We work 100% of the time with international teachers and volunteers with previous experience in other institutes in countries like Australia, Germany, Romania, England, Canada, Austria, and the United States.Learn a language directly from these teachers, strengthening your communication skills while adopting their expressions.
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Hours of classes / Month
My month here was an absolute treat. A very welcoming place where every single person is treated like family. The institute and neighbouring volunteer house are both clean and cozy. Unfortunately my stay was complicated with the COVID-19 virus but even when classes were being advised against, we were allowed to stay as long as we needed to figure out a plan to leave or stay. Juliana and everyone at the institute are doing great work, just wish I could’ve stayed longer! I wish all the best moving forward. Gracias calabazas!
You will find a terrific experience waiting for you if you choose to support Juliana and the Institute. Its clear from the previous references how wonderful and caring Juliana and her mother Yolima are for their guests. They are full of joy and life and one can't help but be taken with their enthusiasm and loving nature. They are both beautiful humans with a deep understanding of life and share everything with you, more than you would ever expect. I came out of it with wanting to be a better person, which is more than anyone could hope for. Yolima cooked many wonderful meals, share her home and made sure we were comfortable at all times in a home they rented for us. There was never a feeling of being at work and the students were the greatest joy to me, I miss them so. Juliana is mature beyond her years and I respected how clear she was with her expectations and handling of obstacles that came about. I was forced to leave early for the expected travel disruptions of Covid-19 and they helped make sure we were all very comfortable to the end, even keeping the home open for the volunteers who chose to hunker down for the forced quarantine. For outsiders this might be extraordinary in itself but if you have not yet visited Colombia, once you know the gentle nature of the people you will then understand it completely. My experience will never leave me and I'm humbled to have known this time and helped with their mission. Gracias por todo. Abrazos y besos Cuando deseas algo, todo el universo conspira para que realices tus sueños.
It is almost impossible to describe how great my time was..The institute is super modern with a nice, cosy and personal atmosphere. Living together with the other volunteers next door is super comfortable and feels like a family. Also Juliana and Yolima who live up in the mountains treat you like a part of their family..on the weekends we were always doing things together, like going to a nice little town nearby, climbing a mountain, going to the market, to a restaurant or having lunch/dinner together at their house. Also during the week we spent some evenings together, cooked for lunch or went out to have a cheap and great menu. Villa de Leyva is a beautiful and super safe little town with many restaurants, cafes or shops to buy groceries. When you are there you need to try “Ulala” en el Café bombon, have a look in La Moraleja or La Tienda Feroz (everything made in Colombia) and try great patacones in happy monkey, the town also has a theatre 🏼 Teaching at the institute is lots of fun and you learn a lot, the children are great, they are really willing to learn and it’s also fine when you don’t have any experience in teaching if you have fun doing it. It was also super great to get Spanish lessons, my Spanish improved a lot ! Thank you so much, I had an incredible, loving, interesting time with you, I felt so at home!♥️ Besos!
We had an amazing time at the institute. Julianna and Laura (and Julianna's family) were incredibly welcoming and made us feel instantly part of something special. Any question we had about teaching they were always super helpful and engaging and always listened to any feedback that we had regarding classes. The institute is an incredible vision and we are really glad we got to be a part of something so special. Thank you for having us! We hope we get to visit again some day :)
It was a wonderful experience with Juliana at the institute. Juliana cares deeply about her volunteers and her students, recognizing the importance of each to the enterprise. The curriculum is well organized and as a teacher you can really see the progress of the students. The accommodations were very good, and right next door to the institute. Though the town is small there are many good inexpensive restaurants and lots of fresh meat and produce if you want to cook your own food. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Definitely had an amazing experience at the institute. Stayed 3 weeks but had opportunity to meet a beautiful family with such a big heart. Juliana and her mum are amazing people and did a lot for us to feel good. The job is interesting and you get to know through it many nice people. Thanks for everything
Although they originally didn’t have room for me as a teacher, I asked if I could study Spanish with them, and yes! They met me at the bus station, and immediately made me part of the family! Off I went with the other volunteers and their friends and family to discover the area! Julianna, her mother Jolima, grandmother, uncle, friends and neighbors all made my experience here absolutely lovely. I was able to teach as well, and they provided me with excellent accommodations having just added a house for ‘professors’ with kitchen, laundry, and bathroom facilities. Met the incoming volunteers as well. But truly...the best thing about this workaway (besides the great students), was Julianna and her family making me feel so welcome...and sharing their lives with me, albeit a short time...I will definitely to back and will keep in touch with this lovely home away from home! For other workaways ....she has a great curriculum to follow, making the teaching purposeful...and they are incredibly generous with their time and include you in activities....not to mention, Villa de Leyva has a great climate, and there are lots of things to discover in the area. A special shout out to Laura and Melissa, as well! I will miss you all!
I was in this institute during 4 weeks. At the beginning, it was just for 3 weeks and then 4. I couldn't stay more but if I could I would continue this amazing experience. I liked teaching there because you have all you need to (books, explanations from Them Also you have a good balance between teaching and chilling. They organise activities when you have your day off and you can discover the Colombian's life. Thank you very much for everything, it was a really good experience.
My stay in Villa de Leyva was above and beyond all expectations. I've met such beautiful, special people on the way and I am grateful I was able to share incredible memories together such as swimming in the desert, going to waterfalls, hikes, bonfires, roadtrips, lovely dinners out with live music and the list goes on. Everything we did was together and we would laugh so much every day. Laura and Juli are two Colombians with big, loving hearts whose primary concern during your stay here will be how to make you feel happy, always. I am truly grateful for it and honestly I don't think I've ever found another place where I felt more like home than here. My level of Spanish significantly increased by taking the classes provided by them and teaching children and adults English and French personally brought me great fulfillment. I really felt like I was contributing to the level of education for the community there. Gracias a Dios por vosotros todos and la mejor de las suertes por vuestro instituto y vuestra Vida. Much Love!
Recently, I completed almost 8 weeks teaching English at the Institute in Villa de Leyva, Colombia. While the institute is only about 6 months old it is achieving remarkable success. They value each teacher and especially their students which range from young children to adults. They value the input from both in order to grow and offer the highest quality curriculum for the students while using teachers from several countries. I am grateful for the new customs and cultural experiences Julianna and her family offered the teachers and the love and attention Laura exhibited to each of us. Villa de Leyva is a cool town located in a beautiful area of Colombia. My experience at the institute and Villa de Leyva are forever positively etched in my memory