In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region. A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.
Beyond the Berkshires
This Winter Study course features a 2-3 week teaching practicum in a resource-challenged New York City public or charter school (2013 Course Enrollment: 12). Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/teach-in-new-york-city.
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Project Description: This winter study teaching experience is available through PSCI 21 Fieldwork in Public Affairs and Private Non-Profits. Up to 2 students will work as Teaching Associates during the entire winter study period teaching and developing curriculum for El Centro Educativo La Palma (El Centro), a pioneering PreK – 6th Grade elementary school in the northeast of the Dominican Republic. They will support the teaching of English through creative approaches of their choice in areas such as art, environmental studies, and/or music education. El Centro would really benefit from creative students willing to work with the teachers to establish a curriculum that will suit the learning needs of the children at the school. Teaching Associates will be provided with a list of themes being covered in other subjects so that these can be incorporated into the projects as time permits.
The Town: El Valle is located in the province of Hato Mayor Del Rey and it is located approximately three hours from the capital. It is in a rural area so access to many products and services is limited; however, the TAs will be able to meet their basic needs with what’s around. It is important that the Williams students understand that El Valle is a small and poor town. Needless to say, there are ways the TAs can keep busy. The town has a small park, and many dance floors (to learn the bachata, merengue, and salsa). Williams students can also continue consulting on the programs and activities they create once they return to the U.S.
The School & The Workday: The school day typically runs from 8am-4pm. Lunch will be provided at the school for the Williams students.
Funding for the school comes from two major sources: Inasca Agroindustrial and Fe y Alegria. Inasca is a palm oil company owned and run by the Crouch family (the family of a Williams’ alum). Most of the students at El Centro have parents who work at Inasca, as the school was initially built to provide education for the many children of Inasca’s workers. Fe y Alegria is a Jesuit non-profit organization that helps with the set-up of schools in impoverished areas all over the world. Aside from paying the teachers, Fe y Alegria provides the school with materials, training, and support.
Living Arrangements: The Crouch family will provide the participants housing with available Wi-Fi, food (breakfast and dinner during the weekdays) and in-country transportation, including a few weekend trips around the beautiful Island. The expense for the students will be the transportation to get from their homes to the Santo Domingo airport and back to Williams. The financial aid limit for this fieldwork is $1000 (the maximum for all winter study fieldwork courses).
Dress Code: No flip-flops, shirts without sleeves (bare shoulders), shorts, or very tight pants. Sneakers should be fine, and jeans too, with a t-shirt or a polo shirt.
**Important** Is this project right for you?
Please keep in mind that we are looking for students who:
-understand and can speak Spanish well
-take initiative and are creative
-are flexible and open to changes and new ideas
-are keen to work with children