Volunteer with HOOP

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Minimum stay is 3 months, and applications for longer stays are welcome. Other 2017 start dates: 3rd July & 4th September.

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Whether you’re taking a gap year, planning a career break, or thinking about a retirement adventure, volunteering abroad is a great way to see the world while making a meaningful contribution to the community.

Join the HOOP team as a Children’s English Teacher – in Arequipa, Peru – and get the chance to experience a different culture, develop your professional skills, learn a new language and give something back to society.

Listen to our kids and see the difference you could make in this video:

What does it involve?

  • Plan and deliver five English classes per week, each lasting one hour
  • Supervise homework help or in the playground for 45 minutes after English class
  • Record lesson plans and monitor student progress and update student records
  • Participate in weekly volunteer meetings
  • Build relationships with the parents
  • Update teaching materials and notify the Volunteer Coordinator of any additional resources required
  • Take part in the organization and delivery of occasional HOOP fundraising initiatives

Desired skills:

  • Fluent in English
  • Basic to intermediate Spanish skills preferred, or a willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience living or working abroad preferred

Successful candidates will be:

  • Organized and reliable, with good time management
  • Creative and resourceful to be able to work in a development environment and make best use of HOOP’s limited resources
  • Flexible and responsive to the frequently changing needs of the organization and community
  • Approachable and personable to build effective relationships with the HOOP team, students and local people

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What we offer

  • Teacher training at the start of your placement and ongoing support in developing your teaching practice
  • The opportunity to further your practical teaching experience in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive environment
  • The opportunity to contribute to the improvement and development of our other program areas, including health, nutrition, hygiene and business classes
  • A reference upon successful completion of the placement
  • The chance to live in Peru as part of a team of fun, supportive and like-minded volunteers
  • The chance to improve your overall understanding of the international development field

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How to apply

To apply, please fill out our online application form:
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Alternatively, you can request an application form by email on volunteer@hoopperu.org.

Why choose HOOP?

HOOP is committed to providing a high-quality experience for our volunteers, and we continually aim to improve our program in response to volunteer feedback. As well as being a registered charity in Peru, we are supported by our daughter organisations in the UK (registered charity 1165490) and in Austria (473887699), and we are a vetted partner of Omprakash Foundation, a network supporting and promoting ethical volunteering around the world.

To help cover the costs of managing, supporting and training volunteers, we ask for a one-off $250 administration fee. Read more about why we charge a fee here. To see volunteer reviews, visit the review section on our Facebook Page and our testimonials page.

Find out more about living in Arequipa.

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