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Summer vacation x Spanish x international cooperation! We are starting the long-awaited “Summer Vacation Intensive Course” with “Spanish Lessons for Life”

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Summer vacation x Spanish x international cooperation! We are starting the long-awaited “Summer Vacation Intensive Course” with “Spanish Lessons for Life”
Let’s learn from the people of Venezuela, a country where nearly a quarter of the population has become refugees due to a 10-year economic crisis.
Ganas (operated by NPO Kaihatsu Media), a non-profit media
specializing in developing countries and international cooperation, launched this summer’s popular “Spanish lessons for life” from Venezuelans who are struggling to make ends meet due to economic collapse. ” (12th term), we will be offering a “Summer Vacation Intensive Course”. The scheme of “Spanish Lessons for Life” is to help people in Venezuela who are facing financial difficulties by learning Spanish one-on-one. The “Summer Vacation Intensive Course” is a program limited to summer vacation (August, September, or both).
[Image:×562.jpg] Let’s start the Spanish “Summer Vacation Intensive Course”!
Ganas has decided to offer a “Summer Vacation Intensive Course” this August and September as part of “Spanish Lessons for Life” (12th period = May 8th to October 31st). The concept is “summer vacation x Spanish language x international cooperation.”
I want to concentrate on learning Spanish during my free summer vacation/I want to learn about Latin American culture (music, festivals, etc.) and values/I want to communicate directly in Spanish with Venezuelan native Spanish speakers/National 4 I want to understand the real life in Venezuela, where nearly 1 in 10 people have left the country as refugees./I support the Venezuelans who are working hard (as Spanish teachers) despite the severe economic crisis that has continued for over 10 years. It is ideal for students and working adults who want to do something (rather than waiting for help).
All lessons are one-on-one. Therefore, everyone from beginners to advanced Spanish learners can take this course with confidence. Also, instead of using Zoom for lessons, we use “WhatsApp,” the world’s most major communication app (equivalent to Japan’s LINE, which is very easy to use). For this reason, the characters remain on the screen, which is convenient because you can refer to the dictionary each time you proceed.
If you want to do something unique during your summer vacation that others don’t do, or if you want to get involved with other countries while staying in Japan, please feel free to join us. We are also planning a fun offline meeting in the Tokyo metropolitan area where participants can gather (last time, more than a dozen people participated).
“Summer Vacation Intensive Course” is limited to August and September. The outline is below.
A: August 8th to 31st (over 3 weeks) B: September 1st to 30th (1 month) C: August 8th to September 30th (over 1 month and 3 weeks) *Please choose one.
[Number of lessons]
・A, B: up to 15 times ・C: up to 30 times
*One lesson is 1 hour. It is also possible to combine two lessons into a two-hour lesson (if space is available). *Lessons can only be taken during the period.
[Lesson date and time]
・Please decide in advance the “days of the week” (3 or 4) and “times” (7:00 to 12:00, 19:00 to 25:00) that you will take lessons. Please attend the class on the same day of the week and at the same time (1 or 2 hours) each week. Sometimes it is possible to extend two consecutive lessons to two hours (for example, if you have something to do on the usual day and time of the lesson, you can extend the next lesson to two hours).
・If your desired date and time is occupied, we will accommodate you on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us. Be sure to apply early. ・As a general rule, changes to the lesson date and time (day of the week and time) are not allowed. However, if you are unable to take the lesson due to circumstances on the Venezuelan side (power outages occur frequently, communication may be interrupted), we will ask you to reschedule the lesson. In that case, we will extend the time of the next lesson by one hour.
*Detailed instructions will be provided to those who have completed their application.
[Lesson cost]
・A, B: 17,000 yen ・C: 30,000 yen
*The remittance amount to Venezuela is 10,000 yen for A and B, and 20,000 yen for C. The remaining amount will be expenses, taxes, etc. The money sent will not only be used as compensation for the Spanish language instructor and the creator of the teaching materials, but will also be used to cover the cost of holding workshops for local children.
10-15 people
Thursday, August 1st
*First come first served. *Those who have completed their application will have priority in deciding the lesson date and time (day of the week, time).
