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In the Academia , we firmly believe that Education is a powerful transformational tool. We offer Vocational Education and Training to young people and adults and other educational programmes for kids. At our institute, we teach English as a Foreign Language classes, Accounting courses, Computer Repair lessons, among other programmes, in order to help our students develop skills so that they can easily enter the job market or start an entrepreneurial endeavor. We want the members of our educational community to become excellent individuals who thrive to create a better society.
In particular, we would love to host someone who can help us in our English language classes. Your mission as an English teaching volunteer will be sharing your culture with the students and teachers, teaching English lessons to students from diverse proficiency levels and being a guest in some classes or a co-teacher.
You are expected to be in the classroom for about 4 hours per day. We will provide you homestay in a fully-furnished apartment, where you will have internet access, and we will give you a $25 USD weekly stipend . Also, If you want, you will have the opportunity to practice Spanish.
On weekends, we might take you to enjoy outdoor activities and to visit some beautiful places, which offer great landscapes, so that you can have a good time.
We are located in Florencia - Caquetá, Colombia, a small city with around 200.000 people in the south of Colombia. A flight from Bogotá ($50- 80 USD) will take only 1 hour, and we will pick you up at the airport. You will never feel alone. If you decide to come by bus from Bogotá ($30 USD), it will take you 9 hours approximately to our city and we will pick you up at the bus terminal station.
Our city is also well-known as the Golden Gate of Colombia's Amazon, which is surrounded by beautiful rivers and an amazing green scenery. We might be able to practice different kinds of outdoor sports.
Florencia is growing year by year, we have three universities, three hospitals, more than 15 schools, the most common means of transportation in the city are motorcycles and cars, but also many people just walk, because everything is nearby.
The apartment you will be living in is next to our institution, that means it will take you only one minute from your place to the Building (walking slowly). :D
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our volunteers have the opportunity to share with local people and enjoy their warmth, as this is a small and not very busy city. They can practice or learn Spanish, try different kinds of typical food, they will discover a green paradise with great rivers and landscapes.
As an English language teaching volunteer you are expected to teach students from different levels during maximum 4 hours a day and 2-3 hours on Saturday. You might as well be assigned as a teaching assistant some days of the week. Some classes will be paid (on Saturdays' afternoons, individualized classes or tutoring) You could also lead cultural activities for the school community and co-lead social projects with children from underprivileged areas.
You could also be the main teacher for a C1 short course, if you hold a TEFL certificate or have an education background.
Your main task will be to join students in classes, from Monday to Saturday to help them advance their knowledge of English and become confident when using the language. We expect you to be an enthusiastic teacher who thrives to motivate pupils so that they enjoy their learning process. The minimum duration of your stay will be 1 month, but we can be flexible as well.
While helping students become proficient in the English language, you will have a great opportunity to learn Spanish with our teachers and the members of our community.
A TEFL certification would be an asset.
A beautiful furnished shared apartment, with three bedrooms. There is one room for a couple and 2 other bedrooms. There are two shared bathrooms, a kitchen (with useful items and cutlery), a washing machine and a refrigerator. We will cover your three daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Monday to Saturday with a weekly allowance. You will also have unlimited high-speed (it is better at the institute) internet connection. We will pick you up from the bus terminal or the airport.
Outside activities: Swimming in rivers, cycling, volleyball, dancing, drinking if you want, go clubbing, visiting the whole city, BBQ's, camping, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking. Our city has a tropical weather.
Rates: Taxi 2 USD, Bus 1 USD.
National beer: 1 USD.
We have around 30 touristic places to visit; most of them are located around the city and are related to ecotourism.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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