For many years the Anglo Chilean Society has been making an annual grant to Project Trust to enable two students to spend a year in Chile teaching English. This is another short story from one student we sponsored.
"I am very pleased to say that I have now reached 3 months of my adventure in Chile and can honestly say that it has been the best 3 months of my life. Getting to know Chile from meeting new people and beginning my project at Escuela San Alfonso in Cajon del Maipo to learning about a completely new culture has been fascinating.
Chile is a country of massive economic diversity which I wasn't aware of before I came. Even just travelling around Santiago by metro you can see the huge economic disparities from children living in poverty to extremely rich and modern neighbourhoods. I am so glad I have been given the opportunity to work in this amazing country so I can help those children from poorer backgrounds and give them the education they deserve for a better future.
My project is in a tiny school of only 50 pupils but all of whom are from poor and harsh social backgrounds so school for these kids is the place that they can be themselves and actually be a kid for once. I love teaching here because the kids are so enthusiastic to learn English, I teach every class from pre-kinder at age 4 right up until 7-8 which is 14/15 years.
It is so important to teach English to these kids because being able to speak a different language will open so many doors for them in the future and will give them many amazing opportunities that they would never of dreamed of. I also teach individual pupils how to read and the improvement I have seen in their reading in just 3 months is huge! When I first started some of them could barely read La, Le, Li, Lo, Lu and now they are all reading short stories. Its absolutely amazing being able to see their progress and know that I have managed to make a difference.
I would like to thank The Anglo Chilan Society again for it very generous donation towards my fundraising to get me to Chile. This is an amazing opportunity for me and so I am so grateful for it donation! I will write again soon with some more updates on my time in Chile.