Otra Cosa Network runs five of our own projects, which are all part of the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP). HELP is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for those living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco and the surrounding shanty towns. Alongside this, we support several partner organisations in the area, as well as in two remote locations in northern Peru.
Deux jours après mon arrivée à Huanchaco, dans l’ONG Otra Cosa Network, j’ai rencontré ma future équipe de travail: Bryan & Quique (pour les intimes) avec qui j’allais donner des cours de natation à des enfants incroyables (et je ne pèse pas mes mots) ! Des enfants toujours motivés, qui veulent apprendre, remplis d’énergie et tellement attachants.
The children were so happy to see us each morning when we arrived to take them to the ocean (yes, the ocean). They were grateful that someone would give up their time to take them to the beach and teach them how to swim.
In Huanchaco, many of the children in the poorer areas come from migrant families, originally from the highlands, where not many people know how to swim. What SwimTayka is doing is amazing, and it really changes the children’s relationship to the ocean and boosts their self confidence!
¡Una experiencia fantástica y tan gratificante
Safety and logistical assessments of the project location and facilities.
Careful consideration of every volunteer, his or her experience and skills, and a candid assessment of fitness for the swim instruction / environmental stewardship program.
Correspondence via e-mail, phone and Skype to answer all initial questions and inquiries prior to arrival.
Secure safe and comfortable housing/ accommodations during volunteer placements.
A hearty welcome and pickup from Huanchaco airport or bus station.
Welcome introduction meeting and walking tour of the area.
On-site accommodations at the level of comfort you select.
2 – 3 day orientation session.
Several group meals to bring everyone together.
Spanish language instruction with local tutors (modest additional cost).
SwimTayka T-shirt and goodie bag.
Guide on health, safety and emergency procedures with access to a network of medical and dental providers and 24-hour emergency support.
Staff from Swim Tayka or our partner organisations are on site and available during volunteer terms.
Free WiFi access, sitting gardens and a comfortable meeting space at the volunteer house. WiFi is often available at most hotels and guest houses in the area.
Exit interview and evaluation
Opt-in for regular SwimTayka updates via social media and our online newsletter.
What we expect from our volunteers
Your commitment to the mission of SwimTayka: open water swimming and environmental stewardship.
Pro-activity and a positive attitude – bureaucracy and certain procedures may take more time than you are used to. Be positive and try to find alternative solutions!
Passion for sustainable practices. Our main focus is for the individuals and communities in our projects to benefit and thrive long-term.
Respect for local culture and local staff and fellow volunteers
Be communicative – please keep us updated on your volunteer work and life during your stay with us.
Spread the word! Send us your pictures and your stories for our Facebook photo albums, or share your experiences at your local college or university!
Our volunteers generally find that the stronger language skills they have, the more they get out of their volunteer experience. While volunteering, you may need or want to improve your language skills. We facilitate a number of different language tutoring options.