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Dec 28, 2022, 7:50am EST
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Speak Welsh? Patagonia needs more teachers

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The Argentinian region of Patagonia is looking for teachers to work at Welsh-language schools for the area’s 2,000 to 5,000 Welsh speakers.

The Welsh flag flies at a celebration for the national rugby team in this photo from March 2012.
Wikimedia Commons/Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament

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The U.K.‘s British Council funds three Welsh-speaking teachers to stay in the region, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to recruit them.

Currently, the area has four teachers covering nine classes.

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Teachers looking to take up the position have until Dec. 30 to apply. They will be paid £750 ($900) per month. Travel and accommodation expenses are also covered.

In the 1860s, Welsh speakers settled in Wladfa, seeking to create a Welsh-speaking enclave following a ban by the British parliament on the use of the language in schools.

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  • In 2015, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia turned 150. The BBC traveled to the area to document the “Welsh bubble” one family lives in, and the region’s Welsh-language schools.
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