AWLC - The American Women's Literary Club 

learn, care, share  


Part of the fun of being an AWLC member is the numerous opportunities that exist to help the Club and our community.  Volunteering is also a great way to get to know AWLC members and other interesting people in the Peruvian community while fulfilling worthwhile causes.  

If you are an AWLC member, and have a couple of hours free a week, volunteer activities are a fun way to get to know people and contribute to our noble cause.  You may choose to take part in the many AWLC organizing committees, our Advisory Council or even the Board.  In addition, many of our members volunteer outside of the AWLC and would be happy for additional volunteers to help their cause.  Below are many ways you can do something wonderful!


Are you a native English speaker, or almost? Would you like to help in the Peruvian community but don ́t know how? Then the AWLC Volunteer English Conversation project is for you! Our goal is to help improve the spoken English of the college students studying to become English teachers at the Instituto Pedagógico in Monterico. Starting soon, we will go every other Wednesday from 11am – 1pm to hold fun and interesting conversations with these young Peruvian students.  Interested AWLC members, please write us.


This committee works year long to oversee one of our most important fund-raising activities: the creation, production, promotion and sales of our Classic AWLC Cookbooks and our Award Winning Fresh Flavors Cookbooks.  


Organizing our annual, key fund-raising event to support education in Peru is no easy task and requires months of preparation to create that special, magical night where we contribute to a great cause while we enjoy great world-class music in an enchanting atmosphere.

In this committee, you can help by recruiting sponsors, deciding on the catering, contacting the musicians, promoting the event, greeting guests and coordinating logistics for the final day.  


This committee is in charge of conceiving and coordinating efforts with our strategic partners in education and the educational organizations we support.  Given the success of our English conversation with student teachers at the IPNM - Instituto Pedagogico Nacional de Monterrico we've been asked to include more students.  This means we need more AWLC volunteers.  Just think, 4 hours a month x 24 students = a great investment, so please consider joining us.  We meet every other week - Wednesday, 11:30-1:00 PM.  Please write us if interested.



Monthly General Meetings and special events require tons of planning and organization to ensure their flawless execution.  Volunteers can help out in numerous sub-committees, from helping  program our guest speakers or showcase artists, greeting guests and new members, preparing welcome packets, organizing the tea, the flowers or the flower fund, setting up the audio-visual requirements, to taking pictures.  If you´re a people person or love organizing, we welcome your help.


Members in this committee keep us connected to our members and the public.  They serve as Newsletter editors, webpage managers and Facebook fan page administrators, sharing news from our latest and upcoming events and activities.  If you like writing, technology or social media, we need your help!


Shaping and managing an organization to withstand the test of time is no easy task and would have been impossible without the help of AWLC members who volunteer their precious time and energy.  We welcome your help in any of the diverse activities that make AWLC thrive, from membership matters, to yearbook production, the election committee, hospitality, archives, etc.  


AWLC interests groups keep our members connected and learning:  from book groups to outings, to flower arranging.  If you would like to help out in current interest groupsstart or lead a new one, please write us.  Your help is welcome.

Volunteer Activities Outside the AWLC 

Following is a list of service groups in Peru where our members have worked or are currently helping.  Our intention is to aid AWLC members, especially those new to Peru, who would like to donate time, materials or expertise to worthy organizations.  AWLC members may contact these organizations directly; or write us if you would like to know more about them from an AWLC volunteer.  


DB Peru is an NGO focused on education and healthcare. They travel by boat to remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, and work with indigenous people in 25 villages in the lower Napo River region, to improve their limited access to healthcare.  Volunteers needed to work in Lima or for jungle trips.  No medical training needed.  Must have conversational Spanish.  


Tel.: 243 3789 E-mail:

Join this group of volunteers, who, for the past 30 years, has provided support to Peruvian children with cancer who lack the financial resources to cope with their disease. 


This group supports the home located in Lurin and was founded by AWLC members. To continue its support it needs volunteers, donations and job opportunities for the children who leave.

TRAPERIA SAMARIA - Support for The Hogar de Niños Santa Maria

Tel: 466 1194 - 999 381 643 - Director: Lic. Miguel A. Baldeos

An orphanage which also receives support via recycled plastics, bottles, paper and just about anything--all over Lima. They appreciate donations or recyclables from La Molina, Camacho, San Isidro, Surco and Miraflores, as well as volunteers.  For recycle pickup call 450 6204.


Jiron 2 de Mayo 23, Barranco - Tel.: 628-7948

This organization teaches children about ecology, saving the planet and protecting endangered species of flora and fauna.


Tel.: 717 7636  -

This association offers a home away from home to underprivileged families from Peruvian provinces, so they may assist their hospitalized children, undergoing complex medical treatment, at Rebagliati Hospital in Lima.  It offers a home environment, recreation, workshops and emotional support.  

TONY’S KIDS - Hogar San Francisco de Asis, Chaclacayo

The Hogar offers a place to recover for children from outside of Lima who are being treated in Lima for medical crises, while they receive support in academic and social skills. In addition to assisting with the ongoing needs of the Hogar, volunteers help organize an annual  beach day.

CELES - Centro de Escritura, Lectura y Esparcimiento

Tel.: 345 5317 / 976 585 282 - Director:  Katty Gomez -

Day care and afterschool program in Manchay, off the road toward Cieneguilla, serving over 500 children from the community. They offer homework desks, computers, organized sports, educational games, and Montessori-based early education facilities.


Zaragoza 131, La Castellana, Surco - Tel.: 448-8785 -

The “Asociación Nacional de Guías Scouts del Peru” is the Peruvian chapter of this international organization and organizes Girl Scout activities in Peru. It welcomes financial support and volunteers to help in their activities.


Provides support and diverse assistance to foreign women imprisoned in Santa Monica, who often don’t speak Spanish. Weekly meetings are held to make contact, learn of prisoner needs, give spiritual and material assistance--such as personal care products and clothes; and, in some cases, just friendship. 

CIMA – Centro de Integración de Menores en Abandono

Tel: 479 - 9040 479 - 8201 or

Provides assistance to boys 9-16 who live in the streets or in high-risk situations, with the goal of reinstating them in their homes and in society after rehabilitation. Located in Cieneguilla, the home has six dormitory buildings, each able to house 16 boys.