Dec. - March
individual volunteer placements, we welcome qualified
English teachers as well as English speakers without a professional
degree. We have arrangements with schools in both urban and rural areas.
Your responsibilities in the classroom will depend upon your level of
experience. In all cases, however, your role is to support the English
teacher in residence, conducting conversation workshops, tutoring individual
students or small groups, and stimulating the students’ interest.
This is an excellent placement for someone who is interested in teaching
as a career, or someone who enjoys working with children and is creative
in their approach to bolstering English language expression.
For our three-month internship in Enhancing Rural Education,
South America Connections has teamed up with a rural municipality in
Chile’s beautiful Lake District to offer a unique small group
internship in enhancing rural education. We are now accepting applications
for this three-month program, which begins in April 2008
and has space for a limited number of volunteers.
The program offers several advantages: (1) A great Chilean team to work
with; (2) Location in one of the most spectacular regions of the world.
Chile’s Lake District is renowned for its beauty; (3) The opportunity
to combine theoretical policy with practice in the field.
Of the 17,000 people who live in the municipality of Los Muermos, 10,000
live outside the little town itself, spread out among a large territory
which stretches from the foothills of the Andes, across to the Pacific
Ocean. There are 33 rural primary schools, some of which have fewer
than a dozen students! Up to seven volunteers will be accepted to support
teaching in some of these schools, and to work directly with the local
government to develop educational programs and workshops that will have
a lasting impact. Your impact will extend well beyond the classroom,
as you have the opportunity to become a valued member of the community,
participating in all aspects of school life, sports, workshops, etc.
These internships offer several unique advantages: (1) A great Chilean
team to work with. Our program supervisor, Carolina Crisostomo, runs
the local government’s Community Development office and is fluent
in English. At 29 years old, Carolina is part of an energetic and youthful
government team committed to improving living standards in the area.
Three Chilean volunteers in their 20s are also working full-time, year-round,
to help, as part of a national social service effort. As a SAC volunteer,
you will become of this dynamic, Chilean-led group. (2) Location in
one of the most spectacular regions of the world. Chile’s Lake
District is renowned for its beauty. The area is studded with volcanoes,
some still active, which tower over pristine lakes and fjords, and is
home to several national parks. You are free to explore this wonderful
wilderness on your time off. At the same time, Los Muermos is about
one hour by bus from Puerto Montt, a major port city where you can find
a mall, cinemas, and get your urban fix should you need it. (3) The
opportunity to combine policy with practice. For anyone interested in
a teaching career, this program is ideal.
had hoped to improve most my speaking Spanish and believe I accomplished
that goal, as by the end speaking became easier and my thoughts
more fluid. I would have liked to stay longer…”
Elizabeth McMorris, 18 years
old. English teacher,
at Girls’ Home, 2005