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Community Development

Each year, Paz y Esperanza develops and implements various community programs that seek to contribute to the empowerment of vulnerable groups.  For example, one of Paz y Esperanza's programs includes the creation of women’s tasks groups that educate and support other women in the community on their rights as women and how to live beyond a situation of violence.

Another program involves financial education and job skills development among women who have been victims of abuse.  As an intern in the multi-faceted community development area, you will have the opportunity to do research within communities, collaborate on development programs, and support grassroots organizations in their efforts.  Andemos is excited to offer students the opportunity to apply their learning and get first-hand experience through an internship with Paz y Esperanza in community development. 

Volunteer Profile

  • Studies in sociology, community development, public policy, anthropology, or related field.
  • Self-motivated worker with good time management
  • Experience in social research, planning and project management, and/or developing grant proposals
  • Commitment to human rights and holistic care for victims of injustice
  • Willingness to work in marginalized rural and urban communities
  • Ability to listen well and communicate clearly
  • Intermediate Spanish required

General Activities

  • Visiting communities, in which Paz y Esperanza works, to learn about needs, conduct interviews, and get to know community members
  • Supporting existing community networks through attending meetings, helping in presentation of materials, and organizing members
  • Collaborating on projects proposed by Paz y Esperanza through researching, planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting on activities
  • Participating in awareness and advocacy campaigns in the community and among local authorities
  • Preparing report(s) on project progress and results based on data collection and research

* The actual job description and actions to be undertaken vary from site to site.  For more information on a specific project, contact us!

Nathan’s Story

"During my internship in San Martín, I presented a research proposal to the leaders of the rondas campesinas (community justice networks).  My research involved the investigation of domestic violence victims' access to justice in the department of San Martín, paying special attention to the interplay between the official state justice system and the informal system of the rondas.  In our meeting, I presented a basix template to the leaders that they agreed to take back to their communities to keep track of every domestic violence case they process for one month...I hope to use this data to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the role rondas play in providing justice for their communities and, more specifically, how involved they are currently in the fight against domestic violence."

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Available Internship Sites:  [Apurimac, Peru] [Ayacucho, Peru] [Guayaquil, Ecuador] [Huánuco, Peru] [National Office (Lima), Peru] [San Martin, Peru] [Santa Cruz, Bolivia]
Start Date: January, May-August
Commitment Length: 3-12 months
Cost:  $750-950*/monthly (depending on the placement)
*Cost does not include flights, visas and injections.  What do you get for your money?

Application Deadline:  3 months before anticipated arrival date