From meals and accommodation provided by schools' host families, most of your travel essentials are covered.
1. The arrangement of the placement(s) in one or two reliable host school(s)
The position is voluntary and schedule goes from Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Schools are located in safe and nice areas in the cities of Lima, Huaraz, Arequipa, Iquitos, Chiclayo, Cajamarca, Tarapoto, Huancayo and Piura.
2. The recruitment of one or two host family(s) who will provide the volunteer full meals and accommodation for the entire programme length.
[Two host families are recruited for programmes with a 2+ months duration.
Host families are recruited in schools and carefully recruited by VolunTeach Peru. They belong to the host schools communities and will provide you love, support and a real family environment for the time you have applied for.
They will provide you meals, accommodation and will treat you as a real member of the family. Similarly, living with a Peruvian host family will offer you the invaluable opportunity to experience the Peruvian culture first hand as well as to learn from our traditions, dances, delicious cuisine and put your Spanish into practice
Host schools are mid-class private institutions [far from private education in the UK], they teach 6-12 hours of English weekly which means they fully understand and appreciate the importance of learning English with a native speaker of the language and the cultural approach aspect for their students.
3. Liability Insurance
VolunTeach Peru pays for liability insurance every year. Universities overseas strictly require Organisations and employers to hold this insurance to allow their students to volunteer or work for VolunTeach Peru.
4. Pre-Departure Support
You may have many questions before you arrive. Feel free to ask about every little detail you would like to know about Peru, the school, teaching tips, your Peruvian host family preferences or travel plans in South America. We usually reply messages within 24hours and sometimes instantly.
5. Regular contact with affiliated Universities abroad
We are happy to provide participants legal documentation and fill out university forms. We do this to reassure our commitment with them and universities. When needed, we may also contact university for advice too.
6. Airport Pick-up and Lima transfers
We welcome you at the airport in Lima city where we then transfer you to your host family house or temporary accommodation [non-Lima] placements.
7. A welcome tour in Lima city upon your arrival
Volunteers are transferred to their temporary accommodation upon their arrival where they will meet other VTP peers doing the programme for the same dates as you. A welcome tour and city sightseeing is the perfect opportunity to socialize and establish initial contact or even make travel plans with them!
8. Two nights of paid accommodation upon your arrival
(Non-Lima placements) Volunteers are covered with accommodation for the two days they will need to spend in Lima, in the nicest and tourist area of Miraflores. It also includes the transfer back to the Lima airport where you will need to head to arrive at your placement location.
9. Teacher Training
A 5 hours teacher training is provided. Volunteers receive training on the role of teaching assistants to meet schools' expectations and ease their teaching experience.
10. Orientation Seminar
You need to know more about our culture and idiosyncrasy. An orientation seminar helps volunteers to cope with cultural differences and understand them. Safety and other security recommendations and instructions are provided.
11. Lunch meals on school days
Host families will provide you with lunch. Yes, and schools will do too! Vegan and vegetarian options may be limited.
12. Bus fares to-from school may be included too
Volunteers usually go to school with their host families children and parents, in the mornings. However, volunteers may also get bus fares to-from schools (check with VolunTeach Peru if your host schools provide them).
13. Travel Advice
Travel Advice can be provided when requested. We are happy to help you with organizing safe travels, recommending reputable travel agencies and accommodation options.
14. Programme Completion Certificate
It is issued by VolunTeach Peru and the partner school for the volunteer when the programme is completed. In addition, a recommendation letter can be provided for future job applications, anytime!