Archive | March, 2010

A memorable home visit

by Ellen Taylor Ellen Taylor is a member of the Vision Team from University of Maine at Augusta. The team is blogging from Guatemala about their experience. Below is an excerpt from Ellen about their home visit yesterday. The first family we visited lives on the end of a road with houses constructed of thin […]

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Building airplanes in San Miguel

by Debra Des Vignes, volunteer While serving as a short-term volunteer with Common Hope in Guatemala, Debra is keeping a travel blog about her experience. Below is an excerpt from her blog, about her afternoon at our partner school in San Miguel. Tuesday afternoon, I joined a couple of volunteers from Chicago along with a […]

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School partnership in the eyes of a teacher and student

Meet First Grader Javier
This year, eight-year-old Javier is repeating first grade at the public school in San Miguel Escobar. Last year, he showed confusion over certain letters of the alphabet and had extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Common Hope psychology staff evaluated him and concluded that, although Javier appeared to have problems understanding and retaining information, he showed no signs of having a mental disability.

Mirna, Javier’s social worker, noted that some of Javier’s difficulties might stem from the lack of encouragement he received at home from his father. But the crowded classrooms and lack of individualized attention Javier received at school were holding him back as well; last year, Javier’s first grade classroom had 35 children. […]

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“Hizo que el mundo se viera tan pequeño.”

Algunos padrinos viajaron a Guatemala el noviembre pasado para ver a sus ahijados graduarse.  Varios de estos padrinos escribieron reflexiones sobre sus experiencias.  Aquí es una de Diane Sannes:
Es un sentimiento increible viajar a otro país por primera vez, sabiendo que hay alguién allí esperando conocerte para decirte gracias.  Hizo […]

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