Psychology Assistant



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Calle Mayta Capac 1325
Rio Seco, El Porvenir


Within SKIP, we have two main Departments; Education and Family Welfare. Within the Education Department, we have pre-school, primary, secondary and English Programmes. Within family welfare, we have psychology, economic development, social work and health Programmes.

The Psychology Programme

The Psychology Programme works in close collaboration with the Social Work Programme to increase the social and emotional well-being of all families in SKIP. It provides support groups for children who are experiencing difficulties and runs parenting groups to look at behaviour management techniques. It also runs direct individual therapy sessions, with a focus on brief interventions for explicit difficulties that can be resolved in usually no more than 5 or 6 appointments. See Psychology Programme for more information

The position:

The Psychology Assistant will work under the supervision of the Psychology Coordinator. Activities will vary greatly depending on the level of Spanish and clinical experience of the volunteer as well as based on the activities planned for the time of year that the volunteer joins the psychology team. In addition, the length of time that the volunteer stays in SKIP will determine the activities that they are able to do in psychology.The assistant will typically spend between 2 and 4 sessions a week working with psychology, and the remainder of sessions will be within the other Education and Family Welfare departments as is appropriate given the organisation’s needs and the volunteer’s interest.

1 month placement at SKIP

This is the minimum amount of time that you can volunteer at SKIP. Much of the work in Psychology requires the volunteers to understand the context that the children and families live in and build a relationship with them. We don’t feel that this can be accomplished in a one month placement so the role of Psychology Assistants that come for just one month will be limited to the following. This is designed to give the volunteer some insight into this type of work and also help the classroom teachers.

  • Two sessions a week as a classroom assistant, there will be no one-on-one sessions with children or families
  • The Psychology assistant can also have an extra shift helping us develop more tools and games that we can use within the psychology program

Assistants with Low level of Spanish AND/OR a short term placement (1-3 months): Activities for these volunteers will mainly involve working with children in SKIP with special learning or behavioral needs. Even if a volunteer has a lot of clinical experience because of the short time and/or low level of Spanish these are the activities that the assistant will be able to do. Assistants will:

  • Conduct structured observations in the classroom of student behavior in order to assist in lesson planning, therapy goals, or group planning for the psychologist and teachers
  • Provide classroom assistance as a teacher’s aide for students with special learning or behavioral needs
  • Meet with the psychologist for individual or group supervision regarding the students’ needs
  • Assist with academic support for younger children in reading and math

Assistants with higher levels of Spanish AND more clinical experience AND a longer term placement (3 months or more): Activities may include the following:

  • Provide classroom assistance as a teacher’s aide for students with special learning or behavioral needs (most volunteers will start in this role as a way to get to know the students)
  • Assisting in the planning of and/or carrying out group therapy sessions for primary school children (depending on the time of year)
  • Assisting in planning of and/or carrying out workshops for adolescents or mothers on various topics (including child development, mental health, healthy relationships and preventing interpersonal violence)

In all cases the volunteers will be supervised by the Psychology Coordinator through supervision meetings. However, the psychology coordinator will not be directly assisting in the assistant’s sessions with the children. We also do not have the capacity to provide constant interpretation support for the language barrier. We will have people available to assist in occasional interpretations so that you can talk with the teacher or other staff member as needed. The volunteer will be responsible for their sessions and will need to be proactive in order to create the plans and get language assistance as needed.


  • Relevant degree or currently studying within a relevant field
  • Passion for working with children and families
  • Maturity
  • Patience
  • Flexibility
  • Proactivity
  • Minimum 1 month commitment


  • Experience working with children
  • Intermediate or better Spanish
  • Experience in leading or helping with therapy groups
  • Experience working in South America

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

The benefits of volunteering with us:

In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:

  • A thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
  • Structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members – you can read bios for all our permanent team on the website
  • Mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
  • The chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
  • Confirmation of volunteer service

If you’re ready to take the next step, download an application form to apply

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