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Anybody taught at a Binational Center in the Caribbean?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Anybody taught at a Binational Center in the Caribbean? Reply with quote

The U.S. State Department maintains a list (see link below) of 18 different Latin American Countries, which includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti, that host Binational Centers that, amongst other things, promote English language instruction.

http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/usia/E-USIA/education/engteaching/eal-elp1.htm

Their website provides the following description of the program:

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Binational Centers are autonomous, foreign institutions dedicated to the promotion of mutual understanding between the host country and the United States. English teaching is usually a major component of their cultural, educational, and information activities. Binational Centers often work in close cooperation with USIS posts overseas but are independent in their financial and administrative management.


There is one center in Haiti and one in the D.R. Info about the DR center (which offers programs in multiple locations) can be found here:

http://www.icda.edu.do/

Back in the mid-nineties, I applied for (and was offered) a teaching job at the binational center in the Dominican Republic (aka Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano), which I turned down in favor of going to Puerto Rico instead. As I recall, the pay (in RD Pesos) was about double per hour what language institutes outside of the capital were paying. Overall, ICDA was/is a respected institution with a good local reputation.

Has anyone else taught at (or otherwise had experience with, directly or indirectly) one of these binational centers?

Hopefully, this list (see the links above) might serve as a good starting point for teachers looking for work in the Caribbean.[/quote]
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