The Teaching Assistant Experience
At VolunTeach Peru, we organize real affordable and unforgettable volunteering and cultural exchange experiences. Find out more about our Principles for Good Practices for volunteering with VolunTeach Peru.
Download the updated volunteering TAE Programme leaflet for 2023 here.
Number of vacancies for the cohort of August 2023: 20
* Last updated on January, 2023.
Volunteering Days: Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 13:00 pm (long weekends are granted to travel or spend good quality time with the host family assigned).
Program Dates: Program is run throughout the Peruvian academic year (March to December, excluding the month of July due to schools winter break).
Program Duration: Volunteers can choose the duration. We can organize it for as short as 1 month and up to 4 months.
Schools Locations: Placements are available across Peru- Lima; capital city, Huaraz, Chiclayo, Piura: including the city of Talara, Cajamarca, Arequipa, Trujillo, Huancayo.
Host Family Recruitment: YES. Meals and board are fully provided by local host families recruited by VolunTeach Peru and whom belong to the partner schools communities.
VTP parnter schools are mid-class private and reputable institutions that teach the English subject for an average of six and twelve hours weekly. They strongly appreciate the opportunity they are given to learn English first-hand with our volunteers in schools.
In line with our Health and Safety Agreement with partner universities abroad, schools are located in safe and nice neighborhoods only.
Native or fluent level of English language skills
University undergraduate or recent graduate (1 year limit)
Age limits: 18-23
Ability to work in a teams
Excellent communication, leadership, collaboration and interpersonal skills
Really enthusiastic to work with children
To be mentally and physically fit
Sense of humour
Teaching experience or experience working with children are a bonus, not requirements.
Knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement.
Non native speakers of English are welcome to apply by submitting their IELTS (Academic) results, a 7.5 overall is required.
How to apply?
Before you apply make sure you have read the program information thoroughly and understand the terms and conditions of participation.
Fill out the online application form available on the website.
Send us your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will reply back within 72 hours to invite you to take your application to the next stage.
* Note that only candidates that meet the application requirements criteria, will be contacted by VolunTeach Peru.
* Candidates who are contacted will be shortlisted for an interview with VolunTeach Peru.
* Due to the limited number of vacancies, applications are responded to on a first-come-first serve basis.
What is included?
1. The arrangement of the teaching assistantship placement.
VolunTeach Pero organizes the teaching experience in coordination with the partner school. Placement details such as the school tour upon the volunteer's arrival, the classes and teachers they will support and schedules are organized beforehand.
* 1-2 months program length: Placements is arranged in a single school location.
* 3-4 months program length: Placements are arranged in two schools locations, for a richer cultural exchange experience.
e.g. If you are taking part in a three months program, then you will spend half of your time in one school and the second half in another one, at a different location and with a second host family.
2. The recruitment of a real caring host family(s) at the partner school: Meals and accommodation covered by them.
VolunTeach Peru provides the recruitment service of a host family at the partner school. The service includes a selective recruitment process where host families participate before they are invited to join the program. They belong to the schools communities where their children study and provide the volunteer with meals, accommodation and more important; love and support, just as another member of the family.
Living with a Peruvian host family offers the invaluable opportunity to experience the Peruvian culture, learn from our traditions, delicious cuisine and help the volunteer with their Spanish.
* 1-2 months program length: One host family is recruited for the volunteer.
* 3-4 months program length: Two host families are recruited in two different ocations, for a richer cultural exchange experience.
e.g. If you are taking part in a four months program, two host families will be recruited for the volunteers in two different locations.
* Volunteers who do not speak Spanish are encouraged to express this when they apply to the program, so that we can accommodate them with a host family who can speak in English at home.
3. Pre-departure support
Volunteers may have many questions before you arrive. Feel free to ask about every little detail you would like to know about Peru, the school, the role and your Peruvian host family preferences beforehand. We send all these on the information pack we create for you individually, usually 3 months before the expected arrival.
4. Regular contact with the partner universities abroad
We are happy to provide volunteers with the documentation required from their home universities, including signing and filing out the required forms for them. Once the volunteer arrives in Peru, VolunTeach Peru is commited to hold regular communication with the university when needed and required.
5. Airport pick-up and transfer upon the volunteer's arrival in Lima city
VolunTeach Peru will welcome you at the airport in Lima city where we will transfer you to your host family home or temporary accommodation [non-Lima] placements.
6. A welcome tour day in Lima city with VTP peers (Covid-19: canceled in 2023)
When volunteers are transfered to their temporary accommodation upon their arrival, they will meet the VTP peers who will doing the programme with you for similar dates as you. A welcome city sightseeing is organized so that volunteers can socialize and even make travel plans together.
