Learn Spanish and help teaching English in an authentic Colombian town in El Llano, Colombia

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  • Description

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    UPDATE as of July 19, 2021 :
    4 Spots open July 19th



    WE ARE HOSTING again but we require a Negative COVID Test 72 hours before arrive to Colombia or arriving to our project.

    Happy 2021 Everyone so we all survive 2020 and we are looking forward to the new challenges 2021 will bring but until it happens we are up and running with faith that we can still continue to do the good works of offering face to face classes.

    The number one focus is the well-being of everyone, so there will be strict measures to follow. As a responsible project, we will make sure to meet the hygiene, social distancing, and other procedures required to avoid the spread of the virus COVID-19.

    The COUNTRY and our DOORS are OPEN again for volunteers who want to explore Colombia and come and help us. Most of the classes during this semester will be conducted by Volunteers both face to face and online. We also have 4 open spots for people who want to come to our project with the main focus to teaching classes, small gatherings, excursions and events to practice the English language.

    **Which option suit you better?

    ONLINE VOLUNTEERS:
    -Exchange for Spanish classes with native teachers
    - We can train you, and we have lesson plans for you to follow.
    - We need each volunteer to teach 3 hours per week, between 4 to 8 pm Colombian time, 1 1/5 hours 3 days a week.
    -Minimum commitment of 2 months required

    VOLUNTEERS TRAVELING TO COLOMBIA

    You will share a room with 2 other volunteer (room with private bathroom)
    Volunteering will be 15 hours per week or more if we have other project or if you have special skills
    Minimum stay of 1 month required.


    Thank You,
    Johanna, Stig, and our Staff

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    Welcome to a project in Meta, Colombia which is making a difference!

    We are a family-driven guesthouse and language project in Acacías, Meta. Stig (30, Norway) and I, Johana (31, Colombia) met six years ago, and we shared the same dreams for the future. We were both working for multinational companies back then, but we had desires of doing something different. We worked hard and saved money to do something with a greater purpose.

    This is a SOCIAL PROJECT and we are looking for flexible people willing to help us teach English language and culture. It is an opportunity exclusively for people who want to learn and practice their Spanish while being immersed in Colombian culture.

    Acacías is a place which is warm and welcoming. We have great weather all year round and an inclusive community. It’s a place where people feel comfortable as they are.

    Our mission:

    - Provide more FREE and LOW-COST English education to local students of all ages.
    - Find investors to help us in this goal.
    - Be the best place to exchange languages in the region.

    Location / Area:

    Acacías is a typical Colombian “pueblo”. It is now a popular vacation spot for some Colombians (especially people from Bogota), because of its warm weather, many rivers and exotic nature. Also for it's quite new for tourists (Gringo). Local tourists come here to enjoy clean air, hike in the mountains or to enjoy family time by the river.

    We are in the “llanero" region, near the foot of the Andes mountains. From here and east, it’s mostly plain fields until the Amazon region. Because of it’s wet and warm weather, Acacias has a lot of “fincas” (farms) and “vaqueros” (Colombian Cowboys), and they’re really friendly and inclusive people, especially with tourists. Welcome to the real Colombia! A place where time is not too important, where you wake up when the sun rises and feel tired soon after sunset.

    Nearby Amenities:

    2 minutes walk to the river
    5 minutes walk to cafes, wifi, Tiendas, snooker and karaoke bars
    15 minutes walk to the bus station
    15 minutes walk to the fruit market
    20 minutes walk from the centre - ATM´s, central park, restaurants, pharmacies etc.

    This area of Colombia has had many struggles over the years. 20 years ago Meta was a conflicted area, called "red zone" and nobody visited, but now is a peaceful area however the people from this area are still facing economic problems. Much of the region is less developed socially and economically and in terms of tourism than the rest of the country.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an opportunity for people looking for a good place to settle down for a while and learn Spanish. Locals and foreigners can meet and learn languages, culture and more. The English level in the region and in the town of Acacias is very low, so it’s the perfect place to practice your Spanish, and to teach English. The locals here are incredibly warm, welcoming and kind people. People here will go out of their way to invite you to their house for lunch, on a hike on the weekend or to have a beer with them and their friends. The culture of the region, and of Colombia means that family and friends are at the centre of all free time.

