Teaching English In The Peruvian Amazon

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Coordinator | Christian
Coordinator | Christian
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High­lights

Experience the Amazonian way of life with local people!
Take advantage of the free 4 hours a week of our Spanish lessons!
Become more confident in teaching a language by using creative teaching methods!
Explore the Amazon and go camping during our weekends excursions!
Visit Indigenous Communities, The Boiling River, local plantations and turquoise water streams during your free time!
We believe that having the ability to communicate in English will help younger generations to have better opportunities in life. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

We provide free English classes for children, teenagers and adults. Therefore, everybody can participate in our community. We believe that English lessons will provide a valuable opportunity to help local people gain the skills they need to communicate with tourists and also help the younger generations to have better life opportunities.

TEFL Certificate is not a requirement but, it is a plus. We are looking for volunteers that are fluent in English and also have creative teaching ideas such as playing games, singing, storytelling, acting other activities. The focus should be on developing curiosity about other cultures and to experience language as a communication tool and part of a culture.

Volunteers can also design workshops for kids or adults such as football matches, arts and crafts, environmental education, drama and so on. The idea is to connect the new language abilities with positive emotions.

Volunteers could build teaching materials such as posters, cards and games with vocabularies to subject or writing down songs, rhymes and so on for other volunteers.

We teach English to three groups for 3 days a week. The first group are children between the ages of 6 and 9. The second group are children aged 10 to 14 years old. The third group are 15 years of age and older.

Volunteers help teaching up to 15 hours a week.

Typical day

On a typical day, volunteers prepare their class in advance by following a schedule with the topics to be taught. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Children ages 6-9 and 10-14 begin class in separate groups at 4:00pm. and end at 5:30pm. Then the adults come at 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Free-time activities

The following activities for volunteers are included:

  • Hiking at the Amazon rainforest
  • Swimming at local streams and river
  • Visit local plantations
  • Trek to local caves
  • Salsa lessons (2 days, 1.5 hours each day)
  • Spanish lessons (4 hours a week)
  • Camping in the rainforest (fishing, bonfire, exploring)
  • Cooking Peruvian food (2 days workshop)
  • Fishing at Pachitea river with local fisherman using a net
  • Make artisan chocolate (1 day workshop)
  • Make artisan cheese (1 day workshop)
  • Make Amazonian craft with locals (1 day workshop)

Volunteers can also do the following activities during their free time.

  • Explore the Amazon rainforest
  • Play sports with locals such as soccer or volleyball
  • Yoga with our deputy manager, Anne Poenisch
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony with local shaman
  • Fruit picking around the village
  • Bonfire around the Pachitea riverside
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Birdwatching
  • Visit indigenous communities (with previous permission)
  • Visit the Boiling River
  • Visit Austro-German Community
  • Boat trips and more...

Hiking
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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
required
Education Requirements
English, Environmental, History, Geography, Biology, etc at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Microsoft Office
-Team Work
-Problem Solving
-Creative
-Decision Maker
-Good Communication
-Good Attitude
-Self Confidence
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 16:00 - 20:00

What's Included

Services by Semillas Life

By volunteering with us, you get a unique chance to experience the stunning natural diversity and experience the beautiful local culture beyond a busy tourist industry. Our local tour guides will take you to different trips to the jungle.  At the same time you will help us to achieve our goal in giving back to our local community. We co-operate with a range of local people. Therefore, the fees go either straight to people in our community such as, farmers, taxi/colectivo drivers, hostels and restaurants owners,  boat and tour guides, etc.  as well as supporting the expenses of Semillas Life.

Airport Pickup at Capitan Rolden Airport

Transportation is included from Pucallpa´s airport or bus station to Puerto Inca. The taxi colectivo drivers will wait at the airport/bus station with a poster with the name of the volunteers so, the volunteers can recognize them. The ride from the city of Pucallpa to Puerto Inca takes about 2.5 hours.

Transportation expenses during our excursions are also included

Volunteers can either take a bus or flight from the city of Lima to the city of Pucallpa. Buses take about 20 hours long and flights take 1 hour to get to Pucallpa. (Not Included)



Accommodation
Accommodation is included for all our programs. Volunteers stay in a family hostel. Two same gender volunteers share a bedroom. All bedrooms have proper bathrooms and beds. Working with local families is part of our project to boost the local economy.
Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Food and Drink are include for all our programs. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Friday. For breakfast, we provide coffee or tea, bread, eggs, fruit juice, butter, jam, fruit salad. For Lunch and dinner, we provide Peruvian dishes, (starter + main dish + juice) with chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. We provide vegetarian and vegan meals with previous requirement. Volunteer will eat at local restaurants as part of our project to boost the local economy.

The village of Puerto Inca has no running water. People use water wells to get water. Former volunteers and us have drunk this water without problems. However, we recommend volunteers to bring a portable water filter to make sure they are drinking good water at any time like in our trips to the jungle.


Internet Access
Limited 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 Capitan Rolden Airport (PCL) in Pucallpa. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

At the moment, we are on standby due to Covid-19 pandemic. We have planned to restart our project on May 1st, 2021. After we restart our activities, volunteers can arrive any day of the year.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens May 2021. Apply Now!

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,080
5 weeks
$1,327
6 weeks
$1,573
7 weeks
$1,820
11 weeks
$2,806
19 weeks
$4,778
50 weeks (max. stay)
$12,420
Average fees
$259 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Semillas Life will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Semillas Life during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching English In The Peruvian Amazon

We believe that having the ability to communicate in English will help younger generations to have better opportunities in life.

$259/week

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