7. One night of paid accommodation upon your arrival (non-Lima placements only)
Volunteers are covered with two nights of accommodation in Lima in the nicest and tourist area of Miraflores by the sea coast. Accommodation includes a return transfer to the Lima airport where they will get on the flight to the school's location.
8. Teacher Training and Acculturation Seminar
It will be a full day and fun day together from 9am to 4pm. Information and tips on how to successfully perform the role of volunteer teaching assistant will be given on this day. The acculturation seminar helps volunteers to cope with cultural differences and try to understand them. Safety and other recommendations and instructions are provided on this day too. Volunteer's attendance is compulsory, before teaching at the partner school.
09. Lunch meals on school days
Host families will provide the volunteer with lunch meal. However, the partner school will offer the volunteer one lunch meal on school days too. Vegan and vegetarian options may be limited.
10. Bus fares to-from school may be included too
Volunteers usually go to school with their host families children in the morning. In some ocassions, schools may also offer the volunteer the bus fare to-from school. Check with VolunTeach Peru if your host school offers this benefit.
11. Travel Advice
Travel Advice can be provided when requested. We are happy to help volunteers organizing safe travels, recommending reputable travel agencies and accommodation options.
12. Program Completion Certificate
Issued by VolunTeach Peru and the partner school when the volunteer completes the program. In addition, a recommendation letter can be provided for future job applications. We are happy to do this anytime!
13. Liability Insurance
VolunTeach Peru hires a liability insurance as strictly required by the partner universities overseas. Note that a liability insurance is not a travel insurance. Travel insurance must be provided by the volunteer's university.
Live with a Peruvian family
Living with a host family is a unique feature of the Teaching Assistant Experience Program. Host families provide the volunteer with accommodation and meals, as well as provide them with a real, caring home family environment, just as another member of the family. The host families selected by VolunTeach Peru to participate in the program belong to the school's community where their children study, live in safe and nice areas according to high sanitary standards.
Why do host families sign up for this program? They do so as it gives them the incredible opportunity that their children can speak English with the volunteer at home, not as a tutor but in a natural speaking environment.
If you do Spanish or Latin American Studies at university, this can be as beneficial as it is to the children of your host family.
Unlike other Spanish speaking countries where people can communicate in English, Peru is not really a place where we speak it at all. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved! As pointed out above, if you do not speak Spanish, we invite you to express this on your application so that we can allocate you with a host family where the parents can speak in English with you at home.
The benefits of living with a Peruvian Family
1. Learn and understand the Peruvian culture: It will help you to understand the good and not so god cultural aspects with empathy and a more local eye.
2. Feel you are another family member: Hoat Families actually CARE about you. They will treat you as another family member.
3. Receive love, care and support from them: Just as in a real family environment, caring means also to provide children with love and support,
4. Discover the city with a local perspective: Host families may show you more of the city than tour guides can do and give you their recommendations for whatever you need to do, visit, find or try whilst living in Peru.
5. Live in a safe place: Host families recruited by VolunTeach Peru live in houses that fully meet sanitary conditions. Although unexpected circumstances could happen, we allocate volunteers in as safe and nice neighbourhoods as possible.
6. Practice and improve your Spanish every day: It is definitely the best part if you are a student of Spanish. Although children would like to improve their English, parents, grandparents (who sometimes also live in the houses) as well as the extended family relatives, usually do not speak English. This is a brilliant scenario if you would like to speak Spanish every day.
However, a lot of your own initiative and willingness is necessary to learn and speak in Spanish every day. If you are not a communicative and people person, if you rather to just give "yes" and "no" answers, then your chances to practice your Spanish will be considerably reduced.
7. Build your confidence: Confidence is determinant when it comes to learn a second language. Living with a host family will help you to build your confidence to speak in Spanish and practice it stress-free, avoiding the fear to make mistakes in a friendly home environment.
8. You will try all the Peruvian food as possible: The best Peruvian food is made by Peruvians. Why not trying it at home with your host family? If there is a chance, they may also take you to a local restaurant to try it.
9. Make lifelong friends: Don't lose the hope to see your host family again someday. You can always come back to visit or they can travel to you, so don´t lose the contact and start and lifelong friendship with them.
10. At last but not least, living with a Peruvian host is considerably cheaper than living on your own! YES. Living in Peru and in nice neighbourhoods can be expensive, even more if you will be based Lima. Your host family will cover you with accommodation but also with the meals you need, wifi and laundry. They may offer transport to the school in the morning with their children, invitations to have dinner or lunch at restaurants and occasionally even to travel with them during the holidays.
