English is often referred to as the global language, the language that links the world together. The majority of medical literature, and over 50% of the content on the Internet is written in English. Having the ability to communicate in English opens up a world of opportunities for economic growth, better job opportunities, increased salaries and advanced education. However, for the majority of people living within developing countries, the ability to learn English remains an unattainable dream because English classes are expensive and time consuming.
Desiring to provide opportunities to those who might not otherwise have them, HOPE worldwide Bolivia began offering English as a second language (ESL) classes to the staff of Hospital Arco Iris in May 2014. It has been a huge success. Doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and various auxiliary employees are working together to learn English in a positive, supportive environment. Not only are the students receiving English classes for a very minimal cost, the classes are also being held at the Hospital at ideal times for the staff which alleviates pressure on their schedules.
A great indicator for the success of the ESL program is how the learning environment is creating a sense of family within the hospital through genuine Encouragement, Support and Love. Some of the students with a more stable income are now paying for other students (employees) who can’t afford to take classes but have a deep desire to learn and improve their lives. One of the women receiving assistance is a single mom of two who is supporting a child with a severe disability. Another is a single mom with three small children who currently living in a church shelter while working at the hospital.
HOPE worldwide Bolivia will also begin to offer ESL classes within the community next month and is exploring other opportunities to teach English to the city’s most vulnerable population. Indeed this is one of the ways to help break the chains of poverty by providing Educational opportunities while enhancing Self-esteem and building Life skills.
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