Porvenir English Program (PEP)
The children who attend our free classes are mainly elementary age and 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. In January 2016 we added two teen sessions as well.
Honduras Child Alliance has a designated classroom across the street from the public elementary school in ‘El Centro’ (the center of town). This is called ‘PEP-Centro’. Our ‘PEP2’ is held in a small indoor/outdoor building near the pineapple fields. ‘PEP3’ works from a donated church space near the ‘Centro de Salud’ (health center).
The main focuses of this class are English, Computer skills, Spanish Literacy, and healthy living. Volunteers follow a project based English 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, turning the computer on and off, and basic word processing. The goal of our 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 practice literacy comprehension.
Our PEP volunteers always work in teams and are supported by an in-country Project Manager. We have a curiosity based, interactive curriculum so there is lots of room for creativity in how you choose to work with your groups. We encourage you to teach with songs, movement, games and other fun activities. Immersion is one of the easiest ways for children to learn a new language. Please visit our volunteer page for more info on volunteering at the Porvenir English Program.
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 and offers evening classes for beginner and advanced students. Emphasis is placed on conversational English that would be helpful in regard to employment and advanced education. Being bilingual opens many doors in Honduras and our students take this class seriously.
For ages 12-18, the aim of this class is to help the teenagers of El Porvenir advance their English speaking ability. For the students who are in ‘colegio’ (high school), we work to practice the vocabulary that they are learning in their class and for those who are not in colegio, it helps them continue on with the English that they learned in our PEP classes previously. The 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. We are working to develop a higher education and job skills training element to the class as well as a community service aspect.
HCA volunteers go to the public kinder in El Centro to teach 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.
Painting the classroom at PEP-Centro!