VIDEO of a general
Volunteer Experience
Among all the charities which receive international volunteers: Bruce Org is a rated NGO component.

Who qualifies? Anyone who is positive, works well with others, has something to contribute and possesses a natural affection for the people we are trying to help (poor children and abandoned mothers). Sex, race, religion and nationality make no difference. Must be at least 20 years of age. It helps if you know at least a few basic words in Spanish [we also provide free Spanish lessons]. Some volunteers bring their professional skills, dental or medical, Vets, engineers, ecologists, agronomists; but most of us come to teach & help very poor children or to assist their mothers to become financially independent. We seek long term volunteers (months or years). The minimum term is one month unless you have a compelling reason to apply for less. We welcome your
Some of our projects
Volunteers often come to help as teaching assistants in one of our shanty school classrooms; whilst some have teaching experience, most do not. In addition to teachers, Bruce Organisation needs other posts, including Project Directors, fundraisers and people with public relations experience. Our largest project is getting extremely poor or street kids educated. Other projects include community development, poverty eradication, helping abandoned pregnant teens, technical development (such as sustainable rural energy), hands-on animal protection., public and individual health care, gardening, construction and physical labour. Volunteer application form.


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For photos showing typical accommodation click here.

Spanish Lessons
PC & Internet w/wifi
Cable TV & Telephone

We offer our volunteers accommodation while you stay with us. We also help organize daily lunch & dinner at 2 restaurants within the volunteer complex @ about $2 per meal (*the cost of meals and transport to our projects -S/1 each way - are not included in the volunteer fee). There is a kitchen in the volunteer residence and volunteers are invited to use it - and are expected to help keep it clean. All international volunteers must live in the Bruce Organisation centre or in approved accommodation, although some long term volunteers have the option of living in a Bruce apartment outside of the main complex. It is assumed that all volunteers have come to work only with Bruce Organisation and not to take on outside work or assignments. We offer our international volunteers three hours of Spanish lessons per week, PC & Internet w/wifi, Cable TV & Telephone - these are included in the volunteer fee.

Cost of Volunteering
(in Pounds Sterling)

First 3 months - £360 Sterling per month, Thereafter - £290 per month

.[Note: reduced prices apply only when entire payment is made in advance].
There is no cost to register to volunteer with us, (we are a charity, not an agency).. All volunteers pay £360 per month for the first three months, after that the price decreases for those who have paid in advance. We are self sustaining, everyone other than local professionals are volunteers and we do not rely on government support [Note:some Teachers, Psychologists and Social Workers are also volunteers]. Your entire donation should be paid well before your arrival. If you are a couple and would like a double room please indicate this in your application. The few double rooms are on a first come basis.

A typical day in the life of a volunteer

For photos of volunteers in action click here

In the morning volunteers prepare a nutritious snack for the children. Then travel together to our shanty schools, where they either teach or assist one of our professional teachers. In some cities children come into the centres for lessons, in other cities the schools are located both in the city centre, but more often farther away in the barrios (the poorest parts of town). The morning is spent teaching literacy and maths to the children; plus subjects a volunteer excells at: art, drama, a weekly sports day. Some volunteers help generally with all the children in the class, others will have a specific group or child of their own to teach, depending upon the needs of the class; skills of the volunteer. Local teachers decide what the volunteer needs to do within the classroom but often volunteers are left to teach the children for whom they are responsible as they see fit. At the end of the morning the children have a snack. Volunteers return to the city centre for their lunch break..

During the afternoon, depending on the volunteer's skills and preferences volunteers will do one or more of the following
...· More teaching of the children
...· Assist in a woman's cooperative (usually mothers of our children)
...· Participating in a Bruce Club for children already in state school
...· Spanish lessons ·
.. · Promotions· Free time

Volunteer days will vary slightly according to the centre in which you are volunteering. To read a description of a typical day at each of the centres, go to the ´Centres in Peru´ box at the top of the page and click on the relevant centre from the drop-down menu.

