English & Social Justice Teacher

founded in 1993
CIS El Salvador
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Coordinator | Silvia
Coordinator | Silvia
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Teach English and Social Justice to Adults in El Salvador This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Teach English and Social Justice using popular education.

Complete training is provided and no Spanish is necessary!

Volunteers teach classes to motivated adults who are looking for better opportunities in El Salvador.
Classes are Monday, Tuesday Friday 5-6:45pm and teachers are responsible for making their own lessons plans (with any necessary support from the English school coordinator).  Volunteers must commit to one complete cycle of the class in order to provide students with an appropriate level of continuity in their learning. An intensive 3 day training session will provide information about how to teach and provide security and cultural orientation.

Volunteers manage their own time and some take more time to plan lessons than others.  They are expected to use popular education techniques and incorporate interesting activities in their lesson plans such as incorporating music or games.  Social justice also must be incorporated into lesson plans to give students the opportunity to discuss important topics in a safe environment.  Topics such as environmentalism, gender, multi-national corporations etc are great to incorporate into classes to increase awareness and understanding of such topics.  Teachers often learn as much about these topics as students as they hear different perspectives.

Extra duties such as updating our monthly bulletin board and planning activities for graduation are given to people who have the time and enthusiasm.  Other teachers offer to tutor students trying to pass the TOEFL  test, or focus their time on classroom planning.  Each teacher is assigned a class (Basic A, Basic B, Basic C, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Advanced and Conversational) and are given a curriculum with the grammar requirements for each level.  At the middle and end of the cycle, tests are written by teachers and given to students.  At the end of the cycle, each teacher must decide if students are ready to move on to the next level or if they should repeat the level again to gain more confidence and fluency in the material.
Teacher meetings are planned for Monday afternoons where teachers can share successes and challenges they have had throughout the week.

Volunteers receive 2 weeks of free afternoon outings to historically or culturally important places in the surrounding area to help provide context to their work.

Volunteers who have extra time can offer to help out with other activities in the English school, or with our other grassroots programs. 
They also receive discounts on Spanish classes in the mornings if needed, and small discounts on homestays which provide breakfast, supper and orientation to your new surroundings.

CIS has over 22 years of experience of working in solidarity with the people of El Salvador.

Free-time activities

El Salvador is a beautiful country with many attractions close by. The CIS employees and homestay families are both happy to help you find things to do in your spare time that interest you most.
Some of the highlights include:
The 'Ruta de las Flores' or the flower route, which is located in a mountainous coffee area and is known for hikes, waterfalls and crafts.
The beaches of La Libertad: A string of beaches about an hour away from San Salvador, known for surfing and tourism. El Tunco beach specifically is a hotspot for nightlife and surf lessons
El Boqueron is a volcano on the edge of San Salvador with a place to walk near the top of the crater and has great views. On the way up the volcano, there are many beautiful restaurants with great views and also an eco-park for nature walks.
Volcanoes Santa Ana and Izalco are great hikes. They are in the same area and hikes leave from the same park. Izalco is a steep uphill climb on gravel, and Santa Ana has a breathtaking view of a turquoise sulfur lake from the top.
In addition to these, there are many beautiful other places. Some people even zip over to Guatemala for the weekend!

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

What's Included

Services by CIS El Salvador

100$ cover the administration in our program. This will include a two week political cultural program for orientation as well as training, support, coffee and smiles.

We also offer optional accommodation in a guest family for 90$ per week in a guest family's home.
This would include two meals per day as well as a humble but comfortable room which can vary in size and furnishing.


You can request a homestay with the Family network for a volunteer price of $90.00/week.

This includes breakfast and supper. Luxury items such as Internet or use of a washing machine may cost extra.

Families not only provide shelter, but also help orientate people in their new surroundings. They will help you find your way around and suggest places to go and things to see.
Accommodations are humble but comfortable.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

If you choose our homestay option you will get two meals per day, breakfast and supper.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is El Salvador International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. We assist you to find cheap flights to El Salvador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for El Salvador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in El Salvador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for El Salvador.

Dates & Fees

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
10 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
10 weeks (min. stay)
11 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$109 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. CIS El Salvador will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CIS El Salvador during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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