About Us

“Pachawawas” means “Children of the Earth” in Quechua, one of the indigenous languages of Peru.

‘Pachawawas – Children of the Earth’ is a UK charity which raises funds and recruits volunteers for the projects of ‘Traveller Not Tourist’, a volunteer organisation working with projects in Arequipa, Peru.

Our Mission

Pachawawas transforms lives by providing funds and volunteers for projects which improve the quality of life of people living in poverty or difficult circumstances.

How we started

Luis and Jay Chavez founded Traveller Not Tourist, a volunteer organisation, in 2007 in Arequipa, Peru. Since then TNT, as we call it, has had the pleasure of hosting, co-ordinating and supporting hundreds of travellers from all over the world. Volunteers work with local projects, and often want to raise money to support those projects Pachawawas was started to support those volunteers from the UK with their fundraising. Read more about the projects here. See the Traveller Not Tourist website for more information on volunteer opportunities in Peru.

The charity is run by a team who have all previously volunteered in Arequipa either in our previous orphanage project or at the kindergarten we currently support. We are all volunteers and as well as running a charity have to juggle work, family life and travel.

What we do

Pachawawas raises funds to support the projects Traveller Not Tourist work with in Peru. We previously raised funds to help build a new orphanage and are now raising funds to improve the facilities at a kindergarten.

How we do it

• Running appeals
• Selling imported and donated items
• Participating in fundraising events
• Supporting our members, TNT volunteers and other supporters in their fundraising efforts.

Pachawawas work hard to reduce administration costs so that as much money as possible gets to the projects. We pledge to be 100% transparent and will publish our end of year accounts as soon as we have submitted them to the HMRC.

The future 

Pachawawas was started to raise money for an orphanage who were in need of a new home. Having completed this project in 2017 we are now working on our second project to raise money to improve the facilities at a kindergarten.


Many volunteers return to the UK and go on to do sponsored events or other fundraising activities which is a great source of funding. If you are interested in doing a sponsored event please use MyDonate to set up great fundraising pages. Register with MyDonate, then go to ‘Create my Challenge’ and search for ‘Pachawawas’. My Donate will be closing at midnight on 30th June 2019. 

From time to time we sell products on our eBay shop if we have a surplus of stock left over from festival season or in the run up to Christmas.

Charity Status in England and Wales

For tax purposes Pachawawas – Children of the Earth is a charitable Company, and our HMRC reference is: XT27685. This enables us to claim Gift Aid where applicable.

Pachawawas is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1143738.