Foothill Teacher Corps Students Teaching Students In Guatemala
Winter Quarter (Virtual): January 23, 2023 – March 24, 2023
Spring Quarter (Travel Permitting): April 5, 2023 – June 20, 2023
Through its partnership with Bay Area nonprofit Dream Volunteers, Foothill College will work with 4 students to teach English at a K12 school in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala over winter (virtually) and spring quarter (campus abroad, travel permitting) of 2023.
During the winter quarter, you will spend approximately 2-3 hours per day, Monday through Friday teaching and planning virtual lessons for elementary or secondary school children. You will need to have access to a computer with a camera and reliable wifi to carry out the lessons using the Zoom platform. During the spring quarter (travel permitting), you will spend 4 hours per day teaching and planning lessons for elementary or secondary school children in Antigua. You will also have the option of receiving virtual (winter quarter) or face-to-face (spring quarter) professional Spanish instruction for 1 hour per day, Monday through Friday. If chosen to participate, Dream Volunteers and Foothill staff will provide you with pre-program training as well as ongoing coaching throughout the internship. Instructional materials will be provided by the school site in Guatemala. Students will also be expected to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 units at Foothill during the course of the internship. Spring quarter units would be online if you are able to travel.
Anyone who has considered engaging in service abroad is encouraged to apply. This will be a particular good fit for people interested in the following: education, international development, Spanish, social justice, service leadership and global studies. The basic costs of participation, which include airfare, lodging, meals and in-country staff support will be covered by Foothill College.
During the spring quarter, students will stay in a small, private hostel in central Antigua, run by a local family who has long worked with Dream Volunteers student volunteers. You will share a room and bathroom with at least one other Foothill student. 3 meals a day, 6 days a week will be served at the hostel. Accommodations can be made for food allergies or dietary restrictions. The hostel is within walking distance from the school where you will be teaching.
- Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units at Foothill College at the time of application. If chosen, student will be expected to be maintain a minimum of 6 Foothill units during Winter and Spring quarters of 2023 (online courses during the Spring).
- In addition to “My Story” essay, applicant should demonstrate their interest in global equity issues by submitting 300-400 word essay and be sure to include what motivated you to apply for this program, what skills, background and experience you bring to this program.
- Although all application packets will be considered, those with a demonstrated financial need will receive priority should a tie-breaker be required. Applicants are encouraged to file a 2022-23 financial aid application (the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, or the California Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov for undocumented students who qualify for AB540 status).
A $300 stipend per quarter will be awarded (Winter and Spring) to low-income students as determined by FAFSA
- If selected, student must be able to secure recommended vaccinations and have a valid passport to travel by departure date.