INAUGURATION On February 20 th , 2007 the city of La Serena celebrated the grand opening of the Paul Harris English Language Lab and Library. Located in downtown La Serena, the lab resulted from a joint effort of Rotary Clubs from Marcellus, New York, District 7150, USA and the Rotary Club San Joaquín, District 4320 , La Serena, Chile. Thanks to the administration and strong support from La Serena Municipality, the lab is functioning on a full time basis throughout the entire year. The Paul Harris Lab and Library is located in the Public High School Ignacio Carrera Pinto on 725 Cantournet Street, La Serena. The Lab and Library is open to all the people from the community who are interested in learning and improving their English skills.
Past District Governor Luis Nuñez at the opening speech Antonio Herrera Coordinator “English Changes Lives Project” and Donna Scuderi from Marcellus Rotary Club Antonio Herrera expressing his gratitud to the Municipality for hosting Paul Harris Lab in La Serena city. Donna Scuderi with some of the teachers who attended the Summer Academy, another initiative of the Project English Changes Lives”
Donna Scuderi and Luis Nunez, PDG, District 4230, enjoying some wine.
From left to right Juan Dìaz Marín, Juan Díaz Pozo, Luis Henríquez, María Mercedes Abalos (Secretaria Municipal), Sonia de Sepúlveda, Alfonso López, Jesús Parra, Donna y Joe Scuderi, Lucia Herrera, Guillermo Andrade, Antonio Herrera, Javier González, Silvia Borkosky, Héctor Cortés, Luis Nuñes Olivares, members of the Rotary Clubs from USA and Chile
Students at Paul Harris Lab. More than 500 people are currently attending English classes at the Paul Harris Lab, La Serena,from Monday to Friday 9:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M and Saturdays 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. Students from different public schools, institutions (hotels, catering, tourism, sales, army, banking) and other organizations (Rotarians, craft people, housewives, staff from La Serena Municipality, elderly groups from the community, disabled people, community groups) use the lab. We have students from all ages (10 to 75 years old) and interests.
Students from Javiera Carrera School working with the Rosetta Stone Software
Marlet Lagos, teacher of English at the Paul Harris lab in a one to one conversation class. Christian Castillo, teacher of English at the Paul Harris Lab, assessing his students.
People studying and enjoying the interactive classes at the Paul Harris Lab.
Christian Castillo and his students from Trinity School Women learning English and enjoying their classes
Erika Rodríguez assisting and teaching her students from Javiera Carrera School
Staff from La Serena Municipality and Ignacio Carrera Pinto School
Marlet assisting her students from La Serena Municipality and Ignacio Carrera Pinto School
Erika Rodríguez in a one to one conversation with an enthusiastic student
Marlet Lagos with some of the staff from Ignacio Carrera Pinto School People learning and developing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, using the Rosetta Stone software
Yesica Bravo, Coordinator of the Paul Harris Lab developing some activities with the students Marlet Lagos working with her students
Children’s English Books, donated by Rotary for the Library Yesica Bravo, Lab Coordinator, speaking in English with some students
On May 20, 2008, Don Reese, Past District Governor from New York, Alfonso López from Rotary San Joaquín La Serena and Yesica Bravo Coordinator, Paul Harris Lab La Serena met Raúl Saldivar Auger, La Serena Mayor. PDG Don thanked Raúl Saldivar Auger for supporting The English Changes Lives Project in La Serena city. English Changes Lives is an ongoing project focusing on using English to create new opportunities for local citizens.
Alfonso López, member Rotary Club San Joaquín La Serena, Don Reese, Past District Governor Central New York, USA and Raúl Saldivar Auger La Serena Mayor Don Reese Past District Governor USA, Yesica Bravo, Coordinador Paul Harris Lab and Raúl Saldivar Auger La Serena Mayor.
Don Reese and Raúl Saldivar Auger having a cordial conversation
On May 23, 2008, PDG Don Reese (D7150) presented a workshop on “English Changes Lives” to over 80 teachers from La Serena, Coquimbo, Ovalle, Tongoy, Salamanca and Valley del Elqui. In addition to the teachers, guests included Rotarians and officials from La Serena. Special guests included Judith Beck and Jerome Hay from North Carolina, USA. The invitation to attend was extended by the Municipality of La Serena, PDG Don and Yesica Bravo, Lab Coordinator. This was the largest project workshop in four years.
Don Reese, Past District Governor, giving an interactive workshop to the enthusiastic English teachers
Judith Beck and Jerome Hay (USA) were warmly greeted by the teachers and welcomed to La Serena.
Teachers were actively involved in the worshop given by Don Reese
Our team consists of six highly qualified staff members. María Mercedes Abalos (Municipal Coordinator), Erika Rodriquez, Christian Castillo and Yesica Bravo are English teachers. Yesica is also the Lab and Library Coordinator. Marlet Lagos is our English-Spanish translator, while Juan Diaz is our asistant and computer teacher.
Paul HarrisTeam Yesica Bravo Rojas Coordinator and English Teacher Erika Rodríguez Villalobos English Teacher Marlet Lagos English-Spanish Translator Juan Díaz Marín Computer Teacher Christian Castillo English Teacher María Mercedes Abalos Municipal Coordinator