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Tuesday, November 18

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    My name is Jo-Ann and I have been teaching ESL for 3 years. Teaching Teachers in Bolivia was a new adventure and experience. I still struggle with the words to fully capture how empowering the experience was and will be in the future. I would have to say, that empowering other teachers to do better and be better, in return empowered me to do better and be better. The end result in both countries is that our students will benefit, and they are what matter.
    The trip has been phenomenal in many ways, and I would love to return here. I certainly will do another volunteer teaching type of tour somewhere. It's incredible to share my knowledge and learn from the locals, and they really make you welcome when you stay with them for an extended period, quite different from being a tourist. I have a lot to be thankful for, and truly appreciate all that we have in Canada. (Monica)
    I'm excitedDuring the month of August 2014, I was fortunate to hear there will be another year at least! It sounds interesting what you have planned for the next summer session. Myamazing opportunity to volunteer my time with youCathie’s program “Teachers for Teachers in Bolivia, Cathie, has inspired meBolivia”. I had actually found Cathie’s program the previous year, but was unable to seriously consider applyingparticipate due to graduate social work programsand life obligations. Nonetheless, Cathie had emailed me a copy of the Journal write up she completes every year – post program – and I became even more interested in her community and international development for nextwork. We had emailed and skyped each other over the 2013-2014 year or so. Just thought you should know, what kindand in that August I found myself on a tiny plane to a small Amazonian village called “Rurre.” I think this was one of impact YOUthe most adventurous things I have on people....either your Canadian volunteers ordone in my young life, and I’m glad Cathie was there to help me through – along every step of the peoplejourney, Cathie had provided me with tips, advice, stories, practical support and knowledge that would help me navigate life in this part of Bolivia :) (Stefani)South America. For this, I am very grateful – so is my mother!
    I actually am very new to the world of EAL teaching – I earned my CTESL (certificate in teaching English as a Second language) in 2013 and have been volunteering in my home province of Manitoba with an EAL program specifically for Newcomers. I also have a passion (addiction?) for travel, so being involved in a program where I can travel AND teach made complete sense. I also knew that I wanted to experience daily life and culture in another country, teach in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) context and try to improve my Spanish.
    The teachers we were working with were fantastic – many were highly motivated and just a pleasure to work with. Although, this isn’t to say that working in a different culture doesn’t present certain unique challenges. Latin American culture as a whole is very different than working in a Canadian-Euro environment we are used to back home. For example, it wasn’t uncommon for our students to be consistently late each class for around 30-40 minutes. But cross cultural differences are to be expected, and shouldn’t be deterring. I feel that I have a strong connection to Rurrenabaque Bolivia, not only to the unique sights, sounds and foods, but also to the many friendships I have made with the teachers we were working with. I can’t wait to go back, and continue making a difference. I fully support this program of Cathie’s, and I hope others will consider volunteering with Teachers Teaching Teachers in Bolivia.
    Stefani Kolochuk

    I volunteered for Cathie's English project in Bolivia in August of 2014. She and I work for the same college in Calgary Alberta. Cathie’s passion for the project was contagious. We met up with with two other volunteers in Rurre, Bolivia, ready to teach to the local teachers who were expected to teach English in their schools but had neither the fluency themselves nor the teaching resources to do the job.
    Getting classes organized and communicating with prospective participants was extremely challenging, but Cathie persevered and students arrived: not as many as anticipated, but enough enthusiastic learners to keep us busy in our morning, afternoon and evening classes. The interactive materials provided by Cathie provided a strong basis for our lessons. Cathie encouraged all the volunteers to model good language teaching techniques for our students to follow in their own classes.
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    Living and working in a developing country, such as Bolivia, is so much richer an experience than just travelling there as a tourist. During my stay in Rurre, I quickly felt at home in the community with lots of opportunities to interact with the people with my limited Spanish or their limited English. In our basic accommodation, we experienced the realities of our students’ way of life: hot water, a working fan or electric kettle were rare luxuries. Household chores, food purchasing and preparation were such a major part of our female students’ lives that regular attendance at our free English classes was often impossible.
    For anyone interested in a short-term teaching opportunity in Latin America, I highly recommend volunteering in Bolivia. You won’t regret it! (Joanne)

