ACA Explorers – Blog

What We Do

We live and work in Jardin, Antioquia, Colombia to students of limited economic resources. Our organization is a non-profit devoted to providing quality education for those who follow our values. We teach for free as to not exclude anyone based on their economic means.

We teach in a different way than most everyone reading this learned a foreign language (or probably any academic subject). We take elements from Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf schools as well as our own methodology based on research and personal trial and error to make an alternative learning space and strategy to increase acquisition and retention of English as well as other subjects.

We recognize the importance of a safe and supportive community for our students to learn in. We want to give our students all the tools they need to question and learn from the world around them.

We strive to improve cross-cultural communication and understanding using alternative educational methods like Total Physical Response, Spaced Repetition Systems, and the ACA Method.

We play games, sing, dance, exercise, and incorporate science, math, critical thinking, and cultural studies to increase overall comprehension, retention and general enjoyment!

We created the ACA Explorers which is a Scout-like group that is more academic-based but, similarly to Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, has levels, vests, and patches and teaches Explorers to be well-rounded and responsible citizens pulling mostly from the 5 categories of: languages, science and math, sensorial activities, cultural studies and practical life.

We include the whole community. While we are starting with groups of children, ACA will teach adolescents and adults as well and offer academic support, teacher training and cultural exchange opportunities to the communities we work with. We also will perform community service with our Explorers and will always stress the importance of giving our time and effort towards the greater good as part of becoming contributing members of society.

ACA Method: The Four Gallitos
ACA Method: The Four Gallitos