Red Uniendo Manos Peru (The Peru Joining Hands Network)
Volunteers are placed through the Red Uniendo Manos Peru – a network of 12 Peruvian NGO´s, churches and community organizations from across the country who work together to address root causes of poverty. Each institution has its own work in different communities in Peru, but together they do advocacy around economic development, environmental protection, and human rights.
Watch below for an example of one of the network’s partner organizations in Moyobamba, Peru:
Current YAV AJ Newcombe was featured on a Peruvian television show!
Although each YAV will be living at a different placement site in different regions of the country, developing intentional community among the Peru YAVs (even while living apart) is an integral part of the Peru YAV site. Such community will be developed and fostered during an initial 10-day orientation upon arrival to Peru, led by the site coordinator. Also, volunteers will gather four times for week-long retreats throughout the course of the year, also led by the site coordinator. The orientation and retreats serve not only to prepare the YAV for their site placements and process their experiences but also to promote Christian community among the Peru YAVs. YAVs will also be responsible for developing healthy relationships with members of their community, including host family members and work colleagues.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.
Here are examples of what volunteers may concentrate on in their site placements:
Map and document territories to protect indigenous land rights
Learn and teach Peruvian Sign Language to deaf children, their families and schools
Accompany sexually abused children in their healing and re-integration into society
Promote the rights of Afro-Peruvian women in the face of systemic racism
Facilitate the development of products and international sales of Fair Trade Artisans
Assist in the development of Bi-lingual Quechua/Spanish education in rural Andes
Provide leadership in after-school youth programs in impoverished urban areas
Each YAV will live with a Peruvian host family for the duration of the YAV year; this is an integral component of the Peru YAV program. In Peru, young adults often live at home until marriage. To become a part of the host family (and not merely a guest in the house), each YAV will be integrated into the daily routines and customs of the family, including sharing meals together and taking responsibility for chores in the house (just as any young adult child in Peru would do). Within the home, each YAV will be provided with a private bedroom.
Education: College degree required
Other: A basic level of Spanish speaking skills is expected, but special consideration will be given to a motivated volunteer with little or no Spanish language skills. A volunteer’s Spanish abilities will be assessed during an interview with the Site Coordinator.
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