email: volunteer@otracosa.org

Housing Options

OCN Volunteer House

The Otra Cosa Network volunteer house is the former family home of OCN Directors Peter and Juany Murphy and operates as both the OCN Office and space for up to five OCN volunteers. The house is situated a five minutes walk from Huanchaco beach, in a relatively quiet area of town but also close to all amenities and the lively main street Los Pinos.

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This comfortable, modern, white house and lovely garden (with passion fruit trees) is divided into several areas. On the ground floor is the kitchen and lounge/dining room for common use by volunteers and a separate area with the two downstairs bedrooms and shared bathroom. On the first floor are the two upstairs bedrooms, shared bathroom and office space, as well as the accommodation of one of the Assistant Managers and of the Operations Manager. On the second floor is the OCN Office, the accommodation of the other Assistant Manager and an open roof space for use by volunteers to wash and hang laundry in the summer months.

We need sensible, mature volunteers with respect for our organisation, the Volunteer House rules and other volunteers and neighbours. This is not a party house, but volunteers can make this comfortable setting their home in Peru. For this reason we have set a minimum age requirement of 21.

The volunteer house is a very affordable option for accommodation in Huanchaco, especially in the summer months (December – March) when local hostels raise their prices.

Below you can see what’s included:

Single bedrooms: Yes
Twin bedrooms: Yes
Double bedrooms: No
Sheets: Yes (sensible to bring a spare set to facilitate washing)
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner: No
Shared bathrooms: Yes
En-suite bathrooms: No
Hot Water: Yes, 24 hours a day
Toilet Paper/Hand Soap in Bathrooms: Yes
Kitchen: Yes, fully equipped with kettle, oven, fridge, storage space
Surf Board Storage: Yes
Bicycles: Yes, OCN has some aged bikes available for use, please ask Operations Manager
Washing Area: Yes, with drying lines (no washing machine)
Telephone: No
Computer: No
Wi-Fi Internet: Yes
Garden: Yes

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Home Stays

Gabi and Jorge 

Huanchaco: live with a middle-class family from the highlands

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This house is owned by a very friendly middle class couple from the northern highlands of Peru who have lived in Huanchaco for more than 10 years. The couple, Jorge and Gabi share their home with their son Diego (30), Diego’s girlfriend Miss, the family cat Pia and their dog Apu. In the evenings, Diego and Miss run a small sushi restaurant from the family home, but there’s still plenty of room for your privacy!

This particular home stay is a great opportunity to get to know a real Peruvian family whilst also having the little luxuries you may be used to at home (hot water, internet etc.). It is ideal for volunteers wanting to practice and improve their Spanish as the whole family are extremely welcoming and keen to converse with and get to know the volunteers they host. However, if your Spanish is not so good, Jorge and Diego also speak English.

They do not have many rules regarding volunteers so long as there is mutual respect and good communication. They want volunteers to feel as if they were in their own home. However, overnight guests are not allowed in the house.

The house itself is in a quiet location, within walking distance to all projects in Huanchaco. The house is also situated one block back from the beach front where public transport passes. It is also conveniently located just a couple of blocks away from the restaurants and bars in Los Pinos, one of the main streets in Huanchaco. In the lounge area, there is a stereo, TV and DVD player that volunteers are welcome to use. There is also access to a washing machine for a small fee, a computer with internet connection, wi-fi, telephone, a hot shower and kitchen facilities.

The family is offering two single bedrooms and one double/twin bedroom. Couples are welcome.
Single occupancy: 20 soles/night
2 sharing a twin/double room: 17,50 soles/night/person
Additional: 10 soles/month for gas

What’s included:

Breakfast or Lunch or Dinner: No
Single bedroom: No, but single occupancy of twin/double room available
Twin bedroom: Yes (2)
Double bedroom: Yes
Sheets: Yes
Shared bathrooms: Yes
Hot water: Yes
TV: Yes with DVD player
Radio: Yes
Kitchen usage: Yes
Telephone: Yes
Washing place: Yes, washing machine
Computer: Yes, with internet access. There is also Wi-Fi
Garden: No but two large patio areas

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Luis 

Huanchaco: live with a local artist

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Please note that Luis is only able to accept male volunteers.

This house is owned by a local artist, Luis. After spending a lot of time in the jungle, he is back living in the house with his dogs and cats.

Luis is very friendly, philosophical and interactive, and he loves having discussions with volunteers. He offers lessons in sculpting, culture, and various other arts. He is interested in alternative therapies and will also be happy to take you out surfing. He can also organise tours to Tarapoto, in the Peruvian Amazon Basin, which is a great place to start tours to the Amazon Rainforest.

The atmosphere in this house is very chilled, earthy and communal. Luis doesn’t speak much English and so it would be a great place to practice your Spanish. The house and its facilities are very simple, but it has a creative and alternative ambiance due to Luis’s artwork around the house. There is a big, open kitchen area, around which the rooms are based. Luis does not provide soap, toilet paper, cleaning products etc. and so volunteers will have to go out and buy their own supplies.

The house is conveniently located for the centre of town and the restaurants and bars in Los Pinos, one of the main streets of Huanchaco. It is also just a five-minute walk away from the beach and public transport that can take you to Trujillo centre (30 minutes).

Price: 10 soles per person/night

What’s included:

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner: No
Single bedroom: Yes
Double bedroom: Yes
Twin bedroom: Yes
Triple bedroom: Yes
Furniture and sheets: Yes
Shared bathroom: Yes
Hot water: Yes
Kitchen usage: Yes
Telephone: Yes
Bicycles: Yes (5)
Washing Machine: No
Washing area: Yes, washing sink
Wi-Fi: Yes
Garden: No
TV and DVD: Yes
Spanish, sculpture, culture and surfing classes, tours to Tarapoto in the Amazon and Salpo in the Highlands : informal

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Cristina and Maño

Huanchaco: live with a local middle-class family

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At this homestay you live with Cristina and Maño, a lovely older couple. The family is very welcoming, and will make you feel like a part of the family. Maño loves telling stories about the good old days. The house is located one block away from the volunteer house, close to the main street Los Pinos and a five-minute walk away from the beach.

The house has a rooftop terrace equipped with a bathroom with hot water, and two double bedrooms where the volunteers live. On the first floor, you can find the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and the family’s bedrooms. The house is always clean and tidy.

Price: 15 soles/night
Private rooms: Yes
Twin rooms: Yes
Double room: No
Sheets: Yes
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner: Yes, for an additional fee
Shared bathroom: Yes
Hot water: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Washing machine: Yes, for an extra cost
Television: Yes
Telephone: Yes
Computer: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Terrace: Yes

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Apartments & Hostels

We also work with a few landlords who rent out rooms in shared apartments. In these apartments you will share kitchen and livingroom with other volunteers or travelers, which often offers a fair share of independence and responsibility towards landlords and your roommates.

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There are also several hostels in Huanchaco with reasonably priced rooms depending on season and whether you want a private room or not. Ask our staff for the availability of rooms in shared apartments and hostels! All of the shared apartments we work with provides hot water and Wi-Fi.

Price: The price for a room in a shared apartment or local hostel ranges from 15-25 soles/night depending on season and landlord.

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