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Students who plan an extended stay in Arequipa with the intention of doing volunteer work for a non-profit/benevolent organization of the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) type or any other institution/organisation can count on EDEAQ’s assistance, at no financial cost. We will help you with placement, accommodations, and all other aspects of daily living in Arequipa. But please be advised that the EDEAQ is not a placement agency, and that EDEAQ’s offer (advise, support) is contingent upon enrolment in a language course at our school.

The EDEAQ is familiar with a number of pertinent organizations that are active in and around Arequipa. Please note that we will not submit to you beforehand a list of organisations which might be interested in having you as a volunteer. The procedure is the following: during the first week of your Spanish classes, once we know you a bit better, together we will identify the organisations best suited to your interests and skills. You will then contact them and arrange field visits/interviews, which will enable you to get a more concrete picture of your possible host organization and eventually make a deal with one of them.

You can also make preliminary enquiries via Internet. Just “google” “Arequipa volunteer work” and “Arequipa volunteering”- and you will see numerous relevant direct and “indirect” links. But be aware that the local organizations as well as placement agencies in Germany, the US, in the UK, in Peru, etc.,quite often charge rather exorbitant so-called “placement fees”. Or – this relates mainly to placement agencies – they want to sell (very often quite “overpriced”) “packages” adding a language course and/or accommodation.

In any case, it is important that you do not book/pay for anything in advance, but handle and organise everything once you are in Arequipa (with assistance/advice provided by the EDEAQ). By doing so you can save a lot of money.

The basic prerequisite for doing volunteer work is fair language skills. Please be realistic and consider volunteer work only after having reached a reasonable proficiency in Spanish. Be aware that “volunteer work” in Arequipa usually means work of comparatively low professional requirements in an orphanage, day care centre, or hospital.

Please be aware that host organizations, under normal circumstances, are only interested in volunteers staying at least four weeks. Volunteer hours are normally in the afternoon (14:00 h to 18:00 h/19:00 h).

Please have your CV (if possible in MS-Word format) at hand on your smartphone or laptop upon arrival in in Arequipa. We (i.e. you and one of your teachers) can (if you so wish) translate your CV into Spanish as part of your Spanish classes, following the template (which the School will provide) of International Organizations such as UN, OSCE, EU, ICRC, World Bank, etc. You will then have a professionally designed CV, which can be translated into English and updated on an ongoing basis.


EDEAQ – Escuela de Español Ari Quipay
Calle La Merced 123 (entrance Hostal Los Andes)
Arequipa – Peru

e-mail: contact@edeaq.com

Phone (Monday to Friday: 08:00 h to 13:00 h and 17:30 h to 20:00 h)
Phone (Saturday / Sunday: 09:00 h to 13:00 h and 17:30 h to 20:00 h)
+51 54 27 25 17 or +51 95 561 56 79 or +51 95 934 26 60 or +51 95 235 05 70


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