Frequently Asked Questions

When considering traveling abroad to work as a volunteer, naturally many questions arise. We have tried to anticipate your questions and answer as many as we can here. However, if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We will respond as soon as quickly as possible.

What kind of people are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are eager to help others, who are ready to face challenges, and who have the kind of character and common sense necessary to adapt to and understand our local culture. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to learn and collaborate with us in order to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.

How long can I work with Sharing Dreams?

Normally we ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 3 weeks so that the work they do has a significant and lasting effect on the communities we are helping.

Will I need to pay to be a volunteer?

No, volunteering in our organization is free. We do not charge a fee to join or any other aspect of the work he does for us. However, we would appreciate quite a donation to further develop our work with the community and to cover administrative costs, project materials, development and maintenance of the website, among others.

Where will I stay?

We offer the option of staying in our volunteer house. The house is comfortable and safe, with basic amenities such as running water (including bathrooms ), electricity and television. Our fees for room and board are very reasonable . However, you are welcome to find your own housing at your own expense.
Given that we are a relatively new organization, we do not yet have the resources to cover the cost of living during your stay. Therefore, if you decide to stay in our volunteer house, you will need to pay for room and board. For more information on fees, see this page: Cost for your accommodation

Is English spoken in the house?

Most of us speak English at a basic level, but if you don’t know Spanish—no problem. It is very likely that you will learn quite a bit with us, and this service is free of charge!

What kind of food is served?

We offer 3 meals per day, 7 days a week. We serve exquisite Peruvian dishes, in addition to foods that will be familiar to you. Meals are made with healthy, clean, and nutritious ingredients, and we offer vegetarian options. During your stay you will also learn to cook Peruvian-style. Do not forget that one of our objectives is cultural exchange, and of course we consider cuisine to be part of this experience.

How will I communicate with my family during my stay in Huancayo?

In Huancayo, there are many telephone services for international calls, there are also many internet cafes, there you can use your Skype to communicate with your friends and family.

How do I get to the Sharing Dreams project in Huancayo?

You will need to first arrive in Lima and possibly arrange to stay for a night in a hotel there. The best way of getting to Huancayo is by bus. The trip from Lima to Huancayo by bus is 7 hours. We recommend using the Cruz del Sur bus service: www.cruzdelsur.com.pe. Keep us informed of your arrival time and we will arrange to meet you at the Huancayo bus terminal.
It ourselves we will wait at the airport in Lima, and guide you to the bus station to go to Huancayo.

Health and vaccinations

Before leaving home, please inform yourself well of common diseases and illnesses in the places you will be visiting during your travels. On the following website, under “Travelers’ Health,” you will find useful information about vaccinations and necessary precautions for specific destinations: www.cdc.gov

What is the climate like in Huancayo?

The city of Huancayo usually has a mild climate, but it can also be rainy and cold, depending on the season. The median annual temperature is 23.6 degrees Celsius, or 74.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lowest temperature is 4.3 degrees C. or 39.7 degrees F. The rainy season begins slowly in October and continues through April. You may want to bring light clothing for the day and at night plan to wear a jacket, sweater, and some type of hat.

Is the city of Huancayo safe?

Huancayo is a relatively safe city compared to cities like Lima or Trujillo, but like in any other city in the world, you should use caution and avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary risks, such as walking alone at night. But you needn’t worry; you will have us for company and support.

Are there ATMs (automatic teller machines) in Huancayo?

In all Peruvian cities there are plenty of ATMs available for international transactions using various types of cards, including Visa. We recommend that you also bring some cash as a back-up.

Miscellaneous expenses

Other expenses you incur will depend greatly on your lifestyle while visiting, although in general you can expect costs to be the equivalent of about 1/3 or 1/2 of what they are in the U.S.  or Europe in terms of goods and services.

Will I be able to travel during my free time?

Yes, absolutely. On Saturdays and Sundays we normally organize trips and excursions to many beautiful and interesting places in Peru. Because the trips we arrange are not commercial tours, you will be able to enjoy plenty of freedom as you travel. Best of all, your tour guides will provide this service free of charge, while traveling to places around or near the Sharing Dream projects. When traveling to more distant destinations, please remember to provide a tip to your guides as a courtesy.

What is a typical day in the volunteer house like?

Normally breakfast is eaten from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. We spend about an hour meeting to plan and coordinate the day, then go to work. Lunch is served at 1:00 p.m. After working with the children, dinner is served from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. From 8:00 to 9:00 we have English classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays we have planning meetings during that hour, then free time. We are flexible with schedules. Although volunteer work takes place Monday through Friday, there may be some weeks when Fridays are spent traveling.

Do I need to obtain a visa to travel to Peru?

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand do not need to obtain visas in order to enter Peru. Upon arrival at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima, you will be given, at no cost, a “tarjeta de inmigraciĆ³n adina” (Andean immigration card), which will allow a stay of 90 to 183 days. Take care not to lose this card!

What should I bring with me?

--Clothing (see suggestions above)
--A reusable water bottle
--Two hats (one for sunny days and one for cold nights)
--If you are a student, bring your student ID card as this will be useful

What if I realize that I’ve forgotten something once I’ve arrived?

There is no need to worry—in Peru and in Huancayo you will be able to get what you need in shops, supermarkets, and local bazaars. Almost any product (clothing, cell phones, toiletries) will be available at a high quality and low price.