Volunteer FAQ

How much will this cost me?

If you are staying for less than 6 months, the cost  for your room is $100 per month or $25 a week. You will be responsible for your meals and personal spending. The monthly fee is to cover room, utilities, internet access and general upkeep.

Long term volunteers that commit to staying for 6 or more months do not have to pay for their room.  However you are still responsible for food and traveling expenses.

Group rates will vary on the size of the group, number of meals required and other services provided. The average per person cost is $25.00 per day.

If you will be staying in a hotel the cost varies from $18 for a single room to $38 for a standard double room- or as they are called in Peru a matrimonial room. If you choose to stay in a hotel we can still provide your meals here at Casa de Paz.

Will I need a visa?

You do not need a special visa.  When entering the country tell the customs official that you need a 180 day stamp because you are volunteering.  If you are staying longer than 180 days this stamp can be renewed by traveling outside the country and re-entering.

How do I book my flight and bus?

You will be responsible for your air fare and all traveling expenses.  The airport that you will fly into is Lima.  From Lima you have two options to complete your travel to Pacasmayo:

Option 1: You may choose to take a commercial bus from Lima directly to Pacasmayo. This is a 11-13 hour trip. The buses are very comfortable. They have reclining seats, and an on board host(ess). If you choose to take the bus we will arrange to have someone in Lima meet you and help with transfers. If you are a group we can arrange for a charter bus to meet your group at the Lima airport.

Option 2: You may choose a domestic flight from Lima to Trujillo. This is a 1 hour flight. Once you arrive in Trujillo you will be met by a taxi driver. This driver will bring you the remaining 1 1/2 hours to Pacasmayo.

We will be glad to assist you with in country arrangements, however you are still responsible for all travel expenses.

Where will I stay?

If space is available,you will be living inside the same compound as all the other volunteers and orphans.  You will either have your own small apartment with bathroom and mini-kitchen or you will be sharing a larger apartment with another volunteer.

Group housing is provided in male dorm setting and a female dorm setting. We provide twin size mattress for sleeping on the floor. We do not have facilities at this time to house married couples together in a group setting.

If you choose to stay at a local hotel we can help facilitate your reservations with a hotel that we have a working relationship with.

What/where will I eat?

Your house will be equipped with sufficient appliances for you to cook your own meals if you choose.  The raw food at the local market is very cheap.  There are also plenty of restaurants around Pacasmayo.  Also some days you may eat with the kids. If you choose to eat with the kids on a daily basis there is a s/2.50 charge per meal.

For groups we can provide meal service as well as limited housekeeping service. This provides us an opportunity to provide employment to local women.

What kind of transportation is provided?

You can get all around Peru with public transit.  Moto’s, taxis, and buses will take you anywhere you need to go for very affordable prices.

What should I pack?

Keep in mind that most everything you need can be found close to where we are, so there is no need to over pack.  The most important thing you can bring are good walking shoes.  Sunscreen is also important if you are coming in the months December – May.  Also you need to bring sheets and towels that you do not mind leaving behind.

In addition to your Bible and daily devotional material,we also suggest bringing a notebook or journal. You may wish to journal your experience here. Even though you are here to serve this will be an incredible time to really hear what the Lord is saying in your own personal life.

What kind of clothing should I bring?

Depends on the months you come down.  December – March is the hottest period.  If you come in May – November make sure that you bring a couple of sweatshirts and light jackets for the evenings. Night temperatures can can get down to about 50 degrees.  Also bring at least a couple changes of nicer clothes for attending events and church.  Peruvian people love to dress up.

When packing please keep in mind that we do have a dress code at Casa de Paz. Your attire should model an example not only for our children but the people of our community. We do not allow short shorts, halter tops or two piece bathing suits. Females please wear blouses and tops that do not expose your undergarments.

Is it safe to travel in Peru/ Pacasmayo?

Overall, Peru  is a very friendly and safe county.  However just like any country there are places and times that you should not travel alone.  As long as you follow common sense you will be ok.  If you are ever unsure about the place you are going or the time you are traveling always ask.

What is the security like where I am staying?

You will be staying inside a compound with 15 foot walls and a locked gate.    We have never had any problems with our volunteers being assaulted or fearful while inside the walls. We do have an 11PM curfew.

The area hotels are very safe and have locked entrances. The hotel that we recommend is in a very safe local and a very quiet neighborhood.

