Hi, a friend from California recently spent some time in Peru working as volunteer with BWB.
This paragraph was taken from their website www.burnerswithoutborders.org, and there is a minimal contribution fee to volunteer ($5USD per day).
What is the capacity of BWB in Peru?
BWB/Peru is comprised of volunteers from all over the world, working to fill in the gaps of what traditional disaster relief organizations provide. Although there are people on the ground that have taken the lead to find housing and make connections with the locals, volunteers who come to Pisco are invited and expected to contribute as you would if you were putting on a family reunion-where everyone is participating in making it a success. This is a disaster area, and the needs and actions change constantly. You will need to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations. We will expect you to come with your problem-solving hat on and encourage you to take initiative when appropriate.
Before the earthquake, guidebooks warned of prevalent muggings and pickpockets in Pisco. Since the earthquake, this continues to be the case. There have been more incidents of men, sometimes armed, stealing radios, cameras and money from groups of people during the day-or when people walk home from the market. These incidents occurred primarily due to volunteers not taking the necessary precautions against opportunistic thieves. These incidents do not usually result in violence but please be advised that this is a disaster area where people have very little and receive very little support from their government. It is not just volunteers who are targets but the locals as well.
By no means do we want to scare you away, but be advised that you come at your own risk. Those in the BWB volunteer group have experienced minimal muggings, and we have implemented a safety plan that has greatly reduced the risk of incidents.
While in Pisco, you are advised to take taxis between locations as do most of the locals. If you do walk, take very little money and keep it in a money belt. Avoid looking like an opportunity for a thief . Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or walking with an I pod, radio or even a tape player.
There is still the risk of aftershocks. As time goes on, these are less likely. BWB has implemented an evacuation procedure and designated safe places in the event of an earthquake.
There is a minimal contribution fee to volunteer ($5USD per day). You get yourself here, and in return we all work together to provide shelter, food, as well as a rewarding and unique community volunteer experience. There is a suggested minimum stay of one week if you are staying with us. As long as you are working hard, we’d love to have you. Typically, we work Mondays through Saturdays. Occasionally, we may run projects on Sundays. You are welcome to volunteer with us even if you choose to stay elsewhere. The minimum age to volunteer is 21 years old.
Our typical daily schedule is as follows:
8AM – breakfast and morning meeting
8:30AM - Noon - work
Noon - 1:30PM - lunch & break
2:30PM - 5:30PM - work
6PM - dinner
BWB works primarily as a reconstruction organization....