Volunteer Teaching in Peru

It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time.  That’s especially true for underprivileged children.  Volunteer teaching in Peru is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time.  Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.

Volunteer teaching in Peru has volunteers working with around 50 children aged between 6 and 18 who are at a high risk of dropping out of public school.  The primary goal is to raise the standard of their reading and writing to enable them to succeed in the education system.  There are two sessions of classes that run Monday through Friday.  We provide a supportive environment in which the children obtain help and encouragement with their homework. This is crucial as most of the children come from families where the parents have to work long hours to support the family and/or cannot read or write. In either case, they are unable to provide the help needed to ensure that the children remain in education until they graduate from secondary school.

The children are taught to take responsibility for their own education and to value the opportunity they have to learn. They are also given emotional support from volunteers, taught the importance of personal hygiene and provided with a nutritious meal at the end of each session. The local NGO (through volunteer fees) helps to provide the children with school uniforms, study materials and school matriculation fees as required.

The main objective of this role is to assist our full-time Peruvian teacher/school coordinator to provide a warm, welcoming environment for our students that is conducive to achieving academic and social success.  You will have a number of responsibilities including:

  • Helping children with their homework as well building their basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills
  • Assisting with preparing daily nutritious meals for the students in the morning and afternoon sessions
  • Reminding the students the importance of brushing their teeth daily, washing their hands when appropriate, and trying to maintain a balanced diet despite their limited means

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Additional Support

You can make an even greater impact at your teaching project by donating school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.) or fundraising to help finance the operations of the school.  Visit the Contact Us page to inquire for more details on how best to do so!


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Peru covers your room in the NGO’s self-catering volunteer house.

  • Choice of shared dorm, shared twin, or private room (rates vary)
  • Full kitchen access for cooking; meals are not included in prices
  • Filtered drinking water
  • WiFi with Netflix



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

Teaching Project: Accommodations1 month2 monthsAdditional months (each)
Dorm (shared) room with ensuite bathroom$420$840$420
Twin-share room, shared bathroom$440$880$440
Private room, shared bathroom$460$920$460
Prices for projects in Peru are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Per our partner's request, project fees for Peru are paid upon arrival in cash (US dollars) as this helps avoid transfer fees and is easier for the NGO.

Included: bus station arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Room in a shared, self-catering apartment • WiFi with Netflix • Filtered drinking water • 24/7 emergency phone • Project contribution

NOT Included: Meals • Flights • Visas (if necessary) • Vaccinations (if necessary) • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return bus station/airport transfer • Personal expenses • Towels & toiletries


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Peru


For special considerations regarding all projects in Peru, please visit the Peru page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

School Holidays / Closures

Throughout the year, there are holiday breaks when the school is closed or only runs morning classes.  During the closures, volunteer placements are not available.  During the morning session only periods, volunteers are encouraged to help out with other projects.  Please inquire for current school closures.