My SENA Center

In this post I am going to give you a little tour of the school where I work! My SENA center is located in Itagüí, a bustling city/suburb to the south of Medellín. (For all intents and purposes Itagüí really is a part of Medellín – they are connected by metro and there is no space […]

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Teaching at SENA: One Month Update

If you’ve been following my blog, you might be excused for thinking that I don’t actually work, but just spend my time in Colombia drinking coffee, relaxing on the beach, and hitting the tourist spots of Medellín. And, well, until this month you wouldn’t really be wrong! That is because I just finished up my first month of […]

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Orientation Day 8: A Real SENA Class

After four days of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training, today was our big test: teaching a class to real SENA students. Two days ago we were put into pairs of co-teachers and had an afternoon free in which to plan our lessons. This was a real challenge because we had very little […]

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Orientation Days 4-7: TEFL

There’s not a lot to say about the last few days, in which we’ve been hard at work studying TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language). Our big group was divided up into two smaller groups, and in those groups we’ve been going over all the TEFL basics, including lesson planning, classroom management, games and activities, […]

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A Day in Bogotá

Today was our one and only day off from doing orientation activities, and I wanted to make the most of it. A group of us started out at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum). The museum displays items made of gold and other metals that were made by indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest of Colombia. It […]

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Bogotá’s Monserrate

The plan for today, our fourth day of orientation, was for all the volunteers to take a trip to the Cancillería (immigration office) to register for our cédulas (a Colombian identification document that would make us eligible to teach and use the Colombian national health insurance). We hopped on a bus in pouring rain at 6:30 am […]

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Orientation Day 3: All About SENA

Our third day of orientation was all about SENA, the institution where we will all be teaching. Two gentlemen who work there came to tell us more about it and what our role there will be. For those who don’t know, SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, roughly translated to National Learning Service) is a network of […]

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