VolunTeach Peru was founded in 1999 by Lucy Castanon and her family in the Andes city of Huaraz. Lucy is an experienced Peruvian Teacher of English with over 30 years of experience teaching in top schools of Peru and even overseas. She founded the Organisation with the aim to deliver good quality teaching and learning of English in schools.
After working for a long time for a British Volunteering NGO, Lucy and daughters decided to set up VolunTeach Peru as a social and family-run educational entrepreneurship. Today, it cooperates with 27 schools in the three regions of the country: Coast, Andes and Amazon, and in all levels of school education: Early Years, Primary and High School.
In schools, more than 10, 000 Peruvian students have seen their English improved and learned from other Anglophone cultures, by regular interaction with enthusiastic native and fluent speakers of English; young leaders who visit us and get involved in our classes in their role of active facilitators of the English language.
"We are an educational social enterprise, professionals and a family working in the English Language Teaching field since 1999".
Teachers, interns and volunteers are warmly welcomed and trained upon their arrival in Lima city. Training sessions prepare them to enhance speaking and listening competencies of teachers and students, in and outside of the classroom. In return, schools also get the amazing opportunity to learn about cultural awareness, tolerance and respect for customs and traditions different to our own.
The role of Peruvian Teachers of English is crucial. Although, they have limited opportunities to learn and put their English into practice abroad, our programmes offer them the opportunity to learn it in-house and first-hand. In a similar way, a great number of Peruvian teachers of English have been trained by VolunTeach Peru over the years, on learning strategies, differentiated instruction, among others. Why not contributing with their professional development too!
As for the impact of VolunTeach Peru abroad, we are endorsed to a high standard and reputable universities mainly in the UK. Having ambassadors in most of them, it allows us to spread the ethos of VolunTeach Peru and continue encouraging more new undergraduates and graduates to travel, discover the beauty of our country, expand their careers prospects and join us in this dream of teaching English to all.