Assistant School Teacher in the Andes

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founded in 2012
NGO Taxi
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High­lights

Help provide inclusive education and support children in breaking the poverty cycle
Work hand in hand with local teachers, assisting in planning and delivering lessons
Increase in your international experience by living, working and sharing with a locals, learning about other cultures and realities.
Learn Spanish in our FREE Intensive Spanish course and practice with the locals on a daily basis
Travel through Peru, discover the Andes and visit historical sites like Machu Picchu!
We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Support local schools in providing inclusive education. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

We include a 1-week full immersion FREE Spanish course because we believe that it will allow you to have a greater impact on the project, as you will be able to interact with local people and communities and share knowledge and skills. The Spanish course is catered to your project and will teach you specific vocabulary that you will need during the placement. 


NGO Taxi works with four schools in the Peruvian Andes that provide flexible and inclusive learning for children aged 7-16 years old who come from families living with scarce income, forcing children to work in the daytime. This project supports schools with English-speaking volunteers who can increase the quality of the schools' English language education. This is essential, as the best-paid jobs in the area are in the tourism industry. Therefore, access to a good English education will help these children break the poverty cycle.

You will be working hand in hand with the teacher in charge of the class. The school follows a set curriculum but with a certain flexibility and creativity which will allow you to propose and work on ideas and activities.

Come and join us to:

  • Help provide inclusive education and support children in breaking the poverty cycle to increase their opportunities for a better future.
  • Learn about other cultures and realities.
  • Learn how to adapt and respond to changes and how to deal with different aspects of daily life and fields of activity. Become flexible, resourceful, and a team player.
  • Get involved in teaching and education.
  • And learn and practice your Spanish!

Keep in mind:

It can sometimes be very hard to motivate the children because they are caught up in a complex situation of having to work and go to school. In many cases, they need to work and support the entire family. Healthy family structures are often disrupted and the children are not well protected or cared for at home. Learning curves at schools are therefore very low. Some of the children do not seem to make any progress throughout the year, which is why the same curriculum is often taught over and over again, and to children of different ages.

This volunteering opportunity requires a great amount of patience and genuine will to work hard in order to give these children some perspective. However, you will also be rewarded with a great number of smiles, gratefulness, and natural energy that will certainly stay in your life forever. 

This project supports and encourages teamwork along with a great deal of flexibility, autonomy and initiative. If you are open and ready for it, you’ll learn how to deal with aspects of daily life and be able to adapt to different fields of activity.

Generally, you should be ready to respond to changes and be able to deal with the unexpected for any work in South America.

Special conditions:
The schools have multiple classrooms and outside play areas and cater to between 600-5000 students, sometimes with 30-40 students in a class. Facilities and classroom equipment is basic but not lacking. You are welcome to provide or create your own materials needed for activities. 

Sometimes you will find that you are the only volunteer at a school. At other times, however, there might be more volunteers, so be prepared for variety in the people you will meet and work with. In any case, you will always be surrounded by dozens of children full of the joys of life, and of course, you will have the support of the local teachers.

Language requirements:
As an assistant teacher, you must speak a basic-intermediate level of Spanish prior to starting as lessons are also taught in Spanish, and it is necessary to communicate closely with the teacher you will be working with, and with the students. We will provide you with a FREE 20-hour Spanish language program that prepares you for teaching at schools. If you do not have enough previous Spanish experience you must complete an additional language course. You can also start a basic Spanish course via online videos, Skype or by taking part in a virtual classroom. Or you can opt for group lessons or private instruction on-location in one of the language schools associated with us, for example. Please ask us and we will provide you with all the information.

Typical day

  • Assisting teachers in planning and delivering lessons.
  • Supporting, encouraging, and motivating students during lessons.
  • Providing fluent-speaker modeling in English classes
  • Working one-on-one with students to assist with their particular challenges. 
  • Design and supervision of activities during or outside of class times.
  • Project monitoring and reporting.
  • These tasks are examples, but we always aim to focus on the current needs and priorities of the project. This means your tasks may vary and will be determined by the school teacher and NGO Taxi management.
    Working hours:
    You will be expected to work at least 25 hours a week, around 5 hours per day. You may choose to work during the morning or afternoon sessions.

Free-time activities

Cusco is a beautiful historical city, with loads to see and do. Take a city tour to discover the historical sights, visit its museums or relax in a local cafe watching the locals go about their daily activities. Do you want to meet new people? Why don't you join a dance class or a cooking class?

Or use Cusco as a base to visit the imposing citadel of Machu Picchu or the breathtaking Rainbow Mountains! 
If you are a sporty person, go hiking or mountain biking in the Andes, and if you are into extreme sports, why don't you try rafting, paragliding, or ziplining? We assure you, in Cusco there is so much to do you won't have time to get bored!

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
For this volunteering opportunity a certificate of conduct is required.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with teaching training or experience will be prioritized for this opportunity, as well as those with previous experience working with children. However, a teaching background is not required. In this case, a mature and sensible attitude, a willingness to learn, collaborate and share, and a dedication to being a role model and supporting students in their learning are essential.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by NGO Taxi

Included Services:

  • Accommodation incl. breakfast.
  • Pickup and transport from airport.
  • Pre-arrival pack.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Complementary t-shirt.
  • FREE 20 hour intensive Spanish course.
  • 24 hour support.

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Airport pickup is included. 

Accommodation
For this opportunity, the standard volunteer accommodation is in a hostel (incl. breakfast). Alternatively, you can stay in a local family homestay (2 meals per day).
Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

If you are staying with a guest family, you will have breakfast and dinner at their home. If you stay at a youth hostel, you will have breakfast at the hostel and dinner at a local restaurant.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Official start dates:
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Individual start dates:
+ € 150,00 – Start your placement any Sunday of the month
+ € 250,00 – Chose your own start dates and change them up to 3 times before your trip.*

*Last date change up to 3 weeks before your departure.

Please be aware that the summer holidays last from mid-December until the beginning of March. The exact dates can vary from year to year and school to school. There is also one two-week mid-term holiday at the end of July and the beginning of AugustYou will not be able to volunteer at the school during these times.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,220
8 weeks
$2,329
12 weeks
$3,382
50 weeks (max. stay)
$14,091
Average fees
$293 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. NGO Taxi 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 NGO Taxi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assistant School Teacher in the Andes

We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Support local schools in providing inclusive education.

$264/week

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