Teaching Interns Need Housing in San Miguel

By Ewa Carter

At the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, we’d be nothing without our teaching interns who work with the kids every day in the campo. As this semester winds down, we’re currently in the process of hiring new interns for September, and once we have them we need your help!

The teaching interns, who are post-graduate volunteers, come to Mexico from Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. They receive a one-time travel stipend and daily travel expenses to the classes in the rural communities. Because they are volunteers, Rural Ed is calling out to anyone in San Miguel who may be able to host one or two interns for a semester, from September through to December 2015.

Hosting needn’t involve paying for food or transportation, simply a roof and a bed is plenty. If you can host one university graduate, that’s terrific. If you can host an intern in a spare room, that’s fabulous. If you can host more than one intern, have you been canonized? We truly would appreciate any help that anyone can give. Our interns do amazing unpaid work in the field, and your generosity could make the difference in how many interns we are able to employ for this coming school year.

A rural Mexican child is roughly five times less likely to finish high school than an urban child. A decade or so ago that might not have mattered as much, but today the Mexican economy is booming, and for those with high school diplomas, good jobs are plentiful. Thus following, there remains a stark inequality in the country’s education system. Youth in rural Mexico simply do not have the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. The problem is partly financial (there
are few high schools in the campo, and the government does not provide transportation for rural children to attend urban schools), and partly cultural (in rural areas, literacy rates are low, and education is not always a priority). The Rural Education Institute of Mexico exists to
help fill this gap and to give children and youth living in rural areas the incentive and means to continue to high school and beyond. Additionally, these benefits complement the Mexican government’s mandate for high school attendance.

Our skilled interns are invited to work in rural community centers, offering diverse educational programs. We build libraries and help children improve their reading skills. Children learn art, drama, and English, among other subjects, and are taught to use computers that we supply. We also provide opportunities to youth so they can meet the costs of going on to high school—about US$300 per student per year—by awarding scholarships.

If you would like to host a teaching intern this September for a semester or for the year, or if you know anyone who may be interested, please call us at 415 124-1357.

For more information about the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, please visit our website at www.ruraledinst.org.


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