martes, 27 de septiembre de 2011

Have Experience in Education? Volunteer!

Do you have experience in the education field and are looking to apply your skills in an area that really needs it? Want to gain experience abroad and impact a non-profit and it's community? This internship allows you to do just that!

Light and Leadership, a small grassroots non-profit working in a shantytown outside of Lima, Peru, is looking for a manager for our English language education program. This is a great opportunity to develop the direction of our program and add something impressive to your resume. The intern will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Developing and/or refining LLI's English language curriculum for ages 6 years old - adult.
  • Hold weekly meetings with our volunteer English teachers.
  • Observe volunteer teachers and assist teachers with lesson planning and classroom activities
  • Teach English classes weekly
  • Develop an evaluation system for students

Light and Leadership is looking for a candidate who fits the following profile:

  • Available for a year commitment, starting July 1st, 2012
  • Must have prior experience teaching and/or education field
  • Has experience in diverse classroom settings (ESL classrooms a PLUS)
  • Is organized, independent, and reliable
  • Has excellent English writing and speaking skills (must be a native speaker)
  • Feels comfortable leading meetings and giving feedback
  • Has a passion for education and helping others

Spanish skills are not required.

In exchange for a year contract, the English Program Manager will receive free room and board. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the intern.

Does this sound right for you? Please send your resume and cover letter to Lara DeVries, Executive Director of Light and Leadership:

miércoles, 21 de septiembre de 2011

Puppet Crazy!!!

LLI goes crazy. For puppets :)

On Tuesday, LLI's resident Art guru, Meghan Resler, teamed with returning volunteer Whitney Reynolds (Happy Birthday today!) to offer an art workshop in Zone Z. The outcome: absolute success.

Kids went crazy for the puppets and showed true creativity and enthusiasm for the project. This workshop was only stage one-- Meghan and Whitney will meet with the kids in two weeks to put together a puppet show. We're sure their parents will be delighted by their kids' creativity as they watch the show...! Stay tuned for videos and pictures of that performance.

Want to be part of the art fun? We are looking for Art Volunteers (short or long term) beginning in March 2012. Sign up to volunteer online at!

Be sure to check out more photos below of the awesome art workshop! (Thalia pictured above)

Willie shows us puppets are cool :)

Kennedy and his new friend

Our older students got involved too. Here's David with his puppet "Cincuenta Cent"--50 cent. We always like a good laugh :)

Joel, we loved this one!

Published on behalf of Light and Leadership by Lara DeVries. Special thanks to Meghan Resler for the photos and being the art ringleader. Thanks to Whitney and Mariel too :)

lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011

This is what we need: YOU.

Light and Leadership is in NEED of volunteers for next year! We are seeking out volunteers to teach our education programs just outside of Lima, Peru. Opportunities can be found specifically in our English and French programs (but other opps can be found in Chess, Math, and Art) starting January 2012!! Long term stays (at least two months) are preferred, no Spanish is required. Internships are available too!

Super exciting, right?! Apply NOW.

Speak Spanish? Have a passion for working with women? AND you're available for 4 months starting January 2012? WOW, be our Women's Empowerment Program Manager! Email Lara DeVries at with your resume and cover letter.

Published by Lara DeVries on behalf of Light and Leadership. Special thanks to Jessie Pincus for the photo. We miss you!

lunes, 5 de septiembre de 2011

LLI Works With Teachers!

Last Friday, Light and Leadership started teaching the teachers English at a local public school in Huaycan, called Huaycan Mixto. Classes are held twice a week with the twelve signed up teachers, and we expect more to come as word spreads.

Light and Leadership is excited to take this new direction in improving the education level of local primary school teachers.