By Helen Vaughan
TeachBeyond School Services
TeachBeyond’s School Services staff delivered instruction at two schools in Latin American countries during the balmy month of January! Yes, temperatures in the low 70s F and plenty of sunshine! Before the end of Christmas break, three full days of continuing education were delivered to three different groups in Belize: the Belize Christian Academy (BCA) school board, the BCA faculty, and the national board of TeachBeyond Belize (pictured above).
A new partner, Sojourn Academy in San Jose, Costa Rica, also was given a workshop, “Classroom Management in a Transformational School.” Additionally, all the elementary grades were observed, and feedback conferences held with the teachers. Sojourn Academy is a division of the Spanish Language Institute in Costa Rica, which for decades has prepared missionaries for service in Spanish-speaking settings. Exciting possibilities were discussed about projects in which TeachBeyond and the Institute could partner.
Skype and email are tremendous blessings for international work, but nothing can beat an onsite visit to a school. Relationships are built which pave the way to more fruitful Skype calls and emails. The two schools recently visited by School Services staff now have firsthand knowledge of the breadth of services offered by TeachBeyond and are true partners with us.