Miguel Angel Asturias Spanish School has a strong involvement in education – in fact, our school was founded in part to help support and provide volunteers to an innovative primary school that emphasizes student creativity, participation, and decision making.
Many current opportunities are available in education. If you have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish and are staying at least three weeks, you may have the opportunity to teach approximately 45 children aged 4 to 12 years old, all from indigenous families with very scarce economic resources.
Located in a rural community in the mountains near Xela, a short bus ride and then a walk brings you to the one-room schoolhouse. Because there is only one regular teacher to teach all six primary grades, your help is indispensable in improving the quality of instruction and attention given to the children. If your Spanish level is lower, you may have the opportunity to teach English to children at a local elementary school.
Due to the school year schedule, variations in staffing needs, and variations in grants and funding for programs, the specific opportunities that are available when you attend will vary.
"I was surrounded with people who cared about my experience and the quality of the school. I can't wait to go back."
"MAA was one of the best and more rewarding experiences of my life."
"I found the program at Miguel Angel Asturias an amazing experience."
"I learned very quickly and deeply."
"I loved the one-on-one experience. I really enjoyed my teacher ... and felt that I was able to work exactly at my level."