[How to apply]
Please apply using the Google form below. *Applications will be completed upon payment of the lesson fee (the bank account details will be sent to you via email later. Please be sure to check your “spam” box as well). *There will be no refund even if the payment is canceled due to student circumstances. note that. [Situation in Venezuela]
Venezuela’s GDP halved in just three years (2017-2020). Surprisingly, when calculated on a per capita basis, it has returned to the level of more than 60 years ago (around 1960). Can you think of it? The percentage of people living in poverty, including extremely poor people, now exceeds 95%.
According to the Venezuelan Central Bank, Venezuela’s inflation rate in 2023 is 189.8% (Venezuela’s central bank has not released economic indicators for a long time in recent years, but has recently begun to do so again). Since hyperinflation began about 10 years ago, Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar, is said to have lost 99% of its value.
By the way, the inflation rate at its peak was over 2 million percent on a monthly basis. I also don’t know how many zeros were removed from the several rounds of redenominations.
Since the economic collapse, nearly a quarter of Venezuelans (approximately 7.72 million people as of November 30, 2023) have fled the country as refugees. This exceeds the number of Syrian refugees, who are said to number 5.2 million (as of August 2023). The
International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the number of Venezuelan refugees will reach 8.4 million by 2025. There are no conflicts or natural disasters in Venezuela.
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Venezuelan refugees attempting to cross to the United States.
It takes more than 10 hours to fly from Venezuela to the United States. Aim for it by bus or on foot. Along the way, between Colombia and Panama, lies the notorious and deadly Isthmus of Darien (a dense forest and wetland area that is not even crossed by the Pan-American Highway). The only way to get here is through muddy roads for about 10 days. Carrying the minimum amount of water and food…
Venezuelans agree: “There is not a Venezuelan who does not have someone they know who has become a refugee. It is now not uncommon for Venezuelans to cross Darien.”
do you know. The monthly minimum wage in Venezuela is only 130 bolivars ($3.60 = approximately 540 yen). Divided by 30 days, it’s only 12 cents (about 18 yen) per day.
In Venezuela, where inflation is tremendous (some things are as expensive as Japan or even higher), it is impossible to live like this. Moreover, I have to support my family with this amount. The poverty line set by the World Bank is “$2.15 (approximately 320 yen) per person per day.” You can easily imagine how miserable the lives of Venezuelans far below this number are.
Corn flour, a staple food in Venezuela, costs $1.5 to $1.7 (¥225 to ¥255) per bag (1 kg) in rural areas. For a family of five, this is the amount that would be consumed in one meal. However, this alone accounts for almost half of my monthly income. Surprisingly, my monthly income only covers the cost of two or three meals.
Common people in poverty eat one meal a day or reduce the amount they eat, try to increase their income by making food at home and selling it on the street, or go digging for gold (because of the security situation due to guerrilla control). What’s sad is that the Venezuelan government often removes them by force in the name of environmental protection, even though they have no choice but to go to the mines. ), they manage to survive by scavenging for food.
What makes me feel indescribable is that the government (city hall) pays people who have lost their jobs due to the economic collapse the minimum wage (recently, in addition to this, they sometimes receive a bonus of around $30 (approximately 4,500 yen)). However, they hired many people for a total of only 5,040 yen. Employed people who want even a small income on a regular basis are unable to say “no” to the government that impoverished them.
What irony. In a sense, it’s a way of keeping quiet.
Power outages are a serious issue in Venezuela. The situation is only getting worse. Aside from the capital city of Caracas, which receives priority electricity supply, in rural areas, electricity often goes out eight times a day. In severe cases, non-stop power outages can last for more than five days. It’s pitch black at night, it’s hot, and things in the refrigerator go bad.
Water supply is also poor. Due to years of neglecting maintenance (which costs money), there are almost no running water in most places even when there is no power outage. Please try to imagine it. Days of hell spent without water.
The Venezuelan government’s much-promoted rationing for citizens (CLAP) system is also not functioning well. They sell sets of rice, corn flour, pasta, beans, sugar, cooking oil, etc. at a low price ($2.4 = about 360 yen), but you can only buy them once a month in Caracas and every three months in rural areas. About once. In addition, insects may be mixed into the food.
However, what happens if you criticize the government? It puts your life at risk (most Venezuelans who criticize the Maduro government on social media live outside the country).
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