Peru Teaching

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1. In Brief

Follow the trail of the ancients across the Andes, a mountain range steeped in mystery and legend. Cross into a land so inaccessible that until recently only the most adventurous explorers have penetrated its emerald depths and live among a community that has endured for centuries almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world. There, you'll teach basic English to young students who are keen to learn. After, you can climb sheer cliffs overlooking clear mountain lakes, trek across vast stretches of desert, or surf the legendary breaks off the Peruvian coast.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Peruvian culture
  • Awaken your creativity & initiative as you teach

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended but not essential

FAST FACTS

Location Peru
Activities Teaching English, French, maths, science, geography
Health awareness
Marking pupils' work
Producing an inspiring teaching plan
Preparing homework
Producing lesson plans
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

In Peru, the presence of a village school and teacher is considered by the poor as the most important first step on the road to progress out of poverty. However, in many rural areas difficult terrain and a lack of proper staff training have left poor children with an educational system that is largely dysfunctional. One problem is that the government is unable to supply rural schools with adequate educational materials. Rural and informal schools rarely have textbooks, reading materials, maps, charts or reference materials for teachers and students. Another is that teachers are often insufficiently trained and insufficiently motivated to teach children properly. In many cases, staff absenteeism has led to the closure of village schools.

You'll help these children to reach their true potential and bring joy to their lives by teaching, playing football, singing songs, and doing arts and crafts with them – a truly rewarding and enriching experience.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will cover a varied and enjoyable teaching programme which will engage you fully with your pupils and will awaken your creativity and initiative. Volunteers will work with local street children in an informal setting which will encourage you to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Depending on your particular areas of interest and skill you could be teaching English, French, maths, science, geography, or even health awareness. You might be asked to become involved with marking pupils' work and producing an inspiring teaching plan including preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.

In addition to this you could organise or help with a variety of extracurricular activities depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it is helping put on a school play, organising a choir, or helping coach a sports team, just use your initiative! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival in Lima at the Jorge Chavez International Airport you will be met by a member of the local in-country team and transferred directly to your home for the next few weeks in the highlands of Peru! At the end of your project you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Volunteers will either be staying in a comfortable volunteer house in shared living accommodation or with a Peruvian family in their home. Upgrades may be available for an additional charge. The families are typical middle class Peruvians and enjoy opening their homes to foreign visitors. If you choose the homestay option you will have opportunities to practise your conversation and comprehension skills with your family. In addition, you will observe and participate in everyday Peruvian life and culture. You will be provided with a bedroom, shower, and laundry facilities.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You'll eat with your host family in the family kitchen or in the kitchen in the volunteer house. Your meals will be a delicious variety of local food and with luck your hosts may even be willing to show you how to cook traditional Peruvian food!  On Sunday lunch and dinner are not provided as volunteers are often on excursions to nearby tourist sites and places of interest.

4. The reviews

James' Jungle Visit  | 25 Mar 2017
Everything is going fine as usual! Had a wonderful trip to the jungle last weekend, amazing scene...

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Loving teaching in Peru  | 5 Jan 2017
Hello! All is going really well here, it’s always as much fun! My Spanish is constantly imp...

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She Wanted to Become a Teacher!  | 5 Sep 2016
In Peru, with Frontier, I gave my first English lesson. I was so excited, since it was my first t...

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Update from the field...  | 11 Jun 2016
Everything’s going great so far. Picking up the language well I think. I have been teaching...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

A range of adventure and cultural activities such as visits to remote villages, mountain treks, and river rafting are available. Your homestay hosts and project staff will be happy to help you arrange exciting activities and if you book direct you will help support the local economy.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $995

Extra week $395

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on the Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK TEFL training & certification

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lima (LIM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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