Volunteers for the Porvenir English Program provide free English instruction for kinder and school-age students in El Porvenir. This project began in April 2010 and is ongoing. (Note that there is also an adult class that you can help with 3 evenings a week!)
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 locaitions 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 brand-new classroom/community center building that we purchased near the entrance of the town.
Volunteers operate in teams and are supported by an on-site project manager who schedules them and helps with planning. We have a basic 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.
In addition, when teaching English there is always an opportunity to reinforce basic skills in reading and math or introduce new areas such as science, the arts or a new sport. For example, let's say you decide to put on a play in English - - - that will also mean that the children have to read, decorate costumes, develop some teamwork, etc. etc. There are many opportunities to be creative and enrich the experience!
Some PEP volunteers also visit local Kinders to provide English classes to younger children as well. This is an exciting development to our project since it means that we are creating ongoing relationships with more teachers and children in the community.
PEP is mainly for children but there are adult classes in the late afternoon and evenings. Three times each week our volunteers are working in the PEP Centro location and two afternoons they are with the local 'Bomberos’ at the volunteer fire department.
It is unusual that children in a town like El Porvenir would have the opportunity to learn English, but being bilingual 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