Our Programs: Children (7-12 years old)

Our children's programs almost entirely operate out of the Kids' Center, located on the main road in Huaycán. In addition, we offer programs in a different community building once a week. Read on to learn more about our children's programs!

Art

Art Program

Started in 2009, LLI’s art program quickly grew and became a favorite among many students in the community. A fun and safe space to be creative, LLI’s art classes are offered in our Kids' Center several times a week and is also offered once a week in a community building in Zone S.

Program Goals:

  • Stimulate the imagination and encourage creativity
  • Explore the use of different mediums
  • Build self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Increase awareness of the arts in different cultures and throughout history
  • Provide safe and productive learning environment for students after school and/or on the weekends and evenings.
  • Promote intercultural exchange between our students and volunteer teachers

English

English Program

There is a growing demand for English as a second language in education settings and workforce in Lima, however, access to quality, affordable English language programs within Huaycán is extremely limited. Parents most of all recognize the need for their children to learn English in order to compete for higher wage jobs in Lima and/or enter universities or trade schools where knowledge of the English language is required or preferred. English classes are the number one sought after class with LLI.

Yet, our goals are stem beyond simply learning the language itself. See below for more information:

Program Goals

  • Provide safe and productive learning environment for students after school and/or on the weekends and evenings.
  • Provide immersion style language instruction by native speakers and encourage producing the language
  • Engage students in the language learning process through creative and dynamic lesson plans
  • Provide 1-on- 1 language instruction when possible
  • Promote intercultural exchange between our students and volunteer teachers

Physical Education

Physical Education

The physical education program is, alongside English, one of LLI’s longest running programs. Physical Education classes involve soccer, volleyball, yoga, flag football, and other fun group games or sports.

Chess

Chess Program

Lima, Peru is home to world champions in chess and the game is only gaining steam in popular culture within schools and other educational venues. A dedicated group of LLI students eagerly look forward to weekly chess classes occasional chess tournaments. Chess class meets at the Kids’ Center sevearl times a week, rotating offerings of Chess I, II and III courses.

Program Goals

  • Provide safe and productive learning environment for students after school and/or on the weekends and evenings.
  • Develop strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Provide an opportunity to play competitively, in a friendly environment
  • Practice good sportsmanship skills before, during and after play
  • Encourage interaction between different zones within Huaycan.
  • Promote intercultural exchange between our students

Math & Homework Help

Math & Homework Help

Math test scores have been a consistent problem in recent years within Peru, specifically in the public schools system. In order to offer more support to students, LLI offers homework help several times a week, often two or three hours a day. Math is the most frequent type of homework brought in during these extra homework hours.

Math & Homework Help Program Goals

  • Build students’ self esteem and enjoyment for math
  • Aid in homework on a weekly basis
  • Improve student’s math grades in school
  • Provide safe and productive learning environment for students after school and/or on the weekends and evenings.

Reading/Library

Reading Program

Strong reading and comprehension skills are fundamental to personal and professional success. Unfortunately, Peru as a nation struggles with very low test national scores within this area. In addition, quality books are very expensive in Lima and the public library system itself offers little encouragement to Peruvians. To combat this problem LLI launched a pilot reading program in 2012 and we’re happy to report it continues today. Students are welcome to participate in “biblioteca” (Library) as much as they’d like and with consistent attendance, students can even take books home.

Program Goals

  • Encourage a reading for pleasure environment
  • Provide better access to a wide array of books, ranging from a basic to advanced skill level
  • Develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Promote intercultural exchange between our students and volunteer teachers

Technology

Technology Program

One of LLI's newest programs, the technology program got its start in 2014 in the form of month-long coding workshops to kids and teens. These workshops eventually evolved into coding classes, offered in LLI's regular schedule, in 2016. In 2017, LLI introduced typing classes in conjunction with coding. Most typing classes are additionally taught by a local teacher (who happens to be a former LLI student!).

Science

Science Program

LLI's science program, mostly taught on Saturdays, aims to inspire kids to explore and learn more about the world around them. Taught by a local teacher, our science classes encourage creativity and include a variety of subject matter include the human body, space, and more.