Living Strong Abroad: Schooling Your Children


I have to admit, the last couple of years living in Lima, I’ve had one foot here and one foot wandering to see where it might lead me next.

Personally, I find Lima a bit tough to live, but I love Peru overall. It’s a conflict. But my main motivation for leaving is the state of the education here. Especially as I want something different for my son, something that just doesn’t exist here in Peru unless I decide to homeschool. And frankly, that’s not something I’m keen to do, nor would O (my son) benefit from it.

At last, though, that’s about to change.

There is a new school opening in Lima, one that gives me hope. It’s Acton Charter Academy, the first in Peru, and it embraces a philosophy that truly appeals to me. Not only that, it’s affordable as well and located close enough that my son won’t have to spend hours in traffic each day just to get to and from school.

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What I love about Tinkuy Marka is not only the innovation but their passion for actively trying to create educational reform in Peru. This is what they hope to be at their first location, but they envision having a school (or educational center) in every district.

They believe in the right to an excellent education and that one should neither need to pay exorbitant prices nor travel outside of your neighborhood to find it. Unfortunately, the laws will need to be changed and they are hoping to be a part of this process. 

They have their first site in Surquillo, just a couple of blocks from the Metropolitano of Ricardo Palma. Originally, they had hoped to open in Miraflores, San Isidro or Magdalena, but none of those districts will allow permits for educational centers. This need to change.

The motto for them is “No es un colegio alternativo, es una alternativa al colegio.” (It’s not an alternative school, it’s an alternative to school.) It is the kind of education several of us expat families have been discussing for awhile now in what we hope for our children. It’s the one thing that is keeping me in Peru at the moment as it is exactly what I want for my son.

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They had originally planned to open their doors in 2019, but there has been such a show of interest that they are opening (a bit of a marcha blanca) in 2018. They also hope to have Talleres de Verano beforehand and could be a great option for those families who are looking for something a bit different this year.

I, for one, hope to join them in this journey of improving education in Peru.

Their passion has inspired me and created a chance for me to really do something in my quest to raise a strengths-based generation. If this is something that interests you as well, I highly recommend checking Tinkuy Marka out. I think you’ll be as pleased as I was.




Jo Self is Peru’s only Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is on a mission to disrupt the status quo and raise a Strengths-Based Generation. She believes in a world where everyone can live to their full potential, talents aren’t wasted & happiness is contagious. As a mompreneur & expat living in Peru, she understands the challenges and rewards that both entail. When she’s not helping others create extraordinary lives, she can be found at the sewing machine, at the movies, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or horsing around with her terribly precocious little boy, affectionately known as O. or