Have you been looking at LLI and wondering a bit more about our positions? Are you looking for ethical volunteering opportunities? Though we have a wide range of positions available in Huaycán, Peru, this blog post is going to dive into 5 positions. Check them out – one of them could be the perfect fit for you!
1. Teen Center Leadership Program Facilitator
This is a super cool position in which a volunteer is directly involved with one of our most exciting and important programs – our Teen Leadership Program! Volunteers facilitate leadership classes and assist in developing leadership curriculum and leadership projects! If you are passionate about leadership, have advanced Spanish skills, and are looking to make at least a 6-week volunteer commitment – this is the position for you!
Meet Yara, our current Teen Program Manager:
“The Leadership Program is the most integral part of our Teens’ Program, that’s why it is so important to have someone in charge of this area. This person will develop the curriculum for the classes and their evaluations, facilitate them, and, most importantly, follow day by day the teens’ projects to improve the community and the Teen Center. Additionally, we now have a Committee governed by the teens, however, this needs more preparation and meetings to allow teens to increase their leadership skills.
Daily tasks could change depending on leadership classes, meetings with the committee, assemblies, events, projects, etc. All these tasks will require energy and tons of commitment.” – Yara, Mexico
2. Kids’ Program Assistant Volunteer
Have high intermediate or above Spanish skills and looking to work directly with program participants? The Kids’ Program Assistant Volunteer position is ideal for college students or grads who are looking for a diverse non-profit experience that includes program development, front desk work, administrative support, participant registration, special event facilitation, and even space for teaching a class if desired! Commitment requirement: At least 6 weeks.
Meet Brynn, our current Kids’ Program Manager:
“A KP Assistant Volunteer would not only be an asset to the manager herself in immediate KP related tasks, but they would also be an invaluable set of extra hands in in the center working directly with the kids. The KP assistant should be looking to work in a team environment as well as independently. They should be creative, kind, energetic, motivated, and approach their tasks with a can-do attitude! The KP assistant would help the manager with the daily responsibilities that keep the center running. This position is also an opportunity to learn more about the coordination and organization of a program within an NGO. I am really looking for someone who can help me with the responsibilities of running the Kids’ Center on a day-to-day basis as well as complete some behind the scenes administrative work. I am always looking for new creative ways on how we can keep improving the Kids’ Program.” – Brynn, USA
#3. English Teacher
One of our most requested classes from participants: English. We have kids and teens with a range of English abilities who are looking to improve their skills. Our English program caters to both volunteers with teaching experience (we’ll talk about implementing your own ideas and experience!) as well as new or novice teachers (we have existing lesson plans and curriculum!). This is a great opportunity for those who have no Spanish (some Spanish doesn’t hurt either!) and are willing to make at least a six week commitment to volunteering in Huaycán.
Meet Jana, our current English Teacher!
“Being a part of the LLI organization and becoming one of their members was a really challenging experience. I am so thankful that I could participate here in Huaycán as an English teacher because you are not only teaching, you are also learning for yourself. As much as you are here because you want to help the community, in the end you will see that the community and all of the great people here also helped and influenced you. Even though I had no experience with teaching before, LLI warmly welcomed me in their small but gracious family. If you are willing to help, even if you have no experiences with volunteering, I recommend you to come to LLI. They will take care of you and help you with everything from the very beginning.” – Jana, Slovakia
4. Short Term Volunteer
Want to be involved but can’t meet the 6 week requirement for a lead teaching position? We are always looking for shorter term commitments who get a diverse view of LLI’s programs by being classroom assistants, helping at our front desks, and assisting administratively! Still want some teaching experience? We can organize a workshop or special event while you are here.
Meet Lakeim, a current short term volunteer!
“I will be volunteering with LLI for a month and despite having a basic level of Spanish, they still found useful and meaningful things for me to do. I’ve assisted in English lessons, which has been great as it has let me interact with the teens of Huaycán. The highlight though was being able to do a workshop in social media marketing with the Women’s Program participants. It’s something I want to do in the future so I’m so grateful that I was able to incorporate one of my interest within the programme!” – Lakeim , UK
5. Huaywasi Fashion Design and Business Development Intern
Interested in working with the seven women artisans we partner with at Huaywasi? Contributing your thoughts on designs to upcoming collections, as well as developing our social media and business plans? At Huaywasi: A Fair Trade Project, our interns work under the main designer to collaborate with the artisans in order to produce ethically made, sustainable pieces.
Meet Sarah, our current Huaywasi Fashion Design and Business Development Intern:
“As an intern with Huaywasi I have loved the opportunity to visit the artisans, talk with them, and observe their process. I have visited Gamarra – the largest fabric district in all of Latin America with Jill, our main fashion designer, to buy the materials we need. I’m learning about how to market, how to make and track purchases and develop a budget, and how the artisans are incorporating the beautiful textile history of Peru, from Tela Andina to ceramic toritos, into the collections. With my position, I have had structure in helping with the upcoming collections, but I also have some time to develop my own projects and ideas. For example, I have been developing a photo storytelling series about the seven amazing artisans here in Huaycan that work with Huaywasi. I am working on blog posts, helping choose designs, and have contributed ideas for Huaywasi’s new one of a kind, upcycled, pieces.” – Sarah, USA
If any of these positions sound like a good fit for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org