It’s the beginning!
My name is Veronica Lysaght. I am a proud Ohioan from Toledo! I recently completed my Master’s Degree in Latin American History in the United States. Now, I am an English teacher at Proyecto Peru Centre in Cuzco. I love Peruvian food, Inca history, and learning Spanish! Here are my experiences.
I moved to Cuzco three months ago. During the first month, I completed my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language License) in September, 2016. If you want to teach English in Peru, most schools require a TEFL or ESL certification. The course took one month to complete. While difficult, it was also a lot of fun and it was necessary for me to teach English at Proyecto Peru Centre.
After completing the TEFL course, I began looking for work in English schools around Cuzco. I especially wanted to work at Proyecto because I liked how, as an English teacher, I had the opportunity to work with students one-on-one. I plan each class according to the student’s unique level and personal interests associated with English. Proyecto allows me to work at each individual student’s pace. Although I have only been working here for one month, the work that I have done with my students has been incredibly meaningful. As I teach my students English, I have learnt so much about Peruvian culture and their own lives in the process! All of my students (I teach both adults and children) have been such a pleasure to work with. I am ecstatic that I have the opportunity to work here.
Finally, as an English teacher at Proyecto, I have the opportunity to travel and explore Peru (especially on weekends). For anyone who wishes to come here with Proyecto, I highly recommend hiking Rainbow Mountain, touring the many museums and churches in Cuzco, and trying cuy (guinea pig) at a local restaurant!
Again, I cannot stress enough how much I love working at Proyecto and living in Cusco. The food, culture, scenery, and working environment that I have become accustomed to is both challenging and rewarding!