To surmount the situation of oppression, people must first critically recognize its causes, so that through transforming action they can create a new situation, one which makes possible the pursuit of a fuller humanity.
- Paulo Freire
The Mélida Anaya Montes English School is looking for volunteers who want to teach English in San Salvador, El Salvador. The school is dedicated to teaching English within a context that facilitates growth as human beings and contributes to the movement for social justice in El Salvador and the world. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity that provides a unique learning and hands-on educational experience. It is an experience that will undoubtedly be both challenging and rewarding and will shape the way you view the world.
• Contribute to El Salvador's social movement in their struggle for justice.
• Assist adults engaged in the Salvadoran social movement (members of political parties, social and women's organizations, ex-combatants, etc.) in increasing their capacity for their work and struggle for justice. Also assist adults who are interested in gaining knowledge about current injustices and how they can support the struggle for a more just society.
• Gain practical and theoretical exposure to critical pedagogy and popular education techniques.
• Become aware of the structures that oppress the people of El Salvador.
• Be an integral link in the consciousness raising process.
• Be a part of the international solidarity movement.
• Engage in cultural and language exchange with Salvadorans.
• Make a concrete contribution to the development of El Salvador.
The CIS offers half-price Spanish classes to our English teachers. Also, after the initial 2 weeks of the Political Cultural Program, volunteers can continue to participate at half-price.
• Small classroom setting with 7-12 students.
• Training provided for teaching English as a foreign language and using popular education methodology.
• It is not a requirement that English teachers speak Spanish. For those interested, Spanish classes are available at half-price.
• Two free weeks of an intensive Political-Cultural Program to learn more about El Salvador. After the initial 2 weeks, volunteers can sign up for additional weeks at half-price (if there are 2 or more participants).
• Participation in a weekend excursion to various points of historical and cultural interest in El Salvador.
• Assistance in finding housing within a network of Salvadoran host families. (Monthly living expenses are estimated to be approximately US $400.)
• Minimum time commitment includes a 2-hour class that meets three evenings a week, a discussion group one evening a week, plus class preparation, teachers' meetings and workshops throughout the session (10-15 hours per week).
• Additional teaching and volunteer opportunities are available.
• English teachers must be fluent in English.
Dates for 2013 Sessions:
(These dates include pre-session volunteer training and post-session evaluation)
• 2013 Session 3: June 20th - August 30th
• 2013 Session 4: September 12th - November 22nd
To apply, please submit a completed application and one letter of recommendation to
or email us for further information. We also require a $100 program fee, which will be used to assist in covering the cost of materials and in-country transportation. The program fee should be sent to our U.S. address, or it can be paid online at:
Note: We will review your application AFTER we have received your program fee. This fee is non-refundable if you decide not to volunteer with us. If for some reason, however, we do not accept your application, then the fee would be returned to you. Priority will be given to applications received at least 2 months prior to the session start date.
What Teachers and Students Have Said
My English classes are a great opportunity to learn, I like so much the technique to teach all of our class to participate equally.
- Bessy del Carmen Zepeda, English School Student
Through the process of exchange you gain a profound understanding of how the history of this country has affected the people. It is a very genuine way of learning, of experiencing a country.
- Richard Caleb Pearshouse, Volunteer English Teacher
Teaching English at the CIS is an excellent way to learn about the culture and reality of El Salvador and at the same time to create new relationships, some long lasting, with students in your classroom, with other teachers and with the CIS staff. At the CIS we all learn from each other.
-Ann Legg, Woodstock, Illinois, USA
I was both a teacher and a student during my time at CIS. It is a wonderful place to be, not only because is it a good place to learn, but also because it is a place to make lifelong friends. One year later, I still talk to many of the people I met there and we all want to come back as soon as we have the chance. CIS offers the chance to learn about and discuss social issues in a comfortable setting with people from all kinds of different backgrounds.
-Leah Solheim, Canada
Teaching English at the CIS is an incredible opportunity for growth. You learn so much from your students about El Salvador, and you come away from the experience with a broader global perspective and more highly developed sense of empathy. Plus, it's fun and dynamic! You have the freedom to design lesson plans and really choose the issues you want to teach and the impact you want to have.
-Margaret Boehme, USA
Read what volunteers have said about the English School on the CIS Blog!
Blog entries on the English Language School:
On Spanish Classes at CIS: A Reflection
Walk the Line: Wednesday Night at the English School
Teaching English in San Luis
Open Mic at the English School
A Multicultural Experience
Mélida Anaya Montes Language School at the CIS El Salvador