Ana Teresa, president
They live in Trujillo.
Project co-directors, Dennis and Jos
Teachers, Social Workers & Volunteers
: 07.00 One of the volunteers goes out to get bread at the bakery.
07.15 He/she's back and helped by at least 2 others to make the sandwiches
for the kids 07.30 Breakfast, if you want something else/more than bread
you'll have to buy it yourself.
07.45 We head out for the schools, don't take money/valuables cause they
may give people a reason to rob you.
13.30 Back from the schools, Lunch with all volunteers. Some time during
the afternoon - twice per week, we offer Spanish lessons to volunteers
who wish to learn or improve their Spanish.
18.00 First English class
19.00 Second English class
20.00 Third English class
21.00 Evening meal with all volunteers.
General advice and rules
Boarding - Up to 4 volunteers will be sharing a bedroom and everyone is
responsible for cleaning their own area. Each volunteer is expected to
wash his/her sheets. You will be given a key to the house. When you're
the last one leaving. make sure the alarm is on (ask for demonstration)
and lock both the outside door and the gate. Please respect people's sleep
after 10 p.m. Kitchen All meals are provided from Monday through Friday.
Meal times are: 07.30 Breakfast 13.30 Lunch 21.00 Dinner (available from
17.00 onwards) During the week-ends volunteers can cook their meals at
the center or eat out. Please make sure the kitchen is kept clean and
the table clear. Bathroom Please do not use the shower until given a demonstration
(you'll need to switch the hot water on and off). Each volunteer needs
to supply his/her own toilet paper, soap and towel. Please do not put
toilet paper inside the toilet bowl. Laundry: Clothes can be washed by
hand outside the kitchen. Volunteers need to buy their own soap or detergent.
There's also a 'lavanderia' a few blocks away. Bring your clothes before
3 and they'll be done by 5 if you ask for it. General information For
most projects, you will be able to take a break from after lunch till
the evening classes. A notice board will inform you of any news you need
to know. PLEASE CHECK IT REGULARLY. A weekly meeting for the volunteers
will allow you to voice any of your concerns. If any problem occurs or
you have any worries, please let the coordinator know. Internet is available
close to Bruce Peru and a television is in the lounge. If you have a telephone
card, you can use the center's telephone. Cards are available in most
shops nearby. Purified water is available in the kitchen for you to use.
If you are planning to stay away for a night during the week-end, please
inform the coordinator. Any drunk behavior within the center will not
be tolerated. No visitor or volunteers' friend will be allowed to stay
in the center. As diarrhea is a frequent occurrence among volunteers here
is some advice: - make sure you eat clean fruit and vegetables. Wash it
with purified water. - avoid ceviches sold in public places, - avoid fish
from markets, - avoid cheap food stalls, especially those in the open,
- avoid tap water and ice unless previously boiled. We can make suggestions
for treatment. When you leave us. Be sure to inform the coordinator of
your departure ates at least one week before leaving. He/she can help
you make travel plans or arrangements in Lima. Mission statement: We are
here to give street children the gift of education. Our mission is to
get school age children who are not attending school into the national
or [private schools. To accomplish this we locate and recruit out-of-school
children. To assure that the children we locate are destitute and unable
to attend school without our assistance, we have Peruvian social workers
qualify each child. We look for the poorest children in the poorest neighborhoods.
When we are satisfied a neighborhood has enough out-of-school children,
who want to get educated: we open a teaching center or shanty school in
their barrio community. We do this with the cooperation and support of
local officials, community members and parents. We teach only what our
children need in order to get into a national school. Most of our children
have had very or no education, and are two, three or four years behind
children who have been attending school. No school would accept them at
the grade level appropriate to their age, and iare unwilling to accept
them into a grade much lower than their age level. Our job is to bring
each child up to the level of education and learning skills adequate to
pass an entrance examination for the class appropriate to their age (we
normally succeed in achieving this within 6 to 9 moinths of attendance
in our little school\s) The national schools have a two part system which
means students with proper school behavior who show academic promise will
get the education we want for them. Those without group discipline and
educational promise will be placed in classrooms where they will have
little chance of getting a real education. Although most of us fall in
love with the children we are helping (become very attached to them),
we need to keep in mind that our mission is to help poor children get
an education. Thus we must be prepared to overcome the emotional stress
involved when we must either see our children leave us for a national
school, or when we are transferred to a school which needs us more. Although
we give our children unconditional love, we must also discipline them
for their own good. Our mission is to give children the gift of education.
