Thursday, October 8, 2009

Teaching Englishey in a Churchey!

The funny title is in honor of our beloved Korean Pastor Sara, who persists with these hilarious pronunciations of English, no matter how many times we remind her of how to say it.

Sara and her husband have pastored a church in the Villa Bajo Flores, a slum of primarily Argentines, Bolivians, Peruvians, and Paraguayans. The slum is a fairly dangerous place, but there presence of almost 20 years has brought them respect and protection from many faithful congregation memebers. They are such a sweet family.

This is the church where we go to teach English on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each of us take two grade levels and teach grammar, conversation, song and activities for an hour or so. I teach 6th and 7th grade, and have loved getting to know the kids. I have learned that many attend public schools, where teachers come in from the provinceds and can end up missing more than half of the school days. They are very interested in learning English, with the hopes that it could help them to get a job and get out of the villa. This has been a wonderful part of our time here in Buenos Aires.
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