HELP English Teacher Summer Programme (January-March)



Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Las Camelias 431


About Otra Cosa Network

At Otra Cosa Network, our vision is equal opportunities in Peru for everyone to succeed and thrive.

We run five of our own projects, which are all part of the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP). HELP is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for those living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco and the surrounding shanty towns. Alongside this, we support several partner organisations in the area, as well as in two remote locations in northern Peru.

English Summer Programme

We partner with the local library to put on free English classes open to all children ages 6-17 years old. They are split into groups based on their ages. As these classes are not in a formal school setting we encourage volunteers to take on this challenge a bit differently and teach though games, activities and crafts. The kids are on their summer holiday, so make the classes fun and educational at the same time!

Volunteer Roles/ Working Hours

  • Giving informal English lessons to children
  • Preparing lesson plans based on our curriculum outline – although we do have a subject curriculum in place it is very much an outline, you are responsible as the teacher for coming up with engaging and creative lesson plans. The project coordinator and/or assistant manager will be available to assist you in this.
  • Taking regular attendance of your classes
  • Guaranteeing that all the materials used during each session are stored and put back into place afterwards.
  • Bringing new ideas to improve the HELP English project.
  • Attending weekly meetings with your fellow volunteer teachers

Volunteer Requirements

  • Age 18+ on arrival
  • Basic to Intermediate Spanish level when you start working – we can arrange Spanish courses for you to start on arrival, which can boost your Spanish before you start volunteering.
  • Minimum commitment: 2 months
  • Empathetic, responsible, pro-active and strong enough personality to deal with unexpected situations and ask for help when necessary.
  • Some experience teaching or working with children
  • Empathetic, responsible, pro-active and strong enough personality to deal with unexpected situations and ask for help when necessary.
  • Good team player.
  • Ability and/or confidence to deal with streetwise children.

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This is an unpaid and self-funded position but we offer ongoing support to all our volunters. 

We can arrange everything for you from here, including your project(s) placement and your housing placement, and we will pick you up as soon as you arrive into Trujillo. You will be given an induction after you arrive and we are here to offer support, advice/help while you´'re here. For example there are weekly volunteer lunches, there is office volunteer drop in schedule and you can always schedule a time to meet with the operations manager or other staff. We can also advise where to go if you're sick and where to find anything you might need. 

Fee Required


Training Provided

Housing Available

Language/Cultural Support Available

We welcome


International Volunteers

How To Apply

For more information or to apply for the role, please email us at:

You can also submit your application at the following website: