English is a very important asset when seeking employment in Guatemala. At El Patojismo, we’ve worked hard to implement a new English Program for Grades 1 to 11. We formed a partnership with a local bilingual school that is helping to develop an English program with our own English teachers, using the resources at hand. The students are very enthusiastic and within a few short weeks, are already speaking some English. The new secondary school will have enough senior classrooms to ensure this program is improved and expanded.
If our students have a strong command of English, their chances of achieving gainful employment are far better. El Patojismo is very close to the town of Antigua, a world heritage site visited by millions of tourists each year. The majority of the tourists will have English as a common language, and the ability to speak English is important for all workers in the tourism industry.