Since 1997, the Welsh Language Project (WLP) has been promoting and developing the Welsh language in the Chubut region of Patagonia, Argentina. Every year three Language Development Officers from Wales spend from March to December teaching in Patagonia. They develop the language in the Welsh speaking communities through both formal teaching and informal social activities.
There is also a permanent Teaching Co-ordinator from Wales based in Patagonia. They are responsible for the quality of teaching.
Another aspect of the project is a network of Patagonian Welsh language tutors in the region. By visiting Wales, attending Welsh language courses and participating in school observation visits, we help maintain the teaching standards and up-to-date methodologies that are implemented in Patagonia.
This project of reciprocal visits, teaching and training has achieved considerable recognition and success. For more detail on the scope, approach and success of the project please download the latest annual report below.
Teach Welsh in Patagonia in 2018 - applications now closed
- We are looking for teachers to develop and teach Welsh in Patagonia in Argentina from 1 March - 31 December 2018
- We have three paid placements for teachers or tutors with experience of working with children (nursery, primary or secondary) or adults (all levels)
- You will help to develop Welsh and support local tutors, and also help to organise social activities that will allow learners to practice their Welsh
- Application closing date: 25 September 2017
- A full job description, the application form and further information about the Welsh language project are in the downloads section below.
- If you have any questions please email us
The Welsh Government, the Wales Argentina Society (Cymdeithas Cymru-Ariannin) and British Council Wales fund this project, which is part of the International Education Programme. The Chubut government, while not providing direct funding, has supported the teaching of Welsh and the wider Welsh community.
2015 marked the anniversary of the first Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia.
Wales and Patagonia are bound by tradition, history and language. The permanent settlement of the Chubut Valley and surrounding areas began on July 27, 1865. 153 Welsh settlers arrived aboard the converted tea-clipper Mimosa. Now, in the early 21st century, around 50,000 Patagonians are of Welsh descent.
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