Saturday, May 11, 2013

Clases de Inglés y Nuestro Espacio

So far at UpClose Bolivia, I have been involved in teaching beginner and intermediate English classes at the Mallasa school.  Here we teach students aged from eleven to sixty, ranging from school students to members of the local community (such as Josue from our local cornershop!).  The students are a pleasure to teach and it feels very rewarding to be so integrated within the community. Furthermore, it’s a pleasure to know that our efforts in our English classroom are contributing to the community tourism project in Mallasa and Jupapina, helping to encourage more English-speaking tourists to the area, and thus bring more trade to the districts.

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English lesson with Joseph Beaver, Sophie Greenwood and Hannah

Another new and exciting project I have been involved in at Upclose is Nuestro Espacio (our space).  It is a programme aimed at 7-12 year olds that provides a supervised space for the children to complete school work and then to express themselves through a range of extracurricular activities which focus on ten key values, such as arts and crafts, sport, drama and public-speaking.
This week the value we have been focusing on is that of responsibility; for example, for the arts and crafts session we had the children planting flowers and painting the flower pots, which were made out of recycled plastic bottles. This activity encourages the notion of responsibility since it allows the children to look after a living thing, and be accountable for its survival.  So far we have all really enjoyed the project, the students have been very creative and responsive, and we are all looking forward to the further activities we have planned in the coming weeks!

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Painting plant pots at Nuestro Espacio

Written by Sophie Greenwood
Edited by Liam Hilton

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