Social Work Practice Placement



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Calle Mayta Capac 1325
Rio Seco, El Porvenir


If you are studying Social Work, you can complete one of your assessed placements in Peru at SKIP. If you have not yet decided to study, but are keen to gain experience in social work, we are able to offer training and support in a range of volunteering positions.

What We Do:

SKIP works with 142 families and 250 children. SKIP aims to increase the number of children in this district completing primary education and either finishing secondary education or finding training/employment. SKIP intends to achieve these aims by:

  • Fully financing the education (fees, uniforms, materials) for every child in the programme.
  • Providing a complementary educational programme to reinforce learning at school and help with homework
  • Implementing educational workshops with parents and carers covering a diverse range of subjects from parenting skills to breast cancer awareness to healthy eating.
  • Developing projects that involve the parents in service provision (parents currently help in the primary education programme and a parent committee provides feedback on programme satisfaction and requested development).
  • Granting microfinance loans for small business development and home improvements.
  • Providing business workshops, such as in basic accounting. As well as providing handicraft workshops for parents, including help with sales and product development.
  • Making available counseling services.
  • Providing English classes for 1200 children in local public schools.

Student Social Work Placements at SKIP:

We recommend that all students teach English as this provides the opportunity for non Spanish speakers to take a direct role in the classroom both teaching and managing behaviour, and actively prepare and review lesson plans in line with our written curriculum. Lessons take place at the SKIP Centre as well as in local public schools, providing an opportunity to observe the state education system in Peru.

Due, in part, to a lack of structure in the public education system, many of the children at SKIP display challenging behaviour, and others have learning difficulties, in particular they can struggle to concentrate and are very active in the classroom. As a result, we work in small groups and have a highly structured behaviour management system in place in order to give children clear messages regarding appropriate behaviour and consequences if those expectations are not met. This means that there is a wealth of learning for students regarding techniques in working with children and opportunities to apply theory to practice.

In addition to teaching English, there are a range of other potential activities students can choose from – we will usually be able to incorporate one or two of these (which will be selected on a basis of student choice and preference), along with a session in the library where volunteers help primary school students with their homework or play educational games such as jigsaw puzzles.

  • Art Teaching
  • Sports teaching
  • Dance teaching
  • Music teaching
  • Photography group
  • Psychology programme support (limited spaces)
  • Communications (writing articles and website management)
  • Grant Applications and fundraising
  • Youth Work
  • Handicraft groups with the mothers
  • Teaching Assistant (providing an opportunity to work with the youngest children aged 5-7 years in a nurturing environment)
  • Nursery teaching assistant (working with the youngest children in SKIP, babies aged 1-2 years. This programme also involves parents and carers who come for monthly training sessions to talk about stimulative play for their children).

All students will also work with the SKIP social work team for one session per week where they will support local social workers. Once students have completed some Spanish sessions in order to start improving their communication skills, training will begin with an introduction to social work in Peru and then progress to shadowing sessions where students are able to observe house visits and talk about the work and role of the team within SKIP's holistic approach. There will also be opportunities to consider international social work and compare approaches in different countries.

Following the initial training period, students will begin to support the work of the team according to the needs of the project at that time of year. It should be noted that this work will not involve work of a sensitive nature which needs to be conducted by local professionals.

For more information, please refer to our website where you can also read blogs written by previous social work students and find out about their experiences.

Fee Required


Training Provided

Housing Available

Language/Cultural Support Available

We welcome



International Volunteers

How To Apply

How to apply

We are more than happy to consider applications from students and individuals throughout the world. Once you are ready, you can download an application form to start the application process.

Similar placements can be arranged for students on a range of other courses such as Youth and/or Community Work, International Development, International Relations, Spanish language programmes and Humanitarian Aid, amongst others.

Please feel free to email to enquire about anything to do with placements.