insyte to the programme

"I have to say that the experience has been a seriously positive one. Leaving school on the last day was a mix of sadness and pride. I have such a high degree of respect for the staff at San Jose, it's great to know that we made an impact. I don't think I will be travelling through any other agency than Totally Travel in the future after experiencing the amazing support and advice Maddie and I had in Cusco." Andrew (QLD) 

The historic and beautiful city of Cusco was the capital of the famous Inca Empire, and now commands its place at the centre of cultural tourism in Peru. With tourism by far the most important sector in the local economy, the ability to speak the English language properly will be of great benefit to the kids’ future job prospects - and this is where you come in! 

You will work in an underprivileged community school, as classroom assistant to the two Peruvian English teachers. The school was founded in the late 1960s in an area where there were previously no schools – this meant parents who lacked resources did not have the chance to educate their children at all. The school now offers kinder, primary and secondary education to more than 900 children.

Both students and staff alike love having a classroom assistant there to help – you’ll be hugely popular and they’ll all be keen to learn about your own country, culture and life. You will get your personal timetable on your first day, and you should expect 4-5 hours of classroom time each day Monday to Friday. 

With tourism so important to the region, command of English is vital in order to get a job in the industry later in life, so do your bit in the knowledge that your efforts will make a real difference to these kids’ futures. 


Day 1 & 2 (Saturday / Sunday)

Arrive at Cusco airport (airport code CUZ) and say Hola to Peru. Arrive any time of day and we’ll be there to meet you with a warm welcome, then it is straight to your accommodation, a journey of around 30 minutes depending on traffic. Cusco is 3,400m. above sea level, so it is really important to take things slowly in your first days after arrival – that way you’ll have the best chance to acclimatise quickly and avoid any symptoms of mild altitude sickness.

Day 3 (Monday)

On Day 1, you'll be accompanied you to your school, I.E.P. Nuestra Señora de Fátima, where you will be introduced to the staff and kids. Most importantly, you’ll spend time with the two local English teachers and together you’ll agree your personal timetable for the coming weeks. You’ll take a tour of the school, learn the structure of the school day and generally orientate yourself with your new surroundings

Days 4 - 7 (Tuesday to Friday) (& Weekends)

From here on in we will step back to allow you to own your experience – you will spend your days with the school staff with the reassurance that our in-country team are available if you need them. The school is about 20 minutes’ walk from your accommodation or a short bus ride. School hours are typically 8am–3pm, adjusted slightly in winter, and your day to day schedule will vary according to your class allocation. Expect 4-5 hours of classroom time each day (on average), Monday to 

Friday, with your time divided between primary and secondary year groups..

At lunch time you can head home, grab a bite at a local restaurant or buy something from the school “kiosko”.

Be positive, creative and cheerful in class and don’t take yourself too seriously. Consider bringing with you from home a few educational resource materials such as books or flash cards, photographs or postcards from home and prepare a list of kids’ songs to refer to. 

Weekends – your weekends are yours to do as you wish. There is so much to see and do in and around Cusco, so many places to explore. You’ll undoubtedly want to head to Machu Picchu at least once during your stay, and the Sacred Valley is full of interesting villages and towns, as well as Incan ruins of which Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo are unmissable. 

Domestic flights in Peru can cheaply have you spend a weekend in the capital Lima, at Lake Titicaca or deep in the Amazon jungle. 

​Last day – (Saturday) 

Sadly, one of these days it is time to say adios to Cusco - our team will help you arrange your transfer back to the airport or onward to your next destination, just save a few soles for the ticket.

your digs

Your home is a lovely shared volunteer apartment. It is also classed as a homestay, as your host lives in another apartment in the same 4-storey building, and your meals are served here. Rooms are private or shared with one/two other volunteers - bathrooms are shared, with hot-water showers and western toilets provided. There is a fridge available for cool drinks and snacks, and there is a TV lounge and small garden/patio area. 

Facilities and the area
Bedding is provided – no need to bring a sleeping bag, but do bring your own towel.
Laundry facilities are available for a small fee.
Cusco is an important tourist city, so you’ll find great cafes, bars and restaurants and all the facilities you might need. Banks and ATMs are easily accessible, some within 10 minutes’ walk of your accommodation, and there are shops, internet cafes, travel agencies, doctors and hospitals all within easy reach.
Cusco is an ideal place to relax and explore on weekends and after your school day has


Breakfast and dinner provided daily.


start date

Saturdays from March to November as per the Peru school year

minimum age


important info

  • Experience / Qualifications : None required, all welcome ! Please note the school is quite conservative, and not accepting of tattoos or piercings
  • Minimum Age : 18
  • Fly In/Out : Cusco (CUZ)
  • What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, breakfast and dinnerdaily, orientation briefing, local 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, lunches, return airport transfer, travel insurance
  • *Prices start at £855pp for a 4 week program. Prices will be provided in writing prior to confirming.


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