Volunteer Teaching in Peru
- Placement locations: Sacred Valley
- Types of schools: High School
- Age of students: 11 - 18
- Class sizes: 30 - 35
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
- Extra-curricular roles: Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
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. Volunteer teaching in Peru with Projects Abroad is a way to help at some of the most poorly resourced schools. You can gain invaluable work experience teaching abroad, and TEFL training is not required.
At Projects Abroad, we are particularly proud of our Teaching projects in Peru. We are working with the Peruvian Ministry of Education on an eight-year initiative to update the English curriculum for 23 schools in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The standard curriculum, created in the capital city of Lima, is not always relevant to children in the more rural Sacred Valley, and local English speakers who would otherwise be teachers are often more tempted by higher salaries on offer in the local tourist industry.
Whether you want to volunteer as a teacher during your gap year, career break, over a vacation or as a trained professional, you will have a role to play on one of our teaching projects. Volunteer teaching in schools in Peru will benefit the many children, teachers and locals within the different communities.
I absolutely adored my days teaching. My placement could not have been better. The fact that the pupils were so interested in learning, literally running to write on the board first or being so eager to answer a question made it a very special experience. Read more...
Volunteering as a Teacher in Peru
As a volunteer teacher in Peru, you will teach subjects such as English and physical education. By getting involved in teaching physical education, you can share your favorite sports with your students and help improve their skills and self-confidence.
Our team in Peru organize monthly network meetings with the teachers for all Teaching volunteers and weekly workshops. The network meetings provide a greater insight into the educational system in Peru and the background of the placement where you are working. The workshops provide practical advice and suggestions regarding lesson plans and activities to carry out at placements.
If you volunteer during Peru's long school vacations (January - March) you'll help at summer schools teaching the teachers and spend some time on local community projects. While this may sound challenging, volunteers have been wonderfully successful and really loved this side of the work!
The teacher training is carried out by volunteers under the close supervision of a Projects Abroad staff member and the teaching supervisor. You will prepare interactive lessons for small groups 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.
The schools in Peru also have a 2-week long break around the end of July and start of August. During this time volunteers help with a variety of community projects.
Our teaching programs will provide an invaluable opportunity for two different cultures to learn from each other. Teaching in Peru is one way to build relationships and have a rewarding international volunteer experience.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Peru have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Amazon Rainforest Conservation & Environment Project in Peru page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.