Kiya Survivors is a registered charity in
both the UK and Peru:
Registered Charity Peru: 12267622
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More information about volunteering as an individual
Some of the activities you can get involved in
• Assisting teachers with exciting activities.
• Work closely with locally employed people
• Meet local families with the outreach project
• Have fun helping out in the dance & drama workshops!
• Helping making bread and pizzas to sell to locals in the Rainbow Centre shop.
• Assist with making ceramics, jewellery, cards & t-shirts to sell in the school shop.
• Get involved with various sporting events with the students.
You can download a copy of 2016 programmes and prices by clicking here
Support for volunteers
In the UK—Right from the start, our coordinator in the UK will be in close contact to ensure that the application process will be as smooth as possible for you.
In Peru—Once you’ve arrived, our English speaking coordinator will always be on hand to offer support and advice during your stay with us. One of your break times will be used to have your weekly individual meeting with your coordinator. You will also have a group volunteer meeting with your coordinator once a week. Monday and Fridays are half days, as staff are in meetings.
Where will I live?
In Urubamba, Kiya Survivors provides comfortable accommodation with a local family. This gives you the opportunity to experience Peruvian hospitality first-hand. It will also give you the chance to practice your Spanish!
For more information about staying with a local family you can download this information sheet.
The volunteer rooms at the home stay sleep up to 3 volunteers, are spacious and fully equipped, the shared showers have hot water-a luxury for Urubamba! There are communal spaces for you to mingle with one another as well as your host family and Delfina is a wonderful cook should you require her to provide breakfast or hot evening meals. You can arrange this with your Coordinator and pay her directly.
Urubamba is a reasonably sized Andean market town, just over an hour away from Cusco. It is set in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and breath-taking scenery. Most of the locals farm and there are a lot of markets and always opportunities to buy fresh produce. During weekends off, volunteers can explore the other beautiful towns and ruins in the surrounding valleys. With a range of activities available including walking, hiking, camping, mountain biking and paragliding, there is something for everyone here!
When can I start volunteering with Kiya Survivors?
We send volunteers to our centres all year round. Most of our volunteers sign up between 2-12 months before departure, which allows for the opportunity to fundraise, prepare, and receive all relevant information and training.
If you want to join a programme leaving in less than 2 months please contact us to discuss your options and see if we have any available positions.
Training sessions will take place upon arrival in Peru onsite at the project where you will be based. The training sessions are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the volunteers taking part. Typically, it covers a wide range of aspects of the volunteer experience including shadowing the different members of staff to give you an idea of where you would like to focus your energies, the opportunity to meet and have questions and answers with the Peruvian team and a day out on Outreach.
My Volunteer Experience: Anne Clara Laugesen
“Though we didn’t know a word of Spanish we immediately felt welcomed by everybody. Spending the day shadowing staff members, we got to know some of the children, and Mel told us their stories – at first you don’t believe what you’re being told, but you eventually find out how much they’ve all improved.
There is so much to do in Urubamba – if you’re not at school or having Spanish, you’re playing volleyball with the Rainbow House kids, walking a small hike, going out with other volunteers in Urubamba, playing football with locals, relaxing in our hammock or shopping for groceries and being creative when it comes to dinner.”
“Deciding to volunteer for Kiya Survivors has been the best decision I’ve made so far – and I’m finding myself in the middle of having the time of my life every day!” Anne Clara-Laugesen, 18
My Volunteer Experience: Sameena Zehra
“I am coming up to finishing probably the most amazing 6 months of my life volunteering at the Rainbow Centre. When I arrived in Peru I could never have imagined how much I would grow to love the school, the kids and the staff. The school is such a warm, friendly, happy place.
“My favourite experience has to be a parade to celebrate the month of special needs education, where the kids, along with their families, marched through Urubamba, and were so proud to represent the Rainbow Centre. It was really touching and it made me feel very proud to be a part of this amazing project!”
Check out how our current volunteers are doing at our volunteer blog page:
The Inca Trail: The most popular hiking trek in the world!!
Hike through high passes, highland meadows and tropical cloud forest to enter this Inca Sanctuary through the famous Sun Gate (Intipunku in Quechua language). Enjoy the many archaeological ruins along the way and appreciate the many wonders that Mother Nature (Pachamama) has to offer; snow-peaked mountains, and a diverse range of flora and fauna . This 4-day journey is considered THE traditional trek to Machu-Picchu.
This trip is included in the Full programme, but volunteers opting for the Basic or Standard Programmes are welcome to add it as an extra (see our Programmes and Prices page for more information).
Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley
This weekend away is a fantastic chance for volunteers to explore the local region and gain an insight into Peruvian culture with the thriving city of Cusco contrasting with the ancient ruins of the Sacred Valley.
It is included in the Standard and Full programmes, but could be added to the Basic programme as an extra.
See the Sights of Lima!
For volunteers heading out on the Standard or Full Programmes, the itinerary will include a 2 night stay in Lima before flying to Cusco and travelling on to Urubamba.
This is a perfect chance to relax after the long flight, and the afternoon city tour, also included, allows volunteers to truly make the most of their time in the capital!