from 925€

Excellent 4.8rating (858)

Peru English Teaching Volunteers

location
4 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Excellent response rate

Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • 70% of volunteers are 18-22 years old
  • Teach in Peru to improve English levels & provide support to local teachers
  • Inspire street children leading lessons at the afterschool project in Cusco
  • Enjoy the local culture with salsa classes & Peruvian cuisine classes
  • Extraordinary travel opportunities to the sacred valley & Machu Picchu

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Groups

About the program

Support the efforts in a school to give the children a memorable education with the chance to learn from International Volunteers from all over the world.

Peru isn’t one of the most advanced of the Latin American locations regarding the education system. Much of the Peruvian curriculum focuses on tradition and history; general areas including Maths, Science and communication are not widely understood at an appropriate level. While the focus on ...

About the program

Peru isn’t one of the most advanced of the Latin American locations regarding the education system. Much of the Peruvian curriculum focuses on tradition and history; general areas including Maths, Science and communication are not widely understood at an appropriate level. While the focus on tradition and history is widely taught and know the general areas including Maths, Science and communication aren’t. In Peru there are three languages that are spoken including Spanish, Quechue and Aymara. The English language is very important in many regions of the country due to tourism, but as many educators are poorly trained and responsible for large class sizes the quality of the education is poor.

Other contributions for lower levels of education may be the lifestyle of many families along with their economic status. In Peru, low-income families will require children to work in the evenings selling items in the markets, hosting small shops, collecting rubbish or other various jobs to provide more income. Children with higher income families will have opportunities to study further, better their levels of English and knowledge in areas such as sports, music and social activity.

In the 70’s nearly 40% of the population only spoke the indigenous Quechue language which in turn resulted in the high prejudice for anyone associated with rural work such as agriculture and maintenance. Over the decades, the importance of education has been on the rise due to the importance of social status. Slowly, the Quechue language has phased out providing an alarming reality of lost tradition and acceptance of its use within the population. Well educated people from both low and high-status families are provided with the opportunity to travel the country, work internationally with tourism and trade along with governmental positions. Many of the locals request that their children are not only taught Spanish but given the opportunity to learn English.

Aside from receiving improved levels of education with a focus in English and Peruvian history, children are also introduced to recreational activities. Many of the local schools will provide sports and hygiene assistance to ensure their young generation is fit, well-rounded and presentable when the time comes to enter their working society. Volunteers will be happy to know they can teach both in and out of the classroom in creative settings including general lessons, sports and arts.

Alongside general education there has also been an increase in assistance for those with disabilities. In many parts of Peru the conditions are far too rural to provide appropriate care for those with physical and mental disabilities. In Cusco, the local government has provided the necessary education and location to provide care for children 4-17 years old as both a school and centre to care for while parents are working. These education centres have a special interest in children with greater needs than the average child including those with severe autism, bipolar, down syndrome, ADHD, Muscular Dystrophy and missing limbs.

PMGY Peru has teamed up with local primary schools to ensure that children are given more opportunity to learn English at an early stage along with care for the local educators. We want our volunteers to apply their ability to speak English as a 1st or 2nd language for these children to have a brighter future personally and professionally. We hope that along with the English lessons volunteers will feel a need to assist in the classroom setting during nap time, meal time and any specialised activities.

OUR VOLUNTEERS
In general, for whichever teaching project volunteers join us on our team do their best to ensure there is a basic set of resources for the children at the project and for volunteers to plan activities. The schools are both well resourced for whatever volunteers wish to do while participating on the project. If volunteers feel basic supplies are not easily available they are encouraged to speak to our local team who can provide the needful. If volunteers are wishing for additional resources, there is some great shops for such resources in town.
 
No teaching experience is required to join this programme although it is an advantage. Generally speaking as long as volunteers are pro-active, enthusiastic and have lots of positive energy they can make great developments during their time at the project. We expect volunteers to spend an hour or two each day preparing for the following days lessons if requested by the teacher.

We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.

SPANISH REQUIREMENTS
For our programmes in Latin America, we recommend that you speak basic to intermediate Spanish. While the programmes only require you to speak a basic level of Spanish, we find that the ability to speak a good level of Spanish will greatly enhance your overall experience. English is generally not widely spoken so if you do not speak a reasonable level of Spanish then you will find it difficult to communicate and thus may have a frustrating experience.

