Cusco Volunteering Program T2
Community Development & Environmental Change in Peru
The broad aim of the project is to help develop Cusco, Peru - its people and community, bringing hope of a better quality of life to the local people.
These are meaningful and sustainable projects that make a real difference to the local community.
This project is unlike many others as you will be focused on manufacturing and implementing the following into local community homes;
- Clean burning stoves
- Ceramic water filters
- Sustainable greenhouses
- Ecological refrigerators and cupboards
- Healthy kitchens
The experience will be life changing – in the best way possible!
The volunteers’ role
Volunteers in Cusco will be fully immersed within the community every day (including all the cultural and personal benefits of homestay). Pending the project and local communities engaged, some travel / transport may be required to and from the project each day (up to one hour in traffic). What makes this project unique and different than others is that you are able to experience so many different activities. You will have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities that help uplift the community - and make their lives better. Below you will find a list of project descriptions outlining the wonderful projects in Cusco:
THE CLEANER BURNING STOVES PROJECT:
Volunteers will manufacture cleaner burning stoves at homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them (alongside qualified staff). The cleaner burning stoves improve air quality in small, traditionally enclosed homes, lowering the risk of respiratory infections and diseases for women and children, who spend the majority of their days indoors at home. In addition to eliminating this smoke from the kitchen, the cleaner burning stoves also act to make cooking fires more efficient through their design, reducing wood usage by up to 50%. Our cleaner burning stoves are made of locally-produced ceramic components and then constructed by using improved adobe mud. After some training, you build the stove hand-in-hand with our project coordinators and the family recipient.
THE CLEAN WATER PROJECT:
In the rural and urban communities of Cusco, the lack of access to clean drinking water is the most pressing development issue facing the region. Gastrointestinal infections, resulting from the consumption of dirty water are known to be one of the leading causes of childhood malnutrition. You will manufacture ceramic water filters, deliver them to homes in rural communities, and train families how to use them. The filters improve water quality, which decrease poor sanitation and hygiene and lower the risk of malnutrition and respiratory infections. Students are needed for multiple roles to assist in the development of the project, including: manufacturing, business planning, marketing, or fundraising.
THE GREENHOUSES PROJECT
Due to geographical and climatic conditions, the families of Andean communities are not able to grow much more than root crops and a few grains. Building these types of greenhouses, enable vegetable cultivation and encourage the families to have a healthy diet. You could help in the construction, planting and training to the families in the communities.
HEALTHY HOMES PROJECT
This is a long-term project. It incorporates our different technologies that help improve the lives of families living in our partner communities. By constructing ecological refrigerators, cupboards, and cleaner burning stoves, and illustrating the benefits of hand washing and cleanliness, these communities are learning how to compost, filter water, and maintain a healthy home. This project is designed to implement multiple, basic home improvements in one village, signalling a long term commitment by us to create a big impact that will make a big difference for the people we serve.
HEALTHY KITCHENS PROJECT
Many kitchens in rural communities only have access to non-purified water and wood burning stoves with no chimney to allow the smoke to exit the home. These living conditions contribute to high levels of respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems. In this long-term project, we focus in the most important area for the families in rural communities, the kitchen.
* Help plan, design and build local structures that are particularly important for the local community
* Learn a range of core skills – communication, cultural understanding, planning, project management etc.
* Engage with community leaders and local levels of government / local organisations.
* Build environmentally-sustainable structures for local communities
* Immerse yourself in local Peruvian culture
* Make friends for life with fellow volunteers on the program
Dates: June 17th - July 7th 2018
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, approximately 7 hours (excluding lunch break)
Project Duration: 3 weeks
Support: Comprehensive, 24/7 on-site support from program coordinator and project leaders, plus CIS Australia 24/7 emergency hotline.