Teach English Service Learning is a SELT Program
SELT is the School of Experimental Language Training
SELT is a Division of OSEA
SELT was initiated in 1997 as a 3 year community action research project. In 2010 OSEA inaugurated a renewed and updated teaching English program that is both Service Learning for participants and a community action project that provides a fundamental service to the community.
Enrollment in Teaching English is via Ethnography Field School application forms.
Choose to participate as a Student (& receive credit) or as a Volunteer Participant
Participants in the SELT Teach English Service Learning Program gain hands-on, practical experience teaching English as a second language to children and adults in a Maya community of Yucatán. Participants are trained to teach English as well as do ethnography of the educational process that is created in the classroom spaces. As well, SELT participants learn about Maya culture and learn basic communicative skills in Maya language as an essential means by which to work with the OSEA staff to develop a pedagogy that relies on local cultural knowledge and traditions. As ethnographers, English teachers study not only the learning experience of students in terms of success/achievements of the English language learners, but their own interactive engagement with Maya people, culture, language. As ethnographers and teachers of English participants investigate the transcultural dynamics of interaction that is established in and by the SELT program.
Due to unfavorable scheduling conflicts between the Mexican academic calendar and OSEA summer scheduling, we are unable to offer students the opportunity to Teach English to School Children. The program now focuses entirely on teaching adult classes.
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Summer: 7 week program
Dates: 1pm June 11 to Saturday, July 29, 2017
Start: Start date is day of ARRIVAL on-site in Pisté in time for 2pm orientation meeting
End: End date is the earliest date of Departure for successful completion of program.
Location: Pisté and Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, México
Student Participant, with Course Credits
Total Cost $3000 includes Tuition, Room, Board & Activities Fees
Credits : 6 credit hours at either undergraduate or graduate level
Accreditation: Accredited Transcript by the Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán
Course Type: Service Learning / Hands-On Interactive Learning; Field Practicum
See course descriptions
Registration Fee: An advance payment of $300 non-refundable registration fee is submitted at time of application for enrollment. The fee is an advance partial payment of the Tuition and is deducted from final billing. Once a participant is accepted they receive an osea invoice detailing all charges. Please review Schedule of Fees and Payment options for details
Project Participant, no Course Credits
Total Cost Homestay (Room, Board) & Activities Fee
Total Cost Posada Olalde Lodging, Board & Activities Fee
High School Students Eligibility
Applicants who have completed High School and are entering college/university are eligible please submit at least two letters of recommendation, at least one that addresses issues of maturity in situations that place students outside of normal social environments.
Students must also include a letter of recommendation from a Spanish language instructor as well as proof of at least 3 years of high school Spanish or native fluency.Entering Freshman year of college, university, or equivalent institution
College Students Eligibility :
Program is open to: undergraduate majors and graduate students in any field of study; ideal for students with ESL, linguistics, Spanish, Anthropology, or other humanities and social science majors.
Non-students who have completed a BA, MA, or other higher degree are also accepted
Person who have completed a BA but who are not currently in school, are welcome to participate.
Mexican and other Latin American Nationals not Studying in the USA:
Special pricing for Mexican and other Latin American citizens is available. To be eligible you must (1) not have US citizenship or passport nor have a dual citizenship with the USA and an other country. (2) You must not have studied for or be currently enrolled in a high school, bachelors, masters, graduate certificate, or doctoral program in the USA or in any country of western Europe. (3) You must reside in Mexico, Latin America or other qualifying country with full time residency.
Mexican, Latin American and other qualifying nationals can receive up to a 55% discount on OSEA programs. Each program rate is different. Must demonstrate proof of a) nationality, b) attendance at current university, c) advanced levels of English proficiency in conversation, writing, reading, listening, speaking.
No prior coursework in Maya language or Anthropology is necessary
College Students require a GPA of 2.3 for coursework taken to date
Participation requires Intermediate Low Levels of Spanish proficiency in Speaking and Listening as defined by the ACTFL criteria
Weekends: The weekends are free for participants without program obligations. All weekend activities and travel are out of pocket expenses covered by participants.
Out of Pocket: Personal items, consumibles, incidentals, laundry, travel to/from Pisté to participate in program, international airfare, ground transportation to/from airports, weekend expenses for travel, meals and lodging while away from arranged meals and lodging in Pisté; one meal if Posada and 2 meals with Maya family is the lodging option selected by participant.
Lodging: OSEA partners with the Posada Olalde a Maya family-run posada that offers superior linguistic immersion and cross-cultural experience. Victor Olalde, owner and tour guide, has been a friend and collaborator of OSEA for over 20 years. He has significant cross cultural experience with OSEA students and tourists and he has often worked as the Student Liaison for OSEA. This experience helps make the Posada Olalde a particularly welcome place to stay. The Posada Olalde provide a comfortable experience with privacy, study areas, internet, immersion, and ease of a hotel. The Posada Olalde is ideally situated within 2 blocks of the OSEA Headquarters, one block from the main road of Pisté, and 20 minutes walking distance from Chichén Itzá.
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* Direct OSEA Enrollment allows students from any university with any residence status or nationality to enroll directly with OSEA. By arrangement with their institution's financial aid office, students can apply their award to the OSEA Program. All payment is made directly to OSEA by the student as per guidelines described in the application process. Upon completion of the program the student receives an OSEA transcript and an accredited transcript from the Facultad de Ciencias Antropologí Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), OSEA's partner institution in México. The UADY is an institution on the list of accredited Mexican institutions accepted by US institutions. In order to facilate the transfer of credits, students receive two copies of each transcript in a sealed envelope. This envelope is then hand-delivered by the student to the registrar of their university in order to comply with your registrar rules for acceptance of transfer credits. It is recommended that every participant discuss the credit transfer process with their departmental advisor to secure pre-approval of transferability of course credits.