English Language Teacher

Help teach children at primary and secondary schools and support the community in the remote mountain village of Yanasara in the Peruvian Highlands

Yanasara is a remote mountain village, situated two hours from Huamachuco in the province of La Libertad. The school doesn't have enough money to employ well qualified teachers and there is also a problem of finding teachers who are willing to work in the mountains. As a result the primary and secondary schools in the village are understaffed and the children do not receive much English language education. That is where you can help out!

The primary school has around 120 children and the secondary school - 'Colegio 80142 Juan Velasco' -70 to 80 children from 11 to 22 years old. Most of the children live near the school, but some children have to walk for two hours to get to school or stay over from Monday until Friday. The role of the volunteer is to give English classes at the school, however they might ask you to also teach Arts, Physical Education or any other subject. Since the summer of 2009 the secondary school has purchased some new musical equipment (a keyboard, guitars, flutes, clarinet, trumpets, horns, bass drum, small drums). If you play an instrument and you would like to teach the children feel free to organize lessons. The students are very keen to learn to play.

Previously, a volunteer initiated a small project with the students in the first and second grade of high school to have contact with students of their own age from a high school in Holland. This way the students from Peru and Holland can learn about other cultures and improve their English. It would be nice if you could help those kids with writing letters in English to the students in Holland and translating the letters from Holland from English into Spanish.

English is not only important for the children of Yanasara but also for adults, who hope to be able to welcome tourists visiting the hot springs. It is possible to teach them too. The village is surrounded by three rivers and lovely mountains, but the main attraction is the thermal baths. These fantastic thermal baths are free for volunteers!

It is important to note that the school staff in Yanasara do not speak any English, so you will need to feel confident enough to communicate with them in Spanish only.

Volunteer Roles / Working Hours

  • Teaching basic English to local people
  • Teaching English to children at the primary school
  • Teaching English to children at the secondary school
  • Teaching other subjects as Arts, Music and Physical Education at the secondary school

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
20 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Other Skills
Self-reliance, adaptability and confidence to work alone with minimal support in a small mountain village
Affection for working with children (11-22 years old) and sometimes younger
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

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English Language Teacher Yanasara valley overview Thermal Baths, Yanasara kindergarten class room (younger kids) class room (older kids) Yanasara valley road into the village road inside the village

Free-time activities

Since you will not be teaching 24/7 you will have plenty of free time. During the day, most teachers go to the thermal hot springs to shower and bathe. The walk is about 20 minutes and the baths are free for teachers. Apart from this, you have plenty of time to read, learn to play an instrument, play soccer and volleyball, chat with colleagues or hike in the beautiful surroundings.



What's included?
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).
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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 or the point where they will be continue their journey to Yanasara.

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