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Public Schools in Leon

Internship and Volunteering Possible
In the public elementary and secondary school, "José Madriz" in León, internships in teaching in all subjects from English to vocational training and creative designing are possible.

Project Details

José Madriz is a public school, attended by about 800 students, of whom around 500 are at primary school level (primaria) and 300 at secondary level (secundaria). The school is located in the city centre of León. There is a morning and afternoon shift, with different students and teachers. There are 14 class rooms with about 30 children each.
The goal is to offer high‐quality education to children of all social classes, including the poorest, even though the resources to achieve this are very limited. The monthly school fee is only expected from parents who can afford them. The school lacks basic educational materials. For instance, for sports classes, there is not even a ball.
Apart from the director, Sra. Angela, a very hospitable and helpful lady, there are 27 people working at José Madriz, including the cleaning and security personel.
Classes at secondary level include Spanish/Literature, Maths, Ethics/Civics ("Valores y civicos"), Geography, History, arts and culture ("ECA - Educación Cultural & artístico"), Sports, English and Practical vocational orientation ("OPV").
Volunteers/interns support the local teachers teaching all subject areas if their Spanish skills are sufficent.
Otherwise they can focus on teaching English, which is obligatory for all students aged 12-16 years. The level of English taught is basic.
Further, volunteers and interns can assist with OPV (Orientación práctica vocacional), which is being offered on primary and secondary level. These classes have the aim to stimulate the imagination and manual skills of students. This includes handcrafts, painting, drawing, working with wood, etc. It is also possible, for instance, to include environmental issues, or just to offer any activity which can distract the students from their daily routine at school. You are free to offer your own ideas; the director is open for any suggestions. Your activities should not involve major costs, as resources are very limited.
This volunteering option/internship is open for all students of education, and for professionals from the subject area. However, if you are just interested in doing activities with children, this is also possible.
Classes are typically Monday to Friday from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (with a break from 9.15-9.45), and from 1.00 p.m. to 5.45 p.m.(with break from 3.15-3.45). There are 2 weeks of vacation in July.
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Location: León, Nicaragua
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: Spanish
Further Languages Of Advantage: English
Room with Host Family, Shared Accommodation
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Teacher
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Teacher or relevant skills
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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