Teach Math and/or Chess

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Coordinator | Ian
Coordinator | Ian
Join our Light and Leadership Family in Huaycan and get involved with our after-school math and chess programs! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The Light and Leadership focuses primarily on educational and empowerment within three programs in Huaycán, Peru in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. LLI focuses on giving responsible and ethical volunteer placements to international volunteers. We ensure that our programs are directly benefiting the community and are focused on real impact and real community development. Volunteers live in a community in a Volunteer house that is a minute or two walk from the Kids Center and Education Offices as well as the Teen Center. Volunteers typically work within one or both of the Centers teaching classes while lesson planning and prepping in the Education Offices. Huaycán is about an hour via public transit to the center of traffic depending on traffic!

Peru consistently is evaluated as one of the worst math education systems world-wide. Our math program, operated as an after-school homework help program, works to improve students' understanding of math principles, improve their math academic grades and also, encourage a love for math! 

Our chess program works in several different areas within the community, allowing the volunteer to meet and play against a variety of different ages groups and skill levels. Volunteers don't need to be Chess grandmasters, but instead, have basic working knowledge of the game and work with students to learn strategies (we have books available). Chess tournaments bring students from all over the community together in a fun, but competitive environment! 

As a result, volunteers are given large amounts of responsibility and are valued as important players in our growth and impact as an organization. Each volunteer receives a primary and secondary placement within our programs, yet all volunteers contribute and help each other out when it's needed in other placements/programs.

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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School or Above level
Required Documents
Letter of Good Conduct/Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
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

What is included in the program fee: Airport Pick up Volunteer placement in Huaycan 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.

 Breakdown: 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 Maintenance.

Fees include a $200 registration fee plus the program fee that is calculated on a week to week bases.

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!). People generally have 1-2 roommates. The volunteer house includes a kitchen space, communal gathering room, and roof (to do Yoga, hang out, eat meals on). 

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 looking for volunteers to come throughout the year (with the exception of early December through early January). Volunteers who stay 6 weeks or more secure a primary placement and those who stay less will be a secondary placement (assistant teacher). We are currently looking for volunteers who can start March 1st 2019 and onward. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 688
5 weeks
$ 794
6 weeks
$ 897
7 weeks
$ 998
8 weeks
$ 1,098
9 weeks
$ 1,195
17 weeks
$ 1,745
48 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,991
Average fees
$ 138 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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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