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The goal of this project is to provide affordable and accessible English classes to local Peruvian children. In many cases, the standard of English teaching is quite poor and does not afford students the opportunity to attain real proficiency in the language. 
This English program is run at the Primary and Secondary schools, based in Cajamarca. Volunteers are needed to help the program grow and progress, as the goal over the next 10 years is for all high school graduates to speak and understand basic English. Volunteers will be actively involved in encouraging and inspiring their learners, ensuring they are confident and articulate. 

Program Highlights:
  • Experience South America's third-largest country and its beautiful countryside town of Cajamarca
  • Gain practical experience teaching English in a primary or secondary school
  • Partake in eco-education through teaching about environmentalism and the current climate crisis
  • Make learning more fun by organizing educational games
  • Explore the rich Incan history of Cajamarca
  • Visit Machu Picchu and other amazing sites during free time on weekends
  • You can enhance your Peruvian experience by adding our “Culture Week in Cajamarca" for an additional cost. If you book together with this program, you will receive a 50% discount off the culture week's full price! *Discount will be applied to your final balance.

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum One-Week Commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations in the Andes city of Cajamarca.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to the local team, their program, partake in a Peruvian culture lesson, a Spanish language lesson and tour around the local area. Volunteers will hike to White Crosses Hill, where they can enjoy thermal baths and a massage for an additional fee.
Days 3-6, Tuesday- Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the primary or secondary school.

Days 7-8, Saturday and Sunday: Volunteers staying only one week will depart on Saturday. The weekend is free for volunteers to spend how they wish.

Remainng Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.

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Location of the Project:  Cajamarca, Peru
Project length:  Min 1 Week - Max 8 Weeks
Arrival Airport:  Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA)
Volunteer Work:  Teaching English
Age:  17 - 35. Age Exceptions: this project accepts volunteers who are 16 with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared room in volunteer house
Food:  Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation:  Volunteers will go on a tour of Cajamarca and receive an introduction to their program before beginning volunteer work.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance. lunch on the weekends, personal expenses
Peru, known for its incredible cultural heritage sites, such as the renowned Machu Picchu, is the third largest country in South America. Peru is geographically diverse, with a variety of landscapes, climates, and ecosystems. This makes it possible to go surfing at its northern beaches one day, and hiking in its vast mountains the next. 

This project is located in Los Baños del Inca, a quiet location near the northern Andes city of Cajamarca, known for its natural thermal springs, breathtaking mountain views and relaxing atmosphere. The location provides the best of both worlds with its proximity to both natural wonders such as the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest, and the bustling commercial center of Cajamarca. There is also a rich Incan history to explore, as the city is known for the Battle of Cajamarca, where the Inca Empire fell.
Volunteers on this program will be teaching at local Primary or Secondary schools. The volunteers' input at these schools is invaluable in supporting the language learning of local Peruvian children.

Volunteers will only be expected to teach for 3-4 hours a day, either in the morning or the afternoon. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to teaching preparation.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Preparation of class material and exercises
  • Conducting English classes in a varied and dynamic way
  • Playing games, singing songs, watching movies - making English fun
  • Partake in eco-education through teaching about environmentalism and the current climate crisis
  • Observing classes of other volunteers / teachers in order to evaluate them
Sample schedule for a typical day (depending on when you are teaching): After breakfast, you will be transported to a nearby village by minibus for your teaching placement (all locations are within a 30-minute drive from the accommodation). From 8:30 am to 12:00 pm you will teach English classes; there will be a short coffee break in between. Lunch will be from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by class preparation for the following day. After 7:30 pm, you’ll have time to eat dinner, relax and hang out with fellow volunteers and teachers. You will volunteer from Monday to Friday. Saturdays and Sundays you will have to spend as you wish. 

Holidays: During school holidays, volunteering will take place in the form of an English teaching holiday program outside of the normal school. 

The school holidays are as follows
  • December 21, 2019 - March 6, 2020
  • July 27 - August 7, 2020
Volunteer work does not take place during national holidays, but you are always welcome to join in the local celebration.
Please note these consecutive holidays, which may impact short-term placements, before registering:
  • Dec 24  & 25, 2020
Internet:  Free WiFi is available in common areas, although the connection is not always reliable. Volunteers may choose to supplement the provided WiFi with 3G data or visit the Internet cafe in the main township.
Laundry:  Volunteers should expect to wash clothes by hand.
Accommodations:  You will stay at a volunteer house made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, with large gardens. Rooms are spacious and completely furnished, including a locker to store valuables, and will accommodate 3-5 volunteers. The house is also equipped with shared bathrooms and a kitchen. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.
Food:  All weekday meals are provided and typically include rice, a main staple of the region. The Peruvian diet is vegetarian-friendly, with large amounts of corn, beans, potatoes, wheat and other grains. On Saturdays and Sundays, only brunch and dinner are provided. All meals are vegetarian-friendly.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 17
  • Police clearance
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Desire to explore a different culture
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Open-mindedness and willingness to learn
  • All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.
Travel Extras (Not Included):
You can extend your stay with one or more great travel extras for an additional fee. Choose from one or more of the following and sign up upon registration.

Culture Week (Highly Recommended): This program provides a comprehensive introduction to South American culture, the Cajamarca region, and the traditions and customs of Northern Peru. If you join this add-on, you'll get to visit some of the highlights of Northern Peru, in addition to learning some basic Spanish, trying some typical Peruvian dishes and experiencing the local culture.

Spanish Classes: Whether you're starting from scratch or just looking to brush up on your skills, this add-on is a great way to make the most of your volunteer experience. Classes are 20 hours per week, with a maximum of six students per class. Afternoon conversation classes are also offered for those who wish to further their Spanish in a more informal setting. 

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