English Teaching Volunteer

  • Teaching English in primary classes

This volunteer position is appropriate for those who are new to teaching English and need support and training to plan their lessons, as well as those with more teaching experience. You will teach children aged between 4 and 18 years old in local public schools as well as at the SKIP Community Centre.

The English Teaching Programme

We take a dynamic approach to teaching the children and so lessons are activity-based and interactive. There are lots of games and songs to keep the children engaged so they can enjoy learning in a fun environment. These methods differ greatly from those used in Peru and it is extremely rewarding to see the children keen to study English and learn more. Click here to read more about the English teaching programme

Position

Under supervision of the English Teaching Coordinator, who is a qualified EFL teacher, and following a written curriculum, volunteers will plan and deliver lessons with a co-teacher.

??The Benefits of Volunteering 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

Why SKIP is different - Many programmes offer English teaching volunteer opportunities, we feel that the important difference in SKIP is that we recognise that speaking English is NOT the same as teaching English!! For this reason we provide as much support to our volunteers as possible so that you are quickly trained and able to provide quality lessons for the children. We hugely welcome volunteers who have more experience in teaching as then we are able to pair you with less experienced volunteer teachers and maximise the learning experience for everyone involved.

Volunteer Profile

Required:

  • Passion for working with Children
  • Enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Patience
  • Tenacity
  • Maturity
  • Minimum 1 month commitment.

Desired:

  • Basic Spanish
  • Experience working with children.

Ready to take the next step? Click here to download an application form??

Feel free to email contact@skipperu.org with any questions

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Volunteer Blog: English Teaching Volunteer

My name is Charm, I'm from the UK and I volunteered at SKIP for 3 and a half months.

Once the nerves had settled in of the prospect of teaching English without knowing any Spanish, I quickly loved teaching and did not want to leave. SKIP allows you to get involved in many projects, which allows you to get out of your comfort zone, which is the best time to learn for me.

One of the many highlights of my time at SKIP include; after 3 months of teaching a shy young boy at a public school, who would barely lift his head to look at me when asking him questions in English, he raised his hand to join in a game in front of the class, my teaching partner and I looked at each other with joy. It was all we spoke of on the taxi ride home. Moments like this made me feel that I was making a positive difference to the children.

I want to teach again, it's the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

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Hi, I???m Kate from England and I had a fantastic four months as a SKIP communications and teaching volunteer in 2013.

Being a bit older, and with reponsibilities back home, I was a little nervous about my first trip to South America. But the professional structure of SKIP and camaraderie of the other volunteers helped me quickly settle and, when it was time to go home, I didn???t want to leave.

As a communications officer I wrote and edited website pages for the transition to a new site, articles for newsletters and social media, and organised SKIP???s tenth anniversary event. The work was very rewarding and enabled me to make good use of my journalism and marketing skills.

I was also an English teacher with the SKIP primary children, who were an absolute delight to work, sing and play with. Planning lessons was easy thanks to a detailed curriculum provided by the English Teaching Coordinator. The English teachers worked as a team and everyone pooled ideas and resources.

Singing nursery rhymes with the youngest children, and seeing their delighted faces as they grasped English vocabulary, was particularly rewarding. And standing on stage with the children and English teachers at the Chocolatada family party - singing Louis Armstrong???s 'What a Wonderful World' - is one of many SKIP memories I will cherish forever.
I have so many lovely memories and a great bunch of new friends from my time at SKIP. In fact, I had such a good time I???m hoping to go back soon and do it all over again.

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When I first started researching volunteer opportunities, I knew I wanted an organisation both deeply involved with the community it serves, and committed to long term development and change. SKIP take care to include a lot of detail on their website, and each part I read attracted me more.

I was impressed in my reading by SKIP???s dedication to bringing English learning and extra-curricular activities to children in a wide variety of economic groups; developing local business among the parents through craft workshops, business guidance, and microloans; as well as social work in the community. This combination of efforts and strategies assured me that this was the right choice. When I arrived, I was immediately struck by the cohesion and warmth of the volunteer house, which will of course depend on the people who are volunteering, but it is clear that the SKIP coordinators make the utmost effort to ensure that the social environment is both nurturing and open. I was also able to see firsthand the professionalism and genuine care with which the staff and coordinators work towards and develop their goals.

Each level of staff in the organisation took care to be available, approachable, and supportive. At all times in the English teaching arm (in which I was working), there was a great deal of work and tasks to engage with, but with the security of constant support, both from the coordinators and from my fellow volunteers. I felt safe and in-the-loop, not just within our work at SKIP, but also within Trujillo: the coordinators and established volunteers clued up all us new people on every last detail, and informing us of the tips and tricks of life in Peru.

Working directly with the children of the community is, no need to say, thoroughly rewarding. Their energy and enthusiasm makes the teaching a joy and simultaneous challenge. It is a gratifying, humbling experience, guided by SKIP???s core value that the work we do is not for the volunteer ???experience???, but for the children and the community. You will indeed have a fantastic experience, apply yourself, make friends and regret leaving, but also be safe in the knowledge that these are not the point of your stay. I plan to work with SKIP soon again in the future, and look forward to being part of their worthwhile endeavour once more.