Guide for High School and College Groups
High School Groups at the Hogar San Francisco: Tips, Procedures and Helpful Hints
High school students can be an extremely positive presence at the Hogar. Their energy and ability to engage with the children of the Hogar can be a very positive and life changing experience.
1. Chaperones should collect passports as soon as students get through Customs and Immigration. Usually when getting on the bus outside the airport is the best time for this.
2. Chaperones should make multiple copies of the student’s passports ahead of time and distribute them.
3. Have a form signed by their parents and notarized that allows chaperones to replace their passport at the US Embassy if need be.
4. Make sure the white declarations page is in each passport and lock them in the safe at Habanna Suites.
5. Chaperones should make business card size address cards for students, with the address of the Hogar, Habanna Suites and the number of the US Embassy (0115116182000).
Hogar San Francisco de Asis
Los Geranios 345, Chaclacayo-Lima 8, Peru
011 (511) 358-4684
Avenida Los Laureles 647
Chaclacayo Lima Peru
011 51 1 358 5894
1. Students should not get too emotionally close to the children. This is especially true for teenage girls and the older boys of the Hogar. Chaperones should monitor this closely throughout the visit.
2. The children are never to be given money. Any gifts to children must be cleared with Dr. Tony first.
3. Thefts are common at the Hogar and no valuables (phones, cameras, etc.) should ever be left unattended.
4. During the day and night when children should be doing homework, no cell phones, cameras, video games should be given to the children without Dr. Tony’s or the teacher’s permission.
5. Have fun with the children but don’t get them too riled up and don’t let them get too loud. Be conscious that babies may be sleeping or homework may be being worked on in the salon.
6. Do not sit with your feet on the furniture, do not lay on the furniture and do not sit on the arms of the furniture
7. There is almost always something to do and sometimes the job at hand is care for the Hogar and not always playing with the kids. See if the clothes and game storeroom on the 4th floor need organization. See if the women on the roof need help with laundry. Ask if there is anything to do in the kitchen. These are not the jobs that are the most fun, but they are important and ultimately , they help the children.
8. For meals get the wash basin from the 2nd floor nurse’s station and wash and dry the children’s hands and Victor’s foot.
9. 3 students should work in the kitchen once the meals have begun. One wash, one rinse and should bring the dishes out to he dish cabinet.
10. Two students should continuously clear the dishes putting the food scraps in one bucket and the dishes in another bucket. All children must finish their entire meal.
11. The children will dry the dishes and put them away and sweep and clean the table (except at dinner where all of the.volunteers do that).
12. Baby hour occurs twice a day from 9 to 11 and again from 3 to 4. Upon the nursery nurse’s approval all the babies should be brought down and played with. There is a carpet and bin of toys to come down as well. On nice days babies can be brought to the park but only with the nurses approval. Impress upon students that nothing small (e.g. Coins, toys) should ever be in reach of the babies and not put in their mouths.
13. Our lunch is at 1:00 and dinner about 7:15.
14. Watch what students wear. No tight bottoms or tops and no low cut shirts. What is perfectly acceptable in America may not be in Peru. Besides being offensive, students need not be targets of American stereotypes.
15. The bathroom in the Hogar is located near the kitchen. Ask one of the ladies in the kitchen for the key. It is best to bring your own toilette paper to the bathroom and dispose of it in the garbage can.
16. Do not eat snacks in front of the children.
17. Activity ideas
1. Paper masks:. Make a mask template for kids who need help getting started.
2. Jewelry-making. Most of the kids love making things they can wear, even if it’s just macrame bracelets made from yarn!
3. Crochet and knitting. Many of the girls already know how to do this, but lack supplies. If you can lend or give them needles and yarn, that’s great! The younger kids enjoy learning basic crochet.
4. Music and dance – do you play an instrument or can you bring music that they can dance to? The kids know most American music.
5. There is a room with games on the 3rd floor with games for many different ages.
6. Art and Craft – bringing paper, crayons and magic markers and spending time with the children can be a great way of bonding and making the children feel special.
18. It would be a good idea to visit the Hogar’s website at: http://www.villalapazfoundation.org/ for very helpful information. Also, there is a waiver of liability form that must be signed by the parent’s of the children and chaperones.
19. Each day at 4:00 Dr. Tony takes the volunteers for coffee. This costs about 5 soles a day.
1. On a public bus, do not take pictures or keep your hands near the windows.
2. Wear your backpack on your front.
3. Carry your identification, card with the Dr. Tony’s address as well as 50 soles to be lent by a chaperone for emergency cab fare.
4. Bring snacks and toilet paper because there may not be lunch.
For groups going to Lima, breakfast is at 7:00 and Daisy will get you to the Hogar by 7:30 latest. You will be put in a group and follow the Hogar staff member.
Make sure students are carrying their Id and address card. Give each student 50 soles in case they become separated and need to take a taxi home (this has never happened though).
When not going into Lima, be at the Hogar no later than 9:00 for baby hour. Daisy will have breakfast at 8:00. Claudio will bring his taxi and start returns to Daisy’s at 8 pm. Each trip is 8 soles. He is a quiet but very good and honest man, so please take care of him.
Be at the Hogar by 9:30 on Saturday for a trip to the market in Choisica. The market gets crowded and it it’s extremely easy to get lost. Be vigilant. Some may have to take a bus there so ask Dr. Tony for an older child that can guide you.
Finally, enjoy what will be a rewarding and life changing experience.