Club Vacacional is an extremely exciting period in the SKIP calendar. Our students have a long break from school during the Peruvian summer months and during this time they are often playing in the street or working with their families. Holiday Club is a six-week elective programme designed to provide a safe environment for the SKIP kids to play, love and learn together. The Primary students attend classes at the community centre four times a week during Holiday Club, and the Secondary students twice weekly. Alongside communicacíon (language and literature), maths and foreign language English classes, the students can participate in many extracurricular activities, such as Art, Sport, Journalism studies, Film Club, and Science and Experiments.
Reflecting on my six month SKIP experience, Holiday Club was without a doubt my favorite time of the year! Although the heat was exhausting, and our teaching schedules were busy, the results were worth the sweat, tears and late-night lesson planning sessions. Seeing each group so frequently during the week meant we easily built rapport and strong relationships with the students. In addition, working with more flexible curricula, we were able to complete projects in a matter of weeks that would usually take several months during the school year. In Art classes, for example, all the students contributed to creating a huge jungle in the art classroom. We’re still finding brightly painted insects and monkeys in hiding places throughout the community centre! In English classes, we had even the youngest students producing full sentences in their brand new second language, precisely because they were exposed to an hour of English four days consecutively every week. This is a huge achievement!
This year, we rounded off the experience with a huge end of term party. Each Primary group performed a song and dance, and we were lucky enough to share the experience with “Tony the Magician” who put on an incredible magic show for the kids.
In summary, then, Holiday Club is a unique, fun, high-energy teaching experience and I would recommend it to anyone with oodles of enthusiasm and a knack for acting like a big kid.
~ Hatty Farnham