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Special Education Internships in Cusco

Special Education Internships in Cusco

Special Education interns play an important role in supplementing the education and development of disabled students in Peru. By assisting local teachers at a specialist school, interns help to provide dedicated support and care for students, some of whom require close attention, helping with their needs and encouraging a fun learning environment.

Internship Highlights:
  • Build relationships with students with disabilities as you foster a fun learning environment
  • Learn from local teachers about the requirements of special education
  • Experience Cusco, one of the world’s most popular tourism cities
Type of host organizations:
  • Special education schools
Fully hosted experience from $1264
Includes accommodation & meals
Typical schedule: Monday - Friday, 5 hours per day
Minimum duration 3 weeks, up to 24 weeks maximum
Spanish language lessons available
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Suitable for students at an undergraduate degree level in a related field, such as education / special needs education, social work, disability support, psychology and health sciences, or desire to gain experience in the TEFL industry. High School graduates aged 18+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application (including any relevant experience, with a desire to learn and grow within this field).

Language requirements

Suitable for students at an intermediate to advanced (B1 to C2) Spanish language level (recommended Spanish language education for 2 or more years).

Associated career paths

Special Education Teacher, Speech Therapist, Behavioral Therapist, Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

Internship details

Special Education interns play an important role in supplementing the education and development of disabled students in Peru. By assisting local teachers at a specialist school, interns help to provide dedicated support and care for students, some of whom require close attention, helping with their needs and encouraging a fun learning environment.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. You can explore remote Education & Youth Development internships, if you are looking for an internship program that you can undertake from home.

Cusco has a number of special education primary schools, dedicated to helping disabled students overcome their challenges and giving them access to education and developmental opportunities. Many students have high dependency, so Special Education interns help teachers at these schools to provide the level of care that helps students to flourish.

Interns act as assistant teachers during lessons, providing individual assistance and working with students on learning tasks. You can help to organize classes, create learning materials and activities and provide support to the teacher wherever it’s needed.

Interns can also help around the school with recreational activities and games, fostering social, behavioral and physical development. A common goal in these games is to help students have fun, and interns are encouraged to use your creativity and initiative in this regard.

The school also has a range of specialists that come and work with students, and interns can assist specialists where it’s required. This can include helping with therapy, medical treatments, language specialists and nutritionists.

Interns should understand that working with students with special needs can be demanding. Experience in a special education environment is not required, but a flexible, patient attitude and willingness to help out will help you to handle the requirements of your internship. Interns are encouraged to ask questions, and to always look for things you can help out with when other tasks have been completed. This approach will help you to become more integrated within their placement. An open mind and commitment to learning is essential.

Schools operate Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 11.30am and 3pm to 5.30pm. This internship is closed during school holidays in January and February, and from July 26 - August 15.

In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Special Education interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Helping disabled students one-on-one

  • Preparing lessons and educational activities

  • Assisting local teachers in lessons

  • Assisting medical and behavioral specialists

  • General care of disabled students

  • Taking part in fun activities

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn how to interact and stimulate students with a range of disabilities

  • Get experience developing educational materials and activities for disabled students

  • Practice and develop Spanish language proficiency within a professional setting

  • Experience how dedicated special education schools operate

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

Recommended online TEFL course

Recommended online TEFL course

For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we also recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and you’ll pay the discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.

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What recent interns said about their experience

Natalie Reese
June 2019

This was one of the best experiences of my life and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. To anyone considering, just do it! It was a last second decision for me and it was the best decision I could’ve made. I interned with a group of kids after school and absolutely loved planning activities and games for them. The kids are absolutely darling, and I miss the time I spent with them and the lady I worked with every day. I also learned so much about the Spanish culture and language (the kids loved helping), and the memories I have will stay with me forever.

Isabella Jamieson
January 2019

I encourage future interns to approach this program with an open mind, to be flexible and be willing to adapt to the teacher’s methods using the few resources they process to provide the best learning opportunities for their students. I would also advise interns to inquire about the specific needs of each student in order to know what approaches, methods and tools work best with them. Overall, I was inspired by the children. They are curious, caring, full of life, and love to learn. I would highly recommend this internship!


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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Program Fee (USD)
3 weeks $1,264 Equivalent to $60 /day
4 weeks $1,469 Equivalent to $52 /day
5 weeks $1,609 Equivalent to $45 /day
6 weeks $1,774 Equivalent to $42 /day
8 weeks $2,054 Equivalent to $36 /day
10 weeks $2,389 Equivalent to $34 /day
12 weeks $2,669 Equivalent to $31 /day
16 weeks $3,339 Equivalent to $29 /day
20 weeks $3,899 Equivalent to $27 /day
24 weeks $4,459 Equivalent to $26 /day
  • Airport pick-up
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • All in-country transportation
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Free-time experiences & tours in Cusco

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Spanish lessons

Internships in Peru require interns to have varying levels of Spanish language proficiency, from either a confident level of basic Spanish, to a more developed grasp of intermediate to advanced language skills. The definition of having basic Spanish skills (Level A2) includes the ability to exchange brief information with questions and answers, use and understand simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects.

Keep in mind that despite your level of proficiency, a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.

We strongly recommend that all interns take advantage of the affordable language lessons offered exclusively to Intern Abroad HQ participants by our host organization in Peru. These can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program (ask about online Skype lessons) or at the orientation in-country. Language lessons are tailored to each individual’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Peru begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 2 weeks up to a maximum duration of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

The typical port of entry is the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). If you are planning to spend time independently in Peru prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

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Accommodation and WiFi

All program participants are hosted in various homestay accommodations, which are usually located approximately 20 minutes walk to the central office (which is located just off the Plaza De Armas). In some cases, accommodation may be located closer to the internship placement than the central office for convenience. If so, then the central office may be about 20 minutes away via public bus.

There are approx. 2 - 5 bedrooms in most homestays and everyone has their own bedroom (unless special requests are made in advance to share). Host families typically have their own bathrooms and there is a separate bathroom which is shared amongst the program guests.

Living is comfortable, however it’s important to note that the infrastructure in Cusco is different from other developed cities. Water is cut-off intermittently at various times during the day. Most of the time, the water is running early in the morning, in the afternoons and evenings. It’s advised to shower in the morning and early evening (shower pressure can be low, and the water is typically warm but not steaming hot). On occasion, the water can be cut-off for longer periods of time (but with a fair warning). There is usually 24-hour electricity but from time to time the power can be cut-off without warning.

It is endeavoured to provide WiFi in the home-stay accommodation, but the signal may not always be strong and from time to time, may go down.

Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one option for homestay accommodation, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. However, you can expect a similar standard and similar amenities, to what is shown.


Internships in Cusco include three meals per day, served at the homestay. A typical Peruvian breakfast is provided and consists of bread, spreads, juice, coffee or tea, and fruit. Lunch is generally the biggest meal of the day, and often consists of a soup and a main dish. Dinner commonly consists of meat (often chicken), soups, pastas, starches and vegetables. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations accordingly.

Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 29.99 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00
Weather and climate:

Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. In the mountainous region, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The Jungle is characterized by heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.