UNI Graduates are invited to apply for a 6-month or year long teaching opportunity at the University of Piura in Piura, Perú.
The volunteer teaching position offers participants the opportunity to teach English to university level students. Participants teach two to three groups for a maximum of 23 hours per week. Further detail on responsibilities can be found on the "Participant Info" page.
This program offers participants several financial incentives in addition to the hands on, professional growth experience. A net salary of PEN 2,800 (848.48 USD per month), an additional stipend of PEN 2,800 as a end of agreement, and a fixed amount to cover the cost of the flight to Piura and back to the city of origin (upon successful completion of the program). Further details on the financial incentives can be found on the detailed program cost sheets of the "Program Cost" page.
Piura is the capital city of the Piura region of Peru - which is located in the most northwestern part of the country. There are around 400,000 people in the city of Piura. Piura is the first city founded by the Spanish in South America - making it the oldest Spanish City on the continent (known as 'La Primera Ciudad').
About the University:
The University of Piura (UDEP) was founded in 1969 and is located in the northwestern city of Piura, Perú. The university has around 10,000 students enrolled (7,600 undergraduates and 2,500 graduates). It is a private university in Perú with a campus in Piura and Lima. The volunteer teaching position is only offered at the Piura campus. The main campus in Piura is reclaimed desert and has been reforested with trees and wildlife.
Classes are generally offered from Monday to Friday, three 7.5 hours per week for everyday classes or 6 hours a week for every other day classes in regular semesters.
They have six class levels for regular courses: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate 1 and 2, and Upper Intermediate 1 and 2; as well FCE and CAE preparation courses. UDEP uses the British version of the Pioneer series from MM publications for regular courses, workbooks and teacher’s books. Each professor is assigned a CD player for the listening sections. Though it is recommended that new teachers stick fairly close to the text for the first few months in order to familiarize themselves with its strengths and weaknesses, UDEP encourages teachers to supplement their classes with anything they feel will be beneficial to the students; whether that be music, films, newspaper and magazine articles, games, role-play, or extracts from favorite books.
Class sizes range from a minimum of fifteen to a maximum of twenty-eight students. Most of students are between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four; there are also either university professors from other departments, or non-traditional students coming from outside the university system.
The academic year runs from March to December, with a mid-term break in July; also summer courses are offered during January and February.
Volunteer Teacher Duties:
- Respect the University and Centro de Idiomas policies.
- Work 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day, respecting Udep work schedule (hours during the morning, a lunch break and hours during the afternoon-night).
- Teach 2 to 3 groups that add a maximum of 23 hours per week of teaching: Evaluate and correct students’ evaluations.
- Substitute teachers when required.
- Elaborate or edit quizzes or exams as required.
- Work on any other project or task assigned.
Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer Teacher:
- UDEP will refund the cost of the flight to Piura (up to a fixed amount). The flight will be refunded once working at UDEP.
- UDEP will refund or pay the flight back to the city of origin upon successful termination of the contract (up to a fixed amount).
- In case of a round trip ticket half will refunded once working at UDEP and the other half upon successful termination of the contract.
- The net salary plus an additional month’s salary to assist with moving and related costs (listed on the program cost page).
- One month’s room and board at a local boarding house. Volunteer teachers will, of course, be free to leave the boarding house whenever they wish; the university does not provide independent housing, but it is generally not difficult to find suitable housing with a minimum of effort.
- E-mail accounts and Internet access. A free, renewable one-year visa.
- 15 days off.
Interested in Applying?
Interested candidates should click on the "Apply" page and consult with the Study Abroad Center staff.
Housing & Meals
Volunteer Teachers have the option to stay in the local boarding house that UDEP arranges. They are also free to explore independent housing options. If they opted for the boarding house; room, lunch, and laundry services are generally offered at around $ 300/ month.
Teach Abroad at the Universidad de Piura, Perú
Estimated Program Cost:
* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
Tuition & Fees:
Room & Board:
Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.