What physicals, prescriptions, and vaccinations do I need before coming to Peru?

Most prescription medicine can be bought in Peru without a script from a doctor.  But if there is something specific that you need make sure you ask and we can check for it before you come.  You should bring stomach medicine with you as many people who travel to Peru for the first time get upset stomachs every once in a while. We do have a full time licensed nurse on the premises. There is no need to get malaria or yellow fever shots where we are located, however if you plan on doing a lot of traveling it might a good idea to get them.  We recommend that you have both Hepatitis A and B shots, and meningitis. We highly encourage you to have an up to date tetanus shot.

Do I need insurance?

Go Ye Ministries is not responsible for any medical bills that you may incur while you are here.  It is up to you whether you decide to buy traveler’s medical insurance for your stay. The  Peruvian medical system does not accept U.S. insurance so the only insurance you should buy if you choose to is the one that pays for emergency evacuations.

Is there access to medical care?

Yes, basic procedures in Peru are easily attainable and very affordable.  For example an appendectomy will cost $600.  You will also have access to medical consultants and prescription drugs.

Can I drink the water?

No, absolutely not.  We buy purified water in 5 gallon bottles for drinking.

How much money should I bring?

It is recommended that you set up a debit card so that you can easily withdraw money once you get to Peru. There are several ATM’s for your use in Pacasmayo. Bring $200 cash to exchange at the Lima airport in the baggage claim area to get you started. Please ensure that the money you wish to exchange is clean, without tears or rips. It should also have no additional markings or writing on it. The currency convertors are very strict about the condition of the money they will accept.  Most volunteers can get by with spending around $150 a month, but that depends on your traveling and eating habits.

What if I don’t speak Spanish?

You will be able to get by just fine if you do not speak Spanish.  However it is recommended that you at least try and learn if you teaching English in the school as it can be a big help.

For group teams who will be doing ministry work in the community we do offer translator services.

What will my responsibilities be?

Your responsibilities will vary based on what position you take.  Current positions are English teacher, English assistant and child care assistant.We also have positions to do general maintenance and grounds work. We are also looking for long term volunteer couples to serve as house parents.

What is Pacasmayo like?

Pacasmayo is a small coastal town in northern Peru.  It is very dry and windy. Pacasmayo has a wide diversity of economic levels within the town.  The main economic driver is the cement factory which supplies cement to most of Peru.  We are located in the one of the poorest sections.  The streets are usually littered with trash and stray dogs.

What are the people like?

The culture in Peru is very different than ours.  Greeting people is something that is very important.  It is customary to greet by hugging and kissing on the cheek unless both people are male.  They have a strange mix of being formal and extremely laid back at the same time.  Be sure to have patience when forming meetings as most people do not arrive until 30 minutes to 2 hours after the agreed upon time.  However, once there be sure to be dressed appropriately and give the appropriate salutations.

What is there to do in Pacasmayo?

Pacasmayo is located on the beach and has lots of surfing, windsurfing, and fishing activities.

Can I take time off to travel? Where can I travel to around Pacasmayo or in Peru?

You will be free on weekends to travel around Pacasmayo.  Trujillo and Huanchaco are two very popular places to go that are only about a 90 minute travel time.  For extended travel throughout Peru you may have up to 1 week off for every 3 months that you are here.   Also feel free to travel as much as you want before and after your stay in Pacasmayo.

What does a regular day/week look like?

This will vary depending on your assignment.  If you are one of the full time English teachers you will spend about 20 hours a week in class and another 5-10 hours outside of class grading papers or preparing your lessons.  If you are an assistant English teacher you will be spending the same amount of time in class.  School starts at 7:30 am and is over at 1:30 pm.  Lunch is after school.  After that you may help the house mothers and assist with child care if you choose.

If you are assisting in the houses with the kids you will be responsible for covering shifts of the house mothers when they have their free days or need to leave the houses to take kids to other places. These duties include getting kids ready to go to school, feeding them making sure they are wearing the right clothes, doing laundry etc… Your day will usually start at 5:30 am.

How do I keep in touch with my family and friends back home? Is the internet accessible?

Internet is available but intermittent.  We recommend using Skype.  We have wireless internet in the rooms but many nights it does not work.  For emergency situations we have cell phones that people can call in to.

For large groups we ask that you choose one or two devices to be connected to our internet service, and share these devices among your group.

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