H.O.P.E. Lends a Hand to Hogar’s Bilingual Program

April 22, 2013 in English Programs, Involúcrese, The Zona Verde

Every year, Stonehill College sends students from their  group HOPE to spend a week volunteering at the Hogar del Niño. This alternative Spring Break Program allows for the university students to integrate themselves into a new culture as well as into the hearts of the people in the school, both young and old. This past March, the group of 23 left the snowy streets of Easton, Massachusetts to help with the development of the “Learning English Early” Bilingual Program at the Hogar.

With the help of permanent volunteers and employees at the school, the group designed and created giant posters that will be used in each Nivel Inicial classroom. Furthermore, the volunteers taught the teachers of the Nivel Inicial what each poster meant and the correct pronunciation for each word.

Each morning, the volunteers spent time working in the Nivel Inicial, teaching English to the children through books, music and other strategies. Also, they were placed in the hearing-impaired school, the Zona Verde (the new extracurricular building) and the Infant Room. All of the locations allowed each volunteer to meet and spend time with the students of the Hogar del Niño. The week ended with a volleyball competition and an overall sadness to depart. Groups such as this one from Stonehill College are proof that with a big heart and drive to make a difference, anything is possible in a short amount of time. And, as we always say to our short term volunteers, it is never a “goodbye,” it is only a “see you soon.”

Honors English Program Part of New Initiative

March 20, 2013 in English Programs, Involúcrese

Yesterday was the last class of the school year for volunteers Rick Laird & Joyce Berman, who along with Director of Extracurricular English Peggy Goldberg helped form the Honors English Program, a group of ten high school freshman that meets every afternoon Tuesday through Thursday.  Rick and Joyce have been working with this group since the beginning of January, imparting basic English instruction supplemented by the use of the Rosetta Stone® computer program.

The Honors English Program is part of a wider initiative to start the Hogar on the track towards becoming a bilingual school in the near future.  Former volunteer and current teacher Diane Tobio has been working with students of all ages, from preschool through basic and high school.  Along with the help of a wide volunteer base, she is currently working to develop a new curriculum and helping strategize for the implementation and actualization of English teaching programs in the coming school year.

Anyone interested in volunteering with English Programs at the Hogar, we invite you to e-mail:

      Inexis Zapata, Volunteer Coordinator, izapata @ pbo.org.do


Peggy Goldberg, coordinator of extracurricular English Programs, mortandpeggy @ gmail.com

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