The idea for this program first emerged after a terrible experience doing the (only) TEFL course in the city. The teacher was a former yoga instructor trying to convince us that Zodiac signs were the key to teaching English. Suffice to say, I had to look elsewhere to become a teacher.
This is how I met Marcela; she was an English teacher already working in Argentina, while I was fresh off the boat from Boston. She taught me everything I know as a teacher. Together we realized we could create our own program for young adults like me to come to Buenos Aires, teach English, and learn Spanish!
Rochelle: Your Program Coordinator
So here’s a little more about me! I’m French, from Paris, but have lived half of my life in the U.S. After High School in Boston I went to McGill University in Montreal for my Bachelor in Honors Political Science and English Literature. In June 2016 I graduated, and had no idea what to do next, but I knew I wanted to be fluent in Spanish. So I saved up at home for four months, and decided to go live in Argentina before potentially going to law school.
Going abroad to a Spanish speaking country without a job beforehand is hard to do (especially alone and without knowing anyone)! You have to think about visas, apartments, and how to find a job. Most programs are expensive, and don’t help you find a place to stay unless you want to live with a host family. This can be a great way to practice Spanish, but I wanted to meet people my age and be free like the young adult I was trying to be, so I needed to find an apartment.
To create this program we basically put together everything I needed help with when I first got here- from finding a trustworthy cab at the airport to taking a teaching course taught by teachers with real experience.
Marcela: Your Teacher
Marcela teaches English at the British Hospital Nursing School in Buenos Aires. She lives in Caballito with her family and she has been teaching English for a long time in different companies in Buenos Aires. She went to College for English teaching and she has experience with a wide range of groups ages. She speaks fluent English and knows the difficulties Spanish speakers have to face when learning it. She believes that her job is to be a “facilitator” more than a teacher- helping students reach their full potential, more than a teacher.