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Testimonials

Hugo Davidson, Cambridge University

Volunteach is unique because of its expert planning and organisation. Living with a Peruvian family can be achieved by doing other programmes but the skill and experience that VTP employs on a daily basis to make sure that each of the volunteers is happy and comfortable during their placement is phenomenal. Additionally, the opportunity to have meaningful and impactful experiences with Peruvian children who want to learn English is a really fun and exciting component of the programme. 

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Braxton Campbell, University of Stirling

I would 100% recommend Volunteach Peru. As it is a family-run company you feel very much part of a big family. VTP could not be more helpful and she is always available to answer any questions you might have. Most volunteer companies are expensive but Volunteach Peru is very affordable and you are given a breakdown of where you money is going, for example helping with teacher training. This allows people from all backgrounds to take part in the volunteer work. Above all, the opportunity to live with a Peruvian family is what makes this company stand out. 

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Angus Patel, University of Sheffield

I would recommend VolunTeach because I had a fantastic 2 months in Peru and it was a really great way to not only go experience a new country and meet new people but also to improve and develop my Spanish speaking skills. Meeting new people and experiencing the Peruvian culture. Also, the English classes that we taught as part of the Pamplona Project were incredibly rewarding.

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Joe Dean, Newcastle University

If you want to experience Peru (Real Peru - not the English hostels and tourist sites), you have to use VolunTeach Peru. Living with the family lets you in on the wealth of culture that is otherwise hidden for tourists. Plus, if you want to become a teacher like me, this will give you so much experience and will no doubt inspire you to pursue your teaching goals as it certainly has for me!

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Charlotte Crawford, Newcastle University

Volunteach is unique because of its expert planning and organisation. Living with a Peruvian family can be achieved by doing other programmes but the skill and experience that VTP employs on a daily basis to make sure that each of the volunteers is happy and comfortable during their placement is phenomenal. Additionally, the opportunity to have meaningful and impactful experiences with Peruvian children who want to learn English is a really fun and exciting component of the programme. 

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Peter Bailey, University of York

Unique. VTP certainly made the process a lot easier. It was nice to know the support was there if needed, and the seminar we did in Lima certainly helped with some of the culture shocks.

I'd recommend it to future candidates as VTP offers a unique opportunity to work in a country that would be just a dream for many.

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Benjamin Pilling, Durham University

Volunteach is unique because of its expert planning and organisation. Living with a Peruvian family can be achieved by doing other programmes but the skill and experience that VTP employs on a daily basis to make sure that each of the volunteers is happy and comfortable during their placement is phenomenal. Additionally, the opportunity to have meaningful and impactful experiences with Peruvian children who want to learn English is a really fun and exciting component of the programme. 

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Malachi Randell, Queen Mary University London

I loved experiencing a totally new culture and the new, diverse areas of Peru. It’s very well run and any issues are immediately sorted with a very helpful and friendly company.

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Freya Clarke, University of Oxford

I absolutely loved the experience of living with a host family – way more than I had anticipated! Peruvian people are very welcoming and inclusive and I gained a really great insight into Peruvian culture through this experience. I would recommend this experience to anyone who thinks they would enjoy teaching and really wants to understand the culture and country of Peru. I do feel though that you have to be quite independent and confident to make the most of the experience! I feel like the whole thing was incredibly well organized and it was great that Shadia was always on hand for advice and support. I also think she matched me perfectly with my host family!

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Sophie Cochrane, University of Edinburgh

If you want to experience Peru (Real Peru - not the English hostels and tourist sites), you have to use VolunTeach Peru. Living with the family lets you in on the wealth of culture that is otherwise hidden for tourists. Plus, if you want to become a teacher like me, this will give you so much experience and will no doubt inspire you to pursue your teaching goals as it certainly has for me!

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Sonia Kalcina, Oxford University

The VolunTeach program is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. You get the chance to eat, breathe, and live as a local, as the family and school wholeheartedly embrace you into their community. It is an amazing, well organised, experience and I felt supported the entire time. I would recommend this program to everyone.

