Over the last September, I volunteered for 2 weeks as a teaching assistant in Padre Cocha, a small community located at 20 min by boat from Iquitos, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
The project consisted in a 2-week English course for local people of all ages and aimed at improving their everyday communication with foreigners, in order to promote tourism in the community.
During this period I’ve been hosted by Jorge and Jenny, the organisers of this project, at their b&b, who made me feel welcome since the very beginning and gave me all the support I could need for visiting the area.
Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.
In my experience, two weeks have been a sufficient time to forget about my own life and to dive into this new reality, getting to know new people and appreciate their differences and similarities from my cultural background, build friendships, enjoy the jungle and, hopefully, make a difference for this community. This first course, in fact, has set the basis for a longer-term project that will continue with new volunteers and with the same enthusiasm to help the development of this marvellous place.
Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody.
Volunteer in Peru, teaching English in a high school located in an Amazonian community close to Iquitos. You will be providing evening classes for other members of the community as well. Many times, artesans who make pottery and embroidery are eager to learn basic phrases in English, wich allows them to interact with tourists who buy the pottery.
Our volunteers are taken aback and inspired by the eagerness of their students to learn and interact in English, and find it a very humbling experience. As a volunteer, you will give these students the opportunity to practice with a fluent English speaker. Improving their language skills will give open up opportunities for a better future. The school is located close to the riverside with an incredible view.
You will be living in Iquitos in the Loreto region of Peru – the world’s nature reserve. In your free time you can explore all the mysteries and wonders of this beautiful part of the world.
Read the following article with the full informationa about volunteering in Peru, learn about everything provided with the volunteer program, costs and requirements. From there, you may proceed with your application