Do you ever wonder how you can contribute? Or are you planning a trip to South-America and want to give more meaning to your journey? Volunteer it yourself, roll up your sleeves and help us for a while at the project!
Volunteering in a developmental organization is to get to know the country, the people and the local culture in a whole different and intense way. Your help will really make a difference. It is an unique experience that will surely enrich you. To travel will be 'to see well' instead of 'to see everything'.
Añañau is an educational project and wants to reduce poverty and the lack of opportunities through education. In Añañau we focus on three areas: education, health and the overall social-cultural development of the children and adolescents. As a volunteer you can help in the activities of the daily after school program of the organisation. Or you can contribute to one of the current educational projects.
We promote sustainable and responsible volunteering within our organization. This means that it is a sustainable and focused collaboration with the local permanent team that contributes to a positive long-term impact for both the children and the parents and within the local community.
The work we do with children and parents focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and thus the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adapted to the local reality.
As a volunteer you have the option to stay in a fully equipped apartment together with other volunteers.
In the apartment you will live together with other volunteers or students from Añañau. Every volunteer can have a private room if wished. The living room, kitchen and bathroom are for common use. Furthermore, you can make use of the patio and you'll have an excellent view over the mountains.
This option is ideal for volunteers that love to live and cook independently and want to share their residence with other volunteers. The apartment is fully equipped and furnished. Sheets and bed linen are already facilitated. A residence in the apartment is a popular choice for volunteers that would like to stay in Cusco for a longer period of time.
We strongly reccommend for volunteers to already have a good basic level in the Spanish language before your arrival. This way you'll be able to express yourself sufficiently during your contact with the children and you will be able to speak with the team members of the project without any problems. At Añañau we also offer intensive spanish classes to improve your level. You can decide exactly how long you'd like to follow classes.
The volunteer is at least 18 years of age and is able to present us a certificate of good conduct. You can request this certificate at your municipal or city service.
As an organization, we ask you to actively deploy you for at least four full weeks in the project. Do you want to make excursions or experience free moments for a certain period of time during your stay at the project, this is certainly posible and can be agreed upon in advance or during the weekly team meeting.
Of course we expect a lot of energy and enthusiasm from you as a volunteer. In addition, we rely on you to take initiative to improve the educational programs of the project and the living conditions of the children.
Añañau uses (volunteer) guidelines for voluntary work. Also, all volunteers are required to sign our code of conduct for working with children.
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Contact us for more information
Gilmourd Cardeña PérezVolunteer Coordinator
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"A beautiful country where you are warmly received at Añañau with a lot of smiles. You will leave the project with a lot of extra life experience, happiness and gratitude of the kids and the team. This experience was more beautiful than I could ever imagine!"
"What an amazing experience I had at this magical place it literally changed the course of my life. They look after these kids not just by helping them with their education, but also with their nutrition and more love and games than you could poke a stick at. I have no doubt in me that this place has changed the lives of all the children that attend. It inspired me so much I’m now studying to be a teacher."
"I always have wanted to do volunteer work in Peru. When the school offered a place to practice my study in this country I was immediately sold. When I arrived at Añañau, I was loaded with hugs from all the children. The weeks that followed, my connection with the kids and team grew. There was a lot of laughter, sometimes a hug, and some good advice when I needed it. When I needed help or a good talk, there was always someone who I could count on. They make a good support system and a close family. The love and closure that I got made my heart warm. It makes me even more happy that I could help some of the children in their development.
Peru and Añañau are an unforgettable experience. With beautiful memories, new friends and a suitcase filled with souvenirs I’m going home."
"Here you will find the warmest hugs, the most beautiful laughs and make the best memories."
"When I started at Ananau a couple of months ago, I could never have dreamt that those same months would have been so beautiful. From day one the kids welcome you with open arms; there’s so much love, so much respect, towards the tía’s and also towards the other kids. Every single day at the project is a pleasure. But the most beautiful thing about Ananau is, that it’s even so much more than just that. Ananau is without a doubt a place where the kids can let go of their worries for a moment and can enjoy a warm hug and a laugh. But it’s also a place where kids get the chances they deserve. Every single one of them is kind and intelligent, who certainly all will be successful, all in their own way. And knowing that at Ananau you can assist them at doing that, is the most wonderful feeling."
"In 2018 I volunteered for the project, had the honor of working with the children and being able to share a little of my knowledge with them.
This beautiful project teaches not only content but also educates children and teaches them how to grow as a person."