Volunteers Peru

Support Teacher in a Rural School

Arequipa, Peru show on map

Non-profit | Volunteers Peru

Colegio Honofre Benavides is located in the village of Tomepampa, 10 hours from Arequipa. Volunteers provide classroom support in this rural school.

About the Program

In the Cotahuasi Canyon region you as a support teacher will work alongside the Honofre Benavides School in the town of Tomepampa. This is a public primary and secondary school. 

The Location

Tomepampa is located in a very remote rural region. Volunteers can support student education and share their experience of other cultures. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain teaching experience in a completely different cultural setting and to spend some time in a little-visited, yet fascinating area of Peru! However, this is a remote and underprivileged region, which is why volunteer support is really appreciated.

We are always looking for compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers willing to commit as much time as possible to helping the children at both of our projects. Below is a list of skills and attributes that we look for in our volunteers. However, please keep in mind that anyone is welcome to apply.

Essential Qualities

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dedication 
  • A passion for working with children
  • Desire to learn about the communities we work with
  • Ability to work as part of an international team
  • Desirable Skills and Experience

Childcare Experience

  • Teaching skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Spanish language

We ask that those applying for the position of support teacher dedicate a minimum of one month. This is a fantastic opportunity to get teaching experience in a completely different cultural setting and to spend some time in a little-visited yet fascinating area of Peru. As this is a remote area where very little English is spoken, it is important that volunteers have at least a lower-intermediate level of Spanish to facilitate communication with students and staff. 

Typical day

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Support in primary classes
  • Support in secondary classes (particularly in English classes)
  • Teaching English
  • After school English help
  • Supporting individual students
  • Chores inside the school to improve infrastructure and other tasks as needed
  • Getting involved in mini projects as appropriate to the needs of the school and the community

We are working alongside the school to help students expand their options and become more active in their own communities. International teachers can also help to promote inter-cultural awareness and understanding.

Details on Arrival

Please note that due to school holidays, this position is available from March - December only.

Free-time activities

Tomepampa is located in the beautiful Cotahuasi Canyon which is a protected reserve and an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many outdoor activities available for volunteers in their free time. This can include visiting towering waterfalls, relaxing in natural hot springs or sampling the local wine. It is a rural and peaceful location which gives you a chance to disconnect from the modern world and integrate with the local community.

Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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 (intermediate level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Application Form, CV and Reference
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Classroom experience is desirable, experience of teaching English is helpful and a minimum of intermediate level of Spanish.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Volunteers Peru

The one off $230 fee goes directly back into the organization to cover legitimate administration costs and support the projects. The program fee covers the costs of our support to you. In volunteers Peru, you have 24/7 support and assistance in all of your needs while being here and personalized support before your arrival. In addition, the fee goes towards your Volunteers Peru uniform shirt, administrative fees, and Volunteers Peru sustainability. You will receive a certificate and reference upon request.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) in Arequipa. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$230.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$230.00
Average fees
$31.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arequipa/Peru between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteers Peru will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.
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 Volunteers Peru during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Peru  Arequipa, Tomepampa District

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