PMGY offer Online Spanish Lessons that you can take before your trip. These are priced at $225 for 20-hours and this provides you with the opportunity to receive one-on-one classes from a trained Spanish teacher. Classes are held via Skype and can be worked around your schedule back in your home country. We also offer a Language & Immersion Programme which you can take part in prior to your volunteer placement. This provides you with 20 hours-per-week of group Spanish lessons. Both of these options can be added during our online application process and are highly recommended if you want to make the most of your volunteer placement.

Once you are in-country then you are also able to organise additional Spanish lessons directly with our local team. Volunteer feedback suggests that it can often be tiring to complete Spanish lessons at the same time as your volunteer placement so we generally recommend the Language & Immersion Programme option.

ESSENTIAL INFO

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

Can I use this programme as part of a university or college placement? 

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions. 

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances. 

All volunteers will receive a digital PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you.


Typical day

PROJECT EXAMPLE – PRIMARY SCHOOL
The primary school is separated into two periods of education. In the mornings the school offers an all-girls programme for children 6-11 years old. The afternoons are co-ed courses providing for a more interactive learning environment for children 6-11 years old. ..

Typical day

PROJECT EXAMPLE – PRIMARY SCHOOL
The primary school is separated into two periods of education. In the mornings the school offers an all-girls programme for children 6-11 years old. The afternoons are co-ed courses providing for a more interactive learning environment for children 6-11 years old. At both periods of the day you will find 30-40 children per classroom, this is where volunteer’s help really comes in handy!

Each class has one to three instructors for general education and one teacher for English lessons. The English teacher will be teaching in the morning and afternoon to massive groups of children. Due to the lack of assistance and resources for teaching, the English lessons are not applied appropriately. As a volunteer in the classroom your role is to assist the teachers in supervising the children, improve English pronunciation, correct exams and provide created lesson planning.

As many children are not given the chance to join in alternative activities outside of school hours, project provides opportunities for the children to get involved in sports. The sports lessons are outside in a local field and included in part of their curriculum. The activities volunteers join in on are supervising, assisting with exercises, ensuring children are safe walking to/from the field and if you speak or are learning Spanish, you can create and instruct activities.

The project will be split into two-timetables. The morning will require volunteers to join from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The afternoon schedule is 1:00pm to 5:45pm.

PROJECT EXAMPLE – SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL
The special needs school is for those with disabilities of both mental and physical capacities. In the city of Cusco there are only 4 schools for disabled children which makes this programme so special! At this primary school you will work with children with the mental capacity of those up to 6th grade. Although they reach the 6th grade level the children can be anywhere from 3-20 years of age.

The work schedule is only in the morning from 8:00 to 1:00 pm, but at times there are occupational training courses for the older children from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

In every classroom there is one teacher with a maximum of 10 children. They have only one teacher-assistant that rotates through all courses. Because of this, volunteers are very welcome as most children require individual attention. In a classroom of young children you may encounter that though the groups are only a medium size of 6 the work-load is much higher than those at a higher age level and group of 13. The teachers try very hard to educate the children in basic skills to then pass on to future levels of education and to help out at home.

In the higher levels the students will learn to do activities like sewing, cooking and art. These skills can be used at home, occupational jobs and/or doing tourism based sales like art work or local craft. It is especially fun to assist in these classes as you can interact on a more detailed and personal level in a skill based environment. The younger levels are especially enjoyable as they enjoy singing songs, learning letters and painting. Each child has their own gifts and beautiful characteristics that will melt your heart!

Specific tasks that volunteers will participate in are classroom assistance, meal team and food preparation, crafts or activity time and for those with confining disabilities applying stimulating games. If volunteers wish they can rotate between classes during their period of volunteering or they can stay within one group.

At the special needs school there is one physiotherapist that gives therapy during school schedule. A volunteer can be assisting during her work in order to gain experience and help when it is needed.

Free-time activities

PMGY volunteer in Peru participants are based in Cusco, the Incan capital of world located in the Andes Mountains. The small city has so much history!  As you move through the narrow streets you can’t help but wander into the hidden markets, gaze upon the local artwork and chuckle at the llamas ...

Free-time activities

PMGY volunteer in Peru participants are based in Cusco, the Incan capital of world located in the Andes Mountains. The small city has so much history!  As you move through the narrow streets you can’t help but wander into the hidden markets, gaze upon the local artwork and chuckle at the llamas dressed in traditional material.

