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Professional Volunteering Opportunities in Nutrition, Peru

Nearly a third of children in the rural communities of Peru are suffering from chronic malnutrition.

Various organisations are making efforts to tackle this problem, and in the CUSCO province, Projects Abroad PRO is working with a programme to focus on the vulnerable in the area.

Here you will find answers to the following questions:

How can volunteer Dietician/Nutritionist help in Peru?

What will I gain from this project?

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

What skills or qualifications do I need?

 

How can volunteer Dietician/Nutritionist help in Peru?

Volunteer as a Nurse in Peru

The province of Cusco, where this project is based, has the 4th highest proportion of children suffering from malnutrition in Peru. Two areas are a particular focus: the town of Urubamba and Panticalle, a rural community located 2 hours north of Cusco.

The Comite Local de Administracion de Salud Urubamba (CLAS Urubamba) is a group comprising various foreign and local NGOs, local authorities and the mayor’s office.

Cooperation between CLAS Urubamba and the community of Panticalle aims to alleviate poverty and malnourishment. CLAS Urubamba cannot currently meet the demand as they only have one nutritionist serving the whole project. The nutritionist cannot reach all the vulnerable in the project area. Your help will support more individuals, families and communities than can be currently achieved, and it will increase the success of the project overall. There are three main roles:

  • A professional Dietician/ Nutritionist volunteer is needed to work in rehabilitation and day centres developing the intake of healthy food to the vulnerable poor. In Panticalle, weekly workshops and the distribution of healthy foods and supplements are required.
  • A professional Dietician/ Nutritionist volunteer is required to carry out nutritional and health workshops in Urubamba and Panticalle.
    • These will target high risk groups including pregnant and nursing mothers and children.
    • Developing workshops for local specialists is also required to ensure that the local elders are also targeted. Many are illiterate and don’t speak Spanish, but their influence in reaching out to the community is imperative to the project.
    • They need local specialists to facilitate meetings and educate the elders to increase access to the wider area.
  • The help of a professional Dietician/ Nutritionist volunteer researcher is vital in carrying out baseline research on children, focusing on deficiencies that cause growth impairments and other health problems. This research will help the project measure the success of the various programmes and identify the benefits to the health of the communities.

You will work from 18-35 hours a week - and sometimes out of hours - depending on the individual project and how you develop your role with your project supervisor.

This project runs all year.

 

What will I gain from this project?

Nursing Volunteer Work in Peru

You will be involved with a friendly and highly dedicated team who are committed to the service they provide.

Working with often limited resources and staff lacking nutritional and technical knowledge and training, you will be able to adapt and develop your existing expertise to a different working environment.

You will often face challenges not experienced in your home country. Through this cultural exchange you will learn different methodologies and techniques in your own discipline.

You will also have the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a wide variety of areas. These could be (and are project dependent):

  • Assessment of the needs of the project partner.
  • Collaborating with the project partner to develop more efficient and effective systems in the workplace.
  • Collaborate with the project partner to develop outreach programmes in the local community and beyond.
  • Use your expertise to train staff and other volunteers.
  • Using your initiative and problem solving skills to develop, set up and manage projects/programmes.
  • Monitor existing or new projects/programmes.
  • Develop and contribute to project evaluation reports to help with continuity between volunteers.

All of these can provide you with valuable experience and transferable skills useful for your career, and make valuable use of your existing expertise where it is truly needed.

 

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Peru is successful and enjoyable:

  • Safe accommodation with a Peruvian family close to your project.
  • Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
  • A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
  • Comprehensive medical and travel insurance.

 

What skills or qualifications do I need?

If you have at least a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition or Dietetics or a related subject then you will be suited for this project.

Ideally, a qualified Dietician/ Nutritionist would also possess at least two years’ experience of practicing professionally.

You will also need to speak an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish.

Specific specialisms or interests in your field will be highly desirable. Please discuss this with us on application

If you are interested in this project but don't have the relevant experience, then please read about our regular Nutrition project in Peru.

 

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