Since 2003, SKIP has been working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru. Our holistic programme focuses on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family. It is our aim to foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives.
There are over 300 children between the ages of four and eighteen years old currently enrolled in the education programme, which makes it the largest department in SKIP. We aim to maintain an exciting, stimulating and engaging learning environment. Our aim is not to replace the local education system, but rather supplement it. Following a curriculum designed especially for the children at SKIP, we provide classes in subjects such as reading comprehension, Math and Computing.
Creative Arts Programme
The SKIP art programme involves nine primary groups between the ages of 5 and 13 years and two or three secondary groups between 13 and 17 and for many of the participants these classes are the first exposure to art. The lessons taught to primary focus on basic skills and concepts of art. The secondary groups work in a collaborative manner with the arts teacher on concepts such as ownership of work, community arts, and personal development through art, dance, theater and textiles.
Working under the guidance of the Creative Arts Coordinator, volunteers will support the creation, delivery and evaluation of the art and drama classes. Together they will:
source all materials needed;
write project proposals;
creatively deliver all the objectives in the curriculum;
add to and develop the curriculum;
deliver classes/projects that are relevant to the students’ lives, community, country and beliefs;
plan lessons in advance;
deliver each lesson;
evaluate participants’ progress and each project;
at times coordinate a team and attend weekly meetings as well as take part in training sessions;
work within a very tight budget.
There is likely to be additional time available so volunteers can get involved in another one of the SKIP programmes, in particular creative volunteers might be interested in the Economic Development handicraft workshops, see the website for more details.