Teaching English Argentina
We are a grassroots organization. This means that we seek community solutions because we build a non-individualistic identity with determination and commitment to our experiences and our practical and professional knowledge. We believe in intercultural learning, which translates into a critical philosophy of volunteer service, so rather than simply "giving" and "expecting something in return," our volunteer programs promote deeper pedagogical and existential questions that are relevant to a much wider range of situations where people cross significant differences of power and culture. Thus, in addition to an intention to collaborate across cultures, we seek to generate a critical awareness that accompanies volunteers as they confront the difficulties that all cross-cultural exchange presents. Therefore, as part of our critical-learning philosophy, rather than providing volunteers with a self-indulgent opportunity to 'give back', we require them to ask more questions, challenge themselves and realize the difficulties presented by attempts to 'help others' without first thinking about radical change in global power structures.
The volunteers use their knowledge of English to help the students in group classes. The presence of native speakers evidently is very helpful to the children's learning of the language and also for the younger teachers.
Dates of program:
February to December (except for 2 weeks of break in July)
Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum
Adults of both sexes 18+
US$550 which includes orientation and certification. 40% of the fee is used as a donation for the projects.
There's a chance to include accommodation for a different price. If you apply, all the information will be sent to you by our Director. Most travelers do not need a visa to enter Argentina. Volunteers enter the country as tourists and can stay for up to 90 days. Extensions on visas are possible; our coordinators will advise you on this process. We require the volunteer to have adequate medical insurance for the duration of the program and must be provided with details of such insurance coverage at the time of confirming their placement.
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