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.
During this leg of your Global Gap program, you will work towards implementing the national lesson plan created by the Peruvian government. You will work as an assistant to a local teacher, and are encouraged to use and create your own lesson plans based on the teaching schedule. Your attention will be focused on conversational English instead of written assignments and grammar lessons. In Peru, local English speakers who would otherwise be teachers are often tempted by higher salaries in the local tourist industry, so you will have an important role as a teacher during your stay.
While living in Cusco, participants will help with an innovative teacher-training program during Peru's long school vacations from January to March. Teacher-training workshops on English instruction are led by our project supervisors, along with the help of our volunteers. 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 Cusco. Through this important program volunteers are raising the level of English instruction in Cusco for years to come.
- Name: Vilma Unda
- Title: Head of Secondary Schools
- Organization: Ministry of Education - Cusco
The project developed by Projects Abroad in the Cusco region is especially important as we are working on a diversified regional curriculum. The in-service teacher training offered by Projects Abroad and the volunteers accompanying the Peruvian English teachers has had a positive influence on thousand of students. Taking into account that the Cusco region is extremely touristy, the development of a pertinent and diversified curriculum for the teaching of a second (and in many cases third) language is a priority and we would like to thank and acknowledge the help we received from all Projects Abroad volunteers and staff alike.
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 – about 40 minutes from Cusco. Here volunteers will get to participate in different archaeological work, community work, and expeditions throughout the surrounding area.
At the conclusion of the work in participants will visit the magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu. After several days of hiking and exploring ruins the participants' few remaining days will be spent relaxing in the city of Cusco.