Volunteer with HOOP!

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. Minimum stay is 3 months, but preference will be given to those who can stay longer.

For those who feel more at ease with younger children or who are interested beyond teaching, we offer the opportunity to work with our Caterpillar group (1-3 years old). This class focuses on the children’s development through art and games. It is a fantastic opportunity where you will have the chance to use your creativity and gain experience in childcare.

Apply now to join our May volunteer classes!

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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:

Please fill out our online application form here!

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.

Any more questions?

If you’re wondering about where exactly you’ll work, how much Spanish you need to know, or what to bring, make sure to check out our frequently asked questions and living in Arequipa pages.

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