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we are Percy and Jeremias and we live in a nice apartment in Breña Lima.
Jeremias is 16 years old and got diagnosed with Schizophrenia a few years ago. He had some bad times in the past, but now he is like every other boy in that age. He doesn't go to school but learned English by himself and with volunteer from all over the world. Now he gives English classes to everybody who needs them, every age and level. These classes are normally in the apartment, but sometimes also in Parks in different districts. We need you to help us with teaching and organizing the classes. Also we always search for new students on the streets and in the Internet. So if you have experience in advertising and working with social media, you can help us with that.
it would be also great if you can support Jeremias in improving in his interests. He is really into drawing Manga and creating 3D animation. We search for people who can teach him in these topics. As well everybody who plays an instrument or knows about creating electronic music is welcome.
Of course everybody else too! We look for positive people who want to help. It just would be nice if you maybe have a special skill or something that you can teach Jeremias. He needs somebody to do stuff with him, this can be everything from just going to see the historic center to teach him in drawing.
He is not really part of the social life here in Lima, many people here don't accept him because of his disease. He needs somebody to to something with him!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will live in a family and you can practice your spanish with us. Also you are going to meet all different kinds of people giving the classes, many of them only want conversation classes. So you'll definitely learn about these people and their lives. Sometimes we also give homework help to kids at their homes, their families always welcome the teachers really open and you get an insight on how people life in Lima.
The historic center is not far away from the apartment, as well as the party district Miraflores. Percy works there in tourism and can show you around and tell you were you can go. You have many possibilities, from taking a free english guided walking tour in the historic center to surfing on the beach. You won't get bored.
To all the new volunteers,
Apparently you want to take part in this project which is about teaching English for free. As it is a new project, we`re still figuring out which is the best way to do it. Most important thing: collecting contacts. Without enough contacts, classes won`t take place. For this reason you need to go out, to the park, to places with a lot of people and don`t forget your big promotion sign and a list for signing up. Outside, people will read your sign, ask questions and might be interested. All you need is their full name, as well as their age, free days and most importantly – their phone number. Tell them that we have a WhatsApp group where they´ll be provided with all information. If they don´t have WhatsApp, we can also send an E-mail, call or text them via Facebook. Therefore always make sure that you get any contact details. Probably they´ll have a lot of questions but only refer to our group (or Facebook etc.) as everyone has the same questions and we´ll answer them all together. Moreover, you can read most of the information in our group picture so that we don´t have to send them every day.
Most of the people can´t speak English or at least have a very basic level. Nevertheless, we offer classes for different levels – basic, intermediate and advanced. After becoming part of our group you have to do a little test which includes simple questions in English about their personality. They have to answer them in private (message the administrator). Otherwise all group members see their responses. On the basis of these answers you can figure out their level of English – mainly basic and sometimes advanced. You can see if they understand those questions and if so to what extent. Later they´ll receive the same questions in Spanish as we need those contact details anyway and just wanted to check their basic knowledge. Only after working on both things we announce the list of names and their belonging levels in our WhatsApp group. In general, the group only exists for sharing information considering the classes - not for private communication and tons of questions. If we have something to tell, we`ll let them know. If they still have questions, they at least should text the administrator privately, who by the way is the only person texting in this group apart from the other people (which means you as a volunteer only read all messages).
Apart from our office, we sometimes also teach in a park called Campo de Marte, close to here. Classes (hopefully) take place every day for an hour, depending on the people`s free time and of course volunteer`s availability. This project is based on volunteers which means teachers will change every once in a while.
Don`t forget that we offer English classes for free which means they can´t expect super professional lessions like in a language school. Just try to find a creative way of sharing your English knowledge so that they improve their skills and are able to communicate a bit better than before.
You can help us with preparing and giving english classes, also please help us to improve our english.
Teach manga drawing and 3D animation
Help with searching for students
Show us how to improve our presence on social media
Teach instruments and electronic music
Cook with us and help with general maintenance
Bring in your special skills and show us new things
We will provide a bed and give you private space.
Not all meals are included, we usually have breakfast together and sometimes cook in the evening. But there are markets in short walking distance and peru is very cheap. Also feel free to use the kitchen :)
If you want we can pick you up from the airport, just ask for it.
We also have volunteer from other different websites, so you'll never be alone
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (no food)