Señoritas Líderes connect with friends in Tokyo


¡Muchas Gracias!

Our supporters all over the world are always finding creative ways to make new connections to our work in Guatemala. Long-time sponsor Kathleen Kampa, who works at an International all-girls school in Tokyo, found a way to build a bridge between Spanish students in Japan and the Señoritas Líderes, or girls leadership group.

In May, the Seisen International School had a day of service. Teachers looked for projects that would be meaningful to their students. Kathleen, who teaches music, dance, and English, thought it would be wonderful for the students studying Spanish to connect with Common Hope. Each one of the students wrote a letter in Spanish, which were then sent to Antigua.

Since Seisen International School is an all-girls school, the staff thought it would be a wonderful idea to have the letters received by the Señoritas Líderes. The group spent time learning about Japan, and then each girl received a letter to read. They went around the room sharing a little bit about the person who wrote to them and talking about the similarities they had with the girls in Japan. In response to the letters, each girl recorded a short video message to the student who wrote to them. They shared things like, “I like chocolate, too” and, “I have always dreamed about traveling to Japan, maybe someday I will and we can meet.” They also told the students that they could write very well in Spanish. As a group, the girls created a poster to thank the class for their wonderful letters.

The girls were very excited to receive the letters from their peers in Japan and had fun finding things in common with them. Included with the letters were various pieces of origami and stickers, so the group did a raffle to see which treasure each girl would receive. The video responses from the Señoritas Líderes were sent back to the Spanish teachers at Seisen, and greatly enjoyed by the students.

What an incredible example of how easily we can build bridges of good that span the globe. Though the students at Seisen International School are thousands of miles away, they now share a common bond with their amigos in Guatemala. Thank you to Kathleen, and the Spanish teachers Cristina and Edy, for creating such a meaningful experience for our students!

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4 Responses to Señoritas Líderes connect with friends in Tokyo

  1. Kathleen Kampa September 18, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    We were delighted to have a chance to connect with students in Guatemala! We look forward to sharing more letters and surprises in the future.


    • Lizz Weidenbach September 18, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      I know the Señoritas Líderes look forward to it as well. Such a fun connection. ¡Muchas Gracias, Kathleen!


  2. Cristina September 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    We’re very happy to serve as a bridge between our Seisen students and Señoritas líderes, it was a big experience for everybody!.

    Profesora Cristina. Seisen International School


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