Trip Details

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain experience in teaching? If you’re passionate about working with young children to improve their future prospects, this project will help you to do just that! Focusing on raising the standards of English, the project engages the local children in educational activities that will capture their interest while laying foundations for a successful future. As a participant on this project, you will provide exciting learning opportunities for the children at a local kindergarten.

Teaching English in an informal way, using games, activities and natural play opportunities, you’ll be able to make it fun and enjoyable for both you and the children. Catering for children between the ages of 3 and 5, the class operates a morning and afternoon session which each last for around 3 to 4 hours. You will work one of the sessions each day but will be expected to spend some free time preparing for future activities. As well as teaching the children, you will also be expected to assist with the general day-to-day running of the kindergarten, completing tasks as the need arises to support the local staff.

Aims & Objectives

  • Engage with the local children and teach them basic English
  • Give you practical experience in teaching children
  • Assist and support the local kindergarten staff in their daily operations

Trip Itinerary

Each day will be varied with regard to the activities you’ll carry out once at the kindergarten. The project is very flexible based on the needs of the teachers at the kindergarten.You’ll either spend the morning or afternoon on site. Learning opportunities at the kindergarten are facilitated through fun, interactive play activities. Your main focus will be to teach them English while assisting the local staff with other tasks such as taking care of the children, and managing and organising classes.

You can expect to work for 3-4 hours a day from morning till early afternoon. A typical day would have you helping to brush the children’s teeth in the morning, then teaching English and assisting staff with any tasks required by the kindergarten throughout the rest of the day.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Peru 🙂

Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. 

Trip Accommodation

You will be staying in the Los Baños del Inca district found in the east of Cajamarca. It is known for being centred on a naturally occurring thermal spring!

Located only a short distance away from Cajamarca city (Capital and largest city of Peru’s Cajamarca Region, enriched in culture and history), this quiet location provides a relaxing atmosphere after a day out. The accommodation has beautiful view of the Andes Mountain Range and is close to the Amazon Rainforest, it will bring you back to South American nature!

Accommodation & Food

You will be staying in our accommodation centre in Baños del Inca, Rural Cajamarca countryside. The house is made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, it also has large gardens. 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 organised.

Food Arrangements
The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities
Eateries
Although there are many restaurants around this small town, “Menu centers” are a cheaper popular local choice. Known as a “Menu”, here you are offered soup and entrees before digging into your main meal and are usually accompanied by a drink, usually made from barley or tropical fruit. Menus have a smaller range of food, but are cheaper and more convenient. They act as the ‘fast food’ for the locals, who tend to dislike western fast food outlets.

Shops
Local shops are within walking distance. 10 – 15 mins walk will bring you to a large local market in Baños del Inca, which has supplies from all over Peru, for all your shopping needs.

Transportation
The accommodation is about 1.3 Km from the main square of Baños del Inca, and about 20-30 minutes away from the Cajamarca city centre by public transportation.

“Moto-taxis” are also available for quick rides around town (up to 3 people round trip cost Banos del Inca 2 – 3 soles).

Internet use
There is Wi-Fi in your rooms as well as public areas at your accommodation, but there is also an internet cafe in the main township where you can access wifi from when you are not at the centre.

Money
There are numerous shops and ATMs in the center of town.

Medical
We will have a basic first aid kit on site, but there is a clinic available in Banos del Inca. A hospital and various clinics are in nearby Cajamarca for any emergencies or health issues that may arise.

Activities & Events
Cooking Lessons
Daily: Evenings
Join your cook as they prepare meals for you and other participants. Take notes, learn new recipes, traditional food preservation techniques and more! Try not to spoil your dinner as you learn!

Farm Animals
Daily: Mornings and Evenings
Watch the local farmers near your accommodation, as they tend to their animals in daily rituals like shearing and milking.

Trip Country Info

Peru

Capital: Lima
Language: Spanish (Quechua, Aymara)
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)

Country Information
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 Incas are 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 in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions 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.

Climate
Despite being near the Equator, the presence of different regions of the Andes Cordillera and the arid coast along with the effects of the cold Humboldt Stream induce highly distinct weather. The climate in Peru consists in three main regions: Costa, Sierra, Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle).

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa