Sister Volunteering Trip at SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru)
Organized by: Alison Deak
A few months ago, I made a spontaneous decision and booked a one-way flight to Lima, Peru (after receiving my mother's blessing in the form "well, you're going to hate me if I tell you not to go...."). When my sister Jessica found out, she immediately texted me telling me how jealous she was and I replied simply "just come with me then!"; I quickly received a response saying, "well, okay" and she was on board! I had initially promised myself that I wasn't going to make any concrete plans and wanted to wing it once I got down to Lima. I recently graduated from college and have been busy working mostly full-time and studying for what feels like forever so I was really looking forward to decompressing and exploring a country I have been wanting to visit for as long as I can remember. I don't know where I first heard of Machu Picchu, but I have been fascinated by Incan culture and architecture ever since. However, while doing outreach for the non-profit organization I currently intern for in Colorado Springs, I came across SKIP, Supporting Kids in Peru. When I read their mission, I instantly knew that this is exactly what I wanted to do in Peru. SKIP's primary aim "is to enable children living in this area to realize their right to an education" by working in a holistic partnership with economically-disadvantaged families in their community. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want to volunteer for such an awesome organization?! So as soon as I got home that evening, I applied for their volunteer and learn Spanish program just assuming that Jessica would once again be on board (which she totally was). This was also another perfect opportunity for me considering that one of my greatest fears is dying without ever bothering to learn a second language. In this program, we would take Spanish lessons for five hours each week in addition to spending roughly 25 hours per week giving English lessons to over 300 children enrolled in SKIP's program and over 700 children studying English in Trujillo's public schools. By learning to communicate in English, these children will not only develop a multicultural perspective but also have increased job opportunities in their future, an important part of alleviating the cycle of poverty. One-third of SKIP's funding comes from the volunteers in the form of contribution fees which also cover volunteer's accommodations. For us to volunteer for a month, it will cost us 510 American dollars each plus approximately 600 to 800 soles (about 200-300 American dollars) for living and travel expenses while volunteering. Considering Jessica is a college student and I am a recent college graduate and intern that will be both be taking a substantial amount of time off of work for this trip, this is a large sum of money for the two of us. Please, help us make this incredible life changing trip a reality for us!