Multicultural language exchange in our school/hostel in Acacías, Colombia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello there!

    We are a private language institute in Acacias, Meta. We teach different languages (English, French and Italian) to all ages. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be involved in our teaching projects and culture exchange. Our vision is to help students with their english in a fun way. Since being able to speak english is becoming so much more important in Colombia we offer lessons with trained teachers (not to be confused with tutoring). For us, learning a languange is not just about sitting in a classroom, that is why we organise many events and projects. We would love to see how you can add your own creativity and knowledge to further help the students and this institute. It is very important to us to make your time here as enjoyable as possible.


    Our properties are located in a nice neighborhood, nearby to the city centre and natural areas, it provides the perfect balance between town and country side. This is a pleasant place to live and travel to many natural and beautiful places for a low cost. Here you can experience what it is like to live in a real Colombian pueblo (town). Acacias is not a typical place for foreign travelers however it is a popular tourist destination for Colombians due to its perfect climate and beautiful nature. It is located just at the foot of the Andes mountains and at the start of the llanero region (the plains). The inhabitants of Acacias are very friendly and welcoming. The large majority does not speak english so this is the perfect place to learn and practice your spanish



    Our Hostel/Accomadation

    A comfortable and quiet hostel for resting. It is near to the downtown area, bars, clubs and the best restaurants in the city. Our hostel house is located in a very exclusive area of the city, surrounded by green areas and very elegant houses. It is close to the free access sports area (where skating, tennis and much more is possible) and just a ten minute walk commercial area of the city. There you can find many supermarkets, the fruitmarket, parque principal (the main square) and many shops.

    The hostel has 5 rooms;
    * 3 of them with air conditioning
    * 2 of them with double beds and the other 3 with semi-double beds.
    * 2 of them with private bathroom
    * 1 of them with tub

    Workawayers are provided with a private room to sleep.

    There is a kitchen and pool that is to be shared.



    Location:

    Around Acacías, my hometown, there are many activities to do like trekking, hiking, horseriding, mountain biking, among others. There are many beautiful landscapes to visit like rivers, mountaines, flat lands, lakes, waterfalls, viewpoints, and so on. Most of the touristic and natural attractions are very close to the urban area. We would love to help you experience all the amazing places in Acacías and its surroundings it has to offer.



    Our team:

    My name is Dumar, I am the director. I am the person in charge of leading our workteam and local staff to ensure that the curriculum promotes best practice with appropriate learning opportunities for students.

    We have four teachers: their names are Daniela, Nataly, Camila and Andrea. They work on planning, preparing and delivering lessons, preparing teaching materials, helping pupils improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills via individual and group sessions, checking and assessing pupils' work, organising and running specialist courses. They also prepare some special classes, like watching a movie, singing or going out to do another extracurricular activity, everything in order to have a better way to learn languages.

    Technician on systems support: Her name is Luisa. She helps us installing and configuring computer hardware, software, systems, networks, printers, and scanners. She works monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks, responding in a timely manner to service issues and requests and providing technical support across the institute.

    Our secretary is Dahiana, she is always ready to help you with anything

    Sandra is our cleaning assistent. Next to genereal cleaning she coordinates duties with other cleaners

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers can learn and practice another language (Spanish) with locals, and take with us Spanish classes specially designed for foreigners. We do a lot of outdoors activities and we keep in contact with local activities.
    We desire for you to feel part of our team and family. We are a group of young professionals with a thirst for knowledge. We want to know about your culture and vice versa. Our idea is to have conversations about experiences, share knowledge about languages and culture and share time doing different turistic activities with workawayers. We could show you differents restaurants that offer the typical gastronomy of the region and the tradicional market places around.

    We hope you enjoy helping with and experiencing our special events and social gatherings. Get to know the staff and the students.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    - Help with English, French and Italian classes, language exchange for both children and adults: you are going to be a teacher's assistant and sometimes a teacher. We will provide all the material but feel free to put in your own personal touch and experience.
    - Logistic help in bi-lingual events and projects (such as pedagogical outings, camps, etc ...)
    - Maintenance in the lingua instute building.


    - Clases de inglés, francés e italiano tanto para niños como adultos.
    - Ayuda logística en eventos y proyectos bilingües (tales como salidas pedagógicas, campamentos, etc...)
    - Mantenimiento en la planta física del instituto.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are a language institute and our main goal is to create multicultural spaces that allow volunteers and students to learn from each other. Our workteam is available to help workawayers learn Spanish and we would love to learn your language and culture.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The hostel is a family house with 5 rooms with bed, closet and bathroom.

    We could provide some meals as part of shared gatherings and special events, but daily meals would have to be provided by yourself. We would like to show you what our typical food is, where you can find it (restaurants) and low cost typical markets. Everything is close by.

    - Workawayers are provided with a private room to sleep.

    There are 5 rooms:
    * 3 of them with air conditioning
    * 2 of them with double beds and the other 3 with semi-double beds.
    * 2 of them with private bathroom
    * 1 of them with tub

    Facilities in the hostel:
    - Pool
    - Grill / Barbecue
    - Garage with automatic door for 1 vehicle
    - Hammock
    - Sofa bed
    - Kitchen room
    - Fridge


    We do not have a laundry machine or provide laundry sevice of any kind ourselves. However, laundry sevice in town is very cheap (around 10.000 pesos)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Come and enjoy our culture, nature, and gastronomy.

    From Acacías you can make several tourist trips, hiking, being the most important; the route of the Embrujo Llanero, the walk to Sardinata, the route to Dinamarca, the route to the Laguna, and the route to Cobalto. We would love to guide you, wherever you want go. We often make trips and everyone is welcome to join.

    Acacías has an average temperature of 25ºC and is 523 meters above sea level. Acacías has multiple rivers in its surroundings. From this municipality you can reach the natural pools of the Guejar River and the famous river of the 7 colors "Caño Cristales".

    You can get anywhere in Acacías with a taxi for only 5000 pesos. There are also really cheap bus taxis to the nearby places Villavicencio and Guamal.
    Going out for food and drinks is cheaper than most of Colombia because it is not as touristic.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have classrooms, offices and worktables available for the volunteers. The internet conection is quite good. We offer more than 100 mgbytes of internet conection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can provide parking service for cars or vans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3/4 hours a day, 5 days a week



Host ref number: 134545287895