English Teacher in Mountain Village

founded in 2004
Otra Cosa Network
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Coordinator | Sophia
Coordinator | Sophia
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Gain an understanding of NGOs and how they cooperate with local communities
Apply your specific knowledge and past experiences when contributing with lesson planning and execution
Enjoy fresh seafood and beautiful sunsets in Huanchaco after volunteering being only a couple minutes away from the beach
Immerse yourself to the rich Peruvian culture and hopefully master your Spanish speaking skills while travelling through the country
Join and bond with a team of like minded international individuals through weekly lunches, weekend excursions, and communal housing
Do you have a passion for the English language and want to bring your knowledge into a remote mountain town, high up in the Andes? Then join us in Peru! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
About Otra Cosa Network:

Otra Cosa Network is a well-established UK Registered Charity and Peruvian registered not for profit (NGO), addressing the educational needs of children and vulnerable adults in an extremely impoverished area of Northern Peru. We work in informal settlements where many community members have been displaced by climate change, disaster and political instability. They live in precarious circumstances, few have running water, sewage provision and there is only sporadic electricity. Additionally, many children are forced to work instead of continuing their education, in order to boost family finances and there are no community-based facilities for learning and developing new skills in a safe environment.

Our dynamic range of activities address language skills, environmental awareness, women’s entrepreneurship, youth, employability and gender empowerment. we are seeking volunteers to work in project implementation in our new Recreation and Education Centre as well as our field office. Projects will restart as soon as the community is safely able to come out of isolation, post coronavirus. Our range of activities are implemented by national and international volunteers, allowing them to express solidarity whilst boosting their field experience. We also partner with several institutions like the primary and secondary schools in the mountain town of Yanasara.

About the English Teaching position in a mountain village:

This opportunity is ideal for those who wish to practice their English teaching skills in a remote mountain town, five hours away from Huanchaco. The school doesn’t have enough money to employ well qualified teachers and there is also a problem of finding teachers who are willing to work in the mountains. As a result the primary and secondary schools in the village are understaffed and the children do not receive much English language education.

The role of the volunteer is to give English classes at the school, however you  can also teach Arts, Physical Education or any other subject. In the summer 2009 Otra Cosa donated to the secondary school some new musical equipment (a keyboard, guitars, flutes, clarinet, trumpets, horns, bass drum, small drums). If you play an instrument and you would like to teach the children feel free to organize lessons. 

English is not only important for the children of Yanasara but also for adults, who hope to be able to welcome tourists visiting the hot springs. It is possible to teach them too. 

In the near future we hope to offer teaching opportunities in schools within the informal settlements around Huanchaco. Stay tuned for further info!

Please note that all volunteer positions are also available as Internships. With this add-on you will receive an extra level of mentorship and where necessary all appropriate liaison with your academic institution to ensure compliance with internship placement requirements. 

This position includes tasks such as:
  • Planning and implementing lessons in English language skills and a variety of other topics. 

  • Delivering lessons and liaising with school teachers

  • Setting and marking homework and exams

  • Teaching other subjects as Arts, Music and Physical Education at the secondary school

  • Preparing all of your lesson plans based on very minimal resources.

  • Communicate weekly with the assistant manager via phone to check in and give an update of how things are going

What you can expect from us:
  • Personal pick-up upon arriving and walking tour through Huanchaco.

  • Accommodation and food from the community included.

  • Thorough introduction to the organization 

  • Certified training in First Aid and Child Safeguarding.

  • 24/7 emergency support 

  • The satisfying feeling of committing your work to a good cause whilst gaining insight into a new culture.

  • Certificate of completion detailing your role, the project(s) you participated in and the dates you volunteered in.

  • Current background check from your home country.

  • Native English speaker or advanced English fluency

  • Intermediate Spanish.

  • Time commitment: Minimum 2 months

* We can arrange Spanish classes for you in advance (by Skype) or during your stay, if you have no/minimum Spanish or want to improve your language skills.

Volunteering Hours:
  • Generally, 20-25 per week, Mon-Fri

  • Please note that there will be no classes during summer vacation here (mid-Dec. to early March.)

Related Fields of Study:
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

  • Primary Education

  • Secondary Education

  • Education in Development

  • English language and literature

Typical day

The village has two schools primary and secondary and they are separated by a river. In the primary School you start at 8:00 a.m.  You can have breakfast with the children if you would like to. You teach the alphabet, songs and follow our OCN English curriculum.  There are a lot of celebrations along the year. The second part of your timetable is to teach in the Secondary School and finish there until 1:00 p.m.

In the afternoon you will have free time and students tend to gather to play volleyball, walk in the countryside or go to the shop to recharge their mobile phones.  If you want to help out at the shop, the owner Señora Luciana is grateful for the support and may pay you in delicious soup and nice company - it’s a lovely way to pass the time.

Free-time activities

Once there you will be in a unique position to submerge yourself into the Andean way of life and after school you will have time to explore the beautiful mountain area. Yanasara is surrounded by three rivers, but the main attractions are the thermal baths. You can bathe in the thermal springs which are only fifteen-minute walk from Yanasara village, three pools built into the mountainside, flowing over with magic waters. These fantastic thermal baths are free for volunteers! 

The valley where the town is situated is at approximately 4000m altitude. At two and a half hours from the nearest town of Huamachuco, you can also take in the charming main square in Huamachuco full of unique and quirky topiary and the stunning archaeological site of Marcahuamachuco just outside town, which is known as the Machu Picchu of the north, as well as Wiracochapampa. There are also beautiful treks and kaes to explore, so if the outdoors, history and archaeology are your kind of thing, then this will be paradise.

Eating at a local restaurant costs only S/.5 (about 1.20 Euros/ Pounds). There is no internet connection in this village and to purchase any supplies you must travel by car-pool or combi (small bus) to Huamachuco.

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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 (basic level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Desired Skills and competencies:

-Studies and/or experience of teaching English desirable.
-Experience of looking after children desirable.
-Affinity for working with children (11-22 years old) and sometimes younger
-Innovation and creativity.
-Good teamwork.
-Independence and flexibility are very important
-Empathetic, responsible and open-mind personality.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Otra Cosa Network

The contribution payable by our volunteers and interns covers administrative fees, project placement, assisting with booking suitable housing, inductions and training as well as ongoing supervision, volunteer support and associated overheads. Please remember we are a not-for-profit organization, the low-cost volunteer contribution goes directly into covering the volunteering overheads and the rest to support our development projects- we don't make a penny in profit, unlike many other agencies or year-off businesses.

We think you’ll find that the low-cost volunteering model at Otra Cosa Network offer great value for money and compares extremely favourably to most other volunteer NGOs both here and around the world!  Please also have a look at our minimum volunteer contributions page which outlines the contributions and methods of payment.

Airport Pickup at Jorge Chavez International Airport

We can arrange all the logistics from our end: a pick up service as soon as you arrive in Trujillo, taking you to your accommodation, plus an induction and tour soon after you arrive and additional support, advice and help during your stay.


All volunteers and interns are able to stay in our affordable Volunteer House, depending on availability; the volunteer house has a variety of different rooms and apartments. This offers wifi, hot running water, clean and secure bedrooms and a great atmosphere, sharing the facilities with other volunteers. We also offer home stay options with local families as well.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. 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

Since our projects are continuous, we are accepting application all year round!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$53 /week

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

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English Teacher in Mountain Village

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