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Sunday, November 16

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    Teachers with intermediate to advanced Spanish to help provide workshops to the teachers. These workshops will focus on teaching vocabulary, grammar and introducing a new English curriculum to the staff of schools in the Rurrenabaque/San Buenaventura districts.
    Please check for more information on the pages on the right of this page.
    You can also check out reports for the previous years in Rurre go to:
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    If you require more information, please email Cathie at: cathie_aa_t@hotmail.com
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    Teachers Teaching Teachers 2014
    Teachers Teaching Teachers Bolivia took place this year from August to the middle of October, 2014. Originally, we had planned to be in Rurrenabaque from April until the end of June, but due to devastating floods that occurred in February/March, the project was postponed until later in the year. This time of year is not ideal as the weather extremely hot and it is later in the school year when there are many interruptions, such as Bolivian Independence (August 6), Flag Day, Plurinational Sports week and International Day of Tourism. These are very interesting for the volunteers who come to teach, but they do tend to interrupt the class schedules.
    As last year, the teachers were also very busy with Profocom, government mandated professional development, and upgrading courses for the teachers who do not have degrees. Because of the number of courses the teachers were taking, the English project was modified to help the teachers cope with yet another course they wanted to take. This year, the classes were kept very small – between 2-5 students and were held only twice a week. This was more manageable for the teachers, and more successful overall. Although we had fewer students, the students who did attend, attended much more regularly than last year and generally arrived at a more acceptable time for class. In addition to this change, all the students were given quizzes at the end of each unit completed. A mark of 75% was required on all these quizzes and also on the final exam to receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course. Students who were not happy with their marks were given the opportunity to come to individual classes to receive extra help and to take the tests over again. Even for the final exam this extra support was offered. All the students took the classes very seriously and often came for extra support if they were struggling. Consequently, all the students who continued to take the course until the final class and who took the test from units 2 and up, passed all their quizzes and their final exam to receive certificates. We had only a few students who dropped out – mostly after the first or second class.
    In addition to English classes, several workshops were offered. A series of three math workshops focussing on using games to teach mathematics was presented by volunteer Bolivian teachers after practicing the games for several Friday evenings prior to the workshops. Although the attendance at the workshops was quite low, the teachers who attended were very pleased. In all about 30 teachers attended these workshops. To assist the teachers to introduce dominoes to their students, we offered to go into the classrooms to help out. This was extremely successful. We went to work in 4 classrooms at the primary level from kindergarten to grade 3. The teachers were very appreciative and found that it is possible to keep control in their class while using games – something they doubted initially. Each school in Rurre and San Buenaventura were given a bag of materials – dominoes, cards and dice – and a book of game instructions in Spanish that could be shared between the teachers.
    Another workshop, Teaching Vocabulary in the Classroom, was also offered. Once again, the attendance at the workshop for all teachers was rather low. However, several principals requested this workshop for the teachers in their schools. These workshops were very well attended – all teachers in the schools were required to attend – and all the teachers seemed to enjoy what they learned and said they would use some of the games and strategies with their students. At one of the schools, the principal also attended the workshop and he was planning to have meetings with his staff to develop materials.
    After the vocabulary workshops the teachers who attended were invited to come to mini-workshops to make materials or make examples for their students. Several of the lower level teachers were making examples of materials and asking to have them translated into Spanish as they were planning to use them with their students to help them learn to read in their own language.
    At the end of our time in Rurre, there was a celebration of achievement and farewell at which all the students received their certificates and shared food and drinks provided by all the students and the volunteers.
    Hopes for 2015
    Next year, the project will continue but with a different focus and some changes in the format.
    1. Curriculum Development
    Cathie will be working with the school district of San Buenaventura to develop an English curriculum for all the schools in the district. This will include the different themes that can be taught- vocabulary and grammar for each level. English learning modules will be developed for the teachers who do not know any English, so they can study the appropriate grammar for what they are going to teach. Cathie will then conduct several workshops on how to teach vocabulary and grammar and brainstorm with the teachers how they can make their English classes more interesting and worthwhile. (Volunteers will require an intermediate level of Spanish.)
    2. English Classes for teachers in Rurrenabaque and San Buenaventura
    English classes will be offered to those teachers who participated this year in the classes. If there are sufficient volunteers, new classes may be offered. (Spanish is not required, but it is useful to have a little Spanish to get around in Bolivia.)
    3. Math workshops – Using Games to Teach Mathematics
    Math workshops will be offered to all the schools in the San Buenaventura district. This year, these were offered to the teachers in Rurre and to two schools in San Buenaventura.
    (Volunteers will require and intermediate level of Spanish.)
    4. Support for Math classes using dominoes, dice and cards
    Teachers will go into the classes to help the Bolivian teachers introduce games to teach mathematics.
    (Volunteers will require and intermediate level of Spanish.)

