Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Follow the trail of the ancients across the Andes, a mountain range steeped in mystery and legend. Cross into a land so inaccessible that until recently only the most adventurous explorers have penetrated its emerald depths and live among a community that has endured for centuries almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world. There, you'll teach basic English to young students who are keen to learn. After, you can climb sheer cliffs overlooking clear mountain lakes, trek across vast stretches of desert, or surf the legendary breaks off the Peruvian coast.
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
In Peru, the presence of a village school and teacher is considered by the poor as the most important first step on the road to progress out of poverty. However, in many rural areas difficult terrain and a lack of proper staff training have left poor children with an educational system that is largely dysfunctional. One problem is that the government is unable to supply rural schools with adequate educational materials. Rural and informal schools rarely have textbooks, reading materials, maps, charts or reference materials for teachers and students. Another is that teachers are often insufficiently trained and insufficiently motivated to teach children properly. In many cases, staff absenteeism has led to the closure of village schools.
You'll help these children to reach their true potential and bring joy to their lives by teaching, playing football, singing songs, and doing arts and crafts with them – a truly rewarding and enriching experience.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your work schedule will cover a varied and enjoyable teaching programme which will engage you fully with your pupils and will awaken your creativity and initiative. Volunteers will work with local street children in an informal setting which will encourage you to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Depending on your particular areas of interest and skill you could be teaching English, French, maths, science, geography, or even health awareness. You might be asked to become involved with marking pupils' work and producing an inspiring teaching plan including preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.
In addition to this you could organise or help with a variety of extracurricular activities depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it is helping put on a school play, organising a choir, or helping coach a sports team, just use your initiative! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.