I completed the 4-week TEFL certification course with ITA Nicaragua on September 5th, 2014. It was a very busy month, but I really enjoyed the course and practicum teaching here in León. After just one month, I felt ready to teach English in any setting. The program exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it if you’re interested in doing something like this. Read here for more info and get in touch with questions and for a discount!
Completion of the TEFL course allowed me to start teaching in the community with a program called Proyecto Barrilete, an after school program for underprivileged youth in León. Barriletes is a place for children to play, learn, and eat lunch (for many this is their only meal). Children may also come to the program because they are unable to be cared for by their parents who are battling drug/alcohol addictions or have had to leave in order to find work, in which case they have either been left with relatives or live at Proyecto Barriletes that houses an average of 13 children.
TEFL alumni teach the children English as a skill to provide them with more opportunities later in life. Being as Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and Barriletes is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, it was difficult to see the conditions in which many of the children live. I am grateful for my brief time with the project and that alumni volunteers living in León will continue working to help improve health, living, and education standards for these children. Check out Sarah’s GoFundMe page here!
Y ahorita, me voy a explorar Nicaragua!