Volunteer in Peru, teaching and sports
Description of Volunteer in Peru, teaching and sports
This volunteering in Peru project is based in Cusco, which is gateway to the great Incan ruins at Machu Picchu. You will, for a minimum period of two weeks, be contributing to a teaching programme in the local community. You will be working alongside professional, full time teachers in an elementary school as a teaching assistant, helping children between 6-11 years old with basic skills in English reading, writing and speaking, and also in sports if you have skills in that area. Please note that sports teaching placements are for a minimum of four weeks.
You will have 24/7 support throughout, so that both you and the young people you are working with can gain the best experience possible from your contributions to their education. If you are a qualified teacher you will, of course, be able to share more in depth teaching skills, but teaching assistants’ contributions are always invaluable, helping young people not only improve their English but also develop self confidence from this cultural exchange.
Volunteering placements for teaching are for a minimum two weeks and we always welcome people who can stay longer, especially teachers with a long summer holiday. There are 30-40 children in each class, and the teaching takes place Mon-Fri mornings and afternoons, but leaving you plenty of time in the evenings to enjoy the cultural wonders of Cusco, and also weekends to explore further afield. We are always happy and able to help and advise with any travel ideas.
For those volunteers on sports placements, the sports field is fifteen minutes’ walk from the school. The sports teaching program is minimum four weeks long, so that you have time to develop a lesson program and follow the young people’s progress over time. All sports experience and skills are welcome.
Volunteers in Cusco stay in a homestay with a local family, with your own room but shared facilities (with western bathrooms) as you fit into family life. Peruvians are warm and welcoming, and the homestay experience adds to the culturally immersive stay that our volunteers are seeking. Home cooked meals are part of your accommodation package. You will travel by public transport, either bus or auto rickshaw, to your project, and we ask you to pay locally for this. You should budget maximum $2 for this.
PlanetOur volunteer placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local Peruvian partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
We are working with an established local organisation in Cusco that provides a support to the indigenous community by employing them and also working with them by sending them volunteers.
We are also working in local schools who are in desperate need of volunteers to help with education particularly for English so they can get better paid jobs in the future.
We ensure that if you are not a qualified teacher we will place you in the classroom with a teacher. There is a minimum of 2 weeks for this program and we prefer you join for 4 weeks or more.
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
PeopleAll of our activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.
Local Experiences: For any excursion, the guides, host families, handicraft cooperatives – receive fair wages as stipulated by the community- based tourism committee. We ensure that a majority of the money from each trip goes directly to the villagers and contributes to the community fund. This creates jobs to help families stay together instead of working in towns far away, and supports scholarships, youth activities, and other initiatives.
Machu Picchu and local tours : Our ground partners share our commitment to responsible travel. Our accommodation and destination partners ensure respect for both the environment and local culture. When you book with us, you can be sure that you will have a responsible and fun-filled tour.
Volunteer and Service Placements: Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to the villages, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We also provide our partners with financial support as they rely on limited government funding and/or donations. A project donation to the volunteering location is included in the program.
Cultural sensitivity: We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Peru. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
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