Marina Orth Foundation
The Marina Orth Foundation is dedicated to providing an excellent, modern education so that students, no matter their race, economic status, or gender, will be able to compete globally.
What We Need
The Foundation is looking for 9 volunteers English teachers willing to work for a period of 11 months.
4 in schools within the city of Medellin,
5 in El Carmen del Viboral (one hour from Medellin).
They will plan and teach English classes in cooperation with the local teacher and run extracurricular English clubs.
- Class and discipline management,
- Positive attitude and adaptable,
- Experience teaching and/or working with groups of children, TEFL appreciated,
- Experience of living and working in Latin America not required but preferred.
- The language requirements for this position are English fluency or C1-level proficiency and Spanish B1-level proficiency.
When & Who
the Colombian school schedule includes a large number of long weekends + one week off for Semana Santa (March or April) + 2 weeks off in June + days off in October. Holidays are paid.
What we Provide
Option 1: Volunteers live with a host family found by the Foundation. (private room and wifi)
Option 2: Volunteers can find their own accommodation.
If volunteers choose a homestay, the host family will provide three meals a day, seven days a week
Homestay: volunteers will receive COP $350,000 (a bit more than $100) to help with local transport costs.
Own accommodation: volunteers will receive COP $900,000 (about $300) per month to contribute to rent and local transport costs.
Volunteers are expected to cover their own transport costs to arrive in Medellín, Colombia. Volunteers are also expected to pay for their visa processing fee ($170 at time of writing).
Volunteers cover for their own transport in Medellin.
More Services we Offer
Laundry and meals are possible with families, charged
Additional Info about Us
The Foundation provides accommodation and three meals during the volunteers' stay.
If possible, please submit volunteer applications no later than early December.
We emphasize learning by doing, training teachers, and including parents in the education of their children. Our curriculums focus on improving English language skills, using computers for everyday tasks, and employing the internet for both research and exploration far beyond the geographic and psychological barriers of the students’ lives. We prioritize "Information Technology"; each student, from preschool to fifth grade, receives a personal computer to use in school and at home. We use computers to bring forth the creative energies of previously marginalized communities. We also concentrate on teaching English, the universal of business and technology, and leadership in order to build confidence and develop teamwork skills.
We've developed an innovative curriculum for preschool through 11th grade using One Laptop Per Child in grades 1-5 and Intel Classmate computers and conventional computers at the higher levels.
The foundation is currently developing the VUELA (Taking Flight) Project to use the laptops in new, innovative ways to improve their education.
We encourage both teachers and students to use the computers to improve their research abilities and to develop critical thinking and leadership skills. The students learn to work as a team and to follow a plan from its inception to its completion. English is taught using SMART Boards which are interactive whiteboards allow teachers to project anything from their computer screen onto the board.
The Marina Orth Foundation has been training teachers in computer technology since 2005. Teachers now use computers routinely to communicate, assign homework, file grades and schedule meetings. The Foundation is also training the teachers to use educational software to enrich their teaching methods in the classroom.