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    Volunteer Comments about their experiences in Bolivia
    My name is Jo-Ann and I have been teaching ESL for 3 years. Teaching Teachers in Bolivia was a new adventure and experience. I still struggle with the words to fully capture how empowering the experience was and will be in the future. I would have to say, that empowering other teachers to do better and be better, in return empowered me to do better and be better. The end result in both countries is that our students will benefit, and they are what matter.
    The trip has been phenomenal in many ways, and I would love to return here. I certainly will do another volunteer teaching type of tour somewhere. It's incredible to share my knowledge and learn from the locals, and they really make you welcome when you stay with them for an extended period, quite different from being a tourist. I have a lot to be thankful for, and truly appreciate all that we have in Canada. (Monica)
    I'm excited to hear there will be another year at least! It sounds interesting what you have planned for the next summer session. My time with you in Bolivia, Cathie, has inspired me to seriously consider applying to graduate social work programs in community and international development for next year or so. Just thought you should know, what kind of impact YOU have on people....either your Canadian volunteers or the people of Bolivia :) (Stefani)
    I volunteered for Cathie's English project in Bolivia in August of 2014. She and I work for the same college in Calgary Alberta. Cathie’s passion for the project was contagious. We met up with with two other volunteers in Rurre, Bolivia, ready to teach to the local teachers who were expected to teach English in their schools but had neither the fluency themselves nor the teaching resources to do the job.
    Getting classes organized and communicating with prospective participants was extremely challenging, but Cathie persevered and students arrived: not as many as anticipated, but enough enthusiastic learners to keep us busy in our morning, afternoon and evening classes. The interactive materials provided by Cathie provided a strong basis for our lessons. Cathie encouraged all the volunteers to model good language teaching techniques for our students to follow in their own classes.
    When we were not teaching, we had plenty of opportunities to explore the community and beyond by going on excursions to the jungle and pampas areas near the town. I was also able to travel to other parts of Bolivia and on to Peru when I finished my volunteer stint. I would encourage future volunteers to do the same.
    Living and working in a developing country, such as Bolivia, is so much richer an experience than just travelling there as a tourist. During my stay in Rurre, I quickly felt at home in the community with lots of opportunities to interact with the people with my limited Spanish or their limited English. In our basic accommodation, we experienced the realities of our students’ way of life: hot water, a working fan or electric kettle were rare luxuries. Household chores, food purchasing and preparation were such a major part of our female students’ lives that regular attendance at our free English classes was often impossible.
    For anyone interested in a short-term teaching opportunity in Latin America, I highly recommend volunteering in Bolivia. You won’t regret it! (Joanne)

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