‘PEP’ means Porvenir English Program
PEP+ for elementary age kids, includes English instruction, computers, arts and more . . .
The Porvenir English Program ‘plus’ (PEP+) is HCA’s program for elementary aged children. It began in 2010 as a program to teach children to speak English but quickly evolved to include literacy in Spanish, instruction in computers, art projects, science and all sorts of educational games!
Volunteers work together at weekly meetings to prepare a well planned and smoothly flowing program. PEP+ has a professionally developed, project-based curriculum that focuses on conversational English while also incorporating art, teamwork and social skills. The computer component aims to help children develop basic computer skills; using the mouse, keyboard, and basic word processing. The goal of the Spanish literacy component is to give students an opportunity to practice the literacy concepts that are taught in school. We focus on interactive reading activities, creative story writing, and using art to enhance literacy comprehension in both English and Spanish.
The children who attend our free PEP+ classes are in grades 1-6. We currently offer a morning session and/or afternoon session three days a week at three locations around the community for a total of 6 groups of students.
Our PEP+ volunteers and ‘ayudantes’ always work in teams and are supported by an in-country Program Manager. The curiosity based, interactive curriculum encourages creativity in how your team chooses to work with your groups. Using songs, movement, games and other fun activities, immersion is one of the easiest ways for children to learn a new language and become more literate in their own. Please visit our volunteer page for more info on volunteering!
PEP-Adultos provides english instruction for adults in our community
One day, back in 2012, several local police officers visited our PEP classroom in El Centro. At first the volunteers wondered if something was wrong as the officers filed in wearing full uniforms and carrying large guns – – but no, something wonderful was about to happen! As the volunteers greeted the officers, they politely asked if the volunteers would be able to teach them English. Of course we said yes and from there one of our most enthusiastic programs was born!
PEP-Adultos is taught by HCA volunteers 4X each week in two locations and offers evening classes for beginner and advanced students. Emphasis is placed on conversational English that would be helpful in regard to advanced education along with business and tourism employment. Being bilingual opens many doors in Honduras and our students are very dedicated.
PEP-Teen is for adolescents looking to expand their English, computer, and team-building skills
As the children in our program have gotten older, there’s an interest and a need for a teen class. For ages 12-18, the aim of this class is to help the teenagers of El Porvenir advance their English speaking ability, computer skills, and so much more! PEP-teen classes are typically project and activity based to encourage the students to use their English in a practical way, to develop teamwork skills, and have a safe and motivating environment.
A few times each week, HCA volunteers go to the public kinder in El Centro to introduce English vocabulary and basic conversation skills that correspond with the curriculum the children follow with their teacher. Volunteers use songs, activities, games and art projects to teach. Early childhood is the easiest time to learn a new language.