responsible volunteering

VOLUNTEERING AND DOING INTERNSHIPS IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY

We care about the safety and well-being of everyone involved in our projects. We are committed to providing the most ethical and responsible experience for our volunteers and interns and the projects they work with.



CHILD AND VULNERABLE ADULT PROTECTION

Proyecto Peru understands the importance of having effective policies and processes in place to protect the welfare and interests of the communities and individuals that our operation interact with. We know that particular risks exist in relation to how we interact with children and vulnerable adults and we’re focused on ensuring that those risks are mitigated through the effective implementation of the Child Protection Policy.


It is important that our projects are committed to upholding the security, rights and freedoms of children and vulnerable adults at all times. We are committed to ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are not exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence or neglect. All decisions must be made in the best interest of the child or vulnerable adult. All children and vulnerable adults who have an interaction with program participants are treated with respect and equal consideration. Actively work against abuse of children, vulnerable adults or any other individual who interns interact with on their placement. Types of abuse include Sexual abuse, Physical or Mental harm and Exploitation.


BEST MEDIA PRACTICE

Proyecto Peru places importance around the practice of media on all program placements, this is vital in upholding the Child Protection Policy. Photography and videography of children or vulnerable adults is only permitted with permission from the placement staff and these photos/videos should not be captured in a way intended to belittle or degrade any person.


CODE OF CONDUCT

Our Code of Conduct provides guidelines deemed to be appropriate and proper behavior for Proyecto Peru volunteers when interacting with children and vulnerable adults. These guidelines are primarily designed to protect the individuals that volunteers work with, but are also intended to protect volunteers from false accusations of inappropriate behavior or abuse.



Please note, this is not an exhaustive or exclusive list. The principle underlying this policy is that volunteers and staff should avoid actions or behavior which may constitute poor practice or potential abuse and exploitation.


ANIMAL WELFARE

Proyecto Peru understands the importance of having effective policies and processes in place to protect the welfare and interests of the communities and individuals that our operation interact with. We know that particular risks exist in relation to how we interact with children and vulnerable adults and we’re focused on ensuring that those risks are mitigated through the effective implementation of the Child Protection Policy.


It is important that our projects are committed to upholding the security, rights and freedoms of children and vulnerable adults at all times. We are committed to ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are not exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence or neglect. All decisions must be made in the best interest of the child or vulnerable adult. All children and vulnerable adults who have an interaction with program participants are treated with respect and equal consideration. Actively work against abuse of children, vulnerable adults or any other individual who interns interact with on their placement. Types of abuse include Sexual abuse, Physical or Mental harm and Exploitation.



We consider it important to be an advocate for the promotion of animal welfare and species conservation, as it is essential to protect those animals that cannot protect themselves. Our policies aim to reflect this. We expect all volunteers and interns to adhere to the responsibilities outlined by this policy.


DONATIONS

Most projects ask volunteers to make a $50 donation once, as part of their volunteering. This donation will be made directly to the project. Some projects may ask that the donation be made in cash in soles, while others may prefer it to be made in goods or materials. The Projects Coordinator will accompany you on your first day to help discuss the best way to donate.


If you would like to make a monetary or material donation to one of our partner projects, please email us to see how we can help you.


BACKGROUND CHECKS

Depending on the project, volunteers and interns are required to provide a criminal background check to the local staff during orientation, before they can begin volunteering on the program.

Proyecto Peru reserves the right to terminate a volunteer’s program if a criminal background check or reference check reveals that the volunteer is not suitable to work with children or vulnerable adults, for any reason.