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The following is a guide on some of the things that LAFF thinks are important when preparing for your time in Peru. It should act as a guide and you should definitely feel free to think outside of the things listed on here. Please also let us know if you think there is something we may have missed out.

There is a very good list of things to take at Making copies of your tickets and documents is important. The best solution so you can access them from anywhere is to scan and email them to yourself or upload to google docs.

Cusco tends to be quite hot and sunny during the day if you are outside (inside and in the shade it can get quite chilly). The sun is very strong in Peru and even more so at altitude – even on overcast days you can get burnt so bring good suncream and apply it in the morning so that you are well-protected.

It gets very cold at night (the sun sets at about 6pm) and there is no central heating! It is worth bringing clothes that you can layer up in like fleeces, thermals, warm socks and a warm coat.

November - April is rainy season and there are very heavy rains – for this period good waterproofs and walking boots/wellies are a good idea as it is hard to dry out wet clothes overnight due to the cold. May - October is dry season - it rarely rains, but the temperature drops more overnight.

Other considerations for things that are hard to find or disproportionately expensive in Peru are:  Teabags!  Good quality chocolate  Facewipes  Tampons


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3  Some medications (e.g. antihistamine tablets, inhalers for asthma, antihistamine cream) are cheaper and better quality in the UK so worth bringing a supply if you need them.

Check with your nurse that your vaccinations are up to date. The boosters normally recommended are tetanus, hepatitis A and typhoid. Travel clinics and the NHS Scotland Fit for Travel Health website is a very good source of information for what vaccinations you need to travel to Peru – don’t forget to check for other countries if you are planning to travel outside of Peru itself.

This is up to you: its an expensive vaccine and doesn’t prevent against being infected, rather delays the effects to allow you to get to a hospital. It is worth bearing in mind that there are a lot of dogs on the streets here and people do sometimes get bitten. If you go on treks or to the jungle then you would be further away from healthcare.

You may be able to get this can be got for free on the NHS but you may need to take a course so leave sufficient time. Due to the groups we work with here, particularly street children, it is a good idea to be protected from things like Hepatitis B and TB (tuberculosis).

You probably won’t need this while you are in Peru, but you may need it to cross some borders (e.g. Bolivia). You can get it here probably more cheaply than in the UK however.

While you don’t need malaria medication for living in Cusco due to the altitude, if you plan to visit the jungle then you may do. Check the malaria map for the corresponding area to check which type of malaria medication you will need or ask your GP.


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Make sure that you get a good policy and read the small print! There could be certain clauses that without discussing with the insurer could render the policy invalid.

A lot don’t cover treks above a certain altitude which can even be below the level that Cusco is at! Make sure you discuss this with the broker so they know that you will be living and volunteering at 3500m. If you want to do treks while you are here you may need to let them know at the time or plan for it when you take out the policy to ensure you are covered.

Make sure you are honest and open with the broker about this. For example, if you have asthma, you have to discuss this with the broker. They will often offer the choice of paying more to be covered or excluding your pre-existing condition from the policy. This is a choice you will need to make.

Check the excess amounts that you will have to pay if you make a claim as they vary quite a lot. For example, some health covers have an excess of ÂŁ50 which is actually quite hard to reach here in Peru. Although this is useful for a serious case (i.e. an operation or hospital stay) it is not practical for minor illnesses or treatment. It is important to have in case something serious occurs, but bear in mind that for more common ailments your policy is unlikely to kick in.

If you are likely to want to extend your stay then ensure you buy a flexible ticket and that you are aware of the charges that you will incur to change your flight should you want/need to. You can usually get flexible flights that are valid for up to a year. If you are travelling through the USA, you need to register for an ESTA (replacing the Visa Waiver system). This needs to be done at least 72 hours before travel online and there is a charge. This is the website ( but we advise you to check with your travel agent as apparently there are fraudulent websites in operation for the ESTA.


