Volunteer Teaching in Peru
Our teaching in Peru program takes place in the vibrant city of Cusco, home to ancient Incan ruins, stunning vitas and amazing Peruvian architecture. Our Peru teaching program in is located in a local community public elementary schools in Cusco and you’ll be working with local children aged 6-11 years old to improve their English and sports skills. This is the perfect program for volunteers wanting to make a real difference in the local community while developing their teaching skills and experience. You will receive support and training in the placements, enabling you to truly make the most of this amazing program.
Teaching English in Peru
This project is based in a public elementary schools in Cusco, teaching girls in the mornings and both girls and boys in the afternoons. In each classroom there are between 30 to 40 children and are all children from the local community, so you’ll be able to make a real impact on the surrounding community in Cusco. Working as a teacher abroad in Peru will also help you gain priceless work experience, meet some great friends and like-minded people along the way and most importantly, make a real impact through volunteering.
Sports Teaching in Peru
Our sports teaching program in Cusco is held in the same elementary school. The aim of the program is to empower girls through sport, using physical education as a method for promoting leadership, teamwork and communication, self-confidence and healthy living. Empowering girls in communities is vital to encourage social mobility and development, so you’ll really be able to help the community in a lasting way.
Your time volunteering in Peru will consist of teaching English and supporting the teachers in local schools, 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.
The teaching program is for a minimum of 2 weeks. Your teaching schedule will be given to you on arrival, but the teaching day is Monday- Friday, with mornings from 8am-1pm and afternoon hours from 1pm-5.45pm. This schedule leaves you with plenty of time to travel and experience the local area at the weekends.
If you opt to teach sports, the sports lessons are held on a sports field approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the school. The sports teaching program is for a minimum of 4 weeks, during which time you’ll work to develop lessons, the teaching curriculum and with children in groups and on an individual level. Each day will be different, so you’ll be able to utilise and develop your sports teaching skills through fun, varied work.
You are able to combine both the Teaching English in Peru program and the Teaching Sport program in Peru to create your ideal teaching volunteering program.
Beautiful Cusco is the ideal location to explore Peru at the weekends. You’ll be able to take day trips to stunning Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, explore the history and colonial architecture of Cusco, visit ancient Incan villages and experience nature at the stunning Lake Titicaca. Peru is a vibrant, welcoming and diverse country, the perfect place to have an amazing volunteering abroad adventure.
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All our rates are in USD $ per person. The below rates do not include Spanish classes
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Spanish Classes Basic 10 hrs a week (2 hours a day) budget USD $100
Medical Spanish Course 15 hrs a week (3 hours a day) budget USD $170
- Placement fees to schools or community
- Accommodation in home-stays
- All Meals
- 24/7 Emergency local numbers
- Airport Pick up
- Area Orientation on arrival
- Recommendation or certificates of completion (upon request)
Whats not Included :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Airport Drop
- Transport to Project Sites
- Spanish Language Courses
You will also interact and meet Ronald, a local from Cusco is a super friendly volunteer leader and ensures all arrangements on ground are organised and your project placement is tailored to your needs. We will put you in touch with Ronald before you come out.
- The closest major airport to Cusco, Peru where you to arrive is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ / SPZO).
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Peru. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish Language Courses
Our local team can organise Spanish classes for you that are lively with interactive activities. Your Spanish classes will help in improving your language skills through conversation, comprehension, pronunciation, grammar and reading. Finally, we examine important grammatical points at each level.
You can add on a Spanish course for teaching purposes. The Spanish course will give you a specialised vocabulary and you will develop your Spanish in a practical context. The Spanish course will prepare you for communicating better with students who only speak Spanish and for talking with local teachers.
The regular Spanish course is an individual course of 15 hours per week, 3 hours per day. You can also do a half course with 10 hours a week, 2 hours a day The lessons are given in the mornings or afternoons. It is possible to do a Spanish course and do teaching at the same time.
Spanish is not necessary for teaching and learning Spanish is optional. Our local team can help book these for you on arrival or you can pre-book these classes with us.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements :
You’ll live in Cusco and stay at a homestay with a local Peruvian family. You will get a private room and an extremely friendly and welcoming family to live with. It’s a truly immersive, life-changing travel experience and you’ll make friends and connections for life.
All our volunteers will have access to western style bathrooms and home cooked meals will be organised on your behalf. Daily transport to your placement will be using public transport such as buses and auto rickshaws will be organised by us but you will have to pay extra for this. Don’t worry its not too expensive in Peru and you can budget $1-2 (£2) a day for this.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on project. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. For more details email us!
Why Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’