Volunteer Teaching Assistant at a Special Needs School - Peru



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Las Camelias 431



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.

Special Needs School

This school began as the only special education center in the area tailored to the needs of the 4,500 people in the area with visual deficiencies. The mission of the School is to offer education and vocational training to those in need in order to ensure their participation in the socio-economic development of Peru. Now, the school opens its door to children with other types of disabilities such as down syndrome and autism.

The school is run by Madre Nelida, who ensures the excellent state of the facilities and does an amazing job of looking after the books and equipment. There is a wonderful familial atmosphere at the school and it doesn’t take long to become attached to both the staff and students. The school offers primary school education and assistance with secondary and university school work for students that have moved on to higher levels. It also offers multiple workshops including music, handicrafts, typing and IT as well as teaching how to carry out domestic tasks to help the students become more independent and self-reliant. Some older students also have the opportunity to participate in a unique program offering training in massage therapy, reflexology and beauty treatments and they’re always looking for people to practice on! Once they have completed the training and received certification they have the opportunity to work in a therapeutic center in the city.

Attending the school is free for families with low incomes (families with higher incomes pay a minimal annual fee), and the state pays the salaries of the staff but does not help with the transportation of the students to the school, nor with the purchasing of textbooks, adapted materials or renovation of old equipment. It is because of this that the Center asks for donations and external financial help in order to progress and move forward.

Volunteer Roles/Working Hours

  • The teachers at this school are extremely dedicated, but very much in need of assistants. Every bit of extra help allows them to make better use of their time and therefore provide the students with a better education. Furthermore, every additional volunteer provides much more individual attention to children that are very much in need of it.
  • The types of roles open to volunteers at the school varies according to the different skills of the volunteer. Those who have experience in special needs education will find Tulio Herrera Leon a challenging and fulfilling environment in which to work. There are also possibilities for volunteers to work in physiotherapy, music teaching, IT teaching as well as more general positions, providing help and assistance in the classrooms.
  • Working hours in this position are Monday – Friday, 8am – 1.15pm.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Spanish Level required: Basic to Intermediate
  • Time Commitment: Min. 1 month
  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and assertiveness are much appreciated qualities in volunteers.
  • Previous experience with disabled children would be an advantage but it is certainly not expected or essential.

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: volunteer@otracosa.org

You can also submit your application at the following website: http://otracosa.org/volunteer/apply/