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About the Project
This week you will assist teachers of primary or secondary schools in rural areas of Northern Peru. You will work with a local Peruvian teacher in their class and support them in their day-to-day classroom activities and lessons. You can also engage in other fun and active extra-curricular activities! You can play games, dramas, songs, and activities that will help the students learn in a fun way!
You will be teaching conversational English and other related subjects to help the children do well in their education and to prepare them for their future careers with English language skills.
In the past participants would come and join the Teaching Experience program in rural public schools and will assist the local teachers in a normal classroom, but thought the years the public school’s policies and bureaucratic administration make it every time more and more difficult for participants to work for the students benefit, add to this there is a large percentage of illiterate parents who are unable to help or assist their kids with homework or studying discipline/skills afterschool, primary school kids going into secondary school face learning difficulty.
For example, a child who struggles with reading in primary school will be more likely to consistently underachieve in the classroom throughout high school, at which point he or she may find it difficult to prepare for college-level work, this educational lagging sooner or later maybe more likely to have students of this rural areas to drop out of school early.
Being able to recognize these academic concerns, we have made an effort to settle and open the first private after-school. Our school aims to benefit these children directly and more significantly, offering a free educational/learning opportunity for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
Every day, rural children still attend a regular public school during the morning hours of the day, after school they come to our school and attend one of the two sessions offered for help in their English, Math, Reading and homework skills, preparing the teaching materials, painting the classroom, organizing the children, playing games, singing, etc. you are expected to help!
You may also be able to share some basic hygiene and sanitation routines, as well as, your own experiences and cultural background.
Once every three months, we include in the program a full day for dental campaigns to teach parents and kids about dental care. You will be expected to assist staff with any tasks required by the school throughout this campaign.
All kids are eager to learn and are extremely appreciative of those who can assist them with their educational development.
The program runs:
• Two groups for primary grades, distributed in one for ages 7 to 9/10 for two hours, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and another one for kids ages 10/11 to 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
• One group for kids 5 and 1⁄2 – 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
The number of total students per class we are able to take now is 10. We believe that by increasing our number of further participants the possibilities for missing kids today can become a reality anytime soon.
Teaching takes place in a traditional rural basic classroom setting. However, we are very flexible and will encourage you to be creative in lesson planning.
***All participants must have a sense of initiative and understand that teachers at the project might not speak the same language***
These are some of the tasks that you could be doing on the project:
Kindergarten and Primary School teaching English
Teaching the children through activities
Games and physical education for team building and health
Introducing children to colors, shapes, and cognitive exercises
An introduction to numbers and alphabets in English
Playing games with the children in the playground
Sharing geographical information of your country
Lesson planning and research to plan for the next day’s teaching
You can expect to work for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. A typical day will
most likely look like:
• Free time
• Teaching experience in Shaullio Green Way School (from 2:00 to 6:00 pm)
You should also expect to spend time working on the next day’s activities/exercises so that you are prepared and comfortable for the duration of the lesson.
* This schedule can be changed or amended depending on weather or local circumstances
About The Location
Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire.
Although the Incasare the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates, and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.
In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing on the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest visiting cultural sites, and excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes.
Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customers. You will find in this region a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy. Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with
beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest, and let’s not forget about the llamas.
you will be staying in the district of Puyllucana which is a small village found in the east-northern part of Cajamarca.
It is a beautiful location with great weather and friendly locals. Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city (Capital and largest city in Peru’s Cajamarca region, enriched in culture and history),
this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after a day out.
The accommodation has a beautiful view of the Andes Mountain Range and is close to the Amazon Rainforest, it will bring you back to South American nature!
About the Accommodation
You will be staying in our accommodation center in Puyllucana, Rural Cajamarca countryside.
The house is made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, it also has a large garden. Wi-Fi will be available only in common areas. We recommend also using 3G data if staying connected is important to you.
All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper, and electricity.
Although rooms will be cleaned daily by staff, you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep accommodation neat and organized.
The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!