JANUARY-JULY ・ 6 MONTHS・ SHARED VOLUNTEER HOUSING ・ TEACH ENGLISH
Peru is rich with ancient history; Andean civilizations (most notably the Incan Empire), their capital of Cusco, and of course, the iconic Machu Picchu, are often what come to mind when you think about this South American country. But there is so much more — look to the coast, for example, to the capital city of Lima, a place ripe with progress. From an exploding culinary scene to the government’s investment in entrepreneurial ecosystems, to science and technology development, Lima is on the edge of a new frontier. Perhaps one of the most exciting and dynamic shifts in the Peruvian society is in the realm of their education system. Here, Innova Schools are paving the way to bringing a wave of innovation to classrooms that serve Peru’s burgeoning middle class. We are excited to introduce our newly established program in Peru!
WorldTeach is proud to announce a new semester program in partnership with Innova Schools in Lima beginning in January 2018. As Peru’s educational system continues to struggle with access to quality education, particularly for its disadvantaged populations, Innova and other private schools have set forth a plan to close educational gaps. Innova leads the way, leveraging technology with blended learning, solo learning, and teacher resource support. Conceived and developed by a Peruvian businessman, Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, in conjunction with the world-renowned human-centered design firm, IDEO, Innova is making strides in bringing affordable and quality education to Peruvian families.
This is in keeping with the Peruvian government’s commitment to education. The country has committed to a national policy of bilingualism by 2021 with a clear focus on building English proficiency in the country. In keeping up with its Latin American neighbors investing in English education to address the growing demand for speakers in the global economy, Innova Schools require English instruction for its students across its curriculum.
The future of our country rests on our ability to successfully educate the next generation.
As a WorldTeach volunteer teacher with Innova Schools, you will teach in a Latin American country that is on the cusp of educational transformation. WorldTeach volunteers have the chance to improve Spanish language skills, become part of a new culture and community, and gain valuable skills that are transferable towards future professional tracks and/or graduate school.
You are typically responsible for teaching up to 28 pedagogical hours a week. Apart from classroom hours, you are also responsible for preparation of classes, grading, teacher meetings, and any other duties assigned by Innova Schools. Class size varies, as do the ages of students, and their levels of English.
Moreover, you are strongly encouraged to actively participate in community life and engage in additional activities or projects of interest. Past projects and activities of volunteers include organizing English/Spanish conversation exchanges, volunteering with community organizations, starting sports teams, and participating in local sports clubs or dance lessons.
Placements are all in the capital city of Lima within the Innova Schools network. During your service, you live in shared volunteer housing and have access to electricity and running water. Lima is generally well-connected, with each school having internet or availability of internet cafes in close proximity. Lima is home to a well-developed, though hectic, transportation network that requires practice, patience, and a sense of adventure! Lunch is the largest meal of the day, involving multiple courses. Peruvian cuisine is internationally well-known, with some favorites being roasted chicken, yuka, and a variety of seafood.
The cost of the Peru Semester program is $3,850. This includes a housing allowance, monthly living stipend, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to a remote teacher quality coordinator, alumni support and networking.
Many volunteers are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their volunteer commitment. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.
Volunteers in the Peru program must:
- Be a native-level English speaker
- Have a bachelor’s degree by the time of the program’s departure
- Be between the ages of 21 and 40 (required by the partner institution)
- Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching