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HOOP is looking for a new Academic Assistant to join our successful team. Must be fluent in English. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 21+
As HOOP’s Academic Assistant you will become an integral part to the development and management of HOOP’s projects, from strategic planning of the NGO’s activities, organising health outreach programs to reporting on the impact of our education program.

This is a varied role requiring good organisation, hard work, and a passion for reducing systemic inequality through a small but impactful education and community project in Peru.

Our volunteer program aim to make a difference through Education and specially English. We believe that English can create opportunities for young people in Arequipa, so we offer free classes to anyone who want to attends. Most primary public school do not have an English program at all. By giving young people the chance to learn English, HOOP helps boost their education and provide a way out of poverty.

As Academic Assistant you will manage HOOP’s academic program, helping to develop and improve the curriculum. You will be a team leader for the HOOP volunteers and help them be effective teachers and address any issues that arise with confidence and professionalism.

You will be a friendly and approachable point of contact for parents and students at the HOOP school, helping to build trusting relationships with HOOP’s beneficiaries and the wider community.

Responsibilities include:


  • ·         Ensure volunteer teachers are prepared for class and are being as effective as possible in meeting the aims of HOOP’s English program and extra curricular activities.
  • ·         Be a mentor to new volunteers.
  • ·         Help develop and deliver teacher training, and optimise teaching methods and materials to ensure our high quality service.
  • ·         Assist with classroom duties where needed – e.g. being a lead or assistant teacher when other team members are sick.
  • ·         Assist the Education and Volunteer Coordinator in designing proposals for new academic programs.
  • ·         Monitor and evaluate the course to ensure its maximum impact.
  • ·         Ensuring school paperwork such as registration forms, attendance sheets, incident reports and exam results are up to date.
  • ·         Other ad-hoc tasks involved in HOOP’s wider organisation when needed.

Desired skills:


  • ·         Qualification in education or teaching English (or working towards it).
  • ·         Experience working with children and being approachable for children, teenagers and adults.
  • ·         Intermediate Spanish preferred.
  • ·         Fluent English.
  • ·         Enjoy public speaking, leadership, coordination, and teamwork.
  • ·         Good time management and organizational skills.
  • ·         Commitment to the mission of HOOP and achieving the project vision.
  • ·         Innovation and creativity in designing and adapting programs.
  • ·         Cultural sensitivity.


What we offer:


  • Further your practical work experience in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive environment.
  • Gain experience working in the NGO sector and learn about issues in international development.
  • One-to-one mentoring by the Education and Volunteer Coordinator.
  • A structured personal development plan, which will be reviewed regularly throughout your placement.
  • A reference upon successful completion of your placement.


Typical day

A typical day will start around 10:00 am when most the team arrives, the academic assistant will then liaise with the Education Volunteer for the task a day and start working on them. Overall the day-to-day tasks are as listed below

  • Contribute to the improvement and development of our Education program 
  • Research new program areas
  • Impact reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Research and organisation of community outreach initiatives 
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and weekly volunteer coordination meetings

The day finishs between 17:00 and 18:00 depending on the workload.

The volunteers lives in the city center of Arequipa, which is close to all the shop and activities. We have 2 guest house where the volunteers can rent a room. Usually, most of the volunteers live together. The office of the NGO is also located in the center, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes in a combi to get to the office from the very city center.

The Volunteers works closely with the permanent staff member who are there to support them at any time wether it is work related or any other matter.

Free-time activities

Arequipa is a beautiful city of about 1 million people. It is known as "The White City", because of the distinct white volcanic rock called sillar that was used to build Arequipa’s historical town. The city is very beautiful and is surrounded by Misti, Piccu Piccu and Chanchani volcanoes. The weather is very sunny and pleasant all year-round. The altitude is high, over 2,328 metres. The climate is dry and there are 300 days of sunshine per year. Arequipa is a touristy city so the the nightlife is very active and lively. There are many markets, bars, restaurants and cultural sights to explore. 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Education, Pedagogy at University level
Required Documents
CV, Criminal back ground check and Reference letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by HOOP Peru

We're using the fee for:

1 - Buying school supplies
2 - Paying the rent of the school
3 - Buying office supplies
4 - Organizing event for the children and the family of the community

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) in Arequipa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

We are currently looking for someone who can begin in March 2019, but we offer on-going placement througout the year.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
12 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$16 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. HOOP Peru will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with HOOP Peru during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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