Volunteer

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Ninos del Sol in the Sacred Valley!

If you are headed to Peru in the near future — or even if you’re not! — we’d love to have your help. There are several ways to get involved:

  • Support the U.S. Board
  • Long-term Volunteers in Peru
  • Service Projects for Visitors
  • Come visit us!

Support the U.S. Board

Nearly all of our financial support is managed through the U.S. Board, which is made up of five volunteers who give as much time as we can. The board is rich with ideas but short on manpower. We need help coordinating our fundraising activities, social media, newsletters, etc.

If you can donate 5-10 hours per week and have experience with any of the following, we need you!

– Blogging/social media (WordPress, Buffer & Mailchimp skills)
– Clerical/communications (Bookkeeping/Mailchimp/Microsoft Word)
– Fundraising/grant writing experience
– Import/auction/online store experience

We need independent self-starters who don’t need a lot of direction, as we have no staff to offer any training or supervision in these roles (I’m available to answer questions and have loads of ideas to pass along).

If you’re interested, e-mail me at ninosdelsol2@gmail.com with your relevant skills & experience and your experience in working independently.

We’re occasionally asked about the path to becoming a board member. It’s our intention in the future to invite new supporters in as volunteers first, and offer board membership to those who are consistently working on behalf of the Niños.

Long-term Volunteers

Quality volunteers are vital to our organization. Protecting the children and providing them with stability are our first priority, of course, so we are looking for volunteers who:

  1. Can stay for six months to a year
  2. Speak excellent Spanish (this is vital in order to supervise the kids and bond with them)
  3. Pass an Interpol background check
  4. Pay a flat fee of US$720 to help cover costs of room and board.

In return, we offer lodging  in the Sacred Valley, plenty of free time to explore the wonders of Peru, meals with the kids, and a life-changing experience. E-mail Avishai Pearlson avishaip@gmail.com for more information.

Service Projects

This is an ideal option for individuals, groups, and travel bloggers. We’ve had people help build a greenhouse, take the kids shopping for coats and shoes, or tackle building projects like a greenhouse or treehouse for the kids. We’ve also hosted professional filmmakers, horticulturists, and other professionals.

Contact Lauren (Lauren@LaurenHaas.com) if you’d like to do an individual or group service project. She’d love to hear your ideas or offer some of her own. Service projects generally involve some fundraising — that’s a fact of life for a struggling children’s home — but Lauren will be happy to help you set up a successful GoFundMe campaign.

Come visit us!

Our casa es su casa. We are always delighted to find space for our donors to visit us so you can get to know the kids and our directors, Viviana and Avishai. We can also help you arrange hikes and transportation around the Sacred Valley. E-mail Avishai Pearlson avishaip@gmail.com for more information.