30 Jun
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UCDF Welcomes New Board Members

UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is excited to welcome new members to our Board of Directors. Edward Murphy I served as a volunteer at UPAVIM for six months in 1998, and then again for three months in 1999.  (My wife, Christina Kelly, who was my girlfriend at the time, joined me for the second period […]

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09 Jul
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Volunteer Profile: Linda

Linda just wrapped up her last month in May working in Reformiento,the tutoring program. She enjoyed that Reforz provides a more relaxed environment– working in Spanish, not having to give grades, and most of all, focusing on working directly with the children of the community and building relationships.

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09 Jun
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Transitions

by Caitie Lezell (editors note: the following blog post was shared with us by a former volunteer, reflecting on her time at UPAVIM. Thank you Caitie for sharing your experiences with us!) [blockquote cite=”Josh Garrels”] So much more to life than we’ve been told; It’s full of beauty that will unfold [/blockquote] I’ve been home from […]

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08 Apr
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The question of Volunteers in the Non-Profit Industry

At UPAVIM, we strongly support the use of volunteers in the non-profit industry. We never support the exploitation of workers (paid or unpaid.) Ideally, as our business grows, we will be able to continue to hire more employees and help contribute to the local economy, as well as that of La Esperanza. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we are vigorously screened for our commitments to Fair Trade.

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30 Dec
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Volunteers in Action

UPAVIM’s success is in large part due to our dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work hard and form lasting friendships while experiencing as much as they can of what Guatemala has to offer.

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04 Nov
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“I am a crazy dictionary”- Isai

by Linda Billotti Isai is a 14 year old boy that I give English classes to twice a week. He is in the 6th grade, with his brother Rudy, because he repeated a grade when he was younger. Isai is one of the sweetest and most talkative kids I have the pleasure of working with. […]

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31 Oct
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Universal Children’s Day

I think what it is that most strikes me about these rights is that, though they may all be formally acknowledged in this international convention ratified years ago by the Guatemalan government, they still are not actually the reality of so many of the children in this country.

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27 Oct
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Los Programas de Vacaciones

by Linda Billotti November will be a very busy month for Reforzameinto! The kids just all finished their exams and are done with school for the year! (In Guatemala the school vacation is November and December rather than the summer months that I am accustomed to in the US) To keep the kids entertained, off […]

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23 Oct
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Thank You, English Program Supporters!

Greetings from Guatemala City! The 2014 UPAVIM school year is coming to an end! After the exhausting and exhilarating ups and downs of life in Guatemala City, we are wrapping up the school year, including the second year of the afternoon English Program at the UPAVIM School. Thank you so much for your support and […]

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