How it all began
This is the story of how one crazy Canadian girl with a big dream went from rock bottom to being a local “Trujillo celebrity”! With no money in our pockets, feeling helpless in life, my husband and I were literally at a point where our only option was either to live under a bridge in a third world country or follow our dream… don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! Within 2 weeks we opened our English school and miraculously we were able to pay rent by the end of the first month.
I think people really relate to my story. I started off volunteering in a kindergarten for 2 years before opening up my school. I really saw the positive impact it was having on the kids and their families and the community. Coming from a developed country like Canada, you soon realize just how lucky we are to have all that we do.
It was pretty hard at first but we worked super hard and eventually became the #1 English school in Trujillo, Honduras!
By the way…we did eventually come up with a name for the school!
Our vision is to be a center where people can discover and develop their many talents in a safe environment. A place for children and adults to learn: English, Spanish, Art, Sports, Drama, Dance, Cooking, Computers, etc. It’s still part of the dream but we’re continually moving forward towards it!
This video will give you a better idea of who I am as “Teacher Karlee” and just how much of a passion I have for teaching ESL.
“What can I do to help?”
When you see children and adults who want better opportunities in life but just don’t have the resources themselves, it really calls out to your heart to want to make a difference and help them in a positive way.
People often ask me:
- “What can I donate?”
- “How can I help with your school?”
- “What do you need?”
Here are 3 ways you can help out and make a positive impact on the lives of the students in Trujillo:
- Make a donation
- Come visit and speak English with the students! A very cultural experience for everyone!
- Sponsor a student to learn English at our school
1. Make a Donation
It’s always with great appreciation and gratitude that I accept the help of others because it’s been a huge part of how we’ve grown the school.
Here’s a list of some of the things that are always welcomed. Of course everything is helpful, useful and greatly appreciated!
- Kids books, picture books, activity books (second hand stores, garage sales and Dollar stores often have tons of variety at low costs)
- Magazine (especially ones that are educational or show a part of the culture)
- Board games, activity games, learning toys
- Posters and stickers with English words
- Toothbrushes and dental floss (obviously these have to be new!)
- Art materials: markers, white board markers, crayons, pencils, glue, paints, playdough, etc.
- We have a special star reward system where every 5 stars they get to pick a small prize and after 40 stars they get a big prize. Little trinkets like: party favors, wrapped candies, erasers, key chains , stickers, temporary tattoos, pencil sharpeners, balloons, suckers, etc
- Extra trinkets around the house that you want to clean out, like: wallets, hats, sunglasses, toys, etc.
This is an example of an English lesson we did with the toothbrushes and dental floss’ that were donated:
I even got some fun gifts for my 30th birthday. I was able to take my students to Campo del Mar Natural Park and do a tour of the zoo, gardens and beach! My friends from Canada and Campo del Mar donated party favors, a pinata, food and cupcakes to give these kids a once in a lifetime opportunity!
They enjoyed it so much that they spread the word and new students were asking me the following year if it was true that I took my students to the zoo for my birthday… so needless to say, we did it again for my 31st birthday!! 🙂
2. Visit the Students
Trujillo, Honduras is becoming a popular tourist destination now and many people are visiting this gorgeous place. If you are one of the lucky people to be exploring the area… why not also have a cultural experience and spend some time with the local kids! (or adults if you prefer!)
It’s always a special treat for our students to get to practice their English with native speakers and everyone that has visited a class and spent time with the students has always loved the experience. It’s a cultural experience for everyone involved!
3. Sponsor Students
This is by far the way to make the biggest difference in someone’s life. To sponsor a student to learn English is like giving them a second chance in life. With the tourism boom that’s hitting Trujillo, English is essential for anyone with a bright future.
We have some local ex-pats that have paid for English classes for their workers or kids they have a personal connection with. It’s also helped them communicate with the people they care about.
We even have some larger companies sponsoring their employees, they realize how important it is to invest in their education and know that it will benefit everyone involved. I really admire Banco Atlantida, Campo del Mar and Banana Coast Tours for investing in their staff.
If you would like to know more about how you can get involved and make a positive impact on someone’s life. Please contact me via:
Email: EnglishLanguageGames(at)gmail.com *replace (at) with @
Facebook: English Language Games
Phone: +504 9955 8828