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Volunteer as an English Teacher in Peru
Do you want to empower disadvantaged children by providing them with writing and speaking skills in the most spoken language in the world?Have you ever dreamed of taking a trip to the fascinating citadel of Machu Picchu? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this opportunity is perfect for you!
Peru is a gorgeous country most famous for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. People around the world travel to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru just to experience the deep and diverse culture and the famous Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Unfortunately, despite tourism being a leading source of government revenue, fluency in English is nothing but a dream for many Peruvians. Schools in Peru are drastically underfunded and although English, art and physical education are required, they are typically not available due to the lack of funding and staff.In some schools, English may be taught but at a very low skill level as local teachers may not be qualified to teach the course.
Volunteers are badly needed to bridge this gap and provide children with vital English skills for an opportunity to compete in the job market. With our Volunteer Teaching in Peru project you will teach these important but often overlooked subjects of art, computer skills, physical education and most importantly:English.
With tourism in Cusco at peak levels, English isone of the easiest ways to open doors and opportunities for children, as the job market in tourism and hospitality dominates the country.
Are you interested in providing incredibly valuable English skills to underprivileged children in Peru, encouraging a passion and love for learning? Then contact IFRE for more information today!
Volunteers’ Responsibilities & Impact
Working as a volunteer in the Teaching English Project in Peru, you will work 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Depending onyour skills and interests as well asthe needs of the local staff, you will teach basic English in a local primary schooland the rest of the day will be involved in planning and leading extracurricular activities, health and personal hygiene classes, in addition to teachingother subjects like math and science. Furthermore, you will help with school administration, as well asdeveloping the curriculum and writing fundraising proposals.
- Teaching basic English 4-5 hours a day
- Teaching other subjects such as math and science
- Teaching health and personal hygiene
- Planning and leading extracurricular activities such as dance, games, sports, arts, music, etc
- Helping children with their homework
- Providing assistance to school administrations with administration, curriculum development and fundraising
Please Note: schools in Peru use a trimester system and are closed for winter and summer breaks. If you would like to volunteer during this time we can gladly find you a similar project.
Since the primary language in Peru is Spanish, many English teachers do not have proper resources or an existing reliable curriculum. With the increased demand for Peruvians to learn English as a second language, your support will improve the level of English education in Peru and open countless doors and opportunities for disadvantaged children, allowing them to pull themselves out of poverty and lead happy lives.
Skills and Qualifications:
There are no specific skills or qualifications required to volunteer in the Teaching English Project in Peru. You should be a kind and flexible person with a great love and passion for children, as well as a deep desire to do your part to ensure they have a happy future.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred but is not mandatory. If you do not speak Spanish, our suggestion would be that you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay in Peru more rewarding – both for you and for the children you will be helping.
Program Dates and Fees
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Volunteer Teaching in Peru Program is not available from January to 15th March, 2020 and 20th July to 15th August, 2020
Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fees (US$)
Airport Pickup and Transfer $20.00
Spanish Lessons : ( Monday-Friday ) 2 hours a day : $120/ week - mandatory for medical project
$25/week surcharge for medical project
Summer volunteer and adventure: $2069
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
While volunteering in Peru you will stay with a respectful, caring and loving host family carefully selected and vetted for your safety and comfort. Our host families welcome you as a member of their family and they will provide you with three local meals per day. With a proven track record of hosting volunteers, they are eager to support you and introduce you to their culture and way of life.
Free Time and Weekends:
While volunteering to change lives in Peru you will also have a chance to explore the countrymore deeply. During the week you have plenty of time to explore the local town with fellow volunteers or your host family. Every weekend you’ll be able to explore beyond the local area and travel and take long tours around the country. There is a lot to see and experience in Lima, on the beach and in the Amazon Rainforest.
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety is our ultimate priority and IFRE assures the safety and comfort of all our volunteers. From the time you land in Peru to the end of your volunteering period you will have the dedicated support of our in-country coordinators and other local staff at all times. IFRE also offers you suggestions on necessary vaccinations to protect your health and the available travel insurance options.
Volunteer Teaching in Peru: FAQs
Please provide a typical day schedule for this project
This project is perfect for those who speak basic - intermediate Spanish.
A typical day for volunteers assigned to this project starts with a breakfast prepared by the host family around 7 am. Following breakfast, you will make your way by public bus (about 15 – 20 minutes ride) to the public school where you will teach English to different classes for about 4 hours per day in the morning, starting at about 8 am.
Depending on your level of Spanish, you will assist the local English teacher or teach on your own to students between the ages 11-18. You will teach basic English, mainly present and past tense.
After finishing school around 1 pm, you will return to your host family and enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch (e.g. Ceviche). Around 2 pm, you will make your way to your Spanish class. The ride takes about 20 minutes to the city center of Cusco.
After an intense 2-hour group class with your fellow volunteers you have chance to spend the rest of the afternoon at the city center, enjoy a typical Peruvian coffee at one of the nice cafes at the Plaza de Armas or explore the many colorful markets of Cusco.
