Tinkuy Peru F.A.Q
Everything you want to know
- 1. How do I apply?
- 2. When is the best time of year to volunteer with Tinkuy Peru?
- 3. Do you accept couples?
- 4. Will other volunteers be living in the house with me?
- 5. What is the weather like in Huancayo, Peru?
- 6. What should I pack?
- 7. What vaccinations should I get and what medications should I bring?
- 8. Will there be internet access?
- 9. Where is the weaving class taught
- 10. How do I pay the fees? Should I bring money with me?
- 11. What can I bring for the Children?
- 12. What types of food will I be eating?
- 13. How much Spanish is required to volunteer with Tinkuy Peru?
- 14. How safe will I be in Peru?
- 15. How do I get from Huancayo to Lima?
- 16. What kind of volunteer work will I be doing at the school?
- 17. I don't have any volunteer experience. Is this a problem?
- 18. What do I do if I get sick or injured in Huancayo?
Please follow the application navigation link at the top of this page. Prospective volunteers should expect a reply to their application within 2-3 working days.
The busiest time of year for our program is May through to August. We have the most volunteers during these three months, because of the American, Canadian and European summer holidays. Although we encourage volunteers to apply at the time that is best for them, we are especially looking for volunteers who can come to Peru outside these busy months. Christmas is an especially rewarding time to be here and spend with the orphans, who do not have families of their own. No matter the time, we are excited to welcome you to our family.
Yes, we have double rooms in our home for couples, and we can arrange for couples to volunteer together.
Almost always there are several volunteers living in the house together at the same time, depending mostly on what time the year. During high season, May to August, most definitely others will be volunteering with us, however during a slower time of year perhaps there will not be others, but it is rare.
Generally, the weather is the same temperature year round, fluctuating based on rainy or dry season. The rainy season is December to April, and temperatures are generally 15°-25°C (59°-77°F), but there is less sun, and the city is very muddy. During the dry season, May to November, temperatures are 5°-20°C (41°-68°F) with very sunny days and the city is dry and dusty. As a guideline, nights and mornings and rainy days are cool and sunny days can be hot.
It is best to bring a mix clothes. Cooler clothes for daytime wear and warmer clothes for the chillier nights. We advise bringing long trousers and tops that layer well (eg. t-shirts and sweaters) to adjust to the changing temperatures. Also, be sure to bring a medium weight jacket, rain jacket, warm clothes for sleeping (the house is not heated), a hat and sun block.
We recommend that you have your current tetanus shot as well as Hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Yellow Fever vaccinations are not necessary unless you are planning on travelling into the jungle. It is possible to get a Yellow Fever vaccination here, and it is safe and widely available. The most common problem that our volunteers have is traveller's diarrhoea, or food poisoning from food from street vendors. It is well advised to bring a prescription such as Cipro with you, which you can get from your doctor, and will combat diarrhoea with fever. Most all other medicines can be found in Huancayo.
There are several internet cafes within one block of the volunteer house and the prices are very cheap (US$.30/ hour). There is also 1 computer available at the house for volunteer use with free Internet access. Wifi is also available.
The weaving class is taught in the house by Tino and Mari. You can buy different colored yarn in the daily market and weave for the duration of the week. Tino will take the weavings off of the loom and finalise them for you. Weaving is optional, and if you are interested, you can learn more about it upon arrival.
All fees can be paid in US Dollars or Peruvian Soles. There are a number of ATMs in the city centre where you can withdraw US Dollars or Peruvian Soles. Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash and require waiting in long lines at the banks. It is better to bring a bank card and use the ATMs. There is no need to bring a large amount of money with you, and is recommended to come with just the money you need to travel to Huancayo.
We always need stationery supplies such as pens and pencils, notebooks and paper for arts and crafts etc. We are also in the process of setting up a health program so things such as soap, towels, moisturising lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste are very welcome. However, many items such as clothing, school supplies and toys can be purchased here for much less than in your home country so it may be best to see what is needed on arrival and purchase it here. Teaching English resources and bilingual books are also very useful.
The three meals a day that are provided in the fee consist of typical Peruvian dishes. There are many vegetables, hundreds of varieties of potatoes and always a side of rice. Vegetarians and others with specific dietary needs can be accommodated. Breakfast is typically porridge served with bread and fruit. Lunch is the main meal in Peruvian culture, and is served with soup and a main course, and dinner is a lighter and smaller meal.
No Spanish is necessary to volunteer with our program. Spanish lessons can be provided for an extra fee (see the Costs link for prices).
Huancayo is a highland city of about 450,000 people. In 1999 an extensive Peruvian Army operation captured the leader of Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path), which had terrorised the central Andes in the 1980´s and early 1990`s. This essentially removed terrorist activities from the area, and since that time Huancayo has been a very safe place. Much like any city, you must take precautions with your possessions and money when walking about, and it is not advisable to walk at night alone.
You should exercise more caution in Lima, as there is more petty crime. It is best to arrange to stay at a hostel like Mami Panchita, which will arrange for airport pickup. It is also best to stick to the more touristy areas of the city, such as the Centre, Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco.
There are many bus companies in Lima with regular service to Huancayo. The trip is seven hours and costs between S/. 25 - S/. 40 (US$10 - US$15). We recommend Cruz del Sur, the only company with which you can purchase tickets online (www.cruzdelsur.com.pe) or Ormeño as reliable companies. Once an applicant is accepted into the programme, we will send detailed info on how to get to Huancayo, and recommendations of where to stay in Lima.
Typical work at the school includes English tutoring, help with homework, arts and crafts, sports, games, infant care, counseling, one-on-one mentorship/special care, and facility improvement projects. There is a lot of flexibility in what the volunteers wish to do at the school. If a volunteer has a particular strength, they are encouraged to use it in their activities with the children. As well, volunteers may wish to give donations or do their own improvement projects at the school, but it is important never to give money to the children directly.
No. We have an excellent volunteer resource centre that will guide you and give you ideas for teaching your classes.
Tino and Marí have experience caring for people with altitude sickness and traveler's diarrhoea. If the condition becomes serious, there are a number of clinics and hospitals in Huancayo that are very safe and have reliable doctors. If you are planning on staying for an extended period of time, please consider purchasing travelers medical insurance.