What kinds of people participate in Venture with Impact, LLC?
People that work remotely for their company (including entrepreneurs)
People who do freelance remote work and have one or more clients on a contract basis
People who are between jobs or are taking an extended vacation so that they can focus on the volunteer and cultural aspects of the experience.
VWI looks to have a diverse range of applicants in terms of age, profession, nationality, and experience.
The age of our applicants ranges from early 20s to 60s, with 21 being the minimum age requirement. Professions have varied and include software designers, entrepreneurs, non-profit directors, project managers, photographers, artists and writers.
The majority of applicants have been from the United States, but we accept and encourage participants from all over the world, and have had applicants from Thailand, Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and more.
Couples and children are also welcome to participate, and we have had families and single parents with children from younger than a year apply. All families and couples receive private housing.
How many people participate in each program?
Each month our programs have from 8 - 20 participants. This number allows for a tight knit group with a fair amount of diversity.
What do you look for in applicants?
We are looking for a diverse group of applicants that have a few things in common: a passion for learning about new cultures and the desire to make a social impact.
I’m not sure if my employer will allow me to work remotely for one month, will Venture with Impact speak to them on my behalf?
VWI staff is happy to speak to your employer about the benefits of participating in Venture with Impact. We also can provide a document that gives tips on how to convince employers of your participation.
What makes Venture with Impact, LLC unique?
Although there are a few existing programs that plan travel experiences for remote workers, there are no organizations that so thoroughly integrate and emphasize the community relationships and cultural experience like Venture with Impact. We are the only program of its kind that is centered around volunteering.
We also encourage people to participate that may not have the ability to work remotely, but are interested in taking time off or working part time for their job. This allows for a more diverse group of participants, including teachers, university professors, engineers, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, etc.
How would you describe a week in the life of VWI participant?
Check out a sample week in the life of a VWI participant HERE.
Each participant’s experience is unique, because each participant is matched with a volunteer experience based on their interests and schedule. Some participants may volunteer five afternoons a week, others one full day a week. Some participants may be taking time off of work and will be volunteering full time.
You can learn more about our non-profit partners HERE.
In addition to volunteering, there will be many other planned activities throughout the two months, all of which are optional and include:
Weekly Huarique Meetups
In Perú Huarique is a term used for a local hangout or restaurant. Each week we will have a planned dinner meetup in which participants have a chance to try a new local flavor, and get to know other participants in the program. We’ll discuss our experiences from the week and invite guests from the community.
VWI will plan sporadic cultural opportunities such as lectures from local community members (professors, government officials, etc.), or local events such as dance performances, music events, etc.
A few weekend trips will be offered throughout the 8 week experience. Together we will travel to cities on the coast and in the sierra of Northern Perú.
Volunteer Site Visits
We will coordinate visits to various volunteer sites, so that in addition to each participant’s volunteering experience, they will also have the opportunity to view the work of other participants. There may also be opportunities to work with our partner non-profits in short-term projects, such as a beach clean-up or assisting with a fund-raising event.
We encourage participants to organize additional activities and clubs, such as running groups, yoga meet-ups, photography workshops, book clubs, or any other interests that participants have!
Part of Venture with Impact’s mission is to influence people to learn about new cultures. The diverse range of participants allows people to learn not only about Peruvian culture, but about the experiences and culture of their fellow VWI participants. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time with other participants as well as volunteers and locals that are are part of our partner non-profit orgs.
The only required activity, as a VWI participant is the commitment you make to your non-profit organization. All other events and trips are optional. Some people may be really involved in and others may spend more time on their own. VWI staff will be around to check in on all participants and are available 24/7 for assistance.
Is Spanish language proficiency a requirement?
No. The majority of our participants do not speak Spanish. We partner with local non-profit organizations that are accustomed to working with international volunteers. All of our local partners have English speaking employees. Additionally, we encourage our participants to learn Spanish, and have connections with local Spanish teacher for private and group lessons.
What’s included in your programs?
As a VWI participants will receive a private room in a fully-furnished 2-3 bedroom apartment (private apartments are available), a volunteer partnership match, planned activities with the group of VWI participants, as well as 24/7 support from the Venture with Impact team. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from the site, however VWI offers assistance with finding cheap flights, travel insurance, and visa information.
What is the cost of the program?
The program cost includes a private room in a fully-furnished 2-3 bedroom apartment, with reliable internet, and emergency backup satellite internet. It also includes a volunteer placement, and program fees related to the volunteer experience. VWI staff will be available 24/7 throughout the program, beginning before participants depart for South America; staff assist with booking flights, and providing information on visas, vaccinations, etc. In country, staff is available to support for any participant needs. Also, plans for optional activities are also provided throughout the program, which include weekend trips and cultural events. The one-month program fee is $1,000 with a discount for each additional month ($1,800 for two months, $2,700 for three months, etc.)
What is the cost of living in Perú?
Perú is a very inexpensive place to live. The cost of eating out at a local family restaurant runs between $1.50 - $3.00 a meal, and street food is even cheaper. All VWI participants will receive a kitchen with all appliances and kitchenware included. The local markets of Trujillo offer incredibly fresh produce for the quarter of the price of what’s offered in American grocery stores.
Public transportation runs from 30-50 cents within 30 minutes of the city of Trujillo. Taxis in Trujillo range from $1.50 - $2.50 per ride. Although the public transportation in Trujillo is efficient, and there are many vehicles running on many routes, the lines are not posted. VWI will assist with providing information for participants to get to their volunteer site and around the city.