Do GRS Interns teach the Grassroot Soccer curriculum to kids?
No. Effective HIV prevention programs must be locally driven. While Programs Interns assist with all aspects of program management, kids respond better to local role models who speak their language, share their culture, and truly understand their reality. For the most part, none of the GRS American staff are involved in directly teaching kids in Africa. Nearly all of the teaching is carried out by local African staff and volunteers. Since students’ English language skills often vary widely across program sites, the curriculum is typically taught in a combination of English and local languages. It would be both ineffective and culturally inappropriate to have Americans involved in the direct implementation of the curriculum.