Bilingual volunteers needed for Chile trip

Do you have a passion for teaching English to English language learners? Are you seeking a way to put your Spanish speaking skills to good use?

If so, then Rotary District 6420, which serves Rotary clubs in northwest Illinois, has an opportunity for you. District 6420 will be sending a Vocational Training Team of up to six people to Combarbala, Chile, in June to help English language teachers develop stronger skills sets and develop new strategies and methodologies to better help their students develop stronger English language skills.

The population of Combarbala, 250 miles north of Chile’s capital, Santiago, is nearly 4,700. The community serves a rural area of 7,380 people. Rotary is seeking applicants from within Rotary District 6420 boundaries who have a minimum two years of experience teaching English language learners or with ESL programs and who are fluent in Spanish. Skill sets such as curriculum development, teaching methodologies and using limited resources to the maximum are a plus. Rotary membership is not a requirement, although the team leader must be a Rotarian.

“This project is being timed so teachers can have an opportunity to participate and share their skills with peers from another country. Retires who have teaching experience are also encouraged to apply,” P. Carter Newton, Rotary District 6420 Vocational Training Team chair, said. “This is an opportunity for northwest Illinois residents to share their skills and of themselves to help those living in another part of the world. We believe that this project will help Combarbala’s young people take advantage of future educational and occupational opportunities.”

A link to the application can be found on the left navigation bar of the district’s website, rotary6420.org. For information, call 815-238-0318 or email cnewton@galgazette.com. Completed applications can be emailed no later than Dec. 20.

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