How can we help Venezuelans? Hire a freelancer.
You likely saw the news today that there was a large, Live Aid aid concert for Venezuelans planned by Richard Branson just over the border in Cucuta, Colombia. How that aid will get into the hands of the people was not yet shared. One can only hope that it will happen quickly and effectively. The economic situation is more than grave with little or no assistance is being allowed into the country. The International Monetary Fund predicts inflation will hit 10 million percent in Venezuela in 2019.
There is little medicine or food. The price of ordinary goods, which are scarce, is skyrocketing daily. Family members must stand in long lines (known as “colas”) for hours waiting to buy a bag of rice or flour for exorbitant prices. While one family member must make the time for this, another is searching for work. However, there are few jobs. Unemployment is tremendous, and even with a job, a month’s wages for some workers can only buy a bag of rice.
A gut-wrenching interview on CNN with two Venezuelan mothers, one a nurse and the other an attorney, shows that they have turned to prostitution to feed their children and their elderly parents.
How can we help Venezuela in small ways? Hire a freelancer. Venezuela is a country full of intelligent, gifted, professionals, many of whom are unemployed or who desperately need additional work. It is a small step, but it can make a difference for many families. Translating is the most obvious task for which you can find thousands of matches. Also consider using a freelancer for everything from ordinary office tasks that can be done remotely such as transcription, presentations, and spreadsheets, up to more major part-time tasks such as accounting, video editing, graphic design, coding, programming, customer service response, and tech help response.
Check out websites and convince your employer to do so as well. See Guru.com and Upwork.com, just to name a few and choose the country manually. Many of these professionals work for as low as $8 US per hour. Pay them what is fair, of course. Or, when first hiring a new freelancer, pay the requested rate and then offer a bonus if the job is good. It is a simple process to enroll as an employer with these online services and there are thousands of talented freelancers waiting to do their best work for you.
As you can imagine, we chat a lot with many teachers every week. One of the questions we get asked the most is unrelated to our products.
"What are your favorite spots in Miami?" Of course you need to check out the beach but there is so much more in Miami! Here are a few videos from the Travel Channel to show you some of the more reasonably priced places to go in Miami on a teacher's budget. Check out these videos on the Travel Channel's Facebook. This one shows some hidden fun places and this one as well.
For a look at the free beautiful water views, Wynwood Walls outdoor art murals, and parks plus other free things to see and do check out this one. And, instead of staying where all the fancy hotels are on the water, try staying in Doral and then Ubering your way to the water. By doing so, you can stay at a far nicer hotel at a better price, and get a better feel for people. We also frequently stay at a mid priced hotel in Coral Gables. Or if you want to rent a car once you are in Miami, you'll save so much money by staying off the beach and also renting a car away from the airports such as in Doral. Miami is one of the most diverse cities in the USA, and really the business capital of Latin America, and much of that happens in Doral and Coral Gables.
Our personal favorite restaurant where we always stop is Havana Harry's Cuban restaurant in Coral Gables. You'll feel just like you've landed back in the 1950's. Be sure to order a café cubano and the lechoncita!
While in Miami be sure to check out the stunning mansion/museum Vizcaya and the hanging gardens at the PAMM, Perez Art Museum Miami. Both are on the water and have fabulous views. If the lines are long at Vizcaya, buy your tickets on line while you wait in line, and you can leap ahead of everyone.
Assign as a fun task or simply share with students who would like to enter.
Winners will get a $75/$50/$25 Amazon gift card and will be featured on our social media pages (first name and school name only!).
All entries are due to us by Feb 20. Be sure students follow the directions. Students may only enter once.
The theme of the Gran Hotel meme contest is to create an anti-smoking and/or anti-vaping meme with one of the provided images. One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card.
The theme of the Silvana sin lana contest is open. Please use one of the provided images. The first place winner will receive a $50 Amazon card and the second place, a $25 gift card.
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All entries are due to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 20, 2019.
We have exciting news. Coming for August 1, 2019 Boomerang and Atresmedia's recent Spy Drama El tiempo entre costuras will be available in classrooms and for remote assignments. It is a war-time drama based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name. We have leveled the project for your students in High School Spanish 2-4 or for intermediate independent users. It is currently available only on EduNovela.com! This series is not available on Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming tool at the moment. We are exclusively offering Spanish-only subtitles for your students' growth in fluency and listening skills.
The price will be $10 per student user per academic year and will include all of the same features you have with Silvana sin lana and Gran Hotel such as vocabulary, Pre and Post readings, rich classroom discussion activities, and more, PLUS as a new feature for this novel turned TV series, an array of optional original reading passages, free to your students.
The learning system will be the same as what you use for your current program, with each episode being approximately 15 minutes in length and 42 episodes in total, subtitles in Spanish only.
The project has been extensively tested in high schools in California with great success with all students alike. The male students, in particular, were intrigued with the connections to the wars and the spy factor.
If you are not familiar with this beautifully filmed spy drama set primarily in Madrid, and also The Spanish Protectorate of Morocco, and Lisbon in 1936-1941, we are providing a sneak peek at the trailer. Sira Quiroga is a 20-year old seamstress in Madrid just prior to the start of the Spanish Civil War. Due to her social savvy and talent, she becomes a dress maker to the Nazi wives living in Spain and Morocco. Sira becomes a key to the British success in keeping the Nazis from luring Spain into WW II. The story is based in part on the real-life characters of Rosalinda Fox and Juan Luis Beigbeder, a high ranking Spanish official who counters Franco in his efforts to drag Spain from the Civil War into WW II. Other optional, historical materials will be included for your students.
You may access the trailer here on our YouTube channel.
If you need a Quote for your school for the 2019-20 school year for any of our products, feel free to contact us via our contact tab.
TRAILER El tiempo entre costuras