Volunteering Projects

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Volunteering Projects

Postby Reciprocity ONG » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:59 am


Thank you for your interest in taking part in
Reciprocity NGO’s Volunteer Program! RECIPROCITY
NGO is a non-profit organization, founded by native
Incas, focused on humanitarian projects that help
improve the quality of life in the shanty towns of
Lima. Although our office is located in Miraflores,
we work in a variety of districts: Villa El Salvador,
Villa María del Triunfo, San Juan de Miraflores, and
other areas in need.

Lima is home to over 10 million people, yet approximately 70% of the population live in
poverty. A large portion of these people reside in the shanty towns that are rapidly expanding
throughout Peru’s capital. Many members of these communities come from the Andes or the
Peruvian Amazon.

Our social work centers around four main pillars: food, health, education, and community. We
work closely with the communities to assess their current needs. Our projects range from
constructing daycare centers, soup kitchens, and infrastructure to providing donations,
workshops, and educational support. To learn more about our projects and follow our
progress, please visit our blog: http://ongreciprocity.blogspot.pe/ and like us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/OngReciprocity/. In addition to volunteering, you can also help by
donating or sharing our blog and Facebook page with friends and family.

Volunteering with Reciprocity NGO is a learning and anthropological experience for the
families we help, as well as for ourselves. Working with the people of these communities allow
us to learn more about the living culture of Peru and help us grow as people. The most
important part of volunteering is applying RECIPROCITY: “Today for you; tomorrow for me.”
Because we are visitors in communities that have their own defined customs and traditions,
we must learn and respect these cultural differences. In addition, we will be working in
environments that can be hazardous, so careful preparation and precaution are necessary to
keep our volunteers and the community members safe. Below are some guidelines and rules
for our volunteers:
● In Incan culture, colors are very important because they represent our energy, aura, and
vitality. We always recommend our volunteers and visitors to wear vibrant colors ​and
avoid wearing dark colors because they are synonymous with sadness or bad omens.
● Sharing is a symbol of gratitude, community, and respect within Peruvian and Incan
culture. Although most families do not have much, they will often want to share food,
drinks, or other objects with us. Out of respect, we must accept it. The proper way to do
so is to place your hands together, accept what is offered, and bring both hands to your
chest. If you do not want it, please happily accept their offer and save it to share with
other people in the communities.
● When sharing with others, there are some phrases our volunteers should learn: es para ti
(it is for you) or es un regalo para ti (it is a gift for you). This will let the community
members know that you are sharing with them and not trying to sell to them.
● Because we are trying to increase nutrition and promote healthy living, our volunteers
should set a good example by not drinking soda and/or eating junk food or sweets while
● The shanty towns are unlike any other environment our volunteers have ever
experienced. The living conditions of those in extreme poverty might make you feel
uncomfortable. However, please refrain from having any negative facial expressions and
body language. We must show the communities and all of their members the utmost
respect at all times, so that we can continue to work with them. If you have any
questions or concerns, please discreetly speak to the volunteer coordinator present and
he/she will help you.
● The communities are located on mountains, so they can be dangerous. There are some
staircases that start from the base of the mountain and go all the way to the top, but
other areas do not have defined paths. Therefore, we insist our volunteers wear
comfortable, closed-toe shoes that suitable for rough terrain. Because of safety issues,
we reserve the right to refuse you as a volunteer if you’re not wearing appropriate
● Our volunteers need to be healthy and in adequate shape. We will be in contact with
many individuals, so we need to make sure that our volunteers have a good immune
system. Volunteer work can also include light construction work and climbing parts of
the mountain.
● Volunteers should have their own medical insurance in case of any injuries, damages,
accidents, etc. ONG Reciprocity will not be held responsible for any mishaps that may
occur while volunteering.

Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information on our Volunteer Program or to
reserve a spot on our next Volunteer Day. We look forward to seeing you!
Phone Number: +51 960 631 122
Email: [email protected]
Blog: http://ongreciprocity.blogspot.pe/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OngReciprocity/
Instagram: reciprocityngo

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Re: Volunteering Projects

Postby Formidable 1 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:16 pm

Thank you for your interest in taking part in
Reciprocity NGO’s Volunteer Program

Who are you thanking?
Has someone n here volunteered?
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Re: Volunteering Projects

Postby Reciprocity ONG » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:43 am

Yes, and we feel very grateful.

Otherwise, we would like to get to people who wants to help others in need. :D :D

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