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Project of the Month

Teaching in Peru

Project of the Month

Volunteers are needed to help teach English to secondary school children in the Sacred Valley region of Peru. We are based in the town of Urubamba, high in the Andes and we work in schools along the steep-sided valley from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.

Projects Abroad Peru has a contract with the Ministry of Education that gives us the responsibility to develop the English curriculum for the Andean Region, making sure that the themes are relevant, the level is adequate and the learning interactive. Volunteers play an important role in this process and we try and ensure a level of continuity for the schools by having volunteers all year round. Most teaching work is done between 8am and 2pm, before returning to your host family to enjoy a late lunch which is the main meal of the day.

Many volunteers also like to get involved in extra-curricular activities like sports or art. This works especially well in the smaller schools. During your first two weeks as a volunteer, you are guaranteed the opportunity to attend a teaching workshop at the Projects Abroad office to help with ideas and discuss teaching techniques. We also make sure that all volunteers have teaching resources available to them, like work-sheets and lists of topics covered by previous volunteers.

During the summer holidays from January to March we run a scheme to train the local teachers to improve their teaching English techniques. This pioneering project has been hugely successful for the last three years and we need more people to sign up to help make the 2009 programme equally productive.

The schools are open from Monday to Friday, so weekends are free to relax or travel and explore the region. The biggest local attraction is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Most volunteers take time at the end of their placement to complete the hike, or, if hiking doesn’t appeal to you Machu Picchu is an easy day trip by train. The view of the great ruined city with its llamas and its famous cliff backdrop is not to be missed!

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