time in South America and my first time teaching in front of a classroom of kids, but I was better able to face these new challenges with the support of SKIP’s volunteer leaders and staff.
I was struck by the camaraderie and positive attitude among the team of volunteers and staff – cultivated in no small part by the volunteer leaders – which made it a joy to work as part of the SKIP team. Staff and volunteers hailed from Peru and all over the world, and everyone had something to contribute, with regular family dinners serving as a reminder of this.
At the end of the day, SKIP is about ensuring that children get access to a good quality education, and the knowledge that you have contributed to this worthwhile goal is something that will stay with you even after you have completed your volunteering experience.
If you're looking for a way to develop your skills, make friends and experience Peruvian language and culture, all the while helping to provide valuable educational opportunities, you'd be hard-pressed to find an organisation that balances these things as well as SKIP.
Volunteering with SKIP was an incredibly eye-opening and rewarding experience. I volunteered with SKIP for one month (August 2018), primarily within the Eco Dev team on the microcredit project and in helping with craft workshops, but I also helped out with some primary and secondary teaching sessions. I feel very lucky to have had exposure to both the kids and their families thanks to the variety of things I worked on.
There is a striking difference between Trujillo city centre and the areas of El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo, and I imagine you would likely not see what life is like in these areas if you were just visiting the city as a tourist. To be based in these areas in working at SKIP is invaluable and makes you appreciate the reality of life the families face.
Working at SKIP also allowed me to meet so many amazing people from across the world. Living and working with the other volunteers means you build really close-knit relationships and develop a really strong support network. I’m sure I’ll still be in touch with my SKIP family for years to come.
If you want to experience life in a developing country, have the opportunity to support people living in impoverished communities, to form new friendships with a diverse range of people, and of course improve your Spanish!, SKIP is a brilliant place to be.
I volunteered for SKIP for 2 months in the summer of 2018. I had been looking for an opportunity that allowed me to use my Economics degree within a real life situation and because of this I spent the majority of my time working within the Economic Development programme. I also worked within the English teaching department, where I felt my work was appreciated and made a difference to the children. In both departments, the work I completed was interesting, fulfilling and challenging. Within the EcoDev department I was able to complete day-to-day tasks in the running of the micro-finance schemes and Talleres workshops, as well as use my skills to make an impact in the long run sustainability of the scheme - through attempting to improve family saving and links to formal banking.
SKIP provided the perfect opportunity to learn and live in a culture that was completely different to what I had previously experienced and this was enhanced by the diverse profiles of the volunteers. The people who volunteered at SKIP were some of the smartest and kindest people I have had the pleasure of meeting, and this social experience really added an unexpected bonus to my time at SKIP.
I developed economic, communication and personal skills whilst working within SKIP because of the huge array of opportunities the organisation provides you with to make a difference. Working at SKIP provides you with amazing memories and the ability to make positive change in the lives of the local community - an experience I would truly recommend.
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