Nexos  Voluntarios’  Basis  of  Unity  
 
 
General  Principles  
1. This   basis   of   unity   announces   fundamental   principles   that   must   preside   all  
actions,   as   well   as   interactions   among:   members   of   executive   directive,  
directors,   coordinators,   personnel   from   the   consultancy   council,   volunteers,  
local  partners  and  people  that  work  in  the  organization.    
 
2. Nexos   Voluntarios   agrees   that   “human   development   is   the   increase   in   the  
richness  of  human  life,  instead  of  richness  of  economy  in  which  human  beings  
live  in.”  Nexos  Voluntarios  has  as  an  end  goal:  the  promotion  of  the  necessary  
environment   for   people   to   develop   their   fundamental   liberties   and   achieve   a  
dignified  life.  
 
3. The  essential  functions  of  Nexos  Voluntarios  are:    
o To   promote   Human   Development   through   the   realization   of   different  
projects,   following   the   established   order   of   the   development   model.  
Nexos   Voluntarios’   projects   seek   to   give   local   solutions   to   local  
problems.  
o To  promote  the  participation  of  various  actors  of  the  Peruvian  society  as  
well   as   global   actors.   Those   working   with   Nexos   Voluntarios   should  
work  in  an  organized  and  coordinated  manner,  promoting  Responsible  
Human  Development  in  the  communities  where  they  work.    
o To  provide  a  holistic  volunteer  service  and  learning  environment  in  the  
field,   to   learn   thoroughly   and   serve   the   communities   where   Nexos  
Voluntarios  develops  its  projects.  
 
4. Nexos  Voluntarios  is  open  to  anyone  that  respects  this  Basis  of  Unity,  whether  
it   be   individuals   or   institutions,   nationally   or   internationally.   It   will   seek   to  
maintain  strong  relationships  of  collaboration,  exchange,  and  mutual  assitance.    
 
 
Nexos Voluntarios - NeVo
Cavenecia 160, Oficina 204, San Isidro, Lima 27, Perú
Sector Huincho, Urubamba, Cuzco, Perú
Tel (511) 440 0739
www.nexosvoluntarios.org

Work  in  the  Communities:    
1. Nexos  Voluntarios  promotes  respect  towards  all  cultures.  All  actors  involved  in  
the   work   with   Nexos   Voluntarios   should   respect   all   of   the   culture   in   order   to  
create  an  environment  of  respect  and  tolerance  amongst  all.    
2. Nexos   Voluntarios’   policy   in   the   communities   is   to   motivate   maximum  
commitment  from  all  local  partners  involved  in  the  project.    
3. Nexos  Voluntarios  works  with  communities  in  their  search  and  fulfillment  of  the  
process  of  Responsible  Human  Development.  In  this  regard,  Nexos  Voluntarios  
promotes   solutions   that   come   from   them   and   projects   that   are   led   by   the  
community  themselves.    
4. Nexos   Voluntarios   does   not   operate   by   imposing   anything   in   the   communities  
where  it  works.    
5. Before   engaging   in   a   project   in   a   determined   community,   Nexos   Voluntarios  
realizes  and  investigation  to  learn  about  the  difficulties,  needs  and  strengths  of  
the   area.   From   there,   the   planning   process   begins   along   with   the   people   from  
the  community.    
6. Project   coordinators   are   co-­‐responsible   along   with   the   communities   of   the  
proper  functioning  of  the  projects.  This  involves:  the  development  of  work  with  
commitment   and   professional   competency;   to   the   volunteers,   fulfillment   of  
their   duties   and   maximization   of   field   experience;   to   local   partners,  
collaboration  in  all  that  is  required  for  the  community  to  trust  the  work  of  the  
organization  so  that  all  the  activities  may  be  developed  as  expected.    
7. Nexos   Voluntarios   works   with   a   new   development   model,   which   is   directed  
towards  a  new  work  order:    
 
 
 
 
Nexos Voluntarios - NeVo
Cavenecia 160, Oficina 204, San Isidro, Lima 27, Perú
Sector Huincho, Urubamba, Cuzco, Perú
Tel (511) 440 0739
www.nexosvoluntarios.org