    This is a “gringo”-free area (while besides us), our work team is usually around 5 volunteers at a time and these will be the only people you can speak English with, other than that you will have to brush up on your Spanish! The locals are not used to foreigners, and they are always fascinated by us gringos. If you are open to it, they will gladly share their lives with you, and get to know more about you. Every month here we have fond farewells between gringos and locals who have become great friends!

    The area around Acacias, while relatively untouched by tourists as yet, is thriving with natural beauty. Just 10 minutes drive towards the mountains, you will find spectacular hikes ending in magnificent waterfalls, and with any luck you´ll see wild birds, animals and much more along the way! Everyday is an unknown adventure here. There are also a few well respected tour companies who take people on great days out too, rafting, horseback riding and climbing.

    In our English Academy, we have students from 10 to 60 years old, most at basic levels, but some are coming up through B1 and B2. The only requirement we have for our local students is for them to be willing and motivated to learn English. That is why we have this place, only people wanting to learn languages, explore cultures and learn about the world can participate!

  • Help

    Help

    We have a guesthouse and on the same property as we run our English and Spanish school, so we operate as a guest house mostly during high season, which is usually in December, Holy week in March, June and October where there is a big festival in town. The school is open most of the year, but we stop classes for 2 weeks after the 1st semester that ends in at the ending of June and during the Christmas season, from December 15th until January 15th more or less. The guesthouse together with the paid language classes allows this project to thrive.

    Your work will depend on your skills and the length of your stay. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 month to avoid too much turnover and disruption to the English classes.

    They will be a mixture of:

    - Teaching English
    - Social Media / Marketing
    - Projects (if you have a special skill we need)
    - Cleaning and maintenance
    - Plan and execute Social Events

    You’ll be doing a lot of different tasks, depending on ongoing projects and season. We usually need help within different fields, so if you have experience or expertise within; construction, landscaping, plumbing, electricity, architecture, recycling, teaching, cooking, marketing etc. please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are looking for outgoing and friendly people who can help us grow.

    You don't need to be a teacher (but experience with people, teaching etc. will help), we are building a method to follow, and we will go over training and give you tips and info on how to teach English. We are currently working on future lesson plans and we're always trying to update our material. You need to be a friendly and outgoing traveler, who speaks fluent English and want to spend some time in a typical Colombian town, nature and warm weather. This opportunity is for those interested in learning Spanish, sharing knowledge and learning how to optimize your travels in South America.

    Qualities we’re looking for:

    1) Teaching skills or Desire to learn to teach
    2) Native or very good English skills
    3) People who can follow directions
    4) Responsible People who can clean after themselves

    Planning Info:

    If you could plan on coming on a Wednesday and leaving on a Saturday would work great for our students.

    If you feel like you might fit in here and have something to offer, we just need to know about your availability and your interests.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay in one of the volunteer dorms on the second floor of the guesthouse. You will be sharing a room with up to 2 other volunteers in comfortable dorms with fans, and private bathroom. We have an equipped outdoor kitchen for you to use.

    Guesthouse Facilities:
    - Swimming pool
    - Chapel
    - Social Areas
    - Laundry Service ( once a week)
    - Dorm Style Rooms
    - WiFi
    - Outdoor Kitchen
    - Bar and restaurant

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT BUDGET $$$

    Other expenses you may have should be very low but mostly will depend on you... like partying in town (which is fun and cheap compared to bigger cities in Colombia) Prior to your arrival we will send you information about budget expectations so you have a clear idea about how much you will spend during your time here.

    We provide Spanish Classes here, where the money goes to a local student learning English at our Social Project, again the cost to attend our English School is low so that our students can afford to LEARN or attend FREE and the level of our Spanish teachers are excellent, native speakers, for whatever level you are on arrival!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours a day, 5 days per week

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