Peru is full of wonder with the Incan capital, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, the Amazon and the Nazca lines along with coast. Here you can find yourself in a prime spot to visit places like Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, the Maras Salt Mines, Sacred Site of the Moray, Lake Titicaca and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 Spanish (intermediate level) or English (intermediate level)

Criminal Background Check

required

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

You should be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application. While the programmes only require you to speak a basic level of Spanish, we find that the ability to speak a good level of Spanish will greatly enhance your overall experience.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Plan My Gap Year

Your fee includes both your registration fee and programme fees.

Your programme fee includes; accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), airport pickup (24 hours), in-country orientation, private transport to projects, 24 hour in-country support.

Your registration fee includes; 24 hour UK based support, comprehensive volunteer handbook, live pre-departure webinars, 100% financial protection, regular programme inspection.

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

You should arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (airport code CUZ) on the Sunday. The airport pickup is available 24 hours. 

On arrival, your homestay parent(s) will be at the waiting area for you holding a sign with your name on it. They will drive you straight to your homestay accommodation and get you settled in! The drive is short and usually only around 15 minutes to your host family accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival there may be a meal waiting for you. 

Accommodation

During your time with PMGY in Peru you will live in our homestay(s). The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way as well as local families whom will guide you in Cusco and help to improve your knowledge of the Spanish Language!

The homestays are located just outside of central Cusco all within 30 minutes walk of your chosen project. Each room has single beds, up to 3 people per room (same-sex rooms only). Volunteers are provided with bed linen and cupboard space to store clothes and accessories. All volunteers will have their own keys for the front of the building, apartment and their bedroom.

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is hot to ensure you keep warm in the chilly city of Cusco! The house has Wi-Fi and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled, but the families will prepare all meals (including a packed lunch if you wish).

The families of the homestay normally have a separate area within the house for their family, but they love to interact with volunteers and hear about your days. This ensures you have round the clock support and security along with the chance to improve your Spanish language skills.

Food & Beverages

Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during their time with PMGY. Breakfast and dinner are served at the homestay, whereas for lunch we provide you with a packed lunch (upon request). Boiled and filtered water is also available at the homestay(s) for volunteers.

Most meals are traditional Peruvian dishes. Peruvian cuisine consists of a lot of rice or quinoa and the meat is mainly chicken. Most meals will incorporate lots of carbs and vegetables compared to the UK so please be open-minded around this! Due to the altitude, you will notice that your breakfast and dinner meals are quite small and lunch is very big. Going to sleep with a full stomach is hard on the body and at such an altitude it is difficult to digest large quantities of food. It may take you a few days for your body to accustom to this as well.

The main meats are chicken, fish and alpaca. There are a number of western restaurants around a 10-minute drive from the accommodation should you fancy picking up some home comforts. There are also some Vegan and Indian restaurants in Cusco. Our local team will tell you all about the options available to you during your in-country orientation.

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This program starts on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

4 weeks (min. stay) 925€
6 weeks 1,245€
8 weeks 1,566€
10 weeks 1,886€
12 weeks (max. stay) 2,206€
Average fees 208€/week

Program fees

208€ per week 4 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year

Excellent 4.8 rating (858 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2011

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Josh

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK.

Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide safe, affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from 1 to 24 weeks in 11 countries worldwide.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US…

Founded by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Year works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact on the world.

We work extremely hard to ensure that our opportunities are affordable for everyone who wants to make a difference. So fees are 100% transparent, something our volunteers really appreciate.

Plan My Gap Year structured programmes create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in our host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with us. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure our set up is safe and that our volunteers are making a positive impact.

There is also a great social element to our programmes. Plan My Gap Year puts you in touch with all your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your newfound travel buddies – it’s all part of the PMGY experience!

So if you’re thinking of doing something a bit different on your next trip abroad, then why not drop us a line and find out what extraordinary things you could be doing.

AFFORDABLE & TRANSPARENT FEES

Our aim is to make our programmes accessible to motivated travellers irrespective of their financial capacity. Plan My Gap Year focuses on providing the core requirements of a volunteer programme: safety, structure and sustainability.

We are 100% transparent with our fees. That way you know exactly how much of your money goes towards the local community.