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“Something to bear in mind and be aware of when booking your flight is to make sure you are aware of the airline’s policy about the length of stay. I had a problem when I flew back to Peru from the UK last year with Iberia: when I went to check in, the counter assistant told me that I couldn’t board due to the fact that my flight back meant that I would stay beyond the tourist visa allowance. This made for a very stressful experience so I want you all to be aware of this! It seems that airlines are now fined if they bring people who then stay illegally in the country. The options that the flight attendant suggested to me were to buy a new flight back to the UK within the allotted time (very unrealistic!), or show a travel itinerary to prove that I was going to be travelling out of Peru. If this issue does arise, I think that the cheapest and easiest way to get around this is it is a problem would be to buy a bus ticket from Lima to Guayaquil online – this can be done through and a ticket costs about $80.” Fran, previous IPM

We advise that you enter Peru on a Tourist Visa – if asked about what you are going to be doing then it is best to say that you are going to be studying Spanish or travelling around. A volunteer visa does exist but it seems to be an urban myth as we’ve never met anyone using one nor can find any reliable info on it and it just seems to be a bit of an immigration money-spinner. As LAFF is not currently registered in Peru it wouldn’t be applicable to us anyway. Tourist visas are issued on arrival and can be issued for a maximum of 183 days, however 90 days is given out more often and more readily – speaking Spanish is a big help in getting the 183 day one though! It really depends on the border official. If you get a shorter visa than your stay then you will simply need to make a trip to cross the border to renew it – although this can be an additional cost, it is a nice opportunity to see some new places. Otherwise you can pay $1 a day (and quite probably some sort of bribe) for each day stayed over your visa when you leave – this doesn’t seem to be a problem in itself but might cause problems further down the line if you ever wanted to stay in Peru longer-term. - For European Union citizens, this is how the tourist visa works – if you are not travelling on a EU passport please do check to make sure that this applies to you as well!


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The easiest way to deal with money in Peru is by getting cash out from ATMs in either soles (national currency) or American dollars (not official currency but widely used especially for tourism activities – be careful as only pristine notes will be accepted and changed). Different banks have different charges for withdrawing so it is good to check this with your home bank and ensure that you are not going to be paying extortionate rates. From the UK, Nationwide and HSBC seem to be quite reasonable. Also, STA have a prepaid cash card ‘Money Passport’ which offers free withdrawals. With regard to good banks to withdraw from in Peru, Banco de Crédito and BIF are usually reliable – it is best to go into the banks themselves to use cash machines rather than using street ATMs for security purposes. If you need to get out larger sums than your daily ATM allowance then you can withdraw using a credit card over the counter with your passport. Banco de Crédito allows free withdrawals using Visa credit cards and you can withdraw using MasterCard at Interbank but they add a 5% charge on top of any charges in your home country.

£800-1000 £300 – depends on length of stay and complexity of cover £150 – depends on vaccines and providers.

£150-£200 (this is to get a comfortable place in a safe area – there are cheaper and more expensive options depending on what you want) £120 (this depends on where and what you eat, but this is a modest amount for eating at local restaurants that do a ‘menú’ (economic set menu) or cooking at home) This depends where you live and which projects you are based at and will vary from about £5 to £20 a month. Note that, the above only covers the basic living costs, don’t forget that you will need money for leisure activities and any travel or touristic activities you might want to do.

- Monthly gym membership: 65 soles (£15) - Meal out with wine: 40-80 soles (£10 - £20) - Cocktail: 15 soles (£3.50 - sometimes 2 for 1 at happy hour) - Taxis within Cusco centre: 4 soles (70p) - Lunch menu: 5-15 soles (£1 - £2.35) - Combi (bus) fare within Cusco: 0.60 soles (15p) - Boleto turistico (access to most touristic sites in Cusco/ Sacred Valley): 130/70 soles (£30/£16 – the cheaper price is for students) - Trip to Machu Picchu: $100 - $560 (this depends on the route/trek you take)


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There are regular flights between Lima and Cusco and the flight time is around an hour and a half. Note that LAN and Taca have different rates for residents and tourists so be careful when booking as it is not that obvious from their online booking system. Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines do not make this differentiation. You can buy tickets for all of these companies through their websites. If you want a travel agent to book for you then we recommend Amparo Trujillo at Colon Travel (Calle Colon 255 Miraflores -Lima Perú- Sudamerica Tlf: 51-1-4458377 / 51-1-4474753 /51981008860 / 51-992719869). Good deals can be got with all companies, but extortionate rates also exist depending on when you book. Booking a return flight is generally cheaper than two one way tickets.

