Hello Volunteers, Supporters, & Followers!
We have to announce (although late) that we have shut down the English
immersion pre-school and other English education activities that took
place in the house on the street 12 de Julio in Puerto Plata. We still
have the scholarship program with three students on scholarship. We
created this English immersion education program in order to more
practically engage foreign volunteers and also to respond to the
requests of the general Puerto Plata community who had asked for English
lessons from native English speakers throughout the years.
to shut down was based on the lack of local registrations and the high
costs of the building we were renting. If we have the opportunity to
start this program up again in the future, we will do so in a different
part of town with a different approach, and building on top of
relationships we have formed and lessons learned throughout this effort.
Thank you to those of you who have sponsored a camper, a pre-school
student, volunteered, or taught. It has been a blast and hopefully we
can start it up again someday! In the meantime, we'll continue with the
scholarships. If anyone takes special interest in the English immersion pre-school and would like to dedicate resources toward a wiser and stronger re-start, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I never did post the family photo of the boy who was sponsored to go to pre-school. Although the school year ended early for him, he learned and grew so much during the months he attended pre-school! Here is Pedro (Alamson) Toussaint and his mother Etienne.
Lastly, a special thank you to Julienne, Hannah, and Mary Ellen who came and taught in the pre-school this year, as well as Nicole who volunteered with the club, and of course everyone who helped out wtih the summer camp! We will do the English camp this summer but in the grassroots school in Padre Granero. We'll continue to post about scholarships.