HELP English Teacher: Huanchaco



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 Teacher

Your role will consist of leading the English classes, where possible this will be done together with another volunteer. At present, the general level of English of our learners across all schools and settings is basic, and it is important that volunteers are prepared to be teaching students or learners who will more than likely be at a beginner level. Generally, volunteers will work with classes once or twice a week, and the length of lessons is usually around an hour, but can sometimes be shortened or extended depending on other activities of schools and settings. The class teacher will usually be there in the classroom with you but normally not participating. Depending on which class you teach the assistance you will receive from the teacher will vary. Specific tasks include a combination of the activities listed below.

Volunteer roles/working hours

  • Giving formal 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.
  • Submitting your lesson plans to the project coordinator or assistant manager by Thursday each week for the following week
  • 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
  • The school is open most of the year (from March to mid-December). Volunteers can get there from Monday to Friday – in the morning (8am until 1pm). Do not forget you’ll need some time for planning activities and staff meetings!

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.

Fee Required


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • 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: