Travel and Teach in the Dominican Republic

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We Believe:

  • The teacher is a facilitator, coordinator; not the dispenser of knowledge.

  • The main purpose of education is to develop students' ability to think critically and integrate ideas, rather than to accumulate facts.

  • Students learn best:
  1. When actively engaged.
  2. In different ways and at different rates.
  3. When the classroom and school environment support their emotional, social, cultural and educational need.

Our School...

is located in a rural town, San Juan de la Maguana, in the Dominican Republic. We currently offer English lessons to local students as part of an after school institute program. Our wish is to create a safe, loving and caring environment conducive to learning. 

The school currently functions in four classrooms equipped with basic classroom furnishings. We are slowly introducing a lending library in order to improve our students' reading skills as well as creative thinking skills. 

The teaching environment we try to create is flexible and relies on self-motivation. Guidance and orientation is offered along the way, as well as consultation and reflection gatherings in order to improve teacher skills. All teachers are expected to plan and teach their lessons with responsibility and commitment. 

Our Students...

are children from age five to teenagers age seventeen. Our one hundred and sixty students go to regular schools in the morning and come to our institute as part of an after school program in the afternoons. Most of our students have been students at our school for over a year and have had great improvement in their English.

It's important for our students to learn English in order to have a better chance at finding work, going to college, have access to scholarships and even travel abroad. 

Our students are typical Dominican children and teens full of energy and enthusiasm who will warm up to their teachers very quickly.

Our program...

has evolved during the last six years, having to adapt to an increase in students and a wide variety of ages. 

Children, between the ages of four and eleven, participate in fun, artistic and creative classes which teach them basic English speaking and listening skills. 

Teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen partake in practice based learning, where the teacher kindly guides them towards their ultimate goal - to read, listen, speak and communicate using English as a second language.