HELP English: Teach English in Leymabamba

Project Overview
The ‘Casa Hogar’ in Leymebamba is the home of 51 secondary school children (11 to 18 years old) whose parents live too far away from the only secondary school in the region. For these children it is impossible to keep studying and living with their parents in their far away villages around Leymebamba. With the help of a German high school and a local church, the big colonial house where these kids live is maintained.

The organized group of eco-tourism guides in Leymebamba is a group of 15 local part time guides who live and work around Leymebamba. The eco-tourism guides want to improve their service to foreign visitors by being able to perform guide work in English as well as Spanish, to improve their education and supplement their meagre income.

Leymebamba is a nice little village (about 5000 inhabitants) in one of Peru’s most beautiful areas, the cloud forest of the Utcubamba valley. This Valley lies in northern Peru between the Andes mountain range and the Amazon jungle.

Volunteer Roles/ Working Hours
The main task for volunteers is teaching the English lessons and any preparation required to complete this task.

  • 20-25 teaching and preparation hours/week.
  • It is also possible to help out at the Casa Hogar with different chores (additional time on top of the teaching hours.)
  • You can choose to work more to help develop the advanced teaching material for the eco-tourism guides with specific guiding vocabulary.
  • Offer encouragement to the students, guides and other members of the community interested in the lesson’s progress.

Guide classes take place in the early evenings for 5 days a week. You can make your own schedule with the guides when you get there. The classes normally run from September until June.

The children’s English classes take place on the weekend and during the day. Again you can agree your schedule with the local project manager when you get there.

In coordination with your students you could have two days a week off to explore the countryside and relax.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Age 20+ on arrival.
  • Intermediate Spanish is required.
  • Minimum commitment: 1 month.
  • Teaching experience is useful, TEFL certified is a plus.
  • Volunteers should be fully fluent in English and be sufficiently self-reliant, adaptable and confident to work alone with minimal support in a small mountain village. May require criminal record check.
  • Independent worker, flexible, empathetic, responsible, pro-active and strong enough personality to deal with unexpected situations and ask for help when necessary.
  • Aptitude for working with children (11-18 years old) and sometimes younger.

Minimum Age (on Arrival)Level of SpanishMinimum Time Commitment
20+Higher IntermediateMin. 1 month
LocationMountain Village
Type of Role(s)Teacher
Level of Project Structure
Unstructured - Completely new project and/or run on spontaneous day to day basis with no clear roles - volunteers new to be confident personalities prepared to take initiative and thrive on uncertainty
Specific Skills/Experience Required
Volunteers should be fully fluent in English and be sufficiently self-reliant adaptable and confident to work alone with minimal support in a small mountain village. May require criminal record check.

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