Teaching teachers in Peru, more volunteers vitally needed!
Our Teaching Programme in Peru takes a different form in the school holiday period in January and February, when we run a scheme to improve the English of the local Peruvian teachers. This programme is organised in conjunction with the Peruvian Ministry of Education and is hugely valuable as the local teachers can pass on their improved knowledge to the hundreds of children they teach.
More volunteers are needed to help with the 2011 course. Volunteers can join the programme for four or six weeks, starting on Monday 10th January. Volunteers wanting to stay in Peru for longer than six weeks will then join a normal teaching placement in a secondary school when the holidays end.
Previous volunteer and Teaching Supervisor in Peru, Claire Pegler, took part in the training, she explains:
'The Teacher Training programme is a unique opportunity to affect lasting change. The future of Peruvian education has to be based on the teachers themselves and if we can help them to improve, then generations of students can benefit too. Besides this, teacher training was a tremendous bonding experience among us volunteers. We travelled and worked together everyday which is not often possible in other projects. We laughed, cried, worked and played together and formed friendships which I know will last a lifetime. It was fantastic to feel part of something that would have a definite impact on Peru after I'm gone home and I know its something that has had a tremendous and rewarding impact on me.'
Irene Bucelli who volunteered on the teacher training project in 2010 tells us 'to sum up the project was amazing, I feel I learnt a lot and at the same time I am very proud of the work I have done with my teaching partner. I hope I will be able to repeat the experience in the future!'
To read more about Irene's experience and that of fellow 2010 volunteer, Sara Schartau Andersen check out the March 2010 Peru Newsletter.