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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Teach English to children at a Catholic Medium school. You can also teach Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, alongside teaching English, the choice is yours. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher. No qualifications needed.

Buenos Aires is stunning. It's a very cosmopolitan city with its famous neighbourhoods such as La Boca with its brightly painted houses and the elegant areas of Belgrano and Palermo.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 2 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
This Project is available during school terms/semesters only - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Food: Breakfast only.
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Pick-up from and return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you), daily transport to and from your project, lunch and dinner.
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Argentina, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

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PROJECT CONTENT

You'll work in one of our Catholic schools in the stunning city of Buenos Aires. These schools are middle class and although English is taught as a main subject, the exposure to English spoken by a native speaker is immeasurable. The children are a joy to teach and very enthusiastic at being taught by volunteers and you can bring some fun and innovative ideas into the classroom.

You are able to teach all ages, from kindergarten through to the age of 16. The schools are large and hold between 600 and 1,800 students. The average class size for the Kindergarten students is around 15-20 with 28-34 in the higher classes. You'll assist a teacher and they will also help with your lesson plans.

You'll normally teach 4 days a week from approximately 10.00 am - 4.00 pm for around 3-4 classes per day. If you would like to teach more classes, this can be arranged.

Full time Drama can also be arranged (if you have some experience) and, depending on the length of your stay you may be able to put on a play orshow. You can also combine coaching sports with your teaching English placement. Sports that are available are, football, handball and badminton.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
The project is subject to school holidays and teaching during this time is not available. Please see school holidays below:
Winter Holidays: 17/07/2018 – 28/07/2018
Summer Holiday: 20/12/2017 – 05/03/2018

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

This extract is taken from a Report sent in by one of our schools about a volunteer who taught at their school and gives a good insight into the impact felt by both the school and the children:

"Jane has taught secondary school students from 1st Year to 3rd Year, for a period of two weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 14.00 to 16.00hs. She could easily adapt to the different levels. The home teachers gave her the lesson plans before every class, so she always knew exactly what to do and what to expect from the students.

Classes were entirely planned to practise listening comprehension and oral production. Jane has helped students deal with syllabus topics, engaging them in meaningful and interesting conversation. Students had the chance to practise for the oral exams that they will eventually take at the end of the year.

In one of the groups she explained the meaning and uses of a long list of slang expressions. They all had fun because some of them were really funny.

In another class they watched a small part of the film ”The Hunger Games”. As they watched, she helped students with the comprehension and afterwards they could hold a long discussion about certain aspects of the story.

One day she only had two students in one of the classes because everybody had stayed home to watch Argentina who was playing against Nigeria in the Football World cup. The two girls that came up said they didn’t want to miss the chance to be with a native speaker!

It was really wonderful to have Jane around for she is such a nice girl, very respectful and highly responsible with the school work that was assigned to her.

All the students enjoyed her classes very much and we all hope she enjoyed them that much too.

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ACCOMMODATION

You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires. You're very conveniently located for exploring the cityand frequenting the endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

Wi-Fi:: The accommodation has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers.

FOOD:
Breakfast is included, but you'll need to budget for all other meals. This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!

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REVIEWS

Kellie Jervis:"Everyone in Argentina has been amazingly friendly. Laura, who met me on first day, was great. She showed me where to go and not to go and she made sure I knew where I was going for the school. Melina took me out for dinner and check up to make sure everything was going ok.

Viviana, at the school, was well organised and she took the time to make me feel comfortable. Laura, who took the Spanish lessons, was so friendly and very patient. I enjoyed Argentina and the experience a lot. Thank you."

Melissa Whiting:"Everything about my placement was excellent. Melina, the in country manager, was friendly and incredibly helpful, the only down side of which was that there was just too much delicious food. It was a consistent theme across my two week 'working holiday': too much delicious food and delightful, friendly people.

the school, which comprised a primary and secondary campus, my role was principally in teaching (leading the class) in conversational English. All the regular English teachers prepared lesson plans for me before each class that covered vocabulary, grammar objectives for the class, as well as suggested activities and reading from course books. In most classes, we didn't get to the lesson plans as the students were so interested in simply engaging in conversational practice by asking me about my life, where I live, family, hobbies, what I thought of Argentina etc.

Overall, the experience really was delightful and very fulfilling. The students and teachers were enthusiastic, welcoming and kind. In effect, that meant I felt like a 'movie star' with all the excitement and enthusiasm of a first lesson but no follow up routine which I imagine would be a more realistic experience of the day to day challenges for regular teachers."

MORE INFORMATION

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS: As well as protecting all our volunteers, we are committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. You will need to get a police check in order to work with children or vulnerable adults, but we'll help you with that.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it. BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.

Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity. Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare! Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.

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