Teaching You

Teaching English as a Second Language

Santa Tecla, El Salvador show on map

Agency | Teaching You

Our volunteer program is located in Santa Tecla, La Libertad. We teach English to public schools where the students come from families who are economically disadvantaged. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Teaching English Program

Before offering a volunteer experience, Teaching You wants to invite you to travel to El Salvador and learn about yourself and beat your own expectations. Teaching You is an initiative created not only by former volunteers, but by people who have long-term commitments toward changing lives.

The project

In our program, we don't work with poor children. We focus on children rich in values and happiness, those who are proud of their families but facing financial disadvantages. They are in need of knowledge for a better future, to change the route of El Salvador with education and new skills.

The program runs all all week, morning and afternoon, offering the opportunity for volunteers to obtain real teaching experience while working directly with children, organizing lesson plans, evaluating results, and acting as role model to them.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for volunteers to teach English in a public school. At Teaching You, we value our volunteers. We provide dedicated support to ensure that our volunteers are able to transition smoothly and adapt to the local lifestyle and culture.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and native English speakers. We expect volunteers to be creative and proactive. Volunteers must conduct themselves in a respectful manner and treat people with respect and dignity. Volunteers should present the attitude of service towards others and seek to understand and appreciate the local culture. and conservation biology.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you can expect to teach up to a maximum of 6 hours per day with the weekends free.

There are 2 sessions in the school: 
Morning Session - 8am to 11am
Afternoon Session - 1pm to 4pm

Program Activities / Tasks to be undertaken by a volunteer
  • Organizing materials and supplies to be used in  classes
  • Preparing lesson plans
  • Teaching
  • Checking notebooks
  • Presenting weekly reports
  • Monthly evaluations and reporting the grades to school

Details on Arrival

Volunteers are welcomed throughout the year. 



Free-time activities

During your free time in Santa Tecla, you can spend your time “chillaxing” at the volunteer house, getting to know the town, travel to the beach, mountains, and volcanoes or visit the nearest country like Guatemala or Nicaragua which is 4 to 6 hrs away from the city by bus.

If you are interested in having a healthy lifestyle, you can start your morning on a normal school day by going to the nearby park called Cafetalón or gym to exercise. You can also drop by a bakery for breakfast or go to the market to buy groceries. For lunch, you can have it at home or choose from various eateries nearby the school.

From school, you can walk to the central area of Santa Tecla to access the bigger market or take a bus to a mall for shopping. Visits to the mall “La Gran Via” are recommended on Wednesdays for the cheaper cinema prices and 2 for 1 sushi

In the evenings, you can visit Paseo El Carmen that is located a few blocks away from the volunteer house. The street offers a variety of restaurants and bars.

You may also choose to travel to a nearby country before or after the program. In the last 10 years, volunteers normally backpack all through Central America as it is a cheap and unique experience.

We would be happy to support and provide you with information if you need advice or suggestions for safe and fun activities.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Proof of Education and Copy of Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be native English speakers. If you are not a native speaker but can prove a high proficiency level you are eligible to apply.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Teaching You (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Teaching You
  • Pre-departure support 
  • Airport pick-up
  • 24-hour in-country support 
  • Welcome meeting – cultural introduction 
  • Accommodation (local family-stay/volunteer house)
  • Local mobile phone 
  • Participation diploma
Airport Pickup at El Salvador International Airport

You will be picked up from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero Airport or San Salvador Bus Station by our staff with a placard of TEACHING YOU.

Accommodation

You have the option to stay with a Salvadoran host family or in a volunteer house which is an apartment only for volunteers.

Both are located close to the program which is 10 minutes away by foot.

Most family stays include a shared room and bath facilities. Many of the families have been hosting volunteers for years.

All our accommodations are safe, clean and comfortable on a basic level. 

A laundry service is available for an extra charge. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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.
Vaccines
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 425
5 weeks
$ 530
6 weeks
$ 550
7 weeks
$ 615
8 weeks
$ 630
9 weeks
$ 730
10 weeks
$ 750
11 weeks
$ 815
12 weeks
$ 850
13 weeks
$ 1,015
14 weeks
$ 1,030
15 weeks
$ 1,090
16 weeks
$ 1,115
17 weeks
$ 1,175
18 weeks
$ 1,200
19 weeks
$ 1,260
20 weeks
$ 1,280
21 weeks
$ 1,340
22 weeks
$ 1,360
23 weeks
$ 1,430
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,450
Average fees
$ 83 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santa Tecla/El Salvador between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Teaching You will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in El Salvador.
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 Teaching You during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America El Salvador  Santa Tecla, 13 Calle Poniente A #85 Col. San Antonio Las Palmeras
Reservation
The project site is open in: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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