Erin Blasko | November 12, 2020
Established and emerging educators in the international teaching program at the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) have traded Chile for Indiana this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, living and teaching at Holy Cross church and school in South Bend instead of St. George’s College in Santiago.
ACE in Chile, or ChACE, is a postgraduate teaching experience for graduates of ACE and other University Consortium for Catholic Education programs. It offers graduates the opportunity to teach English as a second language to PK-12 students at St. George’s College, a Congregation of Holy Cross school in Santiago, while living with host families in Chile and experiencing life and culture there.
Beginning in July, graduates participate in a one-week orientation at Notre Dame, followed by a six-week Spanish course in Quito, Ecuador.
From there, they travel to Santiago, where they spend the next 12-plus months assisting in the classroom and with ministry activities and special projects at St. George’s, traveling with the school on mission trips and teaching full-time there for one school year, March to December.
The graduates would normally be in Chile now, but have been unable to travel because of the coronavirus. They still hope to depart for the country before the end of the year.
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