Town Hall Market Place Newbury, RG14 5AA England
Chile: Rural Areas
5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
This gap year teaching project is based in Chile's beautiful Elqui valley, where volunteers work in under-funded primary schools. Learning English as a foreign language is compulsory for children from 5th grade (10 years old), but in many cases it is now taught from as early as 1st grade (6 years old) and even kindergarten, so the support of native English speakers can make a real difference.
Volunteers are tasked with improving levels of English among both staff and students, but you will be encouraged to get involved with other lessons and use your creativity, interests and experience to develop your own interactive learning activities and projects. In the past volunteers have shared photography, music, drama, outdoor activities and painting with the children. Volunteers can also help widen the number of sports available to students and support the teaching of computing and information technology. This can take place both within the schools and in the wider community, where volunteers can help local people gain the skills they need to make a living out of tourism.
Based in the beautiful Elqui Valley, this volunteer teaching project is the perfect opportunity to explore the stunning scenery of Chile. By teaching at schools and living alongside local communities you will gain a special understanding of Chilean society, local conditions and challenges, while improving your own Spanish skills. The teaching experience itself will bring immense satisfaction and many volunteers find it difficult to say goodbye!
No qualifications necessary, but volunteers should be able to speak Spanish and have an interest in teaching. (Spanish lessons can be arranged locally.)
Please visit our website for more information.
Cost includes pre-departure guidance and briefing, meet at airport and transfer to accommodation, in-country orientation and welcome pack, twin-share accommodation at local homestay, breakfast and dinner for duration of placement and full in-country support from our local coordinator.
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
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