Recommendations for living with a host family
GET INVOLVED! Avoid isolation. Take part in family events.
1. Attend family meals: An interesting cultural fact about Peru is that we love to eat and that we love to see people eating the food we make for them. We demonstrate our love by feeding our guests. Family meals are rich in family time too. Traditionally, families like to eat breakfast and dinner all together at the table. Perfect time for chatting about the day had at school and work.
2. Be nice and polite: Mind your manners. Say hello, thank you and goodbye every time.
3. Be flexible to food differences: Kindly, feel free to tell your host family about what you like and don't like. Be flexible, bare in mind food won't be as in your home country.
4. Take your time for adaptation: Adaptation is a process that could take some time. As a process, you need to be patient until you find Peru as your new home and get used to the food, the language, neighbourhood and family.
5. Consider some time to speak to their children regularly: The main reason why host families apply to the programme is that they would like their children can also practice their English at home with the volunteer; not as a tutor but through natural daily interaction with you at home. Depending on the age and English level of the children, we are happy to give you some ideas on how to do this.
6. Join family activities and events on the weekends: Let your host family to get to know you. Although parents may work hard on the weekdays, the weekends are perfect for eating out, visiting new places, meeting extended family relatives or just chatting with them!
7. Meet the extended family relatives: Meet the uncles, aunts, cousins, family's close friends and other relatives that can be your age. Meeting people of your age will help you to socialize and ample your chances to go out and explore more.
8. Stay in touch: The best you can do when living with a host family is to tell your whereabouts every time you go out. Make sure you tell them where you are going, whom you are going with and what time you will return back. It is just a safety measure in case of an emergency and to avoid causing any stress to the family.
ENJOY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN: Living with a Peruvian host family is a rewarding experience. Remember that you are not alone, we are a team and we will hold your back. it is temporary, enjoy every minute of it.
Volunteers do not pay for work. The program fee is requested for the service of the unforgettable international volunteering experience VolunTeach Peru organizes for you; we do it as pleasant as you deserve. Our programme fee is fair, conscious and covers most of your travel essentials; meals, accommodation and the support you deserve to ensure your stay in Peru is as pleasant and amazing as you deserve.
Application & Program Fee
US$ 60 Application Fee: Payable to register the volunteer's participation in the program when the application is announced succesful. The application fee covers the administration costs to process the volunteer's application and for us to continue working the second stage of their project. It is non-refundable.
Programme Fee: It is considerably low compared to most organisations that provide similar services. It is a one off-payment, payable 3 months before the volunteer's arrival in Peru and ONLY when VolunTeach Peru has announced to be finished with the volunteer's project arrangements. See the chart below for individual program length amounts.
* Program fee is displayed in US$ Dollars. Check on www.xe.com for accurate exchange rates.
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Program Fee breakdown
Disclosure: VolunTeach Peru does not call itself an NGO as most organisations that provide similar services do, including some that charge volunteers for working for them. As a social business model, VolunTeach Peru is subject to monthly taxes declaration and supervision by the National Superintendency of Tax Administration to Peru, SUNAT. See more: (https://www.sunat.gob.pe/). In a similar way, VolunTeach Peru is not in the obligation to display the program fee breakdown. We do so, as an act of good faith to the participants who trust our team every year. Thank you for reading.
About the program and Covid-19
1. When can I start my volunteering teaching program?
The academic year in Peru starts in March and finishes in December. You may want to apply for the March, May, June, August, September, October or November cohorts.
2. Why do I need to submit additional documentation?
Working with minor students require that VolunTeach Peru provides schools with documents that we can guarantee the academic background and personal traits of the volunteers recruited by VolunTeach Peru. A health report, university references, an International Protection Certificate and an introduction video are required.
3. Can I apply to the program if I am not physically or mentally healthy?
A health report is requested by VolunTeach Peru to the volunteer when the application is announced successful and this is a condition to they are physically and mentally fit to participate in the program and travel to Peru. Volunteers with medical conditions are evaluated on a particular basis, depending on the severity of their illnesses.
4. Can I apply to the program if I have a criminal record?
Applicants with criminal records cannot apply to VolunTeach Peru. An International Child Protection Certificate is required to participate in this program.
5. Does VTP provide liability insurance?
Yes, liability insurance is provided as required by the partner universities so that they can help us promote our programs.
6. Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, all volunteers must bring one with them to Peru.
7. Will someone meet me at the airport when I arrive?
Yes, a VTP representative will pick you up at the airport in Lima when you arrive.
