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beexcellent



Joined: 13 Dec 2013
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Location: United States

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Summer-Before-College Opportunities? Reply with quote

Hi all!

I'm looking for a way to teach English anywhere in South America this summer.

First, the cons of my situation:
-I'm 17 (will turn 18 during the summer)
-I'm only available for a month or two during the summer
-I do not have a degree (but I will have my high school diploma)
-I can't pay for much more than a round-trip plane ticket

Pros:
-I have experience teaching English to both children and adults
-I'm willing to work for no pay (except room & board)

This is my summer before college and I'd love to spend it teaching English while improving my Spanish. I've spent hours combing the internet for a program that would be right for me but they either require volunteers to be over 18/have a degree or cost thousands of dollars that I do not have.

Do any of you know of a way I could make this happen?

Thanks so much.
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably not very realistic, though this is an admirable wish.

Issues:
employers won't want to be responsible for an under-age worker
one or two months isn't time to do much with a new teacher - or students
working visa likely impossible to get under these circumstances (others here will know more on this than I do)
teaching English (particularly in a new situation) takes a lot of time/energy -not really conducive to strengthening the teacher's second language

I suggest you try to volunteer at a community college or similar program in the States - or seek out a summer camp that focuses on ESL. Depending on where you are located, these are around.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid I agree with Spiral, it's not really a practical plan for many reasons. If you want to improve your Spanish and you only have a month or two, you'd be better trying to get a little extra cash together and make a study holiday of it instead. You might be able to do some volunteering once you are in country. But no-one is going to pay you or cover your bed and board for teaching.
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll chip in with the 3rd 'not a practical plan' comment.

If you can find a good summer ESL program in the US with international dimensions, you could start networking there for future overseas positions if that is a direction you'd like to go in.

Best of luck to you!
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beexcellent



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I didn't think of helping out at ESL summer programs here in the states -that might be a good transition.

In the meantime, if you come across/think of a program for teens to teach English abroad that has no tuition and room and board included (however likely that is Smile ), I'd love to hear about it.
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