Our children’s after school enrichment programs operate out of the Kids' Center, which is located in Huaycán’s Zone D. In addition, we offer programs in another community building in Zone S once a week. The programs focus on developing leadership skills and expanding participants’ capacity to think critically and creatively. We build these skills through dynamic classes such as Art, Reading, English, Science, Technology, Chess and P.E. taught by both international and local teachers.
Read on to learn more about our children's programs!
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.
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:
The physical education program is, alongside English, one of LLI’s longest running programs. Physical Education classes involve yoga, playground games, kickball and other fun group games or sports. Our P.E. classes strive to not only focus on moving around and having fun, but also on healthy practices and wellbeing.
Develop teamwork, creativity, and leadership skills, integrating those objectives into class curriculum, among boys and girls
Provide kids with a variety of games from different backgrounds that they may not experience in Peruvian schools
Teach kids physical education classes that integrate both sports and healthy living habits into the class curriculum
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.
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.
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!).
Encourage exploration of both science and technology, with a special focus on girls’ involvement in both subjects
Assist students who do not have access to science and technology resources outside of school and introduce new concepts in science and technology not offered in local schools
Promote the culture that science and technology is fun and fascinating.
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.
These goals are shared with Technology Program!