The bus journey from Lima to Cusco is about 22 hours. There are very comfy buses – rather like business class standard on an aeroplane! Food and films are provided. We recommend Cruz del Sur ( – they are the most responsible and comfortable company. Tickets can be bought online or by phone (they deliver them to you) or by going to the office on Javier Prado) – Luis at Lex Luthor House is able to help you with this. Note that the cheaper companies tend to take risks (e.g. not changing drivers regularly, poorly maintained vehicles etc) and crashes are commonly heard of.

We recommend that if you are leaving the airport in Lima you book a taxi with Victor (986 940 747) – this is a taxi that is linked to the hostel we recommend (below) and can be arranged with the owner, Luis. The taxi will wait for you with a sign with your name on. They charge around 45 soles for a transfer from the airport to Miraflores. Another option is calling Taxi Satelital (3555555). They are a safe option with a standard fare of 50 soles. Should this plan fall through for any reason it is worth calling the hostel as they usually go to pick people up based on the arrivals data from the airport so arriving late should not be a big issue. However, if they are unavailable then the Taxi Green company inside the airport are fairly reliable – you pay in the airport and then go with a registered driver. They charge around $20+ to Miraflores. Without trying to scare you, we think it is important that you are aware of the risks so that you can try and prevent against them. There are many scams at airports and Lima is no exception. There are rare stories about taxi-related scams (leaving people in the middle of nowhere, charging exorbitant rates, kidnappings) so it is very important not to take things likely. There have also been cases of people overhearing conversations and holding up fake signs which can


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8 lead to some of the cases above – try not to have loud phone conversations detailing your plans during your journey and if in doubt, don’t be afraid to call the hostel to confirm that this is your real taxi driver. Try not to get money out of ATMs at the airport as this can lead to you being ‘marked’ – there have been a lot of cases of people being followed even once in a safe taxi leaving the airport and having the window smashed to grab cash or valuables when stopped at traffic lights. Once you get into the taxi, put your belongings in the boot or on the floor out of sight; it is a good idea to have your passport, bank cards etc in a money belt under your clothes. It is always a good idea to lock all the doors as there are also cases of gangs getting into the taxi which is made easier by the doors being unlocked.

We recommend that you stay at The Lex Luthor House in Miraflores. While there are other good hostels this is one we have been using for years and the owners are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about things to do in Lima. To reserve you can contact by email, facebook or phone (+51 1 2427059). The address is 550 Jirón Porta, Miraflores, Lima. We have arranged a 10% discount for LAFF volunteers so let Luis know that you are with LAFF. Regarding areas to stay in Lima we would only really recommend Miraflores or Barranco – these are the safest areas. If you go into the centre of Lima to sightsee be careful, especially of pickpockets. Using the new guided bus ‘metropolitano’ is a good and cheap way to get to the centre and back.

If you let the Cusco team know the time and date you will be arriving in, someone from the team, most likely the IPM will meet you upon arrival. If you prefer to get to the city center by yourself it is worth getting a registered taxi from inside the bus station or airport, but be aware that the ‘official’ taxis at Cusco airport charge extortionate rates. There are other taxis you can get inside the airport carpark that charge closer to the market rate. To get to the centre you shouldn’t be paying more than 10 soles in this case. They will also expect you to pay the car park fee of about 5 soles. Be careful, especially if you are arriving very early/late and if it is your first time and you don’t know the area. LAFF’s International Partnerships Manager or one of our volunteer team will try to meet you when you arrive the first time to help with this.

There is a very good ‘combi’ (bus) network in Cusco – also no route maps though so you really have to know where you’re going as they call out the stops as they come into the bus stops.


