Hello there! This is Alejandro (you can call me Alex) and my wife Leidy, along with our two children Jose (12 years old) and Valery (4 years old) We are a Venezuelan-Colombian family that moved to Guamal 3 years ago due to the lack of education in schools when it comes to English as a second language.
Our English institute currently operates in Guamal, Magdalena, Colombia.
Our mission is to improve our students knowledge of English through teaching effective methods which would give our students a beneficial learning experience.
We currently operate in Guamal which is a small town in the northern part of Colombia.
Guamal is a small town of about 25,000 people and is a rural farming community.
We service the local community by teaching at our institute located right in the center of Guamal, we also teach at a couple of primary schools twice of week.
Guamal is not a touristic town so locals are really friendly whenever they see a foreigner so it is really easy to get involved with the community and learn the language. Neighbors are really helpful as well (they usually go visit to have a friendly chat, they will also show you around if you'd like.
At our Institute of English in Guamal (Magdalena, Colombia), volunteers are tasked with teaching the local community and assisting in communal activities to help improve the surrounding community.
We primarily teach at the institute located right in the center of Guamal, we also teach at a couple of primary schools in town . It's suggested that volunteers have a basic level of Spanish but this is not a requirement. If you don't have any experience teaching, you'll need to have a certain level of creativity.
Volunteers are not required to wear a uniform for teaching but casual wear clothing is necessary (shoes or sandals are ok but not flip flops)
There is lots of material for the classes and volunteers can print or get photocopies at the local cybercafe for 1 cent of a dollar. (this is optional)
English and Spanish
Full accommodation is included for all volunteers and professors of the institute. Which includes full room and board along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner (the 3 meals are included except for holidays, Saturday evening and Sunday (all day). Lenny (the cook) is at the house most of the day preparing the meals and cleaning around (There are hours programmed for each meal the rest of the week)
Guamal is situated in the major river deltas of the department Magdalena in the northern part of Colombia. Guamal is located in the southern half of Magdalena on the main route towards Cartagena which is a 6 hour bus ride from Guamal. Santa Marta is a 5 hour bus ride from Guamal and is the closest major city in the region.
In the surrounding areas there are many rivers, lakes, and swamps to explore along with large swaths of jungle. The local area is inhabited by many different species of animals such as the mono aullador (the one that shouts), large iguanas, and many different types of birds. Mompox, a town close by to Guamal, offers a wide variety of activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and fishing along with much more.
There are also several large festivals held throughout the year such as "Semana Santa" in Guamal during April or the Festival of Jazz and Festival of Cumbia in Mompox. We also offer to all of our volunteers/professors the opportunity to work on a farm harvesting fruits and vegetables along with learning the different aspects of farm life such as handling the animals and taking care of the land.
Transportation in Guamal is lacking though and the most common form of transportation is motorcycles and rickshaws but most essentials is in walking distance. We also offer complimentary language classes to all of our volunteers once a week. (a more regular Spanish program is available at a reasonable price (per hour) if any volunteer is interested.
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!!!
Even though we work as a private institution several of our students don't pay anything for the course and the ones that do pay an inexpensive amount. if you can help us with the following, you'll be helping many people that want to learn the language.
- packets of paper
- refillable board markers
- ink for board markers
- board games (for the students)
- colored paper
- flash cards
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25 hours/week)
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