Rancho Santa Marta

Volunteer Needed – More Information

Colegio Santa Marta

Who we are

We are looking for interested people who would love to serve God as English teachers at our Kinder through 12th grade school in Baja California, Mexico. We are located 60 miles south of Ensenada in a small town, San Vicente.  We serve 250 students from the nearby communities of San Vicente, Bonfil, Colonet and Diaz Ordaz. We are a private Christian school incorporated in the Mexican School Education System.  We charge $300 pesos a month (around $15.00 dollars) that includes tuition & transportation fees. We offer scholarships to the parents who cannot afford paying for these fees.

English Teacher

Schedule

Our school abides by the Mexican school calendar. We start the year in mid-August and end in the middle of July completing the required 200 school days.  Our school hours are from 7:30 – 3:00 most days, students are taught English every day for 40-50 minute rotations.

Responsibilities

  • Be able to teach English every day from 7:50 to 2:00
  • Create daily lesson plans for K – 6th or 7th– 12th grade levels.
  • Be available to work in the Internet room offering support with homework for children who live in the Home from 4:30 – 5:30.   
  • Be flexible, willing and help out wherever possible both in the school and home.

Finances

  • Raise prayer and financial support.  
  • Room and board are $300 a month, (car and health insurance and other personal expenses need to be calculated into your budget).

Application Process

  1. 20+ years old – Download, fill out and submit an online application form to ranchosantamarta@cox.net (Link below).
  2. Send three recommendation letter to ranchosantamarta@cox.net.
    1. A Pastor
    2. A family member
    3. A friend
  3. Obtain a physical from a doctor using the form in the online application (Link below).
  4. Obtain a background check. If your church/organization does not have a background check service, there are several online sites that you can use like:  Protect MinistryAccufaxInstant Checkmate.  Make sure the background checks are for a federal or national crime database. We can help with background checks from Sterling Volunteers which costs $20 to cover the price of the background check contact our office for more details ranchosantamarta@cox.net
  5. Visit Rancho Santa Marta/Colegio Santa Marta prior to committing to serve here.
  6. Have a valid passport. Remember a passport is required to return to the US.
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Ensenada House

Breaking Ground

We finally have some progress on the Ensenada house construction. We have hired a construction company in Ensenada to do the construction and it appears obtaining building permits can be a cumbersome and long task. We have the plans and the permit to build the outside walls as you can see in the picture. Let’s pray the other permits come in soon so they can start building the house and move in our students!

Conceptual Photos

We have plans for our Ensenada house and the total cost will be $150,000 dollars. Most of the major projects at the ranch have come to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its’ interruption of our groups coming down, so we are hoping to hire a contractor to construct this house and have it ready by the end of the summer so our university students can have a place to stay while they study in Ensenada. Please pray for the Ensenada house funding.

We again thank Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Walnut Creek, CA for their kickoff amount of $75,000 dollars for this project, which is half of the project! Our cup is half FULL! May God bless them and all the rest who decide to give! Thank you.

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