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’ Casa Mantay – Chaska, San Jeronimo, Leon de San Jeronimo – catch along Av de la Cultura (all drop you at the Vino Canchón market). Azul Wasi – ‘Tipon-Saylla-Oropesa’ bus, starts in Av. Del Ejército and goes past Plaza Tupac Amaru before turning onto Av de la Cultura at the hospital. Going back goes straight down Av de la Cultura. Qosqo Maki – El Zorro goes near to Qosqo Maki. Sacred Valley Project – catch a combi or colectivo (shared taxi) from Pavitos (here there are direct options to Ollantaytambo) otherwise you can go to Urubamba and get a combi or colectivo from the terminal there. Huascar also has a terminal but only to Urubamba. Taxis are cheap in Cusco at 3 soles within the centre (4 soles after about 10pm) – always negotiate before you get in. As there are so many tourists, taxi drivers will often try to overcharge. If going outside of the centre then it is reasonable to pay more depending on where you’re going to.

It is important to keep safe and rent somewhere that you are comfortable with. Good areas include San Blas, Zaguan del Cielo, Santa Monica and Magisterio. Bear in mind that the further out of the centre that you live, the more you will have to pay in local transport depending on where you are placed. Some recommendations are available on this live document which will be updated as more options are found: N3fcZ4yO9V0TYAirv3gMVsIJbs/edit

You can get lunch (and sometimes dinner) ‘menús’ from around 3 soles. However in order to stay healthy it is worth knowing which places prepare their food well! Here are a few good options: - Kukuly, Waynapata, 7 soles menu for lunch and dinner. At lunch includes soup, main course (inc. Veggie option), dessert and drink. At dinner includes soup, main course and herbal tea. - Some good options for the 4 sol mark can be found on the crossroads between Recoleta and Retiro. - Sueño Azul, Tecsecocha (end of Procuradores), great menu with lots of choice for 10/12 soles – very filling and delicious limonada (homemade lemonade with mint) - Quinoa (Choquechaca) for 15 soles you get entrée, soup, main, dessert and a drink. Very good quality food and the owners are very nice too.


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It's worth bearing in mind that trips to Peru are nearly always trouble free, but as with anywhere there are certain safety risks to be aware of. Some good advice is to plan where you are going, avoid getting maps out in public or looking like a tourist and generally being vigilant. - As with the advice for Lima, be careful in taxis in Cusco and Arequipa as well as similar scams have occurred. If you suspect something is not quite right don’t be afraid to get out or not take that taxi. Watch out for:  Lack of door handles  Taxis taking a route you weren’t expecting  Feeling drowsy – sleeping drugs can be put in seats which puffs into the air when you get in or put in air conditioning system. - When out at night be careful as slipping pills into drinks in clubs seems to have become popular. - Watch out for ‘bricheros/as’ – locals who try to take advantage of foreigners for money or visas out of the country (obviously not everyone is suspect, but worth exercising judgement – there have been people who have been robbed/drugged by these people). - There is a lot of very poor quality alcohol in Cusco – alcohol can affect you more at altitude so be careful when you first arrive. It can be worth drinking in better class establishments that use good quality alcohol (e.g. The Real McCoy has a good happy hour) or sticking to beer in clubs. - Don’t take unnecessary risks particularly at night. Try not to find yourself alone in dark streets. For example, there have been some instances at Qosqo Maki recently where volunteers have been mugged nearby – it is worth calling a taxi and going in a group if possible if late at night. A safe taxi number is: 084 245000 - Don’t carry more cash than you need on you and leave cards and documents at home or somewhere safe. When getting money out it is a good idea to do it in the bank itself (at the ATMs) rather than on the street and be sensible about the time of day. Don’t get straight into a taxi after withdrawing large sums of money.

Alas Cusco doesn’t have a cinema but it does have an amazing source of nature around. At weekends it is a good opportunity to visit the Sacred Valley and other surrounding areas. - South American Explorers often arrange guided walks in the area. South American Explorers (SAE) (Atoqsayk’uchi) is a club for people passing through Cusco and often puts of activities. They also have accommodation for members and


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11 a clubhouse which is a good space for working and researching for trips. We have negotiated a reduced membership of $35 for LAFF volunteers. - Quechua and salsa dancing classes are widely available. - Cusco has a vibrant nightlife and lots of good restaurants to explore. Some favourite, affordable options are Justinas (Palacio), La Bodega 138 (Herrajes 138) – two pizzerias with good pizza and cheap wine. Another newly opened option is Bar Celona (Choquechaca) – a Spanish tapas restaurant with affordable options.

