Teach to Teach: Training Women to Teach Spanish

by Awamaki
Oct 5, 2012

Teachers Launch New Spanish Program!

Together with our 12 newly certified teachers, we have successfully launched the Spanish program at the Awamaki Language Center.  That means that after 6 months of dedication in our intensive training program, our local Spanish teachers are being rewarded with the additional income they need and deserve for their hard work.  For two weeks starting at the end of May, our teachers received their first classroom experience teaching with Fair Services in Cusco and then promptly returned to Ollantaytambo to begin teaching in Awamaki’s freshly supplied classrooms.

So far, the members of our new women’s teaching cooperative have earned a total of 9,314 soles by providing Spanish classes. That is over $300 each in just under 3 months. This is is a fantastic start and higher than we projected, and this money that will go directly towards supporting their families with the food and materials they need while helping cover the costs of a better education for their children- and this is just the beginning.  After these successful first months, we are expanding our advertising and continuing to provide flexible, quality Spanish education services for anyone in the area who is interested and wants to support our teachers.  In the coming months, we hope to fill our teacher’s schedules to maximize the impact of the program.   

To date, our teachers’ cooperative has received a total of 69 Spanish students, including both volunteers and tourists in Ollantaytambo.  By providing them with the highest quality education that we can, we are starting to spread the word to make Awamaki Language Center the socially responsible Spanish school of choice in town.

Right now the members of our women’s teaching cooperative are continuing to improve their skills in language education through hands-on experience.  In addition, we are currently collaborating with teachers and students to plan the next phase of trainings and workshops.  We want to base these workshops on the direct needs of the cooperative members so that they can continue to improve as teachers, develop the knowledge to lead their cooperative sustainably, and be enriched as independent people.  The educational options we want to provide them with range from financial literacy to nutritional cooking and yoga. 

We would like to thank each of you who supported this project for making these women’s success possible.  In the last 3 months, funding from the GlobalGiving site has been essential for continuing our teacher training programs and equipping our classrooms with the basics.  As we continue to support our teachers and look towards the future of our program, we are counting on additional support to upgrade our facilities and make sure that teachers receive the support they need in order to place Awamaki Language Center among the best language schools in Cusco.   

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to keeping you updated on our new Spanish program.



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Location: Ollantaytambo, Cusco - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.awamaki.org/​
Project Leader:
Mary Kennedy Leavens
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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