Marina Orth Foundation
What We Need
The Marina Orth Foundation is an international education NGO with over 10 years of
experience based in Medellin, Colombia. At the Foundation, we teach students STEM + H (science, technology, engineering, mathematics + humanities) leaderships skills and develop extracurricular activities that focus on English and robotics. We believe that, given the tools and skills needed to compete in the 21st century, children from socioeconomically vulnerable backgrounds can perform equally or better than graduates of the best schools in the world.
The Foundation is looking for 1 English teacher volunteers willing to work for a period of 9 months from February 2020 to November 20th 2020.
• 1 volunteer in El Carmen de Viboral, 1h from Medellin
They will plan and teach English classes in cooperation with the local teachers and run extracurricular English clubs. Depending on the position, the volunteer teaches between 3 to 5 hours/day, 5 days a week + 2h of extracurricular club per week + lesson planning.
● B1 in Spanish
● 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,
● Foreigners or Colombians who lived in a foreign country (in order to talk about
international openness, cultures...)
LENGTH OF SERVICE:
-From February 2020 to November 20th 2020 (the Colombian school year)
- 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.
● The volunteer receives a monthly stipend $1,200,000 cop, which is about $360 USD.
● The foundation provides the document for the volunteer visa.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS :
The language requirements for this position are English fluency or C1-level proficiency and
Spanish B1 -level proficiency.
AT THE EXPENSE OF THE VOLUNTEER
● Transports to Colombia
● Transports in Medellin
● Health insurance
● Part of the visa fee: 170 US$
>>Check this video of our Volunteer Program:
When & Who
What we Provide
We can recommend you host families with the option of laundry and meals
We can help you to find a place on your own (volunteer coordinator)
the volunteer will receive COP $1,200,000 (about $360) per month.
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.
Additional Info about Us
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.