Just before it is getting dark you will make your way back to the bus stop and take a ride back to your host family where your will enjoy a delicious warm dinner. You will need to get up early for school the next day and thus get to bed at a decent hour.
Arrival and departure
You should fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco for your volunteer work in Peru.However, your placement may require arrival at a different airport. Please do not book travel until your placement is complete andensure you have informed your in-country coordinator the exact date and time of your flight to prepare your airport pickup in advance.
Airports Pick Up and Drop Off
We offer and organize airport pick-ups for all our internationals volunteers. Letus know your final flightdetails before heading to Peru. In the event of any flight changes or delays you will have to inform the in-country coordinator, so that he is able to reschedule your airport pick up time.
IFRE does not provide airport drop off services after the completion of your volunteering project in Peru, but this is easy to arrange and your in-country coordinator or host family will be happy to help.
You will need a tourist visa to be eligible for the Peru teaching English volunteer project. You are responsible for all the proper documentation necessary to be eligible for a tourist visa andwe suggest that you secure a visa before leaving yourhome country. Peruvian tourist visasaresingle-entry only. However, citizens of USA, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries do not require visa to travel as a tourist to Peru.
It is not possible to extend your tourist visa once you have entered Peru. When arriving at the airport or at the border, make sure you get a visa for the time you intend on staying in the country. Peruvian law states that the maximum time for a tourist to stay in the country is 183 days per year.
Please consult with an experienced travel doctor who is knowledgeable about current health issues and epidemics in Peru. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or Travelers' Health United Kingdom. IFRE highly recommends thatour youtake all needed vaccinations before heading to Peru for volunteering in our program.
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Why volunteer in Teach English Volunteer Project?
Volunteering as an English teacher in Peru is a greatly rewarding and life-changing experience. You will get to see amazing sights, make friends for life and most importantly make a huge positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged children.
Share your love of the English language and work alongside fellow educators
Taking part in this volunteering project givesyou a chance to actively teach and impact children in orphanages, primary schools and secondary schools. Your passionate efforts collaborating with local educators will have long-term positive benefits for disadvantaged children of Peru.
Learn about the education system of Peru first hand
While Volunteering in Peru you will get to learn about a new and different education system. This project helps you to gain valuable experience and become familiar with the education system in Peru that will make it easier for you to practice learning foreign teaching methods.
Work with underprivileged children who attend government schools
Many Peruvian students do not have access to quality English lessons and your commitment to teach in Peru will give them a chance ata brighter future. With your help, they will develop the confidence and skills that will prepare them for a betterand more successful future.
Gain valuable work experience of teaching overseas
Volunteering in Peru not only benefits the children, but you as well. It helps you gain valuable real-world work experience of teaching in a foreign country, which will come in handy in your future career in the education.
Elevate the level of education in rural areas of Peru
The majority of the population in Peru faces abject poverty. Many children face a lot of hardships trying to get a decent education, andby participating in this Teaching English Project, you’ll be able to provide easy access to an English education for these children and elevate the overall level of education in rural communities.
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Volunteer Teaching Abroad Worldwide
English is a valued skill all over the world, but education in this subject is sadly lacking in many countries. To help solve this problem, IFRE arranges teaching volunteer projects all across the globe.
Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?
You will stay in a typical Peruvian home with a host family. The project is about 20 minutes by public bus from your accommodations. We generally use public transportation in Cusco, however, if you wish there are taxis available for about $4 USD a ride.
What is the name of the school I would be placed?
Your local coordinator will provide you with all school and placement information on the day of your arrival. On your first working day, your coordinator will accompany you to your project and make sure you arrive well and safe. Your local coordinator will provide telephone numbers and directions as well.
What is the age range of the students in the school?
The students you will be instructing range in age between 11-18-years-old .
How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?
There are about 150 students at the school with the average of 18 students per class.
Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while teaching?
You will be teaching alongside a local teacher. Depending on your Spanish language level you may teach some days independently, this depends on your interaction and engagement with the students.
Do they have teaching curriculum?
Yes, there is a teaching curriculum that teachers need to follow. Any ideas for teaching methods or teaching content are very welcome though. There is a high demand for native English speakers to work as teachers in Peru.
How many hours a day do I need to teach?
You will teach about 4 hours a day on average.
Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?
The school has their own books; however, English teaching volunteers are welcome to bring additional books, school supplies or anything else that they feel may be a beneficial to their students.
Is teaching available all-round the year? If not, when does it close for how long?
Teaching is only available during the school year. Peruvian schools are closed between December 10th – March 10th and July 30th – August 18th.
Any important information you want to share about this project.
It is important to respect that in Peru the teaching methods may vary from those that you are used to at your home country. Teachers may know less English than you would expect from an English teacher in your home country.
Lessons are taught often in a repetitive and slow way. It is important to support the teacher in motivating the students for learning English.
In Peru, about 80% of all jobs are in tourism. It is critical for students to learn English for their future profession, which may very well be in tourism where the English language is vital to receive a well-paying job.
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