Located in northwestern Argentina near the border with Bolivia, Salta is about 1,500 kilometers away from Buenos Aires, the capital city. Year-round mild weather and beautiful landscapes make Salta an ideal place to live. Residents are always willing to welcome visitors and share their lifestyle and culture. There are many things to do in and around the city, such as enjoying museums, music, traditional food, theater, dance, sports, and visiting the province’s three national parks. While it is not a large city, its many positive features make it a tourist destination for Argentines and foreigners alike. Amenities and facilities are easy to reach if you live in town, and wi-fi is available in many local buildings, including the international airport, which is 7 kilometers outside the city center.
Host Institution: ISICANA Binational Center (BNC)
Working at the ISICANA Binational Center (BNC) is a wonderful experience. The BNC conducts academic and cultural programs from February to December each year. The center is open Monday through Friday from 3 – 10 pm, and it occasionally opens on Saturdays for special events or courses. ISICANA staff are hard working, open minded, and committed to professional development. They regularly host public training events in addition to in-house training sessions. Some ISICANA teachers have participated in U.S. exchange programs.
ISICANA´s building is equipped with Wi-Fi and a technology lab, and its 12 classrooms have smart boards. The teaching environment is comfortable and supports innovation. ISICANA also has a library that offers users information about the United States.
Over 1,200 students, ages 7 to 60, regularly attend English classes at the BNC. ISICANA has also administered an English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) site since 2009.
- The Fellow will conduct class observations at ISICANA and possibly some other local schools to identify potential areas of improvement and challenges faced in the classroom; the Fellow will conduct feedback sessions and will offer advice and training based on the observation process
- The Fellow will conduct an online program for teachers using the Edmodo platform.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct English language learning and American culture events (book clubs, conversation clubs, movie events, community service projects, etc.) for ISICANA staff, local teachers, BNC students, and interested community members
- Assist with language learning and culture-related activities for Access students
- Support and present at a free annual TEFL training event that is open to all public school teachers in the province; participate as a speaker at other events or conferences coordinated by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) or the U.S. Embassy