Unique volunteer opportunity

A new English language school, PRIMOK (Programa Inclusivo Multicultural Originario Kañari), in Cañar is seeking volunteers who are native English speakers to help students learn to speak English. The school is three weeks old with 48 students ages 6 to 17 divided into four groups, we have indigenous and mestizo children. No teaching experience is required. It is also not necessary to speak Spanish.

I am a volunteer in the school and it is one of the most personally satisfying volunteer experiences I have had. Each Friday afternoon the school provides transportation for the volunteers to travel the hour and half trip to Cañar from Cuenca. We pay for our own hotel rooms ($12) in order to be prepared for the Saturday classes that begin at 8:30 AM and go until 12:30 PM. After classes the school provides lunch and we debrief the morning classes. The school provides transportation back to Cuenca returning around 4:30 PM.

Cañar is a small town with a population of about 60,000 inhabitants of which a significant population are Kichwa. Cañar has an elevation about 600 meters higher than Cuenca. The natural beauty of the area is breathtaking. One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering at the school is the opportunity to meet some of the truly wonderful people of Cañar and share the culture.

Volunteers will become members of the instructional team of PRIMOK. They may serve as tutors working one-on-one with students, facilitating small group learning experiences, or teaching a full class of 12 students.

If you are interested in joining our team, we encourage you to contact Antonio Araujo, founder director of the school (primokec@gmail.com 098 753 0482), or myself,

John Patterson: 098 152 2572. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

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