To surmount the situation of oppression, people must first critically recognize its causes, so that through transforming action they can create a new situation, one which makes possible the pursuit of a fuller humanity.

- Paulo Freire

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The Mélida Anaya Montes English School is looking for volunteers who want to teach English in San Salvador, El Salvador. The school is dedicated to teaching English within a context that facilitates growth as human beings and contributes to the movement for social justice in El Salvador and the world. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity that provides a unique learning and hands-on educational experience. It is an experience that will undoubtedly be both challenging and rewarding and will shape the way you view the world.

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  • Contribute to El Salvador's social movement in their struggle for justice.
  • Assist adults engaged in the Salvadoran social movement in increasing their capacity for their work and struggle for justice. Also assist adults who are interested in gaining knowledge about current injustices and how they can support the struggle for a more just society.
  • Gain practical and theoretical exposure to critical pedagogy and popular education techniques.
  • Become aware of the structures that oppress the people of El Salvador.
  • Be an integral link in the consciousness raising process.
  • Be a part of the international solidarity movement.
  • Engage in cultural and language exchange with Salvadorans.
  • Make a concrete contribution to the development of El Salvador.

The CIS offers half-price Spanish classes to our English teachers, 2 weeks free of the Political Cultural Program and discounted  Click here to download the Application form

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  • Small classroom setting with 7-12 students.
  • Training provided for teaching English as a foreign language and using popular education methodology.
  • It is not a requirement that English teachers speak Spanish. For those interested, Spanish classes are available at half-price.
  • Participation in a weekend excursion to various points of historical and cultural interest in El Salvador.
  • Assistance in finding housing within a network of Salvadoran host families. (Monthly living expenses are estimated to be approximately US $400.)
  • Minimum time commitment includes a 2-hour class that meets three evenings a week, a discussion group one evening a week, plus class preparation, teachers' meetings and workshops throughout the session (10-15 hours per week).
  • Additional teaching and volunteer opportunities are available.
  • English teachers must be fluent in English.

Please check out our blog with some past students/volunteer testimonies!

Remaining Dates for English Volunteers in 2019-2020

  • 2019 - Session 4: September 12th → November 21th   Teacher Training: September 12,13,&14

    Classes Run: September 16th - November 21th

  • 2020 - Session 1: January 2nd → March 12th   Teacher Training: January 2, 3 & 4

    Classes Run: January 6th - March 12th

  • 2020 -Session 2: March 26th → June 4th Teacher Training: March 26, 27 & 28

    Classes Run: March 30th - June 4th

  • 2020 -Session 3: June 18th → August 27th Teacher Training: June 18, 19 & 20

    Classes Run: June 23th - August 27th

  • 2020 -Session 4: September 10th → November 19th Teacher Training: September 10,11,&12

          Classes Run: September 14th - November 19th

 To apply, click here to download an application and please submit a completed application and one letter of recommendation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email us for further information. We also require a $100 program fee, which will be used to assist in covering the cost of materials and in-country transportation. The program fee should be sent to our U.S. address, or it can be paid online at:

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Note: We will review your application AFTER we have received your program fee. This fee is non-refundable if you decide not to volunteer with us. If for some reason, however, we do not accept your application, then the fee would be returned to you. Priority will be given to applications received at least 2 months prior to the session start date. 

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What Teachers and Students Have Said

My English classes are a great opportunity to learn, I like so much the technique to teach all of our class to participate equally.

- Bessy del Carmen Zepeda, English School Student

Through the process of exchange you gain a profound understanding of how the history of this country has affected the people. It is a very genuine way of learning, of experiencing a country.

- Richard Caleb Pearshouse, Volunteer English Teacher

Teaching English at the CIS is an excellent way to learn about the culture and reality of El Salvador and at the same time to create new relationships, some long lasting, with students in your classroom, with other teachers and with the CIS staff. At the CIS we all learn from each other.

-Ann Legg, Woodstock, Illinois, USA

I was both a teacher and a student during my time at CIS. It is a wonderful place to be, not only because is it a good place to learn, but also because it is a place to make lifelong friends. One year later, I still talk to many of the people I met there and we all want to come back as soon as we have the chance. CIS offers the chance to learn about and discuss social issues in a comfortable setting with people from all kinds of different backgrounds.

-Leah Solheim, CanadaIMG 6532

Teaching English at the CIS is an incredible opportunity for growth. You learn so much from your students about El Salvador, and you come away from the experience with a broader global perspective and more highly developed sense of empathy. Plus, it's fun and dynamic! You have the freedom to design lesson plans and really choose the issues you want to teach and the impact you want to have.

-Margaret Boehme, USA