01 Sep
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Dulce Means Sweet in English

This article was contributed by Sofia Gomez, an English teacher at UPAVIM. Here at UPAVIM, one of the first graders’ favorite things to ask is how to say their names in English. They will go around asking for each and every one of their classmate’s “English name.” One of the first graders’ name is Dulce, […]

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20 Mar
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A Day in the Life of an English Teacher at UPAVIM

  The following is excerpted from the blog of Sofia Gomez, one of the new English teachers.  It’s a personal account of a regular day on the ground at UPAVIM … The school I’m currently teaching at is the Alternative Learning Center (Centro de Aprendizaje Alternativo in Spanish, C.A.A. for short) of an NGO called UPAVIM. The school is […]

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10 Aug
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We’re moving up

UPAVIM CAA, our alternative learning center, is in for a big and much anticipated upgrade. With a current toll of 148 students between the grades of kindergarten to sixth, it’s a tight fit in our current available space. Several classrooms are split by temporary walls and are home to two grade levels each. Not only […]

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25 Jun
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Celebrating Mothers

Earlier this spring, we gave UPAVIM supporters the opportunity to send Mother’s Day Cards in honor of the women at UPAVIM. We thought you might like to see how the mothers of UPAVIM celebrated their special day!

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04 Nov
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“I am a crazy dictionary”- Isai

by Linda Billotti Isai is a 14 year old boy that I give English classes to twice a week. He is in the 6th grade, with his brother Rudy, because he repeated a grade when he was younger. Isai is one of the sweetest and most talkative kids I have the pleasure of working with. […]

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26 Mar
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English Program Fundraising

Fundraising efforts for the English Program have been so successful! We would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody who contributed by organizing, attending and donating. In Wales we had a musical benefit, where very talented musicians and a couple of hilarious comedians donated their time to support UPAVIM and make the fundraiser […]

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28 Jan
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ESL English Teachers Needed!

[two_third][framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF”] Job Description In 2002 UPAVIM’s school was established to offer the children of La Esperanza and neighboring communities a nurturing, stimulating and inspiring atmosphere to learn and grow. Students are taught to resolve interpersonal conflicts, to make decisions as a group with consideration for individual needs, to respect their peers without discriminating according […]

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23 Oct
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The Heart of UPAVIM

Meet Dina There is only one real reason why UPAVIM’s Montessori pre-school is so successful, our devoted teachers. One of these outstanding teachers is Dona Dina. The first thing you will notice about Dina is the overwhelming motherliness she exuberates, you can not help but want to hug her, and she will hug you back! […]

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