- Most people in Peru have PAYG phones and if you are not making many calls then this is a good option. It is disproportionately expensive to make calls so most people communicate through Facebook chat, other online tools or texts. - With Claro if you top up by 15 soles a month then you can link to 6 other Claro numbers which you then have 250 mins a month for calls. - There are many internet cafes which normally charge 1 sol an hour. A lot have Skype equipment but best to check if that’s what you want it for. A lot of cafés and hostels now have wifi available too if you have your own computer. -LAFF will provide you with a phone and a phone number which you will have to top up accordingly.

Peruvian Spanish is probably one of the less complicated Latin American versions of Spanish. The main differences features are: - Instead of ‘vosotros’, ‘ustedes’ is always used to address groups. - ‘Usted’ is only used in very formal situations or as a sign of respect, but ‘tú’ is more widely used. - There are differences in vocabulary, especially in names of foods, which you will be able to pick up when you are here. - There is different slang which is used more in Lima and Arequipa than in Cusco – see the list linked below of some things you might hear. In Cusco, some Quechua words are quite mainstream in the Spanish as well. To get used to some of the language and issues in Peru you could start reading El Comercio, one of Peru’s most respected national newspapers which is available online. A good list of common slang can be found here. Some of it you won’t hear in Cusco as they use slang a lot more in Lima and Arequipa, but the majority is pretty common everywhere in Peru. If you want to learn Quechua while you are in Peru then there are quite a few options available at the local universities, language schools and if a group wants to learn then private classes can be a good idea.


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LAFF is a small, but vibrant and growing, charity that depends on the fundraising of supporters to keep it going, to change the lives of marginalised young people in Peru. Although your placement does not depend on you fundraising and we would love for you to join our team anyway, we would like to encourage you to support LAFF's work and your placement by fundraising – this can be before, during or after your placement. We encourage each volunteer to try to raise as much as they can to help LAFF support the cost of their placements in Peru, if possible. There are many creative ways to fundraise:  Run a marathon (or a 5km race!)  Sell cakes, clothes or something you can make  Do a skydive  Get donations from corporate sponsors  Organise a raffle (lots of companies will donate prizes)  Write an article in your local paper  Run a special fundraising event, like a comedy or music night LAFF will be here to support you as you fundraise, to help with ideas and providing useful contacts. Take a look at our website for more information on fundraising for LAFF Online donations: The first thing to do is to set up a fundraising page. You can use Justgiving or Virgin Money. Donating by text message: LAFF can also receive text donations, which is a really easy way to get people to donate. Text “LAFF01 £(amount)” to 70070. For example, to donate £10, text “LAFF01 £10” to 70070. Thanks to this great service by Justgiving, LAFF gets 100% of your donation and you are only charged the price of a normal SMS.


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This section will tell you more about what you can expect to be doing when you are in Peru with LAFF. It will also give some more detail about our partners – the organisations you will be working directly with! We have also outlined here the qualities that we see in our volunteers – these are the reasons we have selected you to represent and continue LAFF's work. We have also outlined what support you can expect from LAFF and also what our expectations are of you as a volunteer.

LAFF’s volunteer programme has been designed so that you will get exposure to working with local partners as well as the inner workings of a small, rapidly-growing international organisation. You will be part of a small team of dedicated volunteers, splitting your time between direct assistance of one (or more) of LAFF’s partners and working on tasks that will continue to improve our programmes. You will need to be flexible – it may be that it is more suitable for you to go around different projects or to be based just at one depending on your skills.

In order to keep overheads as low as possible, LAFF doesn’t have an office. The International Partnerships Manager works from home and holds meetings either at partner projects, in cafés or at SAE (South American Explorers Club). While volunteering with LAFF it is your choice as to where you work when you are not visiting partner organisations - you may prefer to work from home or another location.

We want you to take your placement as seriously as you would a paid job and for this reason we want to give you a holiday allowance so that you can see some of the country or take time off if needed. In order to keep this fair between the volunteers we allow 2 days of holiday for each month worked. You will need to request this in advance and have this approved by LAFF’s International Partnerships Manager. This will allow you to take long weekends to visit the country, see festivals that are occurring or to renew your visa, but any long trips will need to be planned for either before or after your placement.


