Otra Cosa Network is a registered Peruvian non-profit NGO and Registered UK Charity (Registration number: 1133680) that offers a wide variety of affordable and satisfying volunteering opportunities to well-motivated volunteers from around the world for them to support the needs of our community-run partner projects.
Otra Cosa Network is based in Huanchaco, Trujillo on the coast of Northern Peru. Many of our projects are local to us, but we also offer projects in various locations around Northern Peru.
We carefully select well motivated volunteers with the right skills and experience for appropriate projects and offer them support from arrival to departure, but expect self-reliant volunteers to be capable of taking initiatives and managing their time themselves.
We are dedicated to providing interesting, stimulating and rewarding placements to our volunteers, each of whom contribute something new to our many projects. Our ultimate objective is to support our wide range of projects with suitable volunteers to help them improve the quality of people's lives in their local area. We work with a number of partners included in our Projects page.
We try to keep our web-site up to date. However, even if we did a perfect job of this, which we certainly don't, then by the time you arrive and start working, the day to day reality of life in Peru would have changed anyway. So, don't expect western style certainties here (or stay at home and volunteer there instead!) However, if you can work through the uncertainties and be flexible then you can contribute a lot to some very worthwhile projects and have a great time here with other volunteers and/or locals as well. And, if there are any points that are especially important to you or you can’t find answers to on our web-site, do check them out with us when you apply, or even before.
There is an absolute minimum age requirement of 18 years old on arrival. We will consider applications from 18 year olds with appropriate skills, experience and maturity. Some projects do specify higher minimum ages. See projects pages for details. You can now search for an appropriate project for you using our new project search facility under Browse all Projects.