Phawarispa Vocational Training Program

A Dr. Cynthia Project

The link between students in the educational setting and their integration into society through work experience and employment.


Phawarispa, “we run together” in Quechua language,

is a Dr. Cynthia project founded in 2014

The program is directed at adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities graduating from regular or special education schools to prepare them for job training and work inclusion in the community.

It is our goal and duty to create meaningful livelihoods for this population of students so they may become contributing members to their families and the society.

Phawarispa provides 3 distinct programs:

Teen Transition Program:

The Teen Transition program is a community based program. We receive students between 13 and 17 years old with mild to moderate disabilities and focuses on daily living skills, social skills, artistic workshops (art, music, dance, theater), functional academics, sexual education, work skill preparation, physical activity and independence in the home and community.

The program maintains an inclusive focus, using the community as a classroom where 60% of the activities take place in natural context environments and incorporate typically developing peers and community members within daily activities.


Young Adult Vocational Training:

The Vocational Training program is an INCLUSIVE program operating in the vocational training school Inca Educa.

The program receives students 18-25 years old and offers certificed  preparation for Housekeeping, Bakery and Bar and Dining Room service.  The program supports students for independent or supported employment based on skill level. 

The vocational training program offers an additional life skills and job readiness curriculum taught by Manos Unidas teachers in addition to the vocational modules. 

Students in the vocational training program go on to apply real world job skills at Manos Unidas Cafe. 


Functional Life Skills for Teens or Youth:

The Functional Life Skills program is directed at teens and youth 13-25 years old with significant disabilities to teach them independent skills that will contribute towards their home and community environment. Students also assume responsibilities within the school setting, participate in community outings and projects in the organic garden.

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