Teach English to Kids and Teens

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Coordinator | Jamie
Coordinator | Jamie
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.
Join our Light and Leadership Family in Huaycan and teach in our largest after-school education program: English! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Educate. Empower. Bring Change to Huaycán. That is at the forefront of goals that volunteers are striving for in their stay in Huaycán on the outskirts of the thriving metropolis of Lima, Peru. Huaycán is a lower-income area, and when asked what they most need in their community, the response has been access to education resources. Thus, volunteers are charged with coming and teaching a course in our Teen's, Kid's and occasionally Women's Programs. Classes primarily include English, Art, Reading/Library, Math, Chess, Music, Yoga, and Computation - but we're always open to more ideas if you think it is feasible and sustainable. We ask that lead teachers stay a minimum of 6 weeks to teach a class while shorter term volunteers will be classroom and administrative assistants. Volunteers will be primarily working with kids (ages 7-12) as well as teens (ages 13-17) who normally would have access to free after school programs. We ask that volunteers teach generally 2-3 classes a day and lesson plan and attend meetings in the mornings with other volunteer teachers and the education program manager to check in regarding classes, lesson plans etc. 

Volunteers do not need to bring any necessary equipment (unless asked!) and do not need any prior teaching experience. We take volunteer preparation very seriously and thus we have curriculum for our courses that volunteers will have access to during their stay and we also supply volunteers with resources pre-arrival including lesson plan tips/guides, information about Peruvian education, history. We also put volunteers in contact with our education program manager pre-arrival to start to facilitate conversations, questions and concerns before volunteers arrive. Volunteers can also expect to receive information about life in Huaycán, what to pack, Visa procedures etc. Volunteer program fees include all meals at the dorm-style volunteer house, board at the house, as well as an airport pickup. Volunteers can expect Wifi at the house, hot showers, and supplied bottled water.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Typical day

Volunteers may teach two to three classes a day. Day start at 10am leaving volunteers to have mornings to themselves. Volunteers may do yoga on the roof, hike the nearby cerro (tall hill), or simply rest. Mornings are typically reserved for lesson planning and preparation. Lunches are communal and held at the volunteer house between 12 and 1. Classes typically start at 3pm (after school) and run through the evening and sometimes we hold special events on weekend nights! Volunteers then return to the volunteer house for dinner and may hang in the common room with other volunteers, play games. or go out to eat on the main road (called La Quince).

Free-time activities

Huaycan is located in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, a bustling capital city. Lima has lots of offer our volunteers and Lima is often where volunteers spend their day off. Trips to Lima are 1-2 hours each way by bus.
Within Huaycan, volunteers experience authentic every-day life in a Peruvian community. Concerts, street food, and other activities are not uncommon for volunteers to enjoy!



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)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School or Above level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Previous experience in classrooms and/or teaching is a plus, but not required. Spanish skills are NOT required to teach English!!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 20:00

What's Included

Services by Light & Leadership Initiative

Total fee = $200 registration fee + program fee (calculated on a per/week basis). Please inquire for more amounts. What is included in the program fee:

Airport Pick up
Volunteer placement in Huaycán
Secure housing
3 meals a day (Breakfast provided; prepared lunch; dinner prepared or food provided)
Bottled Water
Hot Showers
Cell Phone
Wireless Internet
Cleaning Service 6 days a week

46% Supports four local Peruvian salaries and one international staff member
17% Food and Water
17% Donation to Education Programs
13% Utilities and Bills
6% Logistics and House Maintenence

Airport Pickup at Jorge Chavez International Airport

We'll be there at the Lima airport to pick you up--no worries :)


All volunteers live together in a comfortable two-story house. Rooms are dormitory style shared spaces, with people having up to 3 other roommates at a time (though this isn't typical!). Volunteers share a kitchen, a communal common space where we play games, watch movies and maintain our volunteer library, and a rooftop that's good for yoga, dinners, and hanging out!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

A light breakfast, a big lunch and light dinner on work days.
A light breakfast and big lunch on free days (Wed/Thurs).

ALL food is prepared by a local cook...and it's amazing!

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.
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

We are always looking for qualified and energized English teachers! Please reach out to us to get a sense of our current needs!

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$127 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Light & Leadership Initiative 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 Light & Leadership Initiative during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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