Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Casa-Nica
Posted on: August 19, 2013
English is a very valuable skill in Nicaragua for young people. Increasingly Nicagua is moving away from agriculture and living in the countryside to city based living and working. The companies that are employing this generation of young people are increasing looking for English as a skill in their work force. As a result many young people are taking English classes after they graduate school in maximise their employability.
There are many organizations here in Masaya that offer English tuition to all levels and ages. However, all of their teachers are non-native English speakers i.e. their first language is Spanish. As a result they all love to have native English speakers in their class rooms to assist with pronunciation, natural expressions, idioms, listening and sometime nothing more than interaction with a native speaker. The places where we currently work include local schools, Nicaraguan non-profits and some small local universities.
You will not be expected to teach an English class alone (unless you want to).
We know how daunting standing in front of a class and teaching is if you have no experience or training so we have designed the program so that you will never have to. You will always be assisting a Nicaraguan English teacher rather than leading a class. You do not need any formal teaching experience or training to fully participate and enjoy these classes.
The English Teaching program at Casa-Nica offers a valuable way to volunteer in a developing country without needing any special skills or knowledge apart from speaking English. This program offers a perfect way to visit a developing country, see all it has to offer and give something back.
You do not need any Spanish language skills as all the people you will work with speak excellent English.
The English teachers and many of the older students love to socialize after class so you will get the opportunity to make friends with many locals and really get a feel for living in Nicaragua.
The classes are rarely of a formal nature and provide plenty of opportunity for having a lot of fun with the teacher and the students. in a variety of settings.
We are currently working with several organizations assisting with their English classes. These include:
Masinfa: A local non-profit organization that, amongst its other programs, offers English classes 7 days per week. These classes are always fun and well attended with dedicated hard working teachers.
Local Schools: We work in a couple of local secondary schools assisting the English teachers with their classes generally providing verbal examples and assisting with the class work of the students.
Other local ofganizations: We also assist with several other local organizations and schools when they ask for assistance. This occurs regularly as we know many local English teachers now who all love to have native speakers in their classes.
We also run a twice weekly conversation club a couple of blocks from the house we any Nicaraguans that want to prcatice their English in a conversation can come and chat with the volunteers. It is also an excellent opportunity to practice your Spanish with them and meet some local Masayans.