Educate. Empower. Bring Change to ethically to Huaycán.
The Light and Leadership Initiative's mission is to respond to the needs of the women and youth in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children. Through workshops and classes, women are empowered to better care for themselves and their families by improving both their physical and emotional well being, as well as advancing their skills in the workforce. Youth are offered similar opportunities including English, reading, math, art, chess, community leadership and much more thus learning the value of education and respect for one's community. We believe the women and children of the Ate-Vitarte district will become positive leaders for change through love, support, and education.
We also offer a volunteer program, allowing volunteers to work along side the program's participants, learn about Peruvian culture, and establish life long friendships. Our volunteer program is distinctively ethically-based; volunteers are given resources and reading materials pre-arrival both delineating the potentially problematic issues intrinsic international service and also offering teaching/lesson plan/management guides to volunteers to review before arriving in Huaycán. We host monthly Civic reflections that invite volunteers to think critically about social issues that are present in the work they are doing. We have a social media policy that focuses on the participants in the Huaycán community rather than glorifying the experience of the volunteer. Community members and participants participate in meetings and complete yearly feedback forms to voice their thoughts on the organization. Yet, this doesn't mean we devalue volunteers! Volunteers play an essential role in our organization offering sustainable programs and implementing new ideas. Looking to make a difference? We can help you help Huaycán!
We are registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Tinley Park, Illinois. We began program operations in June of 2009.
Get excited to teach English at The Light and Leadership Initiative!
• Are you able and willing to teach in an all English classroom environment?
• Do you enjoy working with kids and/or teens?
• Do you have an interest or experience teaching ESL or general language instruction?
We're searching for a volunteer to join us in either in January and on wards, preferring a minimum stay of 10 weeks.
Goals of the English Program:
• Increase English proficiency, in some cases supplementing what is (or is not) learned in local schools
• Provide students the opportunity to learn from native English speakers
• Teach that learning English can be fun
• Facilitate communication and cultural exchange between our foreign teachers and Peruvian students
• Promote creativity in language learning.
Not available for that time commitment? We are ALWAYS looking for talented and passionate volunteers, no matter their time commitment.
Interested in the position but want to start earlier? Please send in your application as we are always looking for qualified volunteers and have needs right now!
In addition, there are other opportunities to help in our Art, Math, Chess, Reading, and Physical Education programs.
Please see this video to get a better sense of the volunteer life!