This program allows you to gain experience working with children, adolescents, and adults while teaching English. Today, more than ever, due to increased global interactions, it is essential to learn the English language, and we want to help those institutions that lack the resources necessary for teaching English and improve the future of education in Peru. This program would give the option to many people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to study at a private institution and open many doors and provide many opportunities relevant to the world now.
As a volunteer working with the institutions, you could burn CDs and videos of correct pronunciation and dialogue to enhance the listening of teachers and students. It is not required for volunteers to have teaching experience before participating in this program.
Spanish proficiency is not required by Ama Peru World, but it is recommended. Many volunteers find that any level of Spanish comprehension will enhance interactions with students and teaching staff.
We hope that our volunteers help with this purpose in conjunction with professors from each institution and can make a real and true difference in learning and teaching the language.
Ending the program, volunteers will make a presentation with their groups of students where they will show their skills learned in the new language throughout songs, comedy sketch or group starring, we already left to the imagination of our volunteers.
To understand the experience that you will live in in the teach english program, we post this letter prepared by a volunteer who previously worked in this program:
Teaching English in Peru is crazy, but in the very best possible way. As soon as you enter the school, you are overwhelmed with excited eyes and hands and smiles, and all the children are squeamishly excited to speak with you.. It may seem like a bit much at first, but I promise you’ll get used to it; and if nothing else, you should embrace it. It’s like you’re a celebrity at these schools. And because of that, the most probable reaction that the students will have towards the lesson plans are going to be energy-packed, to say the least. This can come to you as either a torture or an advantage—it’s all about how you mold it into your own teaching environment. Along with this comes the students’ interest in the American lifestyle as well as culture shock, so it’s always a good idea to let them know a bit about yourself and your way of life, as well as trying to get a chance to learn about the students’ ways of life as well (I know I felt pretty embarrassed and guilty when I couldn’t remember a student’s name).
And in all honesty, the best way to get your students to enjoy themselves and learn in the classroom is to just have fun with them; they’re all incredibly excited and restless and ready to accomplish something, so help them to do that in any way possible—through songs, dance, games, sports activities, etc. As a volunteer you’ll have a fairly open-ended assignment; your only goal and objective will be to teach these children some English.
This objective is not as difficult or scary as it sounds. I know there are some volunteers who have never stepped foot in a classroom as an educator, but as I said before, these students are eager to learn and act and play, especially if there’s some strange, tall, lanky, pale white kid speaking English to them.
The other thing too that you may not realize is that a lot of these students—essentially all of these students—don’t know how to speak any English. So because of that, you’ll be at an advantage, and you can start with the very simplest things (how to say your name and introduce yourself, the names of colors, the names of body parts, etc.) in order to teach these kids. I’m sure you can remember your first Spanish classes—try to remember those classes you took back in the day, because believe me, they are very helpful. Not only will it help you remember some conversational Spanish (which is obviously incredibly helpful in a Spanish-speaking country where you’re stuck in a classroom teaching), but you’ll remember some of the ways that your teacher taught you a second language. Try to tap into those memories.
All in all, just remember that as much as you may feel inexperienced or overwhelmed or confused, you will have the help and respect of everyone around you. And in reality, you’ll probably end up doing better than you think. Good luck!
STEVEN JAMES TOTTEN
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY - USA