Teach In Puerto Rico With Sapientis

sapientis1.gifSapientis is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in Puerto Rico by training outstanding university graduates and existing teachers in leadership and matching them to two-year placements in public schools. According to statistics on the Sapientis site, 52% of PR’s public school students are “not proficient in Spanish” and 47% are not proficient in English.

The Sapientis Front-Line Teachers program places experienced teachers in schools to “diagnose the root causes of problems, form and implement solutions that spur progress, and evaluate their efforts to create change in their schools.”

Through the Mobilization for Education program, Sapientis conducts research aimed at identifying problem areas and making recommendations, and through the Schools on the Move program, carries out leadership training for residents who wish to get involved.

You can get involved by nominating yourself for the Front-Line Teachers program – more information about which is available when you get in contact with Sapientis – or by regularly checking their volunteer page. They are currently looking for Spanish to English volunteer translators for written translation of proposals and reports.

To get an idea what it’s like to be a Sapientis teacher, check out the TEFL Logue’s Interview With Maggie, A Sapientis Teacher.