Volunteer and Learn Spanish Programme
If you are looking for an alternative kind of Spanish course, then look no further. We offer professional Spanish classes and for your convenience the teachers are even able to come over to the Volunteer House so you can learn at home!
Spanish Language Lessons
Participants will study Spanish for 5 hours per week with a curriculum that has been designed to complement the Spanish immersion experience where you are using the vocabulary and other skills you learn, on a daily basis.
This approach will help you to learn to speak Spanish more quickly, as you will volunteer in a Spanish speaking environment.
Participants will then be able to further develop the Spanish language skills by volunteering at SKIP for around 25 hours per week, this will include time for lesson planning. Due to language constraints, most will volunteer in the English teaching programme, but there are also other activities such as Art and sports where volunteers can get involved. See positions available for information about options.
Those who have not taught before should not worry; our English teaching programme uses a fully structured curriculum and is supervised by a qualified and experienced EFL teacher who will provide relevant training to help you develop teaching techniques. You will also co-teach lessons, and so you will not be alone in the classroom. We hugely welcome volunteers who have more experience in teaching, as then we are able to pair you with less experienced volunteer teachers and maximise the learning experience for everyone involved. Click here to read more about the English teaching programme.
Why SKIP is different - Many programmes offer English teaching volunteer opportunities, but we feel that the important difference in SKIP is that we recognise that speaking English is NOT the same as teaching English!! For this reason, we provide as much support to our volunteers as possible so that you are quickly trained and able to provide quality lessons for the children.
We do work hard at SKIP, and applicants should be ready to apply themselves fully to their volunteer positions as do the other 25+ international volunteers. That said, there is time at evenings and weekends to relax, experience a bit of Latin America and visit local attractions such as Chan Chan, La Huaca de la Luna (The Temple of the Moon), and the beach at Huanchaco, which is renowned for having excellent waves to learn to surf and even hosts the annual long board world championship.
- Spanish course: 5 hours of Spanish learning classes per week (usually private tutorial lessons)
- 25 hours (approx) volunteering in SKIP (including lesson planning time)
- Accommodation in the main volunteer house, or with a host family as preferred
- Weekly intercambio Spanish and English language learning sessions with other volunteers
- Allocated mentor to help you settle in - you can read bios for all our permanent team on the website
- Full volunteer induction, including English teaching instruction and any other relevant training appropriate to your volunteering role
Costs are 24 soles per hour for the language classes (paid directly to the language school) on top of the usual SKIP contribution - see here for further details.
VOLUNTEER BLOG: Volunteer and Learn Spanish
My name is Rianna, and I was a SKIP volunteer for 2 months in 2014 (and I wish I could have stayed longer)! My background is in psychology and criminology, but I have had a passion for volunteering in the field of education, since I began tutoring and mentor work with children in foster care in my home country of Australia. I participated in the 8 week volunteer and learn Spanish program, and my main role in this time was teaching English to primary and secondary school students.
Before I started teaching, I was puzzled about how I could teach English to Spanish-speaking students when my level of Spanish was only basic. I was assured that I would be surprised how well it works... and I can vouch for that now, it does! SKIP encourages teaching that is fun and engaging for the students, so, if you don’t speak Spanish fluently you become very good at using actions and games to involve the students. Of course, my Spanish improved a lot in the time that I was with SKIP, with 8 weeks of private Spanish lessons and having the chance to practice with so many people around me, it was amazing! I also enjoyed having the opportunity to be involved in other classes, such as photography, art and sport.
The SKIP volunteer coordinators provide a great support role and are always looking for ways to help you if you need it. The friendships you develop with the other volunteers are also invaluable – they are your teaching partners and your housemates (if you live in the volunteer house) and it’s great to have like minded people to share the experience with. I will always remember my time at SKIP with great fondness, and definitely hope to go back one day.