United Vision primarily sends well-trained volunteers to Latin America (in the first stage to Mexico) who teach (free of charge or for some small motivation fee) English using highly effective method. The help is aimed at rural areas with some tourist potential. The intent is that local people could make use of the knowledge of English at labour market or they could start off their own business activities connected with (eco)tourism.
AIM OF THE PROJECT IN XPUJIL
Teaching English to students of all ages from Xpujil or surrounding communities in Centro Cultural Germina, in the municipality of Calakmul, state Campeche. The teacher can also propose workshops on her/his own hobbies, and collaborate with other local NGO’s which organize cultural events in the building.
Centro Cultural Germina is space where people living in the community of Xpujil get access to workshops and exhibitions on popular arts and socio-environmental issues. The building is located two blocks away from downtown Xpujil, is open seven days a week and counts with infrastructure to host special visitors (post-graduate students, temporary lecturers, volunteer teachers).
VOLUNTEER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Design of English classes, define along with Centro Cultural Germina materials. Germina will provide the materials and manage the small motivation fees collected from the students.
Organizing practical dynamic activities based on the theoretical classes.
English conversation with student during their free time.
Support Centro Cultural Germina personnel in other activities related to the project such as organizing exhibitions, and art events.
Experience in teaching English (at least basic and preferably intermediate level).
Preferably have previous experience working in rural communities.
Ability to work in team.
Leadership skills and responsibility.
Capacity of planning topics and dynamic activities.
Ability to improvise.
Capacity to adapt to different fieldwork conditions (sleeping in a hammock, prepare meals, bathe in cold water, etc.).
Initiative to support other activities related to the project.
Preferably have a basic level of Spanish.
Volunteer will share a house with the hosts (students, artists, scientists) who work in Centro Cultural Germina (see the picture below).
Volunteer must cover his/her travel expenses just to the city of Chetumal, from where he/she will be travelling with the Centro Cultural Germina staff.
Volunteer must have health insurance.
Volunteer will have two days off a week in which he/she may decide to travel, but only on his/her personnel expenses for travelling, food and accommodation.