Support Teacher in a Rural School in Peru

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

As a support teacher you will work alongside a local teacher at our partner school, Colegio Honofre Benavides in the town of Tomepampa, Cotahuasi Canyon. This is a state primary and secondary school with approximately 250 students. Tomepampa is in a beautiful location in the spectacular Cotahuasi canyon. However, this is a remote and underprivileged region, which is why volunteer support is really appreciated.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

-      Support in primary classes

-      Support in secondary classes (particularly in English classes)

-      After school English help

-      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.

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

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Application Form, CV and Reference
Other Skills
Classroom experience is desirable and a minimum of lower-intermediate level of Spanish.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Support Teacher in a Rural School in Peru A bedroom at Casa Primavera 'Casa Primaversa' - volunteer accommodation Volunteer Judy teaching a class After a homework help session Looking through the arch at the school Tomepampa from above (school in the foreground) Stunning Cotahuasi scenery Volunteers ready for a day at school

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.



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

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Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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20 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Tomepampa/Peru between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteers Peru will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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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.

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Plaza Mayor, Cercado, 04000 Tomepampa, Peru