Frequently Asked Questions
APPLYING TO A QUALIFIED TEACHING VACANCY?
How does it work?
Candidates apply to the positions advertised on the Teaching Vacancies section of the website. Fill out the APPLICATION FORM, send us the cv and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A VTP Representative will contact the candidate should their professional experience matches the position requirements. A Skype interview will be arranged with us and then with the host school. The host school may request for a third interview before VTP sends the offer letter to the candidate.
How long can I teach for?
The shortest commitment is one academic year: February to December. Ideally for a 2 years contract.
Do I need to be a qualified teacher?
Yes. A TESOL, CELTA, PGCE, PGDE are some of the teaching Certificates accepted. Teaching experience is an advantage.
What can I teach?
Mainly English. Other teaching subjects may be available too, such as; Science, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Literature. These are taught fully in English.
Where will I teach?
This programme is only available in the cities of Lima and Cajamarca.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
No. Spanish is a not a requirement. It is not evaluated in the application process either.
Is accommodation advice provided?
Yes. We will offer you information on some accommodation options before you arrive in Peru.
Will someone meet me at the airport?
Yes, a VTP Representative will meet you at the airport upon your arrival.
Will I have a time-off school between schools terms?
Yes. Teachers should have one week off in May, two in July and another one in October. Summer break in Peru starts the third week of December and finishes the first week of February.
What other documentation is required?
When you get the offer letter, you will be requested to submit a Police Check from your home-country or the International Child Protection Certificate, a valid Health Report which must state you are in perfect physical and mental conditions.
Why is all that requested?
Working with underage children and teenagers require that we provide host schools, documents to guarantee at the best of our knowledge information on the teacher's academic background and personal traits if possible.
THE WORKING VISA
Do I need a Working Visa?
Yes. The host school is responsible for paying and arranging the Working Visa for you.
What are the requirements for the Working Visa?
You will need to post VolunTeach Peru the apostilled copy of your Degree or Teaching Qualification and passport copy. The Peruvian Immigrations Office may take around 4 and 8 weeks to process the visa request.
When do I sign the contract with the host school?
This will depend on the partner school. Ideally, they should sign the contract before arriving in Peru. Working Visa may be organized beforehand.
Do I need to obtain the International Child Protection Certificate?
Yes. As an overseas organisation we are unable to request one for you. You must apply for the International Child Protection Certificate: http://www.acro.police.uk/icpc/
If not a British citizen, a police check will be requested.
THE HOST SCHOOL
What type of schools hire for the full time positions?
They are private and mostly international schools that teach all subjects in English.
What is the dress code for teachers?
The dress code for teachers is smart casual. Piercings, tattoos should be concealed at all times.
What is the level of English in schools?
Schools that sign up for this programme work very hard to improve the teaching & learning of English of pupils and teachers. Their English level tends to be advanced and even more in High School level.
Candidates do not pay any fee, deposit, warranty or need to enroll to any course with VolunTeach Peru to be eligible for the position.
We trust your professionalism and commitment. We are one of the very few organisations that does not charge a fee to the candidate because we believe they should not pay for working.
Hence, apply only you are fully sure of taking part and commit to the programme for this long period.
Terminating your contract with no apparent reasoning SERIOUSLY affects the reputation of VolunTeach Peru with the partner schools and consequently interrupts that we continue supporting them as promised.