Our aims and objectives
At Picaflor House we provide a stimulating and dynamic after school programme to the children of Oropesa and several small villages in the surrounding rural area. Currently, the children range in age from 4 to 14 years old and attend the project from 2.30 to 5pm Monday to Friday, outside of state school hours. Our aims are to provide the children with academic assistance through classes in mathematics, reading comprehension and English as well as homework assistance, non-academic activities such as music, crafts and computing. We also aim to provide free or affordable local childcare for working families, educate children about basic health and hygiene, introduce and train the children in new technologies such as computers and iPads. Finally, we strive to work with the local community to identify their needs and help them to become stakeholders in proposed solutions.
Meet the team
Luz Chapi Luz is the Academic Coordinator at Picaflor House. She coordinates pupil attendance, teacher and volunteer activities, helps with the children’s homework and teaches various classes (including literacy and computers) – just to name a few of the important things that she does! Luz has worked in tourism and also teaches Spanish to tourists in Cusco. If you volunteer at Picaflor House you’ll be working with Luz on a daily basis!
Elizabeth Caya Loaiza Elizabeth is our kindergarten teacher who works afternoons at Picaflor House. She teaches our youngest children and prepares them to enter primary school. Elizabeth is a qualified kindergarten teacher.
Yesenia Villalobos Yesenia is teaching reading, writing, hygiene and nutrition to the primary school aged children at the project. Volunteers can also expect to work with Yesenia in sports classes, which she takes once a week. Yesenia is relatively new to teaching, but her great energy and ideas fit right in at Picaflor House, where reading and writing are two core areas of learning.
Angel Conza Angel takes on responsibility for teaching maths, chess and music to the chidlren. As a former head teacher and music teacher by trade, Angel’s love for singing and guitar, plus his passion for helping children in rural areas to learn and improve their education, make a great combination for the children at Picaflor House.
Laura Hoskins Laura is from the United Kingdom and began working as the Project Coordinator of Picaflor House in February 2015. She first came to Peru in 2008 and keeps coming back! In fact, Laura spent a year living and volunteering Oropesa, where Picaflor House is based and has spent significant time in the country since then. She currently works with the volunteers at Picaflor House as well as the administration of the project. She is excited to be working in Oropesa again with the children and staff at Picaflor House.
Jim Elliott & Camila Ochoa Jim and his wife Camila founded Picaflor House in 2010 after visiting Oropesa and finding that there were no afterschool programs for children in the area. Instead, children were often working in the bakeries, in the family’s fields or caring for their younger siblings. Their objective with founding Picaflor House was to provide children with academic assistance through classes in mathematics, reading comprehension and English as well as homework assistance, non-academic activities such as music, crafts and computing