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Comprehensive Rehabilitation Area

Doing justice goes far beyond the courtroom!  The victims of abuse whom Paz y Esperanza serves need a lawyer to stand up for their rights in court, but they also desperately need a psychologist, a friend, a social worker, a caretaker, a teacher, and a nurse to walk beside them in the long healing process following abuse and violence. 

Paz y Esperanza is dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitation (“rehabilitación integral”) to the women, children, adolescents, and families who come to them through group and individual therapy, counseling, home visits, recreational activities, basic health care, meeting with families, etc.  If you fit volunteer profile, come and join Paz y Esperanza in replacing lies and violence with truth and love in the lives of children, adolescents, and women in Latin America!

Volunteer Profile

  • Studies/d psychology, social work, education, nursing, or related field.
  • Willingness to work with children, adolescents, and women.
  • Willingness to support a range of activities in this area.
  • Basic understanding of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
  • Willingness to do field work.
  • Some artistic, athletic, musical, linguistic, or other ability to share.
  • Intermediate-Advanced Spanish required (or, in some cases, basic level with willingness to take regular language lessons).

General Activities

  • Holistically assisting children, adolescents, and women who have been victims of sexual and/or physical abuse alongside the Paz y Esperanza team.
  • Developing individual and/or group recreational activities for the children, adolescents, and women, and to support programs with their families to strengthen reintegration into their home.
  • Developing, supporting, and/or leading therapeutic workshops for children, adolescents, and women victims with the guidance of a Paz y Esperanza worker on a relevant topic, such as human rights, sexual education, social skills, life plans, etc.
  • Helping with prevention campaigns, workshops in schools, craft sessions, and job skill workshops for teenagers and children.
  • Supporting children and adolescent camps (e.g., Vacation Bible School, English Camps, Sports Camps, etc.) during summer vacation (January-February).

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

Specific Opportunities

  • Children’s Home Care Assistant (Casa de Buen Trato Hovde)
    • Description:
      • Supporting the house moms (“tutoras”) in daily activities of the shelter
      • Being an extra hand around the shelter
      • Planning and implementing activities for children and adolescents
      • Showing the children and adolescents love, affection, and attention, and so being an important part of their healing process.
    • Specific Requirements (other than requirements listed above):
      • Flexible, patient, and willing to work in a constantly changing environment.
      • Have a servant heart.
      • Able to care without getting too emotionally involved.
      • Passionate about sharing God’s love with children.
      • Able to work well in a team.
      • For six months or longer, basic Spanish is sufficient but must be willing to learn it.

Start date: January or July 2014   Commitment:  4 months-1 year

Amelia’s Story      

“My interactions with the staff, social worker, psychologists, and children at the shelter have provided insight when working with aftercare for vulnerable populations. Overall, I have been exposed to intervention planning and workshops with victims of domestic violence, witnessed reconciliation sessions for vulnerable families with social workers, psychologists, and lawyers, completed home visits to impoverished areas, and spent nights at the shelter to build relations and provide aftercare to the victims of sexual abuse. This internship has been an incredible experience and I am more than appreciative for the generous hospitality of Paz y Esperanza.”


Available Internship Sites:  [Ayacucho, Peru] [Casa de Buen Trato Hovde, Peru] [Guayaquil, Ecuador] [Huánuco, 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