Cuerpo de Paz - Peru
"Your Name," PCT
Via Lactea 132
Once you are sworn in as a Volunteer, you will be assigned a regional post office box in a city convenient to your site, or will be asked to use your host family’s address as your mailing address
TelephonesInternational phone service to and from Peru is fairly reliable and accessible to most Volunteers. Volunteers are can purchase cell phones and a basic calling plan. If you would like to bring an iPhone or other smartphone, consult with your carrier to determine your options.
InternetAll major cities and many smaller communities in Peru have Internet centers. You may or may not have access to the Internet at your site, but if not, you will be able to access the Internet and send and receive emails in your regional capital for a reasonable hourly rate. Most Volunteers bring laptops and find that they come in handy. However, if you bring your laptop, the Peace Corps strongly encourages you to insure it.
Housing and Site LocationDuring pre-service training, you will live with a Peruvian family near one of the training facilities. Sharing meals, conversation, and other experiences with your host family is an important step in developing the skills and attitudes that will help you integrate into your Peruvian community.
Following training, Volunteers are required to live with a hist family during their first 12 months of service in order to develop their cultural competency. After that, if appropriate housing is available Volunteers may request to live independently. Living with a family may require adjustments that some North Americans find difficult, given our cultural values concerning privacy and personal space. Living with a Peruvian family allows you to quickly integrate into the community and greatly enhances your safety and security. In addition, your language and cross-cultural skills will be reinforced daily.
Assignments may be in a city, a mid-sized town, a small town, or a rural village. Housing is usually made of cement or adobe blocks, sometimes covered with stucco. Roofs are made of tile, corrugated tin, or thatch. You will have your own room, which may be within the larger house or a separate room within a family compound. You will likely have electricity and occasional running water, although not all Volunteers do. The electric current in Peru is 220 volts. You will have access to either indoor plumbing or a latrine.