Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers provide free English instruction for all ages but that's just the beginning! Within the PEP+ program, volunteers work in teams to provide computer instruction, art projects, literacy in Spanish, Healthy Snacks and much more. The children who attend these free classes are mainly elementary age and in grades 1-6. We offer morning and afternoon classes in 3 locations, for a total of 6 groups. There is also a Kinder program 3 mornings a week and a dedicated adult class that meets 3 evenings per week and also a teen program 2X a week. This project began in April 2010 and is ongoing.
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 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! Spanish instruction is available.