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Kiwis keen to make a difference invited on Sth American trip

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January 2014


Kiwis keen to make a difference invited on South American trip

Adventurous Kiwis are being invited on a Peruvian holiday this February as NPH organises a volunteer trip to work with the children of the NPH orphanages.

NPH urgently needs volunteers to paticipate in their 2 week trip to help at the NPH home where orphaned and abandoned children are in need of support.

It is routine practice for NPH to send volunteers to work in the homes for a minimum term of one year, to prevent further disruption in our children’s lives, where abandonment, trauma and neglect are a sad but true reality for them. This year NPH is offering a unique opportunity for volunteers to experience first-hand life within the NPH orphanages, with a two-week volunteer mission to NPH Peru in April 2014. This trip follows the popularity and success of the NPH volunteer trip lead by Kiwis last year. NPH is looking for volunteers who can bring a range of skills and experiences with them to work in our homes, including construction, maintenance, education, art & design, sports, music, dance and drama

This annual volunteer trip is run by the not for profit organisation NPH New Zealand, and Director Kristina Cavit knows it to be a life changing experience for both those volunteers that go and also the children at the orphanage.

“It’s an amazing chance to visit one of the most beautiful places on Earth and make a difference for children in need at the same time.” Kristina Cavit

Tyrun Masilamani, a volunteer from last year’s trip, thinks it would be a great chance for anyone looking to make a difference and to see how the other half lives.

“I would now much rather put my money into a kid’s future than my weekend,” says Tyrun. “I think that if people could see that point of view, that you're actually changing someone’s life, then this is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The NPH Peru home is just one of many around Latin America and the Caribbean that provide shelter, education and unconditional love for orphaned and abandoned children, the majority of whom suffer great trauma from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. These children would not survive without the help of NPH volunteers.

The homes do not receive any support from their own governments and are solely dependent on a worldwide network of fundraising by NPH and the work of volunteers and visitors in order to continue supporting the children that are in their care.

The trip will give volunteers a chance to experience the exquisiteness of Peru and its unique culture and foods. Volunteers can choose to explore the Maya ruins that occupy its land including the famous Machu Picchu, and make a positive difference to the lives of the children they will interact with.

“We all pitch in to help make the home better for the children and each volunteer plays a vital role in making sure these kids develop into adults that are successful when they leave the home. Every day will be different - you may be building a new kitchen for the home on one day, planting trees the next, teaching the kids arts and music, how to play rugby or cooking in the kitchen– there is something for everyone,” says Kristina.

The trip runs from April 13-27 and is designed to be a working one, different from the typical Kiwi vacation, focusing instead on making a difference in the lives of children in need at the NPH Peru orphanage.

Contact us for more information.

http://www.nph-newzealand.org or email info@nph-nz.org


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