Having completed my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification before we left, I was very keen to get some classroom practice whilst we were travelling. Colin couldn’t wait to give it a go as well.
A local language school in Bocas del Toro was asking for volunteers to assist in the classroom, for English lessons they offer to locals free, twice a week.
We went along on the first Thursday & unfortunately no students arrived. Undeterred, we came back the following Tuesday. To our surprise one of the Spanish teachers asked us for a lesson, so we ended up teaching 1-1 rather than assisting.
We ended up teaching five lessons, each very different with varying age groups & levels of English.
We went to the same language school in Boquete & they virtually ‘bit our hands off’ when we volunteered.
They wanted us to teach 3 times a week, which was great with us.
The group sizes were much larger there, with much more local interest, & people who came back every night.
There were people working in the tourist industry, as well as school children who preferred our interactive style; better than how they are taught at school (according to their feedback).
It was really sad to say goodbye & hand them over to new teachers (who included a German, French & Austrian).
We are hoping that we are able to continue teaching English as we move on through Central America, especially in Nicaragua.
post by: Dawn