Family volunteering in Peru really is an adventure for a lifetime for those who seek a real cultural exchange for them and their children. While adults work as teaching assistants (or teachers if they are fully qualified) in a local primary school, your children get to take part in classes, sports sessions and meet new friends from Cusco. So, although volunteering placements are associated with gap year students or empty nesters, we have found that families give and gain so much during these placements also.
Cusco, where you will be based, is famously the capital of the Inca Empire, and so while you aren’t participating in volunteer activities, you will have access to the ruins at Machu Picchu, which are accessible by train. Dominated by not only the Andes, extraordinary Quechua culture and colonial architecture, Cusco is like one big classroom really, but with lots of fun too.
You will be working with children aged 3-13, working alongside their full time professional teacher to help them gain confidence in reading, writing and of course speaking in English. If you have skills in other areas, we will be happy to incorporate them into your placement if they fit into the school curriculum.
You will be given support throughout the placement as well as training to make sure that local children can gain as much as possible from your contributions to their education. And, at the same time ensuring that you and your family leave with life long memories of having gained a wonderful, culturally immersive experience, as well as having contributed to the Cusco community in an important way.
A basic level of Spanish is preferred for this program.
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What is involved
Your time volunteering in Peru will consist of teaching English and supporting the after school clubs, developing activities and supervising children individually or in groups. You’ll also play a key role in every child’s personal development, developing their language skills and confidence. Your work as a teaching volunteer will be essential in helping children in the community reach their potential, allowing the community to thrive. Family Volunteers in Peru will assist children between 3-13 years old with homework (help improve math, science, and language skills), organise artistic or sport activities and workshops or organise health workshops.
Your teaching schedule will be given to you on arrival, but the teaching day is Monday- Friday, with sessions in the afternoons giving you ample free time in the mornings to enjoy Cusco.
It is recommended that you organize workshops starting at 4PM, after most kids are done with their homework. Or after their snack (5.30/6PM). There isn’t any fixed structure for volunteering activities. There is a family atmosphere and it’s easy to propose new ideas! A basic level of Spanish is preferred for this program.
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