There are over 300 children between the ages of four and eighteen years old currently enrolled in the education programme, which makes it the largest department in SKIP. We aim to maintain an exciting, stimulating and engaging learning environment. Our aim is not to replace the local education system, but rather supplement it. Following a curriculum designed especially for the children at SKIP, we provide classes in subjects such as reading comprehension and Maths
Creative Arts Programme
The SKIP art programme involves nine primary groups between the ages of 5 and 13 years and two or three secondary groups between 13 and 17 and for many of the participants these classes are the first exposure to art. The lessons taught to primary focus on basic skills and concepts of art. The secondary groups work in a collaborative manner with the arts teacher on concepts such as ownership of work, community arts, and personal development through art, dance, theater and textiles.
Working under the guidance of the Creative Arts Coordinator, volunteers will support the creation, delivery and evaluation of the art and drama classes. Together they??will:
- Source all materials needed
- Write project proposals
- Creatively deliver all the objectives in the curriculum
- Add to and develop the curriculum
- Deliver classes/projects that are relevant to the students' lives and are culturally sensitive
- Evaluate participants' progress and each project
- Attend weekly meetings as well as take part in training sessions
- Work within a very tight budget.
There will be??additional time available so volunteers can get involved in another one of the SKIP programmes, in particular creative volunteers might be interested in the Economic Development handicraft workshops, see Economic Development for more information.
The benefits of collaborating with us
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??bios for all our permanent team??on the website
- 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
- Confirmation of volunteer service
- Minimum of a one month commitment
- Experience working with children
- Knowledge/background in art
- Good documentation skills
- Basic Spanish
- Fluency in Spanish
- Understanding of child development in relation to artistic capability
- Experience working within a restricted budget
If you feel ready to apply, you can download an application form
Feel free to email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
volunteer blog: creative arts teacher
As part of a 6-month whirlwind tour of South America, Dan and I decided to dedicate 1 month to helping out the good people at SKIP provide an education to kids living in Trujillo.
When we first arrived at the volunteer house, I felt like I had been taken back 10 years to my university days -??dirty kitchen, cockroaches in cupboards, crumbling walls, non functioning toilets and constant noise ??? what had we let ourselves in for! But within a few minutes of being introduced to the fellow volunteers all of that no longer mattered, as we were all here for a joint purpose - to help the kids in Trujilio.
The first day going to SKIP was nerve-wracking as Dan and I were worried how the kids would react to us newbies, especially so near to the end of term, but we quickly got settled in ??? Dan was teaching Group 1 (aged 5-6) and working as part of the Economic Development team and I was teaching English, Art and Photography. My favourite subject was Art as it was a chance to see the kids being creative and using their imaginations: a skill, which unfortunately is not overly encouraged in the Peruvian school system. Both secondary and primary kids were tasked with making the decorations for the Chocolatada and I couldn???t have been more proud of what they created ??? decorations worthy of a king.????It???s really true what everyone says; the best part of being at SKIP are the kids.
Another important element is interaction with the other volunteers. Over the course of the month, we got to know them well and I was so impressed by their dedication, energy and the caring way in which they interacted with the kids. Everyone had different personalities, cultures and backgrounds but in the house we all lived in a happy (sometimes loud) harmony, supporting each other after a hard day and partying to the early hours on our days off.
We came in mid November so were lucky enough to take part in two great events held at SKIP ??? El dia del nino and the Chocolatada (Christmas celebrations).????All of the volunteers got stuck in and used their various talents (magic, playwriting, acting, puppet animating, face painting etc) to make both days extra special for the kids and their families.
At the end of our month, we were very sad to leave as we had become part of the SKIP family and were starting to develop a bond with the kids we were working with. Despite a few parting tears, I left SKIP with a sense of achievement of being part of a positive development to a community in need and having learnt a lot from my fellow SKIPers.