TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHANGE LIVES AND PROMOTE SOCIAL JUSTICE!
Our English program is one of the most important projects that we offer, and we rely heavily on our volunteers and interns to lead and support this project, as we have still not secured any outside funding or support to offer this program to the children and families of Itacare. All of the funding for these program comes from our own overhead and from the contributions and support of our amazing volunteers and interns!
Meanwhile, one of the reasons why English is so important here is because tourism is the main economic driver in Itacaré. This means that students who receive English classes, will have a much greater chance of finding work in the vast tourist Industry here and will have a greater chance of receiving a higher salary as well. Meanwhile, a part of the exam that must be taken for students to be able to receive a scholarship for University here, must be taken in either English or Spanish - even though most low income students that are attending public schools here are not receiving quality English lessons, if any at all! We have encountered public schools with no English Curriculum at all as well as some public schools that have hired "English teachers" who don't even speak the language! This is why we have dedicated ourselves to offering English classes in several of the poorest neighborhoods of Itacaré, despite the lack of funds and support we have received for this program. This is why our English teachers and English Program Coordinators are so incredibly valuable to us and to the communities we serve!
While wealthier families are able to send their kids to private schools that offer English lessons and/or to private English schools, children from the underprivileged communities in Itacaré would not have this opportunity were it not for the free English program we have been running for the past several years. Therefore, our English program goes beyond than just teaching another language; it is literally a tool of empowerment that does change lives and helps to promote social justice.
Our English Program aligns with two of the 17 goals that the United Nations has adopted on its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click on each image above to learn more.
We always incorporate arts into our curriculum and activities, as they help developing critical and creative thinking. They also enhance performance in non-arts academic subjects such as mathematics, science, reading and writing; and strengthen students’ academic motivation, self-confidence, and ability to communicate and co-operate effectively.
We have two positions available within our English department.