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We selected you as a LAFF volunteer because we believed that you would add something to our programmes and that you have the potential to make a difference to our partner organisations in Peru. We also felt that you demonstrated in the application and interview process the following aspects that we deem to be central to successful volunteering with LAFF:

You are confident at using your own initiative and demonstrate a willingness and aptitude to be independent, dynamic and positive through volunteering with LAFF.

You showed a desire for others to learn and the humility to share, learn and develop personally.

You gave good evidence of having the social skills to work with others and to enable others to solve problems as well as persuading others to implement plans. You are comfortable working in a team and with other people.

You show the self-confidence to be comfortable and positive in new and challenging situations. You are also able to express your own needs clearly and articulately.

You are motivated to make a difference to young people's lives. We have seen this through either your current or previous work or volunteering experience or how you articulated your motivations in the interview.


You demonstrate a positive approach to working as a volunteer and understand LAFF's expectations of you and have realistic expectations of LAFF.

You showed a good, positive and empathetic understanding of working with young people and in particular street children. You show an understanding, respect and inquisitive nature towards new and different cultures.

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Volunteering with LAFF requires commitment from you and a fair amount of financial investment. So, whilst we have high expectations of our volunteers, it's only fair that we are clear to you what you can expect from us:

- Provide documentation to help you prepare, outlining what to take, safety precautions and details of how to settle in to life in Peru. - Be available on email and Skype to answer any questions so that you can make arrangements for your arrival. - Deliver a tailored in-country preparation day on arrival to help you get ready for living and working in a different country and with our partner organisations.

Support you to find suitable accommodation. - LAFF will monitor changing risks towards the programme, your placement and to volunteers being in Peru. However, it should be noted that


LAFF has limited control over external factors affecting your time in Peru. - Provide you with pastoral support in-country through LAFF's dedicated Peru based staff member. - Support you directly to develop and implement work directly relating to LAFF.

- Provide you with a reference for future employment. - Continue to involve you with the ongoing development of LAFF, including providing you with resources and advice for future fundraising. - Provide you with professional development opportunities in the form of helping us to prepare future volunteers with LAFF through interviews, mentoring and the opportunity to continue to support LAFF remotely.

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LAFF aims to be a professional organisation and has a very strong reputation in Peru. We are also a growing organisation within the Street Children and International Development sectors and, as such, do all we can to maintain a positive and dynamic image and reputation. All our staff work and live with this in mind and it is an expectation of LAFF's volunteers to do the same. Here is what we hope for from our volunteers:

- Read & understand the information that LAFF gives you, including completing the required forms that LAFF asks you to complete. - Make an informed decision, on the basis of the information provided by LAFF and gathered by your own efforts, regarding the risks of volunteering in Peru. In spite of these potential risks, and after consideration of the conditions under which you will be living and working, you will have decided to participate as a volunteer and do so at your own risk. - Make every effort to raise funds prior to your placement and deliver it to LAFF. This money is nonrefundable if you are dismissed or leave your volunteer post with LAFF of your own initiative. - Complete a police check. - Arrange insurance cover. - Be able to act self-sufficiently and independently in terms of preparing for your placement.


Treat everyone equally and with respect, regardless of any difference. Agree time away from your placement with both your partner organisation and with LAFF's incountry representative. Abide by and respect all the laws of Peru. Local laws will apply and failure to adhere to these could have serious consequences, for which LAFF hold no responsibility. Follow routine administration procedures applicable in-country. Recognise that you are primarily responsible for your day-to-day well-being and security. Not participate in any activity or work for personal monetary gain.


