Who are we?
The school is a privately run, independent, nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that teaches English to the people of Taltal and this year a new school opened in Monte Patria! We welcome students from all walks of life, ranging from young children and teenagers, to housewives and professionals. The ultimate goal is to assist in educational, economically sustainable development and foster greater self-esteem in the people of our community.
Founded in 2013, we opened our doors to the community in June of that same year. Through the selfless generosity of supporters to our innovative "Secret Friends" scheme, we have been able to implement this large and ambitious project.
Through our carefully selected volunteers we are able to offer extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of arts, sports, agriculture, communication, and languages from all corners of the world.
While most language schools, work from a principle based on 4 skills, (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking), the experiences of our foreign volunteers allows us to add a fifth skill- Culture. We embrace the ideology of the TAYLOR MADE + and RUDOLF Steiner (Waldorf) programs, while also including the additional benefit of being able to interact with native English speakers. This affords our students the unique opportunity to sample a taste of cultures and nationalities that could otherwise be beyond their reach.
This school helps to increase the skills of young professionals and aims to help to reduce economic and social gaps. In turn it strives to increase the employer-employee relationships, harmonizing their skills and abilities. Improving levels of communication will facilitate growth and the generation of business opportunities for everyone.
"ENGLISH IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE"
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Come and see by yourself!!!
The volunteers must help at the school:
• To teach English
• Create activities for kids
• To improve student’s English Skills, sharing experiences
• To motivate students
• To publicize our school and whichever the city he or she chooses as a place for volunteering
Volunteer in our school can take many different shapes and sizes.
Your work in our school will provide children, house wives, young workers and people who don´t have the same opportunities than you, an opportunity to share experience, style of life and the most important practice their English. Volunteer work at our schools can make a large impact on both; you and the students. We have short and long term programs for volunteers.
You can impact the lives of numerous children and people in any of the two schools by donating your time and energy volunteering. Volunteering with us offers a rewarding combination of the new, exciting and life-changing experience.
Becoming a volunteer in our School of English is both; easy and rewarding. Volunteering here utilizes a wide range of the volunteer’s interests, talents, skills, and knowledge. There are opportunities for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of the school; whether it is teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game, sharing and enjoying some meals, by simply sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with them you are making a difference in their lives.
The voracious need this School of English has to seek and learn about English – is both awe-inspiring and humbling. Volunteering with this school will give you an intimate insight into a new and exciting world. A world where people from our different schools are a privilege and a gift, where we will do the best for looking after you as a volunteer, and where you can change the lives of people and children just by being here.
Join the adventure of a lifetime for a chance to effect some real social change and expand your perspective in ways you never dreamed possible. Build your confidence. Find your sense of adventure.
The volunteer are based in Taltal and Monte Patria. The first one is a small city located about 198 kilometers from Antofagasta the capital city of the second region in Chile, which is a province in the north of Chile. Taltal was the most important sea port in the north of Chile early 20´s, being the capital of the nitrate in the world.
Today, Taltal is considered a remote destination and while there are modern facilities, it is still very limited and can be quite isolated. It has a population of 15,000. The climate is temperate although sometimes it can be hot in summer and cold in winter.
Our School of English facilities are located in the city centre, opposite to the main square and the main method of transportation will be bike or taxis (Standard fee USD$2.00)
The second one, Monte Patria, is located almost in the middle of our country, about 87 kilometers from La Serena which on the Coquimbo Region. The most common way of life to find in Monte Patria is horticulture, and it is located in the beautiful Limarí Valley with extense rivers and hills. The closest city (medium size city) is Ovalle. On the day can be very hot, but during the night and in the morning get really cold, even more on winter. Classess will take place on downtown. Main methods of transportation are small buses or bike.
About the place where our volunteer will stay;
All the volunteers will stay in a basic house with all they need, (hot water-Kitchen.living room etc) and will share a room with another volunteer. There will be all the times 4 volunteers in Taltal and 2 volunteers at the time in Monte Patria.
This is a small project and we provide for FREE to all our volunteers, accommodation and also breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday.
No fees apply to the volunteers.
The only thing we ask for volunteers it's a minimum of two weeks staying with us.
SOMETIMES (Depend of the case) we provide bus ticket, from the closest city.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, 2 days off
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