Who are we?
SKIP works with communities living in poverty in the city of Trujillo, Peru. SKIP's primary aim is to enable children living in this area to realise their right to an education.
What Does a Volunteer Leader Do?
The Volunteer Coordination team takes care of what is arguably SKIP's most precious resource, our volunteers. Organising an ever changing team of volunteers is a huge challenge, Volunteer Leaders will:
Settle volunteers into the programme
Check on volunteer well being
Motivate the team
Maintain the volunteer house
Help with volunteer recruitment
Volunteer in the SKIP programmes 50% of the time
Volunteer Leaders spend 50% of their time in the Volunteer Coordination Team and 50% in the SKIP programmes working directly within the community. There are options to combine roles so it is possible to be engaged in both teaching children and also spend time in the Economic Development team. Click here to read more about our programmes
This role is perfect for someone with previous experience of volunteering who is looking to learn more about international development. We are looking for energetic, self-motivated, self-learners who are ready to take on a challenge and work hard.
Read what other volunteers have had to say about their experience as a Volunteer Leader in our Volunteer Blogs below.
“....It is an experience on which no price can be put, an experience in which you will meet incredible people from all walks of life, an experience which will force you to question your own beliefs, to reassess your own priorities, to challenge your own boundaries and limitations, to inspire you to try new things and take on new paths of life, to teach and most importantly, to be taught.” ~ Krishan Shah
The benefits of collaborating with us
In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:
Accommodation in the volunteer house
A reference upon satisfactory completion of volunteer placement
A thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
Structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members - you can read bios for all the permanent team here
Mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
The chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
An opportunity to gain experience in a grass roots organisation working directly in the community
Work in a project with a known positive impact: Between 2010 and 2014, 14 % of SKIP families who were living in poverty improved their financial circumstances and crossed the poverty line.
Responsibility will develop and increase over the course of the placement, as follows:
Month 1Focus on training and induction for the Volunteer Leader.
We recommend new arrivals take language lessons if their skills are limited in English or Spanish. Training will be provided in:
Approaches to international development
General introductions to the departments in SKIP.
In this first month volunteers will also focus on volunteering at the project site so they can familiarise themselves with the way SKIP works with families in order to be able to later explain that during the induction process for other volunteers. They will also be introduced to processes at the volunteer house and begin to take responsibility for some aspects of housing management (organising repairs, getting rooms ready for new volunteers, participating in house meetings, cleaning rotas etc).
Month 2-3Continuing induction and addition of volunteer recruitment to responsibilities
As volunteers now become confident in how SKIP works both in terms of the support we provide for volunteers and in programme for the community we serve, they will take on more responsibility for volunteer recruitment. There are a number of key tasks;
Answering questions from prospective volunteers
General administration tasks such as reference requests and confirmation letters once volunteers have been selected.
Planning team building sessions
Supporting newly arrived volunteers via the “Buddy” system
Months 3-4 onwardsIncorporation of main volunteer tasks, as detailed below
Making and receiving Payments
Facilitating volunteer feedback
In this phase volunteers are able to work more independently as they are able to answer questions about the organisation and provide training about our working practices. Volunteer Leaders will be involved in the induction process for newly arrived volunteers. Other administrative tasks are added such as making and receiving payments.
In particular, in this phase Volunteer Leaders will begin to help facilitate volunteer feedback, this could include helping to create content, blogs, video interviews, case studies and testimonials along with assessing feedback and using this to improve our processes for supporting volunteers.
Minimum intermediate level of Spanish AND English (there is one space in the team for someone with fluency in either Spanish OR English - email us for more for more details and to enquire about current vacancies)
Degree in Education, International Development, Social Sciences, Communications, Management or related field, or 5 years experience working in a related field.
Minimum commitment of 9 months
Previous experience working in international volunteer organisations
Ability to work under pressure
Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
Fluency in Spanish and/or English.
If you are ready to take the next step, you can download an application form: https://skipperu.org/application-process/
Feel free to email any questions to email@example.com
Or check out more information here: https://skipperu.org/volunteer-positions/