What is the program’s purpose?
In collaboration with PROEDUCA Sinaloa I.A.P., the Building Bridges program aims to create an alliance between elementary and middle schools in Culiacán and Washington DC by using an international PenPal design that facilitates the exchange of handwritten letters between the students of both countries. We offer the students of Culiacán the opportunity to learn English through language workshops with teachers and communication with native students. At the same time, the American school includes Spanish in their curriculum, thereby creating an international network of language, breaking sociopolitical barriers, and connecting two diverse cultures.
What is the program about?
In October 2019 we launched the Building Bridges Program with two elementary schools in Culiacán, Sinaloa and one middle school in Washington D.C., USA. Twice a month a team of Alcanza teachers and volunteers offered English classes to the students of Culiacán, which resulted in an exchange of handwritten letters between themselves and their counterparts in Washington D.C. Due to the current pandemic, we have had to adapt our strategies in order to continue this program. We are currently offering remote English classes via Zoom every Saturday to the same Culiacán students that we taught the previous year. We hope to continue building the connection between the two countries by transforming the concept of handwritten letters to a digital platform – international communication through email, WhatsApp, online blogs, and, eventually, videocalls.
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist teaching basic English to a group of 6th graders in our group Zoom sessions on Saturday mornings.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill the form or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous experience is not necessary nor is an advanced level of English required. We will give you all the support to help you succeed!