The ministry of education here in Colombia is working hard to achieve a bilingual Colombia. They have many initiatives to accomplish this goal and my job here is one of them. I continue to be very impressed with their efforts and the programs that they use to achieve their goal. Colombia Bilingue has more information on their initiatives.
Part of their program is an immersion camp for teachers of English throughout Colombia. This year, they have elementary English teachers attending the camp and I get to help out as a fellow. I was so excited. The camp was three weeks long and took place a a hotel Campestre in La Tebaida, Quindio, Colombia. The ministry took care of our transportation to and from Armenia and our host cities.
The hotel was gorgeous and was in the middle of coffee country. There were 20 fellows and 109 Elementary teachers. There was a group of 5 English language teachers there from Pearson Colombia – That is the group that was doing the testing and educating the teachers in methodologies.
The hotel was called Portal del Sol and was gorgeous!! There were swimming pools and trees, flowers and birds everywhere.
We fellows arrived two days before the teachers to prepare warm-up exercises, activities and the testing for the teachers. They were to take a test upon arrival and just before leaving to gauge the efficacy of our camp. This was an English immersion, so only English was to be spoken the entire time at camp. The ministry was expecting all the teachers to be at an A2- B1 level.
The teachers arrived ready to go! They were eager to learn English and were thrilled to be chosen from over 350 applicants. These were the lucky 109 Elementary English Teachers! I was so excited to meet them and begin our camp together.