- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
I’m an English second language teacher teaching abroad currently in Mexico. I’m from California originally which is where I grew up. My fiance is not a teacher but is a patient guy and speaks both English and Spanish fluently. And he will be my assistant within the classroom.
Society differences: Where I live in Mexico is unique. Theres people living here that have huge amounts of money and live in mansions. On the other hand theres the other segment of society that has a hard time putting food on the table every night and having bus money to get to and from work. These two segments of society are extreme in their own ways. Ironically, theres almost no what one would call middle class here.
Our simple plan: My fiance and I are wanting to start a small English second language school where we would charge a fee. The fee we came up with is lower than that of the other main ESL schools in the area. We are planning to have the school in a large room in our home like most businesses do here in our area. The plan is that we will teach no more than 10 students at a time in one hour time spans. English is a much wanted thing in our area in Mexico.
Connection with others: I have made a free blog, twitter account and facebook. The problem with this is that most people in this part of Mexico do not use the internet to locate businesses.
In addition, I have also contacted some individuals in the area who have had successful schoolarship programs and have done other things to help the community for years in the past. How much information will get shared I don’t know – but – I think its good that I meet with some of these people.
2 programs: In additon to the fee based classes we are wishing to start we are turning in a proposal to volunteer teach basic English as a second language class once per week at the local library. In the part of Mexico we are in its very important to become part of the community fabric for people to respect you.
Asking companies for assistance: I’m looking very forward to doing all this but things are very expensive here. Much more expensive than in the United States. In the US I could go to IkEA and get a couple tables, chairs and boards for close to nothing. But, here things are just close to out of control expensive. And supplies are limited.
Does anyone know of proper ways to contact companies in the United States to ask for help with supplies, etc for a school outside the US? I’m just trying to get shoved in the right direction.
Feel like I’m missing something: I have set up a donation page thats connected to Pay Pal. And I’ve also set up a schoolarship page to enable kids to enroll in our program that would otherwise not be able to afford it.
I just feel like I’m missing something. The more details I try to cover the more things tend to come up. Is there anything anyone can think of that I should be doing?