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Volunteer Teaching in Peru

Project Info
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

Volunteering on a Teaching Project in Peru

As a volunteer in Peru, your role is built firmly into this scheme and curriculum. You may find that you teach many 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.

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!

Gap Year Teaching projects in Peru

The teacher training is carried out by volunteers under the close supervision of Tim 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 on Teaching, Care, Culture & Community, Medicine & Healthcare, Sports or Spanish placements in Peru now have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement. Click here for more information.

Volunteer ProfileChris Dominey
Chris Dominey
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...

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Peru.

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