Primary Education Volunteer

  • Teaching classes in the Primary Programme

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.

The Primary Programme

There are ten classes in our primary programme. Class sizes average around 15 students. Twice a week, the children have lessons in Maths, English and reading comprehension. Once a week they have hour long sessions in Art and Sport and daily help with homework and access to the library for recreational reading. See here for more information on our primary programme

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

The Position

Under supervision of the Primary Coordinator, you will work with groups of children in a teaching or supporting capacity, depending on level of experience and length of stay. In addition you will help with homework the children receive from their mainstream school. You will be a part of planning and delivering classes in reading comprehension and Maths, following SKIP??s pre-written curriculum.

Volunteer profile


  • Intermediate Spanish (those with more limited Spanish can still be involved as teaching assistants in the classes to manage behaviour and support the lead teachers)
  • Passion for working with children
  • Enthusiasm
  • Energy
  • Patience
  • Tenacity
  • Maturity
  • Minimum 1 month commitment


  • Experience working with children
  • Fluency in spanish

If you're ready to take the next step,??download an application form??to apply

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volunteer blog: primary teaching volunteer

My name is Vera and I'm from Denmark, I worked at SKIP for 3 months in 2012 as a primary teacher.

I must admit that the thought of teaching maths scared me a lot before I started - to have the responsibility for a whole class and their learning was really not my cup of tea. But then I arrived, quickly to learn that I had nothing to fear. I met some really experienced people at SKIP who helped me getting started with how to manage a class and how to make a curriculum.

And then I meet the kids! About 15 who from the outside perhaps seems to have the world against them, but really just were normal kids and I fell for them right away. Even though it has been a while since I was at SKIP my time as a teacher still stands clear in my head and I often think of them.

As everything else there were good and bad days at SKIP. But as I look back I think that even though I enjoyed the good days more than the bad I learned a lot from the more difficult days. What I learned I can take with me now in my studies or work.

I???m truly glad that I had the opportunity to work for SKIP and I recommend it to every one!


My Year Abroad with SKIP

Hello! I???m George and I volunteered with SKIP for my Year Abroad as part of my languages degree at the University of East Anglia so I was fortunate enough to spend a whole nine months as a SKIP Primary Teacher.

Being only 20 years old when I arrived and with limited Spanish at the time I was a little daunted at the prospect of being responsible for a class of fifteen children teaching literacy and maths but upon arrival I received great training from the Coordinators and advice from other Primary Teacher volunteers and I settled into the position amazingly quickly. The children are all amazingly welcoming too and they want to know everything there is to know about you on your first day so the ice is broken really quickly. It???s great to be surrounded by such enthusiasm from both the children as well as the other volunteers and there are so many fun characters about that no one day is ever the same. I started off as an assistant in one class and by the end of my time with SKIP I was the Primary Teacher for two different classes which just goes to show how easy it is to learn and also see personal progression.

The curriculum written by SKIP is so easy to follow and addresses not only literacy and maths but other important subjects such as community values and personal development. It is also really open so you can incorporate some of your own ideas too and really get creative. All the activities are interactive and encourage the children to share thoughts, beliefs, experiences and work as a team which is such a refreshing change from their normal school day. Primary also holds regular meetings so volunteers can share teaching ideas and suggest activities that have worked well with their own classes. Loads of the public holidays and important calendar dates are part of Primary Teaching at SKIP and it???s a fantastic opportunity to learn about Peruvian culture and values making posters and wall displays to share our work with the whole SKIP community.

Primary Teaching isn???t just about being in the classroom everyday as there are so many opportunities to be outside, go out on day trips (I was lucky enough to take my classes to the beach and a world-touring circus during my time) as well as the end of term celebrations where classes, small groups, pairs or individuals can present their achievements and show off their crazy amazing talents, whether that be singing, drama, poetry or dance. A number of the children are nominated to receive individual recognition for their efforts and achievements and being a Primary Teacher I was full of pride to see my students go up and receive their certificates in front of their SKIP classmates as well as parents.

It???s not until I???ve come to write all this down that I realise how difficult it is to really put into words what it means to be a part of SKIP as a Primary Teacher. It???s a school and a community like no other but most of all it???s all about positivity and FUN. With all the happy memories, smiles and laughter and friends I made whilst volunteering in SKIP I am definitely assured that it was the best way have spent my Year Abroad. I just wish it didn???t fly by so quickly!