If you wish to receive more personalized mentorship, supervision and support during your time with Otra Cosa Network, including all university supervision requirements and/or to use your stay as valuable work experience for your future career, we would recommend you carrying out your placement as an internship.
About Otra Cosa Network
Otra Cosa Network is a well-established UK Registered Charity and Peruvian registered not for profit (NGO),addressing the educational needs of children and vulnerable adults in an extremely impoverished area of Northern Peru. We work in informal settlements where many community members have been displaced by climate change, disaster and political instability. They live in precarious circumstances, few have running water, sewage provision and there is only sporadic electricity. Additionally, many children are forced to work instead of continuing their education, in order to boost family finances and there are no community-based facilities for learning and developing new skills in a safe environment.
Our dynamic range of activities address language skills, environmental awareness, women’s entrepreneurship, youth, employability and gender empowerment. We are seeking volunteers to work in project implementation in our new Recreation and Education Centre as well as our field office. Projects will restart as soon as the community is safely able to come out of isolation, post coronavirus. Our range of activities are implemented by national and international volunteers, allowing them to express solidarity whilst boosting their field experience.
All positions are either available as a volunteer or internship placement. We are experienced placement providers for a range of academic institutions, regularly hosting students from institutions such as the University of Portsmouth, University of East London, University of Sheffield, University of Manchester and a range of Universities in mainland Europe, the USA and Canada.
We offer bespoke internships in fields such as Spanish, Modern Languages, International Relations, Development, NGO Management, Humanitarian Programme Management, Community Development, Community Education, Pre School Education, Special Needs Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Youth Work, Music Education, Environmental Education, Gender Studies, Gender Empowerment, Volunteer Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Recruitment, Social Media Management, Web Development, Animal Welfare, Veterinary Sciences, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Anthropology, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Art, Dance, Yoga, Youth Work, Sports Sciences, Agriculture, Permaculture, Organics, Fair Trade, Photography, Arts.
Benefits of interning:
● Receiving mentorship from in-house staff and coordinators.
● Liaison with your university department to ensure that the placement meets all requirements for your course, so you can gain the relevant course credits.
● Completion of all relevant documents and reports required by your university relating to your placement.
● Adaptation of work hours and timetable to comply with your university’s requirements.
● Taking part in bespoke in-house training, introducing you to the world of humanitarianism and development NGOs - touching on a wide range of basic skills such as the creation and implementation of a project plan, including Needs Assessment, Log Frames and GANTT charts, all vital elements in the world of NGOs.
● Formal internship reference letter for future employment.
● Ability to say you completed a formal internship with Otra Cosa Network on your CV.
Difference between interning and volunteering:
Due to the fact that an internship requires more supervision, mentorship and liaison with your university, the volunteer contribution payment is higher than for standard volunteers, as the supervision of your work will require more staff hours and input. For a comparison of the price structure, please see the “costs of volunteering” section of our website for more information. Whether you wish to take a standard volunteering package or require an internship add-on depends on whether you want need extra mentorship and support and if your university requires us to complete supervision or paperwork in which case an upgrade to internship is required. Please do not hesitate to drop us an email if you have any queries about this.
Huanchaco and free-time activities
Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, which makes this place popular among surfers. The long beaches and relaxed atmosphere attract both Peruvians from nearby cities and backpackers traveling through Peru. This gives the small town an extremely welcoming and friendly vibe where the locals, volunteers and travellers interact and getting to know each other on a daily basis. The city has adapted to this mix and hosts many cafés, restaurants, yoga studios, surf schools, gyms and other activities and sports that are available for everyone. However, the town still remains a quiet, easy-going place that retains its fishing-village ambience. Over the last three millennia, locals have stuck to traditional ways of fishing, going out on their caballitos de totora (traditional reed fishing boats), and using their nets to gather their catch for the day. Furthermore, Huanchaco is surrounded by mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). If you prefer cultural activities, the district is home to Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and is only a few minutes away from Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, is only a 30 minutes bus ride far away. The colonial city of Trujillo offers many shopping and sight-seeing opportunities accompanied by a lively big city feeling.
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