Volunteers for PEP+ (the Porvenir English Program "plus") provide free English instruction for all ages but that's not all. In addition to English, volunteers work in teams to provide computer instruction, art projects, literacy in Spanish, Healthy Snacks and much more. Most of our students are elementary-age and we hold morning and afternoon classes in 3 locations, for a total of 6 groups. There is a Kinder program 3 mornings a week and a dedicated adult class that meets 3 evenings per week and also a teen program 3X a week. This project began in April 2010 and is ongoing.
The children who attend our free classes are mainly elementary age and in grades 1-6. Volunteers work with the children Monday thru Thursday all day and on Friday mornings. PEP+ has 3 locations throughout the community: a designated classroom across the street from the public elementary school in 'el centro’ (the center of town), a donated church classroom near the pineapple fields, and a classroom/community center building that our donors purchased near the pineapple fields.
Volunteers operate in teams and are supported by an on-site project manager who schedules them and helps with planning. We have a progressive curriculum but there is lots of room for creativity in how you choose to work with your groups. We encourage you to teach with songs, movement, games and other fun activities. Immersion is one of the easiest ways for children to learn a new language.
It is unusual that children in a town like El Porvenir would have the opportunity to learn English, but being bilingual and computer-literate can open the door to potential educational and job opportunities so your work in this program really makes a difference.
Please let us know if you would like to help with this exciting project!
- Basic Computer Skills
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Literacy / Reading
- Critical Thinking
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 20
- Min 6+ weeks; Can sometimes accept shorter stays
- Sense of responsibility and a sense of humor!