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We are an alternative school in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, based on homeschooling experiences. We are a learning community where children, parents and teachers are connected in a innovative educative proposal for rising children and, by the way, reeducate adults ;).
With just 28 children we have chosen to be a small school to get know ourselves and to create a sense of holding together safe relationships and community. The school has only 3 main divisions, the little ones who don't read yet, the middle ones until about 11 yo, and the big ones until 17yo.
The school is a free learning context in which it is possible to explore different methodologies to get the best for different individuals, themes and contexts. Children have the possibility to self-regulate their own navigation in the ocean of knowledges, they can explore all their abilities, they socialize with peers and they receive guidance to arrive to the learning goals. We all can talk and to be listened in the morning circle where everybody is invited to express things in our minds and hearts and where we take collective decisions.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
You will have a experience in alternative education for this new world going through a crisis.
You will get a sense of how to create community with very different kinds of people.
Understand processes for change where life has to be put in the center of the decisions.
You will have the opportunity to know colombian culture and people in a amazing town where the mountain has an incredible power.
Depending on the host parent, you will also have the opportunity to be in contact with tourists, ecological agriculture, horse riding, dog rising, and more.
We want everyone of us to have the opportunity to exchange cultures, accents and knowledges. Travellers wanting to have experience in alternative education are invited to help us teaching our English program 3 days per week (part time) and to help with other tasks at the school and at the parent guest's home in a part time basis. These tasks can be helping with gardening, didactic tools preparation, typing, classifying books and material, going to the mountain in expeditions, and other activities of the school.
Children are very independent and open minded because we are open to learn in the most creative forms you can imagine. So you are encouraged to create your own methods, and to learn from ours.
Spanish, English, French, Italian
Several parents have the opportunity to accommodate you, so this will be an amazing opportunity for children and families to have you, and you to share into a family, not just for English/Spanish practice but also to share in a deeper and more human way. Parents offer a private room and the transport to the school. Common spaces are the family areas, and meals will be cook and share at the rhythm of the family, your food preferences can always be addressed by the family.
We will find one or more families depending of the length of your staying for the convenience and wellbeing of all. We prefer you will be willing to stay at least a month in order to develop a deeper relationship with children, please let us know if this is not possible, and we will see availability and convenience.
We are looking for people with interest and certain abilities (or intention to develop them) to work with children. If you have more knowledges of abilities to share with us you are very welcome to propose activities to develop at the school.
Villa de Leyva es well known as a very safe touristic village and have plenty of activities. From a National park to paleontological and historical places. There also are cultural activities of all kinds. There are many new-rurals, people coming from cities, who have develop eco-projects and participate on the local market twice a week, where you can find a local brewery, mature cheeses and organic veggies and fruits.
The local community is very rich, we have women and men circles, many visitors and events. You will find time to chill by a river or get a good party. We hope you will enjoy our community!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week