Upon notice to the volunteer coordinator in the centre where you serve (usually another volunteer), you may take time off to travel and sightsee. In Trujillo our volunteers and staff often have their own footbaall (socker) and surffing teams, in Huaraz: mountaineering.

Disclaimer: The only official volunteer terms of Bruce Peru, Bruce Organisation are those appearing on this page at this URL and in emails w/ links sent in official emails.

Present and past volunteers at
Bruce Organisation

we normally have between 5 and 45 International Volunteers and 2 to 55 local volunteers serving at any given time
(in spite of the large number of volunteers who have served in our programs, we remain a small organization).
In fact we are mostly volunteers; doctors, dentists, three economists, lots of social workers, even more university students (medicine,IT systems, education, psychology, communication, architecture), cooks, lots and lots of teachers, child minders, psychologists, attorneys, engineers, a biologist, nurses, musicians, artists and laborers. The longest time anyone has volunteered so far is two years. The list below includes former and current volunteers.
Austria 4 Japan 35
Australia 101 Korea  3
Belgium 21 Lebanon 1
Brazil 9 Lithuania 1
Canada 147 Netherlands 46
Check 1 New Zealand 22
Chile 1 Norway 5
Cornwall 2 Panama 5
Cuba 2 Poland 5
Denmark 6 Local People 752
England 302 Scotland 30
(Expat) Peru 6 Singapore 4
Finland 2 South Africa 2
France 69 Slovakia 2
Germany 43 Spain 41
Hungary 4 Swden 15
Iceland 1 Switzerland 11
India 25  
Indonesia 1   U.S.A.
Ireland 77   Venezuela
Israel 17   Wales 1
Italy 17   Total .2,228
How to volunteer
Begin by filling in the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM and we will respond soon.
Useful Information Click HERE for useful information before coming to Peru

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

...· Can I choose the centre I work at?
If you have one of our locations in mind, do let us know about your preference in your application. We do our best to accommodate everyone, however some centres may already be booked for the time you wish to come. Also, each volunteer has particular skills and experience which we learn about through the application, and apply to what we know about the needs and opportunities of particular centres. When an applicant is accepted we normally let you know in our first message if you can get into the centre of your choice; or make alternative suggestions in it is already booked. If you are a couple and would like a double room (no extra cost) full payment must be made upon notification that a double room is available in the centre you have applied to, for the dates you have requested. Double rooms are available on a first come first serve basis

...· Is there a minimum length of stay?
Usually 1 month. [There is no maximum stay - the recod stay so far is 6 yrs. 6 months]

...· What type of accommodation is provided/how many people share a room?
Accommodation ranges from dormitory style (4 to 6 people) to individual rooms for long-term volunteers and couples. Photos of accommodation can be seen by viewing the relevant Bruce Organisation Centre pages.

...· What hours do people work including evening teaching?
Volunteers work on average a 6-7 hour day excluding preparation time for the lessons with the children and for their English classes in the evening.

...· Are there breaks allowed for longer term volunteers?
Breaks are allowed for longer term volunteers but we would ask volunteers to give as much notice as possible so that we can plan in advance how to cover your work while you are away.

...· How do you renew your visa if you stay longer than 3 months?
After 3 months you have 2 options. You can either leave the country and re-enter (sometimes in the same day) to gain a visa for a further 3 months. Alternatively you can extend your visa for 1 month at a cost of  20 plus 26 soles administration fee. You can pay to extend your visa twice but after that you must leave the country and re-enter to renew your visa.

...· Is there an Information Pack available to volunteers before they arrive to help prepare them for their work with Bruce Organisation?
Yes. When an applicant has been sellectd we give you a web address where you can read or download the Welcome Pack for the centre where you will be serving.

...· Do you have a refund policy?
Yes, we give refunds when it is clear we have made a mistake and a volunteer has therefore been denied what he or she rightfully expected..

Finding out more  If you would like to speak to a current or ex-volunteer of Bruce Organisation then please email us at: and a volunteer will contact you. If you are interested in speaking to someone in particular eg male/female, a volunteer at a particular Bruce Organisation centre, particular nationality etc, please let us know in your email.