Compared to the large majority of volunteer organisations out there, even most charities and not-for-profits, PMGY’s opportunities are significantly cheaper. Furthermore, as our reviews will testify, our support service and structured programmes are second to none.

SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT

Your safety is our top priority. All of Plan My Gap Years' programmes have been personally inspected and vetted by the PMGY team – which is not an industry standard by any means. We carry out independent risk assessments on an annual basis and our local teams constantly review the safety precautions we implement. This includes regular staff and safety appraisals.

 Our local teams are made up of highly experienced volunteer coordinators. They have hosted international volunteers for many years and are prepared to react in the unlikely event of an emergency. Whatever the problem, big or small, our local teams are available around the clock.

As part of our commitment to your safety, we keep in constant communication with local embassies and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure we can identify potentially dangerous situations and act upon them immediately. Our UK team are available 24/7 to assist volunteers and their families.

TRAINING & SUPPORT

We support our volunteers every step of the way. Before you go we will provide you with a detailed Volunteer Handbook, which will guide you through how to prepare for your trip. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides.

Our experienced UK team are always available to provide assistance. Plan My Gap Year is always available to answer our questions and support you in anyway we can. 

On arrival, a member of our in-country team will collect you from the airport and help you settle in. Your orientation course will teach you everything you need to know about the country, how to stay safe and what to expect from your upcoming volunteer experience. 

Our local team are on-call 24/7. Whether you’ve lost your passport or just want some help in planning a weekend trip, our friendly in-country coordinators provide that safety net to ensure you are well looked after.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Plan My Gap Years' responsibility is not limited to our travellers but also the projects we support. That is why all our volunteers must provide a Criminal Background Check before they travel.

It is essential that our projects are need-driven and sustainable. We work closely with our local partners to ensure that our volunteers are contributing to bring about long-term development.

PERSONAL TOUCH

We really know our programmes. Our UK team have stayed in the accommodation, volunteered at the projects and met the volunteers. We carefully assess each application we receive so that your personality and skills are suited to the project. Whatever your query, you can feel assured that you will be speaking to someone who can tell you exactly what to expect.

HAVING FUN

One of the best aspects of volunteering is meeting some amazing like-minded people. We place over 2,000 volunteers every year so wherever and whenever you go, you have the peace of mind in knowing you will be living and working alongside other PMGY volunteers. In many of our destinations, we run our own Volunteer House accommodation, which ensures all volunteers live together, and therefore guaranteeing a strong social element. In addition, our local team are always there to help you plan any independent travel or give you some tips for what to do at the weekend.

858 reviews · rating4.8

Alexander Sykes rating5

2022 at Peru English Teaching Volunteers

I travelled to Peru for 2 months and the experience was amazing. Before departure we got given a handbook which was full of information about Cusco. The host family I stayed with were lovely, they made sure I had everything I needed and their food was amazing as well. The accommodation had hot ...
Volunteering through PMGY Peru was by far the best decision I made when I decided to go abroad for the month of September. The team was very outgoing and organized, checking in on me regularly to ensure a very smooth process in Cusco. The Spanish classes were very helpful, as the instructor spoke at ...
Ilaria Russo rating5

2021 at Peru English Teaching Volunteers

My experience in Cusco has been absolutely wonderful. I volunteered in an afterschool program for 3 weeks with other volunteers from all over the world. We did many different activities with the kids: games, homework, we taught them some basic english. The team was very outgoing, checking in on me ...
Hannah Oxborough rating4.8

2019 at Peru English Teaching Volunteers

I did the Peru English Teaching although it was more like a childcare experience as I was only there for 2 weeks. The project was good. When I needed support out there I was helped by Proyecto Peru which is the company that run the project. I didnt need support from PMGY while there so cant comment ...
Jason Simonides rating5

2019 at Peru English Teaching Volunteers

I would 100% recommend Plan My Gap Year! I went on the English Teaching Project in Cusco, Peru for two weeks. PMGY was so well organized and were available 24/7 to answer any of my questions. The program has great communication with the team down in Peru, Proyecto Peru, and they are also amazing! I ...
Wow. What an amazing 3 months in Peru. I had the time of my life. I had the most amazing experiences and opportunities and met the most incredible people. I can not praise PMGY enough. The local staff in Peru are wonderful and do all they can to help you. They are an amazing source of knowledge of ...

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