Our volunteer teaching projects in Peru offer a range of opportunities in education depending on your level of experience and the kind of teaching work you'd like to do. Everything from after school care, English teaching, sports, homework assistance to even special subject teaching is available. Our placements cover a range of ages, but in each case your classes will include Peruvian children from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that you are working where you are able to make the most impact.
View our teaching projects (Teaching at School, After School Program, Kindergarten) below, or get in touch with us directly if there is a special area of education you´d like to work in.
In Cusco there are several after school programs. Proyecto Peru primarily works with the after school programs where the help is most needed. In the after school programs, you will work with the more "vulnerable" children. The parents of these kids work, for example, on the street, or have a hard time providing food.
Therefore, cooking lunch or dinner for the kids is an essential part in these after school programs. In the after school program you will primarily work with children between 6 and 12 years old. You may also work with younger or older kids as well. You get the opportunity to take care of these children and teach them something valuable. What you want to teach them is completely up to you! You can teach them sports, English, or help them with their mathematic homework. The more initiative you take, the more value you can add to this project!
You can create activities and/or English classes for the children. It is completely up to you what you want to teach! If you organize workshops, they will be starting at 4 PM, after most kids are done with their homework, or after their snack (5:30/6 PM).
There isn’t any fixed structure for volunteering activities. It's a family atmosphere where you can propose new ideas easily!
In this project you will fulfill the role of teacher (assistant) in a Secondary School. You will shadow and observe your teacher, supervise the class, help the children in doing their homework, and most important: support in teaching. The support in teaching can vary from teaching English, another language, Mathematics, to sports. This depends on your personal preference and where the support is needed most. Optionally, you could get the opportunity to teach your own class!
Experience in a classroom setting will give you more freedom to do activities. Schools are closed during summer vacation between mid December and the beginning of March.
In the Kindergarten project you will take care of 20 to 30 children of 3, 4, and 5 years old. Some children deal with a difficult background. The kindergarten is supposed to offer them a safe environment where they can play games, do homework, and learn new things. The project can be quite chaotic but very rewarding. You will definetly learn a lot! Dependent on your personal preferences, you can teach the children English, sports, or another course of interest. It is highly encouraged (and appreciated) to take initiative.
Summer holidays are from mid-December until the end of March. Winter holidays are during the last week of July and first week of August.