With Superlearner, we don’t just want to bring meaningful education to some of Peru’s poorest children. We want to empower those children to overcome their poverty with the confidence that true education provides. We don’t want to simply “help” communities with short-term projects. We want to collaborate with communities to build long-term, self-sustaining programs that continue to benefit local areas long after our volunteers leave. We are trying to put together an excellent team in place to begin our pilot project at Pamplona. Below you’ll find some information on why we’re so passionate about this project and want to see it flourish. We hope that after reading, you might be, too.
As the founder of Superlearner, this program is so close to my heart because I was one of those kids. We hear about poverty all the time in the abstract, but it’s the everyday aspects of being poor that drag you down. It’s very hard to feel hopeful and confident when the walls of your “house” are a plastic tarp that whips around in the wind, when you don’t always have shoes, when you don’t have money for school books, much less food, and it wouldn’t matter anyway because you attend a school where 75% of your classmates don’t understand what they read. It’s very hard to feel that you can rise above your circumstances when everything around you seems to say that you are unworthy, that you are not smart enough, and that you will never amount to anything.
I was one of the lucky ones, but it’s not enough to just be lucky. Every kid growing up like I did deserves the same opportunity to make the most of their talents and intelligence. This begins with knowing that you are talented and intelligent, that you are worthy, that you can succeed despite all the signs around you saying that you can’t. That kind of empowerment makes people unstoppable. It allows them to rise above their circumstances and build something better. And this is what Superlearner is all about.
There are many projects that aim to educate or “help” the poor in Peru. Many of them are not as successful as they could be, though, because they aren’t tailored to the communities they seek to help. Others focus on short-term volunteer missions that might not be sustainable once volunteers leave. With Superlearner, we want to change all of that.
We focus on education because of its potential to empower people but also because Peruvian schools just do not provide meaningful education. While wealthy students can afford tutoring sessions and extra books, the impoverished are trapped in a system that doesn’t provide them with the tools they need to learn. This is why Superlearner bring innovative learning methods to children in Peruvian schools, starting with the basics: improving literacy in Spanish and boosting memory skills. Then, we will focus on subjects like English and math that will help students succeed in a globalized economy.
For this to work, we will need to collaborate with communities and tailor the implementation of our methods to individual schools. For this reason, we will go into those communities and live with people there for a month while we create a program that will best fit the community’s needs. By learning from each other, we can also train each other in such a way that local teachers and community leaders can keep Superlearner in place once our volunteers leave.
We have already begun this process with Pamplona , where we will begin our pilot project. Our plan for this school is in place, but now we need the human and financial resources to bring it to fruition. Every person working on this project is doing it out of passion: no one is getting paid.
If you are as convinced as we are that empowerment is worth investing in, we hope you might consider joining us with a donation or with volunteer time.
Since we are working with children, it is not conducive to have new people every week. The children need confidence and this takes some time. So the minimum stay is around one month, the longer the better for the project.
(Right now we are looking as well for webdesigner to finish our webpage and as well for graphicdesigner to create for example a logo. If you have skills in this fields we are happy to welcome you as well for one or two weeks.)
We need help in several ways. These are the skill sets we are looking for:
-Graphic Design – Tasks include updating/ creating our logo, and other general design work.
-Social Media Marketing – Manage our social media; Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook.
Website Management – Continue working on the webpage; it is already started.
Assisting with language teaching – Particularly English, French and German.
Administration/Organization – Leadership and the ability to organize and manage people and projects. Experience with NGOs is ideal.
Community Outreach – Creating and leading fundraising campaigns, Networking and community engagement.
Photographer/videographer – Promotional projects for funding campaigns and social media.
Psychologist – Help to develop brain-training gym.
Yoga/Sports Instructor – Lead and encourage sports and activities, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Nutritionist – Assist with general nutrition, and meal programs.
Enthusiasm is the only requirement! Any idea is welcome! Tell us how you can benefit our project and we will create a position that best suits your skills and desires.
Since the project Superlearner is quite new, at this point there are no financial resources to provide food and free accommodation for longer stays. We are working on that and it will change in the future. If you want to be part of this project, you have to pay a fee of 600-750 Soles (around 170 € - around 215 € depending on which rooms are available) per month for your accommodation here in The Project House Peru and as well pay for your own food. In this way you will be supporting the Superlearner project a lot.
(Right now we are looking as well for webdesigner to finish our webpage and as well for graphicdesigner to create for example a logo. If you have skills in this fields we can offer you a stay of one or two weeks for free)
We are living here together in The Project House Peru, which Jorge runs as well. It is located in a great neighborhood close to the Pacific Ocean which is called Magdalena del Mar. Magdalena is one of the quietest, safest and quaintest districts in Lima with everything you need only a few minutes walk or ride away. (banks, supermarkets, gyms, etc.) You can walk to the ocean in 20 or 25 minutes, catch a 15-minute ride to Lima’s Historical Center for some amazing sightseeing or drive over to the Miraflores district for a vibrant night out! The house features two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, fast Wi-Fi and a lounge room. There are 8 bedrooms in total which are rented to international students or volunteers from time to time.