English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Peru
- Placement locations: Sacred Valley
- Types of schools: Secondary
- Age of students: 11 - 18
- Class sizes: 30 - 35
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
- Extra-curricular roles: Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior teaching Experience Necessary
Volunteer Teaching in Peru is a way to help at some of the area’s most poorly resourced schools. You can gain invaluable work experience teaching overseas and no TEFL is needed.
Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or as a trained professional, you will have a role to play on one of our Teaching projects. Voluntary teaching in schools in Peru will benefit the many children, teachers and locals within the different communities.
Our Teaching programmes provide an invaluable opportunity for two different cultures to learn from each other. Teaching in Peru is one way to build relationships and to gain rewarding voluntary experience overseas.
Some Background on Peru and the Role of Projects Abroad
Peru has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America. Its potential for economic prosperity through its exports and tourist industry is doing much to improve the high unemployment and poverty levels there.
We are particularly proud of our Teaching projects in Peru. We are working with the Peruvian Ministry of Education on an eight year scheme to update the English curriculum for 23 schools in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
The English curriculum, created in the capital city of Lima is not always relevant to children in the more rural Sacred Valley. As a result, local English speakers who would otherwise be teachers are often more tempted by the higher salaries on offer in the local tourist industry.
If the scheme is a success it will be applied to more rural schools in Peru. This project is run by our Peru Director, Tim DeWinter - previously an education specialist with UNICEF. As a volunteer in Peru, your role is built firmly into this scheme and curriculum.
Teaching Placements in Peru
Volunteers on our Teaching placements in Peru work with secondary schools in and around the Sacred Valley. You may find that you teach any ages from all five secondary school year groups. With worksheets and teaching resources available in our office in the town of Urubamba you will be well supported. You'll also be able to see a full history of what has been taught previously in your schools and tips from past volunteers.
We recommend that you bring your own resources that you can use as part of your lessons such as postcards, photos, magazines, stickers etc. It is always useful to have authentic material that the students can use to further understand the English language as well as Western culture.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
Our team in Peru organise monthly network meetings with the teachers and weekly workshops for all Teaching volunteers. These meetings will provide you with a greater insight into the educational system in Peru and the background of the placement where you’re working. During the workshops you will receive practical advice and suggestions regarding lesson plans and activities to carry out at your Teaching placement.
Assist with Teacher Training and Community Work during School Holidays
During the long Peruvian school holidays from January to March, we run a dedicated teacher training programme. This is carried out by volunteers under the close supervision of Peru Director, Tim DeWinter, and our teaching supervisor. You will prepare interactive lessons for small groups of local teachers that are divided up according to their level of English language knowledge. It is worth noting that most Peruvian teachers will have a very basic level of English.
Although we recommend you join us during term time if possible, if you volunteer from January to March you'll help with the teacher training and spend time on local community projects. This program is supported by the Peruvian government and while it may sound challenging, our volunteers have been enormously successful and have loved this side of the work.
The schools in Peru also take a two week holiday around the end of July/start of August. During this time volunteers help with a variety of community projects
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Peru.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Peru Teaching Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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