Children's English Teacher

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As a children’s English teacher, you form the backbone of HOOP’s program by inspiring young people & helping to create better opportunities for them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Children’s English Teacher: 

English offers a hook into opportunity but many of Peru’s communities haven’t received English teaching. Meanwhile, public education hasn’t innovated to provide adequate training. HOOP fills the void. Through offering free community English classes, HOOP facilitates change beyond language learning. With HOOP, community development extends beyond the individual.

Apply now to be one of HOOP’s English teachers and provide children and mothers with information that can make all the difference. Volunteers work on long-term projects in a multicultural environment, cultivate lasting relationships, harness new abilities, and gain valuable NGO experience, all while enjoying the authenticity of Peru’s second-largest city.

HOOP requires a three month minimum commitment, with preference given to those who can stay longer.

You can change the life of a child with a sentence – volunteering with HOOP can make your word go further.

HOOP is committed to providing a high-quality experience for our volunteers, and we continually aim to improve our program in response to volunteer feedback. 

Desired skills:
  • Fluent in English
  • Basic to intermediate Spanish skills preferred, or a willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience living or working abroad preferred

Successful candidates will be:
  • Organized and reliable, with good time management
  • Creative and resourceful to be able to work in a development environment and make best use of HOOP’s limited resources
  • Flexible and responsive to the frequently changing needs of the organization and community
  • Approachable and personable to build effective relationships with the HOOP team, students and local people
What we offer:
  • Teacher training at the start of your placement and ongoing support in developing your teaching practice
  • The opportunity to further your practical teaching experience in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive environment
  • The opportunity to contribute to the improvement and development of our other program areas, including health, nutrition, hygiene and business classes
  • A reference upon successful completion of the placement
  • The chance to live in Peru as part of a team of fun, supportive and like-minded volunteers
  • The chance to improve your overall understanding of the international development field

  • Plan and deliver five English classes per week 
  • Record lesson plans and update relevant documents 
  • Monitor student progress and update student records 
  • Participate in weekly volunteer meetings, and deliver on your teaching responsibilities 
  • Supervise homework help or in the playground for one hour after English class 
  • Build relationships with the parents 
  • Update teaching materials and notify the Volunteer Coordinator of any additional resources required 
  • Take part in the organization of occasional HOOP fundraising activities 

Typical day

Teachers prepare their classes in the late mornings for an hour or so, before leaving at 2:00PM from the city centre to get a bus to the project. We start English classes at 3:30PM. Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes. After class, those volunteers with Spanish help students with their homework from school or attend art class on select days. Students without homework go to cancha (playground time, which we supervise). We leave the project at 5:45PM – 6:00PM and return to the city centre between 18:45 – 19:00. This leaves mornings and evenings free to do other activities like Spanish classes, salsa classes or just hanging out in Arequipa.

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. People from Arequipa are known for being friendly and it's a great place to learn or practice Spanish.

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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 (fluently) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School graduated level
Required Documents
CV, reference letter and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience working with children.
Experience teaching preferred
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 18:30

What's Included

Services by HOOP Peru

We are committed to providing a high-quality experience for volunteers, and we continually aim to improve our program in response to volunteer feedback. We provide teacher training at the beginning of your placement, and support throughout your time here. We have a dedicated volunteer coordinator to help with any issues you may have while living in Arequipa. 

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 accept volunteers all throughout the year, but are currently in need of English teachers starting from March onwards.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$18 /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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Children's English Teacher

As a children’s English teacher, you form the backbone of HOOP’s program by inspiring young people & helping to create better opportunities for them.


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