The Teaching Assistant Experience Programme [Voluntary]
When should I submit my application?
Applications for summer and year abroad 2018-19 are opened. We recruit up to 50 students per year.
What is the duration of the programme?
From 1 and up to 5 months.
What locations are available?
Schools are located in the cities of Lima, Huancayo, Huaraz, Chiclayo, Piura, Tarapoto, Iquitos, Arequipa, Cajamarca.
When can I start?
The academic year in Peru starts in March and finishes in December. The popular months to start the programme are March, May, June, August and September.
Why is there other additional documentation requested?
Working with underage children and students require that we provide schools, documents to guarantee at our best knowledge, the academic background and personal traits of the volunteers recruited by VolunTeach Peru.
Health report, University references, the International Protection Certificate and introduction video are required.
Does VTP provide a liability insurance?
Liability insurance is required by universities abroad to promote organisations overseas to their students, to work/volunteer with them. Yes, we do provide this.
Do I need a travel insurance?
Yes, all volunteers must bring one to Peru.
Will someone meet me at the airport when I arrive?
Yes, a VTP Representative will pick you up at the airport in Lima.
Do I need a work visa to volunteer?
The nature of this programme, due to the short duration and not being a contract of work does not require a Working Visa. Citizens from Britain, Canada and the USA may not need a tourist visa to enter the country. If this is not your case, we advice to contact the Consulate of Peru of your country.
When should I book flights?
Candidates may start looking into flights when documentation such as the International Protection Certificate and Health Report have been submitted, after having received our offer letter.
What vaccinations do I need to get?
We suggest that you contact a doctor for professional orientation. Although, yellow fever is recommended.
Can I travel on the weekends?
The programme offers a nice balance between volunteer work in schools and the time you have for leisure time or traveling on the weekends. However, you should know your host family may look into spending good quality time with you on the weekends too.
Is Peru safe to travel?
It is, as far as you follow our recommendations. VTP allocates candidates in nice and safe areas, living with reliable families who are carefully screened before they are accepted in the programme. We recommend you to read the UK Foreign Travel Advice for more accurate information on travelling, health and safety matters: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru
Can I come to Peru with a friend?
Yes, you may be even placed in the same city and school if requested.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
It is not a requirement. You will have plenty of time to learn and practice your Spanish here!.
About the Host Families
How are host families recruited?
The success of this programme largely relies on the good host families recruitment we do for you. We follow an internal criteria to recruit them so you can have an amazing time with them and fully enjoy the experience.
a) They attend the information session delivered by VTP.
b) They submit an initial application to participate in the programme.
b) They are interviewed by VTP and evaluated in coordination with the partner school.
c) Must obtain the recommendation by the host school.
d) Must attend the orientation session when they have been accepted in the programme.
I rather not to live with a host family. Can I live on my own?
Yes, that is ok with us. Keep in mind private accommodation in nice and specially safe areas may be considerably more expensive.
About VolunTeach Peru
Is VolunTeach Peru an NGO?
No, VolunTeach Peru is an educational and social enterprise legally set up in Lima, Peru. We are supervised by the National Taxing Office. Our hard work is independent, transparent and programmes are developed internally. We are not funded by any governmental body or Organisation.
Is there a programme fee?
Yes, only this programme requires a small programme fee. It is a one-off payment, sustainable and reasonable compared to other organisations abroad. The programme is very well organized and support is available when needed. Please, visit the “Why pay for the Programme” section of the website for further information on what it is included. It is a common practice that NGOs charge high fees to their volunteers, as a social enterprise this is not our philosophy.
The Partner Schools
How are they like?
They are mid-class private schools that teach between 4 and 10 hours of English per week. Being the learning of English one of their aims and priorities, this guarantees they will highly appreciate and understand why having a native speaker of English can be so valuable for both; Peruvian Teachers and their pupils.
In addition, their qualified and trained teachers ensure that they will use the volunteer teaching assistant as a live resource of knowledge and teamwork can be articulated in class.
In despite of being private schools, the opportunities that students and specially Peruvian teachers have to travel abroad to learn and improve their English, are still limited. Government does not fund opportunities as such. Thus, the contribution of the volunteer is not only academic; they also bring the cultural approach that we believe is beneficial and vital in the acquisition of English as a second language.
Will I receive orientation in the school?
One coordinator is nominated by school. They are the link between VolunTeach Peru and the partner school, we work together in the pre-selection of host families and the academic aspects of the programme. Should you need additional orientation or advise, volunteers are welcome to contact VolunTeach Peru, but also encouraged to contact the nominated coordinator for academic matters first.
Do you work with public schools too?
We do. At the moment we run two projects in public schools in Lima, delivered to Primary and Secondary school students. There, we also teach English every Tuesday and Wednesday through a communication methodology developed in class.
What are the teaching ages and levels in Peru?
Early Years (4 to 6 years old), Lower (6 to 10 years old) and Upper School (11 to 16 years old).
Can I only teach English?
Volunteers are welcome to get involved in activities of their interest. The more you interact with students the more impact you will make!