HELP English Coordinator

founded in 2004
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Coordinator | Sophia
Coordinator | Sophia
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ELT coordinator to develop and improve language courses, materials and resources for our English Language Teaching projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 21+
Project Overview

Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP) is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for the lower-income children and adults in Huanchaco and its surrounding towns.  In Peru it is widely recognised that speaking English is very important in the today's world to get a scholarship to study abroad, to work in tourism, or to work abroad. At expensive private schools children are already made familiar with English at a young age. Unfortunately, the government does not have enough money or skilled teachers to offer the same thing in their state and public schools. So that’s where HELP English steps in providing skilled volunteers to teach English in schools and within the community.  Our volunteers have become a valuable resource for the schools and the community, because they provide a service that would not normally fit into their tight budgets.

Role/what you would be doing

All of our HELP (Huanchaco Education and Learning Program) Coordinator positions are higher-level volunteer positions for volunteers with strong leadership skills, who are looking to coordinate and manage one of our own Otra Cosa Network (OCN) HELP projects. In this position, you will receive supervision from the operations manager or the assistant manager and you will be responsible for overseeing and supervising all of our HELP English volunteers, and for coordinating with all of our partner schools and projects where our volunteers are teaching English. In this position, you will be expected to plan weekly meetings with all of our HELP English volunteers, to visit all of our partner schools and projects regularly, and to keep all of our HELP English resources including materials, books, curriculums and activities updated and organized. In addition, we do expect that you will continue to create new materials and resources for the project, based on what is needed to support our volunteers and to help this program continue to improve and be as successful as possible.


The HELP English Coordinator position is a very challenging position, although it can also be incredibly rewarding. This is our only HELP project where you will not only be coordinating with and supporting all of our other HELP English volunteers, but where you will be liaising with all of the schools and projects where those volunteers are teaching English. Therefore, you will be working with many different schools, directors, coordinators, teachers, and volunteers who all have their own schedules, plans, personalities and ways of doing things. Meanwhile, the school setting in Peru has proven to be difficult for many of our volunteers because student behaviors can be more difficult than what most of our volunteers are accustomed to at home, while there is often no plan or consistency for discipline or ways to support teachers with student behaviors in the schools. However, many past volunteers have developed their own systems of positive reinforcement and discipline, and we often use a lot of stickers to reinforce good work and good behavior, which has been quite effective in many of our classrooms.

Our schools here in Peru are usually not as organized as what we might expect, and many of our classes often get canceled at the last minute due to unexpected holidays, celebrations, testing and an array of other reasons. Meanwhile, our schools almost never take holidays at the same time. Thus, we work diligently to get holiday and vacation days written down in advance for each school so that our volunteers know their schedules and when they can plan vacations, and we will need your support in continuing this work. However, despite some of our best efforts, our schools often change their holidays at the last minute or end up celebrating something like Fiestas Patrias (Peru’s Independence Day) for an entire week so that even while the schools are still open, they may cancel all of the classes so that the kids can practice marching in the community parade instead of sticking to their planned schedules. This may sound completely disorganized and even crazy to many of us foreigners, and yet it is quite normal here in Peru, so please be prepared for the unexpected.

Only volunteers with a great deal of patience, leadership, flexibility and organization skills should apply for this position. You will not be receiving a great deal of supervision or structure in this position, because as the project coordinator, you will be managing the project and supervising the other volunteers. However, the OCN staff is always available to support you, and it is also your responsibility to reach out to us and to set up regular meetings with us so that we can help you and the project truly succeed.

Typical day

 Each schedule is tailored for you dependent on which projects you take part in, which can be more than one. 

Every week we have Friday volunteer lunches and a project tour during your time here. 

Free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, for all types of surfers. Huanchaco is surrounded by some mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). Furthermore, there's a beautiful white mountain range, the cordillera blanca, situated in Huaraz, fairly close to Huanchaco (9h bus ride), which offers a good many hiking and climbing possibilities in the most fascinating landscape. If you prefer cultural activities, we are a few minutes away from the Chan Chan and Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. The town of Huanchaco has a gym, and you can find some fields to play basketball and football close to the beach.

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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
english/spanish at School Level English level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers need to be adaptable and creative to work with limited resources. Attention to details, leadership, as well as organisation skills are required for this position.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Otra Cosa Network

The OCN payment fee covers Volunteer placement and accommodation arrangement services. It includes:
Collection in Trujillo at the bus station or airport, by a member of the OCN team;
Introduction to your project, as well as to Huanchaco;
Day to day support as and when required;
Advice on accommodation options in Huanchaco.

Please note that all travel as well as accommodation costs must be paid by the volunteer (in addition to the Volunteer Program Fees).

Airport Pickup at Trujillo Airport

Given prior knowledge, OCN will arrange for their new volunteers to be picked up at the airport or bus station in Trujillo upon arrival and brought to their accommodation facilities in Huanchaco.

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. 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

You can start whenever fits you as we tailor the start of projects to you. When you arrive we will come and pick you up from the airport or us station. From there you will be taken to your accommodation that will have been pre-organised with you.

From there you will settle in and have a walking tour the next day and introduction so you can feel a bit more familiar with the area. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
12 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
17 weeks
29 weeks
37 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$24 /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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