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Lily Telfer, Durham University

My experience with Volunteach Peru has been unforgettable and I’d definitely recommend the programme to anyone. With the opportunity to teach, travel, gain a great insight into the diversity of Peru all whilst improving my level of Spanish, I came away with only extremely positive memories from my time spent in Lima. The support and contact provided by the Volunteach Peru team all the while I was in Lima was invaluable. The host family I stayed with were so welcoming and did their upmost to ensure I made the most of my time there. I felt really at home living with them, and six months down the line we’re still in good contact.

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Jonny Snowden, University of Liverpool

If you are thinking about a placement, or if you are swaying towards it but need convincing, then please make the jump. If you take the plunge and go over to Peru for a short period of time, or for a university placement or just for a short working holiday, you will never regret it. I hope one day, when I have finished my university course, to return here. Hopefully within the next 5 years, so I can see the kids that I taught in Primaria when they complete their Promoción (Peruvian finals). I hope I have influenced their lives, just as much as they have influenced mine.

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Alice Lockhart, University of Nottingham

I spent 4 months working with children from 2 different schools in 2 different parts of the country while living with 2 very different families.  And I loved every part of it.  It is daunting leaving your own family behind, flying halfway across the world and being met by a new family.  But when I got to Chiclayo and I stepped off the bus, I was met with a banner and smiling faces.  They welcomed me into their home and I almost instantly felt a part of the family. 

The opportunity to live with Peruvians allowed me to improve my language skills and be part of their world.  I did days out with them and I also had the opportunity to try a wide variety of typical Peruvian foods from Ceviche to Cuy!  Not only have I had the chance to see Peru but I now also have 2 new families whom I intend to visit in the future.

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Daniel Moorehead, Durham University

Volunteach Peru was an incredible experience in so many ways. Teaching in the primary school in Lima was very rewarding as I felt that I was making a real difference because there weren’t many native English teachers. To give them the opportunity to be exposed to the English accent and teach them authentic British English was very valuable to them. Furthermore, being a teaching assistant gives you the opportunity to develop your language and communication skills as well as building confidence. In addition the two other volunteering projects, which involved teaching in a state secondary and tutoring in an economically disadvantaged area of Lima, were equally if not more rewarding as the students were extremely motivated to learn English and the volunteers were the main outlet for them to learn the language. 

I couldn’t recommend the programme highly enough and want to return to Peru again to visit my host family, experience the unique culture and visit more of the awe-inspiring places that Peru has to offer.

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Natalie Bate, Cambridge University

I spent a month in Lima and a month in Cusco and would recommend the experience to anyone. The teaching is also so fulfilling, the children really appreciate you being there and helping them. Being able to see them progress is a very special feeling. My family in Lima were wonderful, so friendly and treated me like I was part of the family – going to a baby shower, church on Sundays and family parties! You have the freedom to explore the amazing country of Peru (and further, too!). One of the best, if not the best, experiences in my life is my visit to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. I will never forget it, and if I hadn’t volunteered with VolunTeach Peru, this would not have been possible.

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Anne-Laure Villa, Oxford University

My four months working as an English volunteer with Volunteach flew by. I never thought I would make such genuine and sincere friendships with the family and teachers as I have done. I now feel like I have several Peruvian families and a web of support even after returning to the UK. Volunteach provided me with this invaluable opportunity to fully integrate and immerse myself in Peruvian life, while making a positive influence to the English education of many students of varying ages. What’s more, I’ve also become lifelong friends with a number of the volunteers and enjoyed planning trips and visits with them during our weekends off. I will forever be grateful to Volunteach for facilitating this culture exchange and experience and have left the Spanish side of my year abroad feeling all the richer and open minded for it.

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Ellie Stokes, University of Ediburgh

Before I arrived in Peru I was very nervous as I had never been to South America before however, taking part in Volunteach was the best decision that I have made at university. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Peru! Volunteach organised an initial training day and a tour of the city which helped to make me feel settled in straight away. This made their expectation and our role clear from the beginning. The host family I was placed with couldn’t have made me feel more welcome. Their home was lovely and they were able to share with me their culture and language.

I would 100% recommend taking part in Volunteach Peru as it provided me with a completely safe and invaluable experience of South America.

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