“I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone and everyone. Working at Manos Abiertas was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I learned so much from each one of the residents, who all have so much to share. I was overwhelmed by the love and joy that permeates the very walls of the buildings. My trip taught me to appreciate all of the little blessings in my own life. It inspired me to work harder for real change in the world. And, perhaps most importantly, it renewed my faith in human goodness. I can see the big picture on a whole new level, and I can share that big picture with my future students. Working at Manos Abiertas has the power to work miracles on everyone–just as it did on me.”

-Lauren G., Marymount University

About Education Teams

ISL’s education program allows volunteers to observe, teach, and tutor in a variety of disciplines, while developing the skills necessary to becoming an effective educator. In addition to assisting with educational endeavors, volunteers will be exposed to ideas, cultural traditions, languages, and environments that they may not otherwise have had the chance to experience.

Who is Right for Education Teams?

ISL’s education teams are ideal for education majors and others interested in travel, cultural exploration, and improving instructional skills.

What to Expect

Upon arrival in-country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first day will be busy with orientation and seminars pertinent to the skills you will be teaching and the age groups with which you will be working. In the community, you will work directly with local teachers, observing, teaching, and assisting as needed. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational opportunities vary by location, but you will have the opportunities to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!

Volunteer Involvement

Your team will observe, teach, and tutor on topics ranging from ESL, reading, creative writing, science, and mathematics to physical education, drama, and arts and crafts. The goal is not only to improve your teaching skills, but to also improve your learning in order to further develop skills that will enhance your teaching ability:

  • Collaborating beyond geographic boundaries
  • Creating effective lesson plans
  • Responding to at risk students
  • Diagnosing learning challenges
  • Heightening awareness of self and others
  • Strengthening emotional intelligence
  • Maximizing learning
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing a spirit of excellence

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.

ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

You will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax. Donations of notebooks, pencils and pens, bilingual dictionaries, books, flash cards, games, and  magazines are also appreciated.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed educators, teaching supplies, tours and basic recreation.