Story of the project
The founder of the school, Laura, decided to start this project after having studied different careers and realizing that what she loved doing was teaching english. She felt extremely grateful when she saw what her students would learn and when they recommend her classes. After a few years, in 2009, she had the possibility of opening the institute and to stop giving classes at home, where she was running out of space to teach. Laura decided to connect and work with Voluntario Global because we could help her students connect with people from different cultures so in this way they could learn from others and realize that languages connect people from different parts of the world, whom she believes they would have never imagined to be able to meet.
This project is important because the institute is located in a working class neighborhood where learning english can be useful since the majority of the locals would never have the opportunity to speak english or meeting native speakers in their area. The hardest thing is being able to keep up with modern and technological demands and also keeping the students interest in learning the language and getting to know different cultures. Another difficulty that the teachers face is working on the kids self esteem and confidence. Through volunteers, the students have noticed how much they have achieved and how they can use english as a communication tool to be able to exchange their culture and traditions.
Volunteers are expected to assist teachers in class. Courses are delivered from Monday to Friday in the afternoon and Saturday mornings. Students attend classes twice a week and, depending on the course, classes last 60, 75 or 90 minutes. When they reach the last level, namely 6th year, they are expected to have reached an upper intermediate or advanced level of the language and to sit an international exam called Cambridge First Certificate. Among the different courses, there are traditional courses of general English, conversations classes, intensive and / or individual courses for adults, school support lessons and workshops.
The workshops are offered on Fridays as optional activities for students who want to improve their English. They are free of charge. Also, once or twice a month the teachers working at the institute propose a special class which consists of activities such as cooking, dancing, art work, music, games, puppet shows, story-telling and so on. These are designed according to student age and level of language.
Monday-Friday, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This project is not available during the months of December, January, February and for 2 weeks in July as these are school holidays.
Location and first day
The institute is located in Ciudadela, a small middle class town just outside the city of Buenos Aires. You can take either the bus or train to get there, which will take approximately 1 hour. On your first day, you will have an informal chat with the director, Laura, where she will explain how the school runs and tell you in which classes you can help.