Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile

Community Organization for At-Risk Youth

Spanish (High Beginning)

Work with an organization that serves the at-risk youth population in the coastal city of Valparaíso, Chile. The mission of this organization aims to use surfing instruction and academic mentoring to encourage English language skills, personal character development and environmental consciousness among marginalized youth in the city of Valparaíso. Service-learning participants will be a responsible mentor to the youth and assist with English classes, surf sessions, beach cleans and other environmental activities. Service-learning participants will be working directly with the community, but administrative work is also an area where the organization needs support depending on current projects or community needs. *During Chile's summer months of January and February, English classes are not in session and the organization offers surf sessions 5 days per week. The organization has less activities during the months of July and August and is closed during the last 2 weeks of December. During March - December English classes are held throughout the week with surf sessions every Saturday.