E2 ¿y tú? / English Exchange & You
Wayzata Community Church is actively partnering with Opportunity International and Emprendedora school in Nicaragua. WCC members have already funded a technology center at the school. The next step is even more exciting – WCC members can participate in an “English as a Second Language (ESL)” mentoring program directly with Nicaraguan students at the school.
Conversation Partner sign up here Conversation Partner Registration.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You don’t have to go to Nicaragua. You can do it in the comfort of your own home or office or, if you’d prefer, within the friendly confines of Wayzata Community Church. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You connect via Skype with two Nicaraguan students once a week for one-half hour and speak with them in English.
BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE SKYPE?
Doesn’t matter. You’ll be shown at the training session or paired with someone who knows how to use Skype.
WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT?
Topics will be provided each week. You will be given suggested questions to help spark conversation. The purpose is to speak English, not follow a tight script.
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Yes! Ten WCC members recently finished a pilot program with students at the school and it was great fun and very successful! New friends were made and all ten WCC pilot program volunteers are excited to participate in this next round.
WHEN DOES TRAINING BEGIN?
Saturday, February 10th from 2PM to 4PM
Sunday, February 11th from Noon to 2PM
If you have a PC or MAC bring it with you to the training. If you do not have one or use a tower computer at home, we can provide one for training.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, we need you as an E2 ¿y tú? Conversation Partner sign up here Conversation Partner Registration.
E2 ¿y tú? / English Exchange & You – Facts
- Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas, where families subsist on $500 annually and public school ends in fifth grade.
- Opportunity International began piloting a revolutionary new way of lifting people out of poverty-by creating a high school, the first of its kind, designed to become not only world class, but also self-sufficient. EmprendedoraHigh School is already well on the way to reaching that goal by producing 1100 eggs per day and 400# of organic lettuce a week.
- Students choose one of two tracks-agriculture or tourism (the fastest growing job areas in the country), so they end up with both a high school diploma and a technical degree. They celebrated their second graduating class in December with an overwhelming majority employed or pursuing advanced training.
- WCC began visiting and supporting the school, culminating in recently building and equipping a media center.
- Currently the student’s greatest need is practice speaking with native English speakers. This past fall, WCC piloted providing this via skype. Success was outstanding.
- We are being asked to expand this by providing English practice with all 10th grade students (60 students).
- Volunteers are being recruited to commit only 30 minutes per week, flexibly scheduled during a weekday morning time. Volunteers are being asked to commit to at least one ten-week session; March-May, June-August, and/or Sept-Nov.
- Volunteers do not need to know any Spanish, brief training in both format and help with skype will be provided. Volunteer time can be done using a computer in one’s own home!