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 it's a rural farming community.
We service the local community by teaching at our institute located right in the center of Guamal.
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/students 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. 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)
The following is included:
- 3 meals everyday except for holidays, Saturday evening and Sunday all day.
- Internet Wifi on the main house and Institute as well
- Room shared with other volunteers (there are 3 single beds)
- Bathroom Shared.
- Access to kitchen, living room, balconies,etc
- Volunteers are able to use our washing machine for laundry
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 visit my mother in law's farm located 12 km away from the town. There, you will learn about harvesting fruits and vegetables along with learning the different aspects of farm life such as handling the animals, making cheese process 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 Spanish classes to all of our volunteers at a reasonable price (per hour) if any volunteer is interested.
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!!
Even though we work as a private institution, the cost for the English course is within people's budget (Guamal is a rural community, so there are not many job opportunities) and several of the students come for free. Most of the money that we receive goes to pay rent for the house/institute as well as salary for the person that cooks/cleans and food.
If you can help us with anything for the institute/house, you'll be helping many people in town.
(you can ask me for a list of suggested things we may need)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 22 hours/week)
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