Always ready for an adventure that will take me across borders, I made my way down to Antigua, Guatemala in 2012 after graduating high school to volunteer as an English teacher. I ended up getting my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate while I was volunteering and later in 2013 began working as a full-time ESL teacher.
I wanted to get involved in the community but between working full-time and studying full-time as an online student at my local junior college back home, my schedule didn't really allow me to commit to anything else...so I decided to create something that I could commit to.
I began offering free English classes to young, driven Guatemalan students from a nearby village through a project I founded called Explore More. In addition to teaching them English, I wanted to show them that the world is full of possibilities by introducing them to fields of work that they might not have otherwise interacted with. This was achieved by going on field trips twice a month to visit local professionals in their places of work or by participating in different skill-building workshops.
I had planned on running Explore More just for the time that I was able to live in Guatemala, but [SURPRISE]...that's not how it worked out. Two of my scholarship students showed exceptional achievement and it didn't seem right to end their progress so abruptly.
Please check out my fundraiser, English for Better Futures, to meet Erik and Alejandra. I promise you, it's worth your time...and your donation!
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