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LAFF have been working with Azul Wasi since 2007 after members of the LAFF team helped to set it up. Azul Wasi is a home for boys and currently is home to 12 boys and 3 girls (the girls are the cook’s children, she is also mother to 2 of the boys there). Thanks to LAFF and our generous donors, they all attend the local school and LAFF is supporting some of the older kids to attend a Gastronomy course as a part of our Vocational Training programme. We also support with the wage of the home’s guardian, and in the past have undertaken various projects at Azul Wasi including installing a water tower and pump, bread oven, greenhouse, guinea pig farm, a new library and initiated baking workshops. We still fund monthly food costs and salaries, thanks to ongoing fundraising from St Andrew’s Church in Cambridge and some other individual donors. We have worked very closely with Alcides, the director, to help get a more transparent accounting process in place and with other initiatives to help AW become more sustainable.

LAFF have been working with Casa Mantay since 2010. Casa Mantay provides a home to 14 young mothers and their children. On a daily basis they support about 40 children and mothers as they provide childcare for single mothers and after-school support to their children as well. LAFF has supported with office hardware, essential equipment to make products, school supplies and uniforms. We have also helped them to expand their market for products they make by providing equipment enabling them to attend the Peru Gift Fair in 2011 as well as assisting them to export to the UK and receive more profit for their products. We have provided capacity building support in areas such as writing proposals, log frames, budgets and business plans. Several of the Casa Mantay young mums attend long-term vocational training courses thanks to funding from LAFF.


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LAFF have been working with SVP since 2010. SVP, based in Ollantaytambo, provides a centre which 10 girls from rural villages live in from Sunday to Friday in order to attend secondary school, something not available where they live. As the schooling in the rural areas is so poor, they enter with a lower level of literacy and numeracy than their peers so an important element of the project is providing tutoring and after-school support as well as enabling them to attend school. LAFF have most recently secured a large grant to enable SVP to build a new dormitory for the girls so that they can continue to attend secondary school. LAFF have also helped SVP through funding school supplies and equipping their study centre, assisting with start of school costs, providing electronic maths software to improve numeracy as well as funding monthly internet costs. We have assisted with fundraising and networking as well as capacity building.

Qosqo Maki is a centre for street children in Cusco that provides educational and emotional support as well as dormitory space for children that have nowhere else to go. They also operate a microloan system. We are still identifying ways to support Qosqo Maki at the moment and they have very good ideas of how to work with long-term volunteers.

Ruwasunchis works mainly with capacity building, entrepreneurial development and sustainability. They are based in Manchay on the outskirts of Lima, where the poorest citizens live. They have just started a knitting project called ‘tejedoras de Manchay’ which aims to reduce the gender gap by providing a business option for the women that live in this AAHH (asentamiento humano).

GSW is our newest partner. Based in Cusco this charity empowers girls through sports. They work with 4 different schools around the Cusco area teaching basic life skills such as fair play, respect and working as a team to primary school girls. Sports being their main activity they also provide English classes to these girls and provide support in school homework.


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- Lonely planet (also available to download e-books, useful if travelling to various countries), Rough Guide etc - The Essential Guide to Travel Health

- The A to Z of World Development Accessible reference book on global development, human rights and the environment.

- Poverty & The Planet (Ben Jackson) Good general introduction, especially on environmental issues.

- The No Nonsense Guide to… New Internationalist Publications (2004) A series of introductory books from New Internationalist magazine. They are very accessible, and cover topics such as: Globalisation, Fair Trade, Climate Change, International Migration, Democracy, International Development, and World Poverty

- The Rough Guide to a Better World (Rough Guide and DfID) An excellent (free) introduction to key issues of international development - Third World Lives of Struggle (Johnston & Bernstein (Eds.)) The life experiences of ordinary people in the South

- Developments Magazine Department for International Development - The Economist

- - good development-themed blog from Oxfam’s Head of Research - - produces a weekly Peru This Week newsletter

- New Internationalist - SAE produce weekly ‘what’s on’ newsletter - - interesting blog covering people’s experiences in different countries in Latin America - – basic guide to Cusco – quite out of date so don’t trust prices etc


- 'Guardian Weekly' and 'The Week' send weekly papers/magazines of compiled worldwide news stories from around the globe. This will be delivered to your address in Peru if you subscribe.

LAFF Pre-Departure Pack



LAFF Pre-Departure Pack

LAFF Volunteer Pre-Departure Pack August 2013  

A pre-departure briefing pack for LAFF volunteers. Updated August 2013.