Since 2003, SKIP has been working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru. Our holistic programme focuses on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family. It is our aim to foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives.
Every year, during the 3 month school vacation, we run a 6 week activity programme for the children enrolled in SKIP. We provide educational and recreational activities for the children in both primary and secondary school (4-16 years).
Activities include art, sports, reading, math, English, environmental science, social skills, drama, music, writing and so on. To read more about our programmes, please see the programmes section
Under supervision of the Primary, Secondary and/or English Coordinators, volunteers will plan and deliver activities. We are always open to new ideas, so if you have an idea about something you could teach, please let us know!
This is a demanding programme but hugely rewarding. Week days will be busy, but you will have time off on weekends. The beach is near by and summer is a great time to be in Trujillo. There will be a week long break following the holiday club after which we will resume our standard programming - volunteers are more than welcome to stay on!
In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:
- A thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
- Structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members - you can read full bios for all our permanent team on the site
- Mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
- The chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community.
- Passion for working with children
- Minimum 1 month commitment.
- Intermediate or fluent Spanish
- Experience working with children
If you are ready to take the next step, you can download an application form
Or feel free to email email@example.com with any questions
volunteer blog - holiday club volunteer
This morning, I joined the rest of the volunteers in our morning hustle of taking taxis from the volunteer house up to the SKIP office???sometimes it???s hard to find taxi drivers who will take us there for a fair price, and sometimes the ride feels a bit crazy, but it???s always great to arrive at the office and see some of our students already waiting for us. They???re always ready to give us a hug and tug on our vests, and they???re eager for the day to start. And after classes are over, they???ll usually give us a kiss on the cheek when they tell us ???hasta ma??ana??? before they walk home.
This is my second time volunteering with SKIP???in 2012, I spent six months here as a volunteer coordinator and primary teacher. This time, in 2015, I???m here for two months and I???m splitting my time between teaching a group of primary students who are enrolled in Holiday Club and helping with our Economic Development program. This is my first Holiday Club, and I???m so happy to be able to be here for it. During Holiday Club, we run classes for our primary students four mornings a week and for our secondary students two afternoons a week. The Eco Dev office is open every afternoon.
There are a couple of reasons why teaching in Holiday Club is different from teaching during the school year. During the summer, we have classes four times a week, which is a bit more than what we do during the school year. Seeing my students four days in a row has allowed me to get to get to know them individually and to develop a strong relationship with them over two months. Holiday Club is run a bit like a summer camp, so instead of focusing on classroom-style teaching we focus on teaching through games and outdoor activities. During a week of Holiday Club, all of our primary students will have classes in math, communications, values, sport, art, music and theatre, and English, and we???ve also been able to offer swimming lessons.
Because of the variety of things that we teach during Holiday Club, it???s easy for each volunteer to find where they fit in. We have both primary and secondary students, so there are lots of classes to be taught. Because I speak Spanish, I lead one primary group with the help of an assistant teacher. We plan and carry out our lessons together, and we are supported by the Primary Coordinator. Volunteers who don???t speak Spanish usually teach English, or they assist Spanish speaking teachers.
Right now we have a group of about twenty volunteers who come from around ten different countries, and because we live and work together we???ve become a close-knit team very quickly. While we each have our own responsibilities to cover, we are also always sharing lesson plans with one another and making sure that as a whole, Holiday Club runs smoothly. I feel very lucky to be part of this incredible group of volunteers!
Our week-days of teaching are intense, but there???s plenty of time to relax on the weekend and explore the city. Huanchaco, a laid-back beach town, is about 30 minutes away by bus and the town really comes alive during the summer. Huanchaco is known as a great place to learn to surf, and it???s a nice place to spend time away from Trujillo. It???s always sunny in Trujillo this time of year, and it???s beautiful as long as you???re OK with it being pretty hot most days.
This year???s Holiday Club will be wrapping up soon, and I???ll be so sad to say goodbye to Trujillo again. I???m inspired by the work that SKIP does, and I???m so happy that I???ve been able to come back here a second time. I???m constantly impressed by the work that our volunteers carry out and I???m grateful to the volunteers who I???ve been able to share this experience with???I will carry my memories of Trujillo as I continue to travel and as I make my way home!
~ Megan Randall