One of our main programs at VE Global is English in Motion (EIM), in which volunteers teach English to the children in a fun, interactive way, such as learning body parts by singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, or learning commands while playing Simon Says. This not only reinforces what the kids learn in school, but gives them the opportunity to hear English spoken by a native speaker, as most of our volunteers are from English-speaking countries.
EIM is a program that runs throughout the school year. During this time, VE volunteers are encouraged to run English workshops at least one a week with the children in their institutions, but many volunteers also report giving “informal” lessons nearly every day. And we have seen lots of success in EIM recently. At San Francisco de Regis, volunteers helped the girls make paper fans, teaching them the names of colors in English as they painted them. At Promesa Niños, the boys play Hide and Seek in English with the volunteers, and shout “Go Fish!” when playing the popular card game. At Promesa Niñas, the volunteers have been working on the girls’ conversational abilities, by greeting them every day with “Hello, how are you?” and saying “Goodbye! See you tomorrow!” at the end of the day. Even a 2-year-old, the youngest in the home, has successfully learned how to say “Hello” and “Goodbye,” because one of the volunteers discovered she could use the greetings in a silly game of peek-a-boo.