Want to really experience Colombian culture while helping teach English, Mandarin, French or Portuguese in Villanueva, Casanare




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    We are a small school in a big town in rural Casanare, Colombia.

    The staff consists of 10 people in total, including the 4 founding teachers who are all members of the same family (a couple and their children, who both have B2 English). There is 1 secretary and there are currently 4 full-time teachers at the school, all of whom were trained here at the school.

    If you're interested in learning about llanero (plains) culture while teaching a foreign language, you found the right place!

    Our school is focused on providing high quality education to students in all subjects, with a special focus on foreign language education. For over 5 years, we've been hosting foreign teachers and travelers for informal exchanges.

    All of our classes have a maximum of 7 students per teacher, and we have about 70 students in total.

    The school is organized by a group of parents, with one family in particular leading the school. It is a type of informal education, with most students supplementing their learning at home with their parents.

    You'll be teaching in a small school in a quiet neighborhood of the town, with classes spread out across several homes on the same street. Classes can also be held around the neighborhood (in a nearby park, walking to a nearby overlook) if you'd like a more conversational class or just to get outside for a bit. We'll be starting to teach classes on a farm near the town, too (expected to start that November 2019).

    Most students pay a fee to participate in this school, but students who are unable to afford the fee are not required to pay it. 80% of our students have some sort of scholarship.

    We're ready to accept you into our tight-knit community with open arms!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers will get to know a small town in the Eastern Plains region of Colombia, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Flora and fauna here are similar to the Amazon region, especially near rivers and streams. There is a large river 5 minutes from the school, and once a week we go to a location in the countryside with our students to teach them in another atmosphere.

    As a foreigner, you will be welcomed with open arms and lots of interest from locals. You can also get to know Llanero (plains) culture, like the typical music, dance and food of the region. This is a big town (around 40,000 people) so there's a lot to do here if you like to explore, and there are other places nearby that you can travel to cheaply by bus (20.000 to 40.000 pesos each way, or 6 to 15 USD).

  • Help


    Mandarin Chinese teachers, English teachers, Portuguese and French teachers are all in need for this school. We need someone who will teach around 23 hours of classes per week. We're flexible with scheduling, but if you could teach in the morning that would be ideal.

    Any foreigner is welcome in our school. You don't need to have any teaching experience - in fact, we're most interested in the stories and the opportunities for cultural exchange you'll provide.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    Private room in a house nearby the school. Usually teachers stay in a modern home with a private bathroom across the street from the school, but this depends on availability (if we have more than 1 teacher at a time, you will stay in another house nearby). There is a kitchen and a washing machine that you can use as you'd like, as well as a living room where you can chat or relax. The house has reliable wifi with low latency so it's good for video calling relatives or friends back home.

    At the primary location for volunteers to stay, a woman in her 60s lives in a 3 bedroom house, and occasionally a family member comes to live in the other bedroom (her 90 year old mother or a younger cousin).

    Lunch is provided during the week by the school, and we will pay a food stipend so you can buy groceries at other times. The local grocery store has a free delivery service and there is a small store 5 blocks away that sells essentials (fruits and vegetables, milk, butter, rice, spices, etc).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off, we can provide you with a bicycle if you request it, and there are several exercise groups nearby that you can participate in. On the weekends there are some clubs you can go to if you're interested in nightlife, including a dance bar with a beautiful view overlooking a small river valley, located just 2 minutes away from the school on foot.

    There are a lot of beautiful trails near rivers and wide open spaces that you can walk or bike on.

    One fun thing that you can do in April/May is to hunt for ants - in this season, baby queen ants from a species here leave their nests to try to establish new colonies, with hundreds of new ants coming from each nest. People from this region of Colombia pick up these ants and then later fry or grill them to eat.

    If you like meat, this area is known in the country for its cattle and beef production. We're also super vegetarian friendly, having hosted vegetarians and a vegan in the past.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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