Global Gap Year: Stage 3 - Peru Education
Peru is a fascinating and beautiful country with an extensive Pacific coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the magnificent Andes. Peru provides an opportunity for volunteers to experience much of what South America offers within just one country. Wildlife, beaches, historical sites and the most beautiful mountains in the Andes are found in abundance. There are also interesting cities full of colonial history, especially Cusco, which is an archaeological paradise.
At Projects Abroad, we are particularly proud of our Teaching project in Peru. We are working with the Peruvian Ministry of Education on an eight-year programme 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.
This project was designed and continues to be run by Projects Abroad staff with experience in education. If our new curriculum is judged a success, it will be applied to many more rural schools all over Peru.
While living in Cusco, volunteers will help with an innovative teacher-training programme during Peru's long school vacations from January to March. Volunteers prepare interactive lessons for small groups of teachers, who are divided up according to their level of English ability. Throughout the training, volunteers develop worksheets and lesson plans that can be used by the teachers in their own classrooms around the Sacred Valley. Through this important programme volunteers are raising the level of English instruction in the Sacred Valley for years to come.
Depending on the scheduling of the teacher training, the Global Gap group may also get the opportunity to spend a week on our Incan & Wari Archaeology project in the Lucre valley, Cusco. On this placement, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a number of different archaeological activities.
At the conclusion of the work, volunteers will visit the magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu. After several days of hiking and exploring ruins, the group will spend the few remaining days relaxing in the city of Cusco.