Although the Peruvian government promotes English in schools, most children in poor areas don’t formally learn English until the 4th grade or later. You work one-on-one with students, primarily through reading and other engaging activities, to encourage their interest and proficiency in basic English. At the university level, you help students anchor their independence through conversational English practice and lesson reviews.
“As soon as I reached out, they came with outstretched hands into my arms. I was no longer a stranger. It was very heartwarming, and the people I met are friendly and caring, all working hard to make a living. In Peru, there is still the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor, as in any other country. However, there is hope in all humanity.”
“I love the short walk to our classes – taking in the beautiful landscape around the campus and being immersed in this culture. It’s fun to see the students’ faces relax and smile. To share our cultures with one another leaves me feeling very grateful and blessed.”
“The children in Alto Progreso live in severe poverty, and their small one-room homes sit on a mountainside with only electric service – there’s no sewer system, and water must be hauled from large barrels. It seems so dire, yet parents here want to make life and conditions better for their children and for future generations. How can we NOT help?”
“Our Peru program was everything we expected and more. Our team leader was absolutely wonderful! She took such good care of us, going above and beyond in her job to make sure we were all having a great experience. We have rarely met someone who worked so hard and was so dedicated to the job.
“If English is the language of opportunity, it’s our rare privilege to play a small supportive role in our students’ quest for graduate studies, professional employment, and success. We’re inspired by their motivation; our hearts are warmed by the graciousness of the students, staff, and faculty of La Molina.”
“I learned a lot; that happiness exists in poverty, and that people who have little still have their pride. Most importantly, I learned that children are healing to cynical souls.”
“Miracles do happen each day, and Global Volunteers has an appreciable percentage of them! I feel I have attained a more complex view of South America. I learned that Peruvian people work very hard and that human needs are a constant.”