Working in our schools. You are about to start to work in one of our little
schools. Before you start, you should understand something about the local
environment and the needs of the children you're going to work with. While
each site varies somewhat, in general the problems are pretty much the
same. No matter where you work, the children come from a slum and extreme
poverty. Most of the problems arise because the children live in such
poverty. In their homes in barrios they live in a complete lack of sanitary
conditions, little food, old clothes, and often unloving and irresponsible
parents. Each day they see adult unemployment, gangs, alcohol abuse, drug
consummation, and theft. Because most of the children live in poverty-stricken
regions, violence exists in their neighborhoods even in their homes. The
children have seen or experienced domestic violence and neglect. Very
few come from homes with loving adults but extreme poverty makes stable
family life difficult. The children are likely to have experienced many
stresses that make them vulnerable to emotional problems, psychological
disorders, and learning difficulties. Most of them have a low self-esteem
and are likely to be undernourished. They face situations middle class
people have never faced and have little understanding of. All this may
lead to the following problems working with the children. - rebellious
behavior - lack of interest in learning - very low attention spans - violent
behaviors towards you and the other children. Their most common needs
are likely to be: affection, tenderness, protection, food, medical care,
recreation, and forgiveness for misbehaving. We hope to try and help them
to recover from the abuses they have suffered through the fulfillment
of their needs. If we are successful, the children will be admitted to
school and will have gained the confidence and skill needed to adjust
to the school environment. We hope to give them the tools to be successful
in their education. While giving them a start to their academic training
is important, for most, the best we can do is to teach them the behaviors
and values they need to stay in school. If behavior problems continue
once they are in school, they will be unable to get an education. Many
are very bright, but if they cannot follow directions, stay in their seats
waiting for instructions from the teacher or other skills needed to do
well in a regular classroom, they will fail in school. And we will have
failed in our mission. In the beginning of new projects we have to be
flexible and accept our children's reality in our classroom. Love and
praise are the best motivators. But, do not expect changes and improvements
right away; they'll learn new values and attitudes gradually and you must
have patience. Much of your success in classroom depends upon whether
you've planned your lesson or not. If you want your lessons or instructions
to be effective, a lesson plan is essential. It is best to have that planned
before class starts and to have a specific set of objects each day. Games
and songs are often an effective way of teaching children. Group games
teach co-operation, one of the skills essential for being successful in
school. Songs can be a fun way of learning to follow directions and learning
to "work" as a group. Hearing stories helps them learn to sit quietly
and may motivate them to want to learn to read. Craft or art projects
also provide learning experiences. Check with the teachers about your
ideas. Keeping notes or records each day is also a way to maintain consistency.
An consistency is comforting to these children. Much of their lives might
be chaotic, but routine in school can give some of them the stability
they need to learn. Good luck. Many challenges await you! Language classes
information English and occasionally French classes are taking place at
the Center in the evening for adults and sometimes for children (in summer).
Check timetables at the office. Teacher and student workbooks are available
for most levels which are: - Intro A - Intro B - Basico A - Basico B -
Intermediate - Conversation and Advanced When new students come to register
they take an entrance exam which allows the coordinator to work out the
level where they belong. Each session lasts one month, followed by an
exam which each volunteer has to prepare and mark. Old exams and other
materials are available to make this task easy. The volunteer must grade
the exam with a 65% viewed as passing. teachers may mark the exams as
they see fit. The test results must be given to the secretary by the day
following the exam. they are then handed out to the students by the secretary,
usually the next day. Inform the students of the exam date at the beginning
of the course. Often students remain in the same level for the next session
in order to improve their skills. There are standard Bruce Peru text books
for each level and a volunteer can find the appropriate place in each
class book for the current day in the class they are teaching. The material
to be covered is printed in the front of each level. Each volunteer needs
to be thorough in class preparation and to keep records of what is taught.
Language books are sold to the students at roughly our cost of printing
them. Volunteers need to clean the whiteboard at the end of each class.
Classes end at 5 minutes before the hour. Please be courteous to the next
class and end class on time. Meetings will be scheduled to discuss problems,
concerns, and successes. When a volunteer takes over for someone else
in the middle of a course, it is important not to repeat the material.
For this reason volunteers MUST keep a record of what they have done.
It is a good idea to keep notes after each class. At times two volunteers
teach the same class and it is a good idea whenever possible to team teach
for a few classes if one volunteer is leaving and another taking over.
At the beginning of each session, volunteers need to get the students
to write their name on a sheet for the secretary to check out payments.
They also need to write down the names of any new students who turn up
the following weeks. Check list and names with the secretary. We have
had students come for several meetings who have not paid! Any inquiries
regarding registration need to be referred to the secretary. However for
your information, the classes at present cost: 90 soles for the first
session and 85 soles for the following ones. Books are sold for 15 soles.
Spanish classes are also organized for volunteers who are interested.
Be sure to ask.