Welcome to the Spanish Education Fund
The Spanish Education Fund (SEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2009. Our purpose is to raise money and recruit parent volunteers to support the International Teaching Intern Program at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School (K-6), Central Middle School (7-8) and Eden Prairie High School (9-12).
Interns from Spanish speaking countries from around the world assist teachers and students in classrooms at these schools, providing a unique educational resource that has been proven extremely valuable to language acquisition, by bring their language and cultures to life. As a result, students become more confident in their ability to communicate in Spanish and create connections to people and places outside of their own world.
In addition to fundraising, we work with school staff to review and select intern candidates, recruit host and buddy families for the interns from our parent community for the duration of their stay, collect donations of winter clothing, organize parent volunteers to provide transportation for interns, and many other things to ensure interns have a positive experience while in the U.S. gaining valuable experience in the field of education.
Support the Eden Prairie Spanish immersion program, through sustainable funding, to host the best volunteer international Spanish speaking interns and provide other educational and cultural resources.
2019-20 Intern Video
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we remember our amazing 2019-2020 interns and wish them well at home as they continue their education journey. Check out our 2019-2020 intern video HERE!
As shared by Sr. Moncada, Amity International (the organization who sponsors our intern program) has suspended the intern program for the 2020-2021 school year. Amity shared they made their decision based on a multitude of factors, including:
- The escalation of COVID-19 cases worldwide
- The continued travel restrictions which prevent citizens of many countries from entering the United States
- The physical, emotional, and financial risks involved in living internationally during the current unstable international climate
- The difficulties our school communities are facing due to COVID-19
We’re disappointed we won’t have interns in our school community this academic year, but are looking forward to welcoming interns again for the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Transportation & Cultural Event Coordinator Vacancy
An important part of our program is providing our interns with cultural events across the Twin Cities and rides to those events. If you’re into coordinating activities and willing to email and arrange rides for our interns, this is a great role for you. Responsibilities include updating our Intern Transportation website (no web experience needed, training provided), coordinating cultural events with venues and arranging intern rides. Time commitment is approximately 2 – 4 hours per month. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Sarah Bailey at email@example.com
Intern Transportation Drivers
A great way to meet your child’s intern is to volunteer for a transportation shift. Driving the interns to or from a meeting or activity just once a quarter (or month!) is a wonderful way to hear about your child’s classroom and all they are learning.
Communication Team Members
Are you good at writing, proofing, web editing, social media and have a couple of extra hours a month? If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Sarah Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about other SEF volunteer opportunities, check out our Volunteer page.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2021
Without the support of parents and guardians like yourselves, we could not continue to provide the intern program and all that it entails each year.
2021 Cinco is tentatively planned for May 7, 2021. We missed gathering in 2020, but are looking forward to celebrating our interns and programs in May 2021.
If you are interested in the various roles to help make Cinco a success, please contact Fundraising Chair, Laura Bjelogrlic @ email@example.com.
Social Media Update
EHSI is on Twitter!
Get sneak peeks into your student’s art, gym and music classes. Enjoy seeing the exciting educational activities going on in classrooms all over Eagle Heights, intern professional development, information on school sponsored events and celebrations as well as catching the interns in action in the classroom.
Follow @EPEaglesEHSI to get up-to-date information about all things Spanish Immersion!
The International Teaching Intern Program is 100% funded by parent contributions to our Annual Contributions Campaign and employer matching programs. We receive no financial support from the school district or schools.
While we won’t have interns for our schools to start the 2020-21 school year, our goal remains for families to make their annual contribution at the start of the school year. This ensures our program remains financially stable for the future and is able to continue to bring interns to our schools.
The most important aspect is that EVERY immersion family contributes some amount to the program to help share the financial burden of the program as all of our children benefit from this unique educational resource in some way.
The suggested contribution is $150 per student or whatever amount works in your family’s budget. It’s the easiest way to support the program…write one check at the beginning of the school year, and you are done!
Make Your Annual Contribution
Did you know… 100% of your Annual Contribution goes to the SEF and is the primary source of funding for the International Teaching Intern Program? It’s easy to contribute, just use the donate button below.
Monthly Annual Contribution
Want to spread out your Annual Contribution into budget friendly monthly payments? Select a monthly payment option from the drop down menu and click the SUBSCRIBE button below instead to make monthly Annual Contribution donations.
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Make checks payable to the Spanish Education Fund and mail to:
c/o Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School
13400 Staring Lake Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
SEF Federal Tax ID# 27-0584708
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