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Enseña por México

English Adventure (english courses for kids)

Student Leaders
Monserrat Pliego and Andrea Pinal
Adult Supporter
Ariadna Macías
Age of Students
14

Please describe how your students exercised their leadership and the impact they had.

Andrea and Monse live in Toluca, Mexico. They are cousins and they start to work in this project because they start taking english classes with me a year ago and they notice that the english language is very important now a days because it is useful to make relations with people in different parts of the world and also it helps to have more professional opportunities.
They notice that in Mexico the public schools don't give english classes to elementary grades, and they think is the best time for kids to learn new things.

That's why they started with this campaign called "English Adventure" where they give free afterschool english classes to kids from 6 to 10 years old. This classes are so dynamic, because they give it with music, movies, plays and games. A very important point is that in this classes they do a travel around the world, and they teach with different stuff of other countries because they want to increase the vision of the kids so they learn different cultures and in the future they will want to travel and study around the world. Andy and Monse want to expand this program with young students around the world that want to give english lessons to Mexican kids, for an exchange. And make video-conference with them so the kids can see other cultures and cities.

What role did you play in supporting your students’ leadership?

Andy and Monse are really good students, they have a lot of compromise with my classes. In the english subject they are always curious and they are always asking questions about other parts of the world. I support them with this english classes for kids because I know they have all the knowledge and the attitude to give them, We design some classes and activities together. When they started in my class they were so shy and now seeing them with this project and starting to be teachers is really rewarding. I think this project can start really good international opportunities for them and for the kids.

What did you and your students learn in this activity that will endure beyond today?

We learn that we only need the courage to pursue our dreams so they can come true. Andy and Monse are a great role model for me, because they are a very dedicated students that want only to reach out their dreams helping others. Also we learn that with a small action we can do bigger things.