Last December, twenty youth from the Getsemaní community were selected to attend extracurricular classes every Saturday in the nearby city of Ahuachapán. Some of the students are studying English, while others are learning basic computer skills.
English: The youth are learning English vocabulary and grammar each Saturday and furthermore hold a group study session during the week to practice conversation and pronunciation. Their progress is already noticeable. Some students have advanced so far in their speaking abilities that they are able to communicate and even translate for visiting international volunteer teams!
Basic Computer Skills: The youth are learning the basic functions and vocabulary of computer use. They study typing skills, Internet use, and common computer programs. These skills are not taught at their public schools because they do not have the resources to provide a computer lab for students.
The classes are geared towards helping the students gain the vocational skills necessary for finding a good job in the future. The program is funded by Myers Park Presbyterian Church.