_1. What is a typical school day like at My Little Red House Bilingual School? The
school currently runs from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Typically your schedule will consist of teaching about 6 classes a day. Each class is 40 minutes. There is a break for snacks. The
school is approximately 200 or so meters from the volunteer house. Everything in town is within a 10 to 15 minute
walking distance. Walking in town is safe, even in the
2. How do you plan your lessons? Our
school can provide you with textbooks and we expect them to be filled out by the end of the year.
3. What kind of teaching experience does a volunteer need in order to come and teach? You
must be a fluent English speaker in order to come and teach here. You
do not need any prior teaching experience but we welcome experienced
teachers as well. You must enjoy working with children and also be
willing to work hard, be patient, and flexible. You do not need to speak
Spanish, as all English classes are conducted in English.
4. What is the average class size? Class sizes are small. They range from 1 to 15 students which allows for greater one on one attention by teachers.
5. What subjects could a volunteer potentially teach? Volunteers teach English in the following contexts: reading, phonics, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, science, and social studies.
6. What are the dates of a typical school year? The
school year runs from the beginning of February until the middle of
November. Vacation runs from the end of November, December, and January. Dates are extremely flexible, meaning that they could change at a moment's notice. Though there are no classes, the school still requires help preparing for the upcoming school year so we welcome volunteer teachers at anytime during the
7. What do volunteers do on the weekends? Volunteers
usually spend their weekends hiking in the nearby mountains, taking weekend trips to nearby attractions, using
the internet when/if it's available, reading, hanging out in the volunteer house and studying Spanish.
Ocotepeque is a border
town located 10 minutes from El Salvador and 30 minutes from Guatemala.
It is very close to the two countries, as well as the Copan region of Honduras.
8. What are the housing accommodations like? Volunteers
will stay in the volunteer house, owned by the Penman family. The home is
spacious, has running water every other morning for a few hours, lights in some parts of the house, beds, and typical
9. What if I want to come and teach for a period of time that is longer than a tourist visa permits? Upon
arrival you will receive a tourist visa of 90 days. If you are planning
on staying longer than that you need to leave the Central America 4 and come back in order to renew your tourist visa.
10. How long does the typical volunteer stay in Ocotepeque to teach? The
amount of time varies for each volunteer, but most long-term volunteers stay for as long as they can. For short-term volunteer opportunities, time varies from three days to several months.
11. What does a typical meal consist of in Ocotepeque? Our
program will provide lunch and dinner. Meals consist of vegetables as well as small portions of chicken, eggs, rice,
meat and tortillas. All the food is cooked in purified
water. Volunteers eat meals prepared by the family.
There is a grocery
store near the house. There are also numerous smaller stores with snacks
for when you need to buy something else. In addition there are some restaurants to choose from in Ocotepeque.
12. How many other volunteers are at the school? We try to have four to six volunteer English and French teachers during the school year.
13. What countries are the volunteers from? We have hosted volunteers from all over the world. You must be a fluent English or French speaker in order to volunteer.
14. What is the weather like in Ocotepeque? During
the day the temperature is typically between 70 and 80 degrees F. It is
often mostly sunny or partly cloudy. At night the temperature is
usually 65 to 75 degrees F. Our rainy season is from May/June to
September but it rarely rains for an entire day.
15. How many hours is Ocotepeque from other major cities and towns? Ocotepeque
is a 3 hour bus ride from San Salvador, El Salvador. San Pedro Sula,
Honduras is a 6-7 hour bus ride away. The Copan ruins of Honduras are a 5-6 hour bus journey from Ocotepeque. Tegucigalpa, Honduras is approximately a
nine hour bus ride away. Esquipulas, Guatemala is less than a one hour
bus ride away and Guatemala City, Guatemala is about a five hour bus
ride away from Esquipulas. If you go by car, the time to arrive at any
of these towns is significantly less; good luck getting a car. Buses run through Ocotepeque many
times a day.
16. What do volunteers wear for teaching? Volunteers
wear casual and simple clothes. You can wear jeans or pants, and a
collared shirt or T-shirt. Some women wear longer skirts. Your clothes
should not be tightly fitted and should not be revealing in any way.
You can wear flip flops, sandals, or sneakers. You do not need to wear expensive clothes or jewelry.