 

 
o This  new  model  gives  a  logical  order  to  the  spheres  in  which  the  organization  
ought  to  work.    
o The   main   objective   in   this   order   is   for   all   results   to   be   sustainable   and   long  
lasting  over  time.  Therefore,  in  a  sequential  manner,  the  first  step  will  be  the  
cause   required   in   fulfilling   the   next   goal.   This   will   be   done   so   that   the  
implementation   of   this   development   model   may   allow   communities   to   live   in  
an   environment   of   optimal   well-­‐being   and   contribute   to   the   development   of  
their  fundamental  liberties.  
o  The   Development   Model   is   based   on   community   development   and   promotes  
Responsible   Human   Development   in   the   communities   where   our   organization  
works.    
Volunteering    
1. The   life   of   volunteers   must   be   always   developed   in   terms   of   responsible  
freedom,   in   such   a   way   that   an   environment   of   mutual   cooperation   and  
respect  are  nurtured.  From  this  principle,  we  expand:    
o A   true   commitment   to   the   activity   and   project   assigned   without  
interruptions   or   interferences   caused   by   volunteer’s   external  
responsibilities.    
Nexos Voluntarios - NeVo
Cavenecia 160, Oficina 204, San Isidro, Lima 27, Perú
Sector Huincho, Urubamba, Cuzco, Perú
Tel (511) 440 0739
www.nexosvoluntarios.org

o Respect  of  diverse  opinions  from  other  peers,  staff  and  local  partners.    
o Promotion   of   the   responsibility   and   necessary   integrity   so   that   each   may  
assume  commitment  and  the  consequences  of  their  decisions  and  actions.    
o Encouragement   of   humility   and   the   ability   of   discernment   to   discover   the  
value   of   learning   that   come   from   cohabitating   with   the   communities   where  
we  work.    
o The   right   of   volunteers   to   receive   a   satisfying   experience;   committed   to   the  
search  of  better  alternatives  to  solve  the  needs  of  communities  in  poverty,  
and  not  to  pretend  to  impose  partial  views,  but  instead  to  develop  the  skill  
of  critical  thought.    
 
2. Group  coordinators  (varying  in  each  case),  volunteers,  and  Nexos  Voluntarios’  
staff   are   co-­‐responsible   along   with   the   promoting   university   to   the   proper  
functioning  of  the  volunteer  activities.  This  entails  that:  coordinators  and  NeVo  
staff   fulfill   their   duties   with   dedication   and   professional   competency;  
volunteers,   develop   their   work   and   maximization   of   their   field   work  
experience;   ex-­‐volunteers   promote   the   social   support   required   for   the  
continuation   and   extension   of   projects;   and   that   the   promoting   university  
collaborates   with   all   that   is   needed   so   that   the   volunteer   activities   may   be  
carried  out  as  agreed.    
 
3.  Nexos   Voluntarios   provides   all   volunteers,   with   upmost   respect   to   their  
freedom   of   opinion,   the   opportunity   to   expand   their   knowledge   on  
interculturality   and   the   living   conditions   of   people   in   Peruvian   Andean  
communities.    
 
4. Volunteer  behaviour,  inside  and  outside  the  field  of  action,  must  favour  local  
life,  respect  the  principles  of  this  Basis  of  Unity,  as  well  as  respect  the  honour  
and  dignity  of  people.    
Government  
1. Nexos   Voluntarios,   in   virtue   of   the   economic,   normative   and   administrative  
autonomy   it   enjoys,   follows   its   own   statues   and   rules,   in   conformity   with  
constitutional   norms   and   laws   that   may   be   applicable   depending   on   their  
jurisdictional  nature,  characteristics  and  needs.  
   
Nexos Voluntarios - NeVo
Cavenecia 160, Oficina 204, San Isidro, Lima 27, Perú
Sector Huincho, Urubamba, Cuzco, Perú
Tel (511) 440 0739
www.nexosvoluntarios.org

2.  The   autonomy   enjoyed   by   Nexos   Voluntarios   implies   the   directive   –   of   its  
governing   organs;   the   liberty   of   electing   the   organization’s   staff,   admission   of  
volunteers   and   the   elaboration   of   volunteer   plans   and   research   projects;   as  
well  as  economic  and  financial  administrative  freedom.  
 
3. Governance  within  each  Nexos  Voluntarios’  office  is  inspired  by  the  principles  
of   authority   as   understood   by   participation   from   all   members,   according   to   the  
proceedings   that   establish   the   respective   regulations,   which   fit   the  
characteristics   and   needs   of   the   organization’s   own   jurisdiction   such   as   the  
experience  gathered  throughout  these  years  in  the  communities.  
   
4.    The  proper  governance  of  Nexos  Voluntarios  is  primarily  attributed  to  the  full  
and   continuous   validity   of   its   identity   as   a   global   community   that   works  
towards  Responsible  Human  Development  in  the  communities.  It  expects  that  
everyone   that   participates   or   works   in   the   organization,   particularly   the  
authorities,   adhere   to   this   Basis   of   Unity.   It   also   recognizes   that   an   efficient,  
operative,  and  participative  collaboration  is  essential  to  the  proper  functioning,  
growth,  and  fulfillment  of  its  goals.    
 

Nexos Voluntarios - NeVo
Cavenecia 160, Oficina 204, San Isidro, Lima 27, Perú
Sector Huincho, Urubamba, Cuzco, Perú
Tel (511) 440 0739
www.nexosvoluntarios.org

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