8. Do I need a work visa to volunteer?
There is not a volunteering visa as such in Peru. Given the short duration of the program and that it is not a contract of work, it does not require a work visa. Citizens from Britain, Canada and the USA may not need a tourist visa to enter the country. Either way, we recommend contacting the Consulate of Peru in your country.
9. When should I book flights?
Although candidates may start looking into flights when their application is announced to be successful, we recommend doing so there months before the estimated arrival in Peru. Covid-19: The world continues evolving rapidly. Three months before you arrive is the frame of time we recommend for you to book flights.
10. What vaccinations do I need to get?
We suggest that you contact a doctor for professional advice. However, yellow fever is recommended.
Covid-19: All volunteer participants will be requested to sign a Covid-19 symptoms Declaration upon their arrival in Peru. In addition, they are required to bring a copy of their vaccine proof or vaccine passport, as well as a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or Antigen Test) issued no longer than 72 hours after their departure to Peru.
11. Can I travel on the weekends?
The program offers a nice balance between the volunteer work and the time you have for leisure time or travelling on the weekends. However, you should bear in mind your host family may want to spend good quality time with you on the weekends too.
12. Is Peru safe to travel to?
It is, as long as you follow our recommendations. VTP is committed to allocating volunteers in nice and safe areas, with reliable families. 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
13. Can I come to Peru with a friend?
Yes, you may be even placed in the same city and school if requested.
14. Will I be with someone else in the school?
Yes, we like to place at least two volunteers in the same school, especially if the school is located in a farther area so that you do not feel isolated whilst you adapt to the city and the host family.
15. Do I need to speak Spanish?
Spanish is not a requirement. You will have plenty of time to learn and practice your Spanish here!
16. I rather not live with a host family. Can I live on my own?
Yes, that is ok with us. In this case, the program fee is considerably reduced by 25%. However, you will need to keep in mind private accommodation may be more expensive.
17. Can I teach something else, in addition to English?
Volunteers are welcome to teach subjects they are also interested in, not only English. The more you interact with students the more impact you will make!
About the host families
1. How are host families recruited?
The success of this program largely relies on the good host families recruitment VolunTeach Peru does for the volunteer. We follow internal criteria and recruitment processes so you can enjoy your time with them in Peru.
Host families attend an initial information session conducted by VolunTeach Peru.
Then, they are invited to submit a basic application form to express their interest in the program.
If the preliminary application is successful, host families are invited to attend an interview with a VTP representative.
The partner school provides VolunTeach Peru with the references necessary, on the potential host family before they are accepted in the program.
2. When do I find out who will be my host family?
VolunTeach Peru issues a complete information pack for the volunteer participant, between two and three months before they arrive in the country. The information pack provides detailed information on the family members, home location, telephones, their routines and photos along with information on their expectations on the program by having the volunteer at home. Once the information pack is sent out, the volunteer will be encouraged to contact them and organize a virtual video call with them so they can exchange program expectations together and start making plans.
About VolunTeach Peru
1. Is VolunTeach Peru an NGO?
No. As you have probably seen repeatedly on the website, VolunTeach Peru is an educational social enterprise legally set up in Peru. Our work is independent and is not tied to government or stakeholders funds.
2. Why a program fee? Do I pay for volunteering?
Volunteers do not pay for working in schools. The program fee is requested to the volunteer participant in return for the amazing teaching and cultural exchange experience we organize for them, from start to end. Please, see the Program Fee section above, for further information on what is included and the fee breakdown.
About the partner schools
1. How are they like?
VolunTeach Peru partner schools are mid-class private institutions located in safe and nice areas. As part of our commitment with the partner universities who kindly help us promote our programs, the partner schools fully meet sanitary and safety standards.
The learning of English is in the top list of their priorities and goals. Consequently, VTP schools teach a wide range of hours of English weekly (6-10 hours) and sometimes teach other subjects such as Social Studies, Literature and Science using English as the first language of instruction. Being English learning their priority, guarantees that schools will strongly appreciate our support, and enjoy sharing with our enthusiastic teaching assistants in class.
2. Will I receive orientation or support from the school?
A coordinator is nominated by the partner school to help the volunteer with academic and teaching matters for the time they will cooperate at the institution. Should you need additional support, you are always welcome to contact VolunTeach Peru also.
3. Do you work with public schools too?
Yes, we do. VolunTeach Peru runs teaching projects in two public schools in Lima, for Primary and High School students. We teach them English every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Covid-19: Charity projects are cancelled for the year 2023.
4. What are the teaching ages and schools levels in Peru?
School students ages go from 4 years old and up to 17 years old in a few cases.
The teaching levels are Early Years (4 to 6 years old), Primary School (6 to 10 years old) and Secondary School (11 to 16 years old).
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