Name of the project: Centro de Salud Mental Juan Pablo II


Location: Cusco



Not Included


Project Description: Casa Acogida Mantay is a women’s shelter that focuses on providing aid for teenage mothers and their children.  The center can accommodate twenty girls along with their babies at a time. The majority of the girls, falling between the ages of twelve and eighteen, come from small villages around Cusco and were victims of physical violence and sexual abuse. The project’s main goal is to provide the mothers and their children safety in order to build a healthy mother – child relationship. The mothers are also encouraged to develop self confidence as well as learn basic social and trade skills to attain a job or sell products. Each of the young mothers stay at the shelter until they feel confident they can live an independent life and provide for their children on their own.


Volunteer Responsibilities: Responsibilities may include: assisting the teachers with lessons for the mothers on subjects such as basic mathematics, sciences and literature, or helping the mothers learn how to properly care for their children (if your experience allows for this). If you prefer to work with the children, you can help in the nursery school or elementary school. Responsibilities would include helping them with their schoolwork or playing with them. If your level of Spanish allows it, there is also an opportunity to work with the older children on your own through creating small groups to offer activities or special classes.


Minimum Stay Required: 4 weeks


Volunteers Needed:

• Psychologists

• Social workers

• Teachers

• Volunteers without specific studies


Recommended Level of Spanish: Basic to Advanced


Typical Workday Hours: 9am – 1pm or 2pm – 7pm





• Transportation from Cusco airport

• Introductory tour

• Welcome dinner

• 20 hours of Spanish lessons

• Introduction to project with in country coordinator

• First accommodation option in a volunteer shared apartment

• Second accommodation option in a host family (for an additional 50 dollars/week- three meals included)

• Salsa lessons, cooking lessons, game nights (once a week)

• Horseback riding or white water rafting excursions

• Teaching materials for the course

• Support / contact person in the project

• Emergency contact available 24 hours a day

• The support of our local staff and coordinators

• A T-shirt from our organization

• Certificate of your participation in the project

• Certificate of your Spanish level after classes

• Administration costs





• Airfare

• Travel insurance

• Vaccinations

• Personal expenses

• Tickets to tourist sites

• Extra tours or excursions


Option: If you would like our organization to arrange your flight from Lima to Cusco and an overnight stay in a hotel in Lima, the extra cost will amount to 327 dollars.





4 weeks

(Incl. spanish lessons one week)


8 weeks

(Incl. spanish lessons four weeks)


Extra week Spanish lessons

Extra week accommodation

  USD 1,019

  USD 1,414

  USD 229

  USD 190



If you would like our organization to arrange your flight from Lima to Cusco and an overnight stay in a hotel in Lima, the extra cost will amount to 327 dollars.


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