Volunteer Teacher Assistant in Kindergartens Cusco, Peru
Volunteer Teacher Assistant in Kindergartens Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Volunteer Teacher Assistant in Kindergartens Cusco, Peru

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer work at local schools to provide teaching assistance to the in-house faculty and help provide proper education to the underprivileged children
  • Work in rural kindergartens and assist as a “Promoter” to enable better learning and assist the local teachers 
  • A rewarding opportunity for people who are good with kids and enjoy interactive teaching 
  • As a teaching assistant, one needs a lot of patience High level of focus and dedication is also required while dealing with the kids



Rural kindergartens seek the comprehensive development of children through activities of cognitive, motor, affective and social skills. The rural Kindergartens often are run by mothers of the community (called "entertainers" or "promoters"). These “teachers” receive training and then are monitored regularly (ideally once a week) for lecturer (called "teacher coordinators"). In addition, rural kindergartens are formed on the basis of community participation. Hence, they are hugely different from the other urban kindergartens that you must have known throughout your life.

Volunteers play the role of helping the “entertainers" or "promoters" to achieve the goals of the month. Usually, there are up to 42 kids under 1 entertainer or promoter.

Basic Information about the Program is as follows:

  • The children are aged between 3 to 5 years.
  • There are approximately 30-40 kids in one classroom.
  • Some centers are basic; they have old mini tables and chairs, educational games and teaching materials. 
  • The Kindergartens are located mostly in underprivileged areas.
  • Kids are learning spelling and basic directions in order to be prepared for elementary schools.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative  All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program. A beginner-intermediate level of Spanish would be an added advantage for the participants in the program.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

  • Being a teaching assistant, you need to be extremely patient. High level of focus and dedication is also required while dealing with the kids.
  • The main role of volunteers in this program is to help to the entertainers or promoters to check homework, check tests, distribute meals at break time, organize the activities for the next day, clean the classroom and decorate it. 

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

  • Sunday -  Arrival in Cusco, Peru
  • Monday - An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, informing the volunteers about relative topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Peru.
  • Tue to Fri - Volunteer Work.
  • Weekends: Free to explore the city/ Head out for Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley etc.
  • Breakfast - 07:00 am to 08:00 am
  • Working hours at the placement - 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (The second shifts depends on the requirement at the placement)
  • Lunch - 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
  • Dinner - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards.

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.



When you choose to volunteer in Peru, just pack your bags and arrive at the destination with a relaxed mind. Our dedicated coordinator at the location arranges airport transfers, stay, meals and also weekend tours for you. All you have to do is arrive.

Airport Transfer

Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.


Volunteers are provided with accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually, there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have the WiFi connection and cable TV as well.


A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. The orientation will be given by the local staff in Peru.


Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc. 

During your Free Time

Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. On the weekends most of the volunteers plan a trip to Sacred Valley or the world famous 'Macchu Picchu' - the lost city of Incas. In Cusco, you can walk around Plaza de Armas and explore the different restaurants and shopping areas.































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1 Week $475
2 Weeks $620
3 Weeks $765
4 Weeks $910
5 Weeks $1099
6 Weeks $1299
7 Weeks $1499
8 Weeks $1699
Extra Week $220

Please Note: -An application fee of $229 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup from Cusco Airport
  • Orientation 
  • Accommodation in a homestay
  • Meals
  • Insurance (Provided at an extra cost)
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Airfare 
  • Visa and Visa extension fee 
  • Return airport drop and airport taxes
  • Local Transportation
  • Any personal expenses



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