“My favorite part about teaching at LLI is the kids! It’s great getting to know these crazy little ones, their excitement to learn is wonderful!”Everyone, young and old, remembers the anticipation of summer. The days would creep by until finally, you were sleeping in until 12, grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as thinking of anything and everything… except school. As much as summer serves as an excellent refresh button, it can always reignite one’s love of learning, outside the typical school setting.
Our English summer curriculum attempts to do just that. While English is still our most popular program here at LLI, it doesn’t mean we don’t hear the inevitable groans when English class is about to start. Therefore, the approach to the summer curriculum is to allow students to learn English in the most unlikely of places: songs, games, and much, much more.
The goal of these activities is to build a class culture, uniting our English language learners into one collective team, while at the same time highlighting the need for self-expression and acceptance of our unique selves. Our previous long-term English teacher, Jessica Sandlund, designed the unit as a focus on individual identity and how to properly express yourself in a second language.
Here to continue Jessica’s work is our current English team: Stephanie, Rachel, and Brittany. Both Stephanie and Rachel are long term volunteers with us, and we’re grateful to Brittany for her several week stay at LLI this January and February 🙂
Brittany is 32 years old and from Philadelphia (USA). She worked as a civil engineer for 10 years but has also worked for 5 years as a part-time math and science tutor for kids of all ages. She teaches yoga for kids and adults and has been practicing yoga/meditation for 8 years. She loves running, the beach, healthy eating, dancing, being a listener to anyone, and story telling. Brittany left her job in the US in October 2016 to travel Peru and join LLI and is beyond excited to contribute to the education of the children of Huaycan and their bright futures.
“Teaching English at LLI is so rewarding! My favorite aspect of teaching English here is being a part of the future of the amazing kids in Huaycan. They are incredible and so smart and creative. Teaching with LLI and offering the opportunity to learn a second language, especially English, which will open so many doors for them in Peru or even internationally, is incredible. All they need is the education, and they can truly do anything LLI and Huaycan has shown me that.”
Rachel most recently finished three years of teaching in a Japanese high school as an assistant English language teacher. Some of her favorite things are being outdoors, going to Japanese onsen, spending time in her home state of sunshine-y Florida with her friends and family, and watching Korean dramas.
“My favorite moment of teaching with the English program so far happened outside of class. I was walking on Quince with friends one night after dinner and one of my students, with his mother I assume, passed me on the street. I recognized him as he was passing right below my elbow, so we didn’t make eye contact or have time to say hi. I was happy and surprised to see him and turned to my friend and said, “I just saw one of my kids!” and I looked back to see if I could still find him in the crowd. He was still walking along in the opposite direction but he was looking back at me at the same time and when he saw me looking over my shoulder at him he shouted, “Hi Misssss!” I waved and shouted, “Hiiii!” back. It made me smile a lot and also made me even more excited about what this program is all about. That instance is an example of why I wanted to come here, to connect with and get to know the members of this new community. It is the biggest reason why I enjoy teaching. I am excited to be a part of this Huaycan community as an English teacher.”
Stephanie was living in NYC for the past two years before coming to LLI. Prior to her life in New York, Stephanie was working and traveling around the country and world. Living and working in France, she picked up her talent for working with kids, injecting her fun-loving energy in everyone she came in contact with. She recently received her yoga teaching certification, which is her second educational focus here at LLI. She loves to travel, read, and cook. She is currently reading Harry Potter in Spanish!
“My favorite part about teaching at LLI is the kids! It’s great getting to know these crazy little ones, their excitement to learn is wonderful!
This summer curriculum, plus our regular classes, wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of our English Program Manager, Olivia! Special thanks and shout out to her.