Teaching English in Argentina (STA exclusive)
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Today is an arrival day and no activities have been planned. If you are already in Buenos Aires and are not using your arrival transfer, you need to be at the Volunteers House at 10.30am for registration on Day 1. If you are arriving on Day 1, please note that you need to arrive on a flight that arrives before 7pm. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,’ Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories. The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city. Travellers find that it has more in common with the cities of Europe than the rest of South America. Nearly 40 per cent of Argentina’s 33 million citizens live in Greater Buenos Aires, and the Porteños are justifiably proud of their home. The city is comprised of a number of distinct neighbourhoods, some of which have become top tourist draws. For many, the highlight of their time in the capital is a visit to San Telmo for the weekend antiques market and street artists’ displays. La Boca was originally settled by the successive waves of immigrants that contribute to the capital’s unique character. Its brightly coloured walls and buildings draw Porteños and tourists alike. Posh Recoleta, with its cafés, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. During colonial days, Buenos Aires was the seat of the Viceroy of La Plata. Almost completely rebuilt since the turn of the century, the heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo, with the historic Cabildo (Town Hall), where the Independence movement was first planned, the Casa Rosada (Government Palace) and the Cathedral, where San Martín, the father of Argentine independence, is buried. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants, and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Buenos Aires will be your last chance, while in Argentina, to try the succulent bifé and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!
Day 2-14 Buenos Aires - Volunteer Teaching English
Teaching English in under-served communities can increase educational and employment prospects for people who would not normally have the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Both inexperienced and experienced volunteers can teach vocabulary, assist with pronunciation, and support students as they practice speaking English. These students, of all ages and backgrounds, appreciate the opportunity to interact with fluent speakers and local teachers welcome the extra assistance. Activities may include teaching English in a classroom setting, in one-on-one lessons, planning new and creative ways to get children to remember vocabulary, or reviewing an organization's English materials for accuracy. The small non-profit English school aims at better preparing the children and young adults of a Buenos Aires suburb for a professional life in a globalized world. Due to the large number of students in one class and thus a poorer level of education at the local public schools, the 6 to 18 year old's come for the extra assistance and attention that they require for learning English. Up to 30 students are split up into small groups to learn English, during this time they are also taught about the literature, history and culture of the different English-speaking countries, often coinciding with the places that the volunteers have come from. The methods of teaching used are fun and ensure that each student gets involved and is given individual attention. This serves to further motivate the students to continue their learning. Since the school does not receive any public funding and has difficulties finding qualified English teachers, it relies on the support of volunteers with native English skills. In this way students also learn about the different accents and cultures of the various English speakers. Your accommodation is in the Volunteer House in the centre of Buenos Aires. You may be sharing with other volunteers and it will give you the opportunity to socialize with likeminded people from the start. The great location of the Volunteer House will give you the chance to explore this beautiful city. Please note that the school you would normally be assigned to is about an hours journey from the centre of Buenos Aires. You would normally be teaching english after school hours, between 4pm and 7pm.
Day 15 Buenos Aires
Depart at any time. Add on extra weeks if desired, to a maximum of 12 months.