10 Aug
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We’re moving up

UPAVIM CAA, our alternative learning center, is in for a big and much anticipated upgrade. With a current toll of 148 students between the grades of kindergarten to sixth, it’s a tight fit in our current available space. Several classrooms are split by temporary walls and are home to two grade levels each. Not only […]

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09 Aug
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UPAVIM is in my blood

There is so much to be done here. So many ways the families of UPAVIM need us. Being here, I see and feel the impact of the work we do on a daily basis. I see it in the smiles and feel it in the hugs. These women and children are in my blood now. I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to leave them.

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25 Jun
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Celebrating Mothers

Earlier this spring, we gave UPAVIM supporters the opportunity to send Mother’s Day Cards in honor of the women at UPAVIM. We thought you might like to see how the mothers of UPAVIM celebrated their special day!

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10 Mar
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The UPAVIM 2015 school year is off to a great start!

As you make your way through the school every day, you can hear the sounds of learning and fun reverberating throughout: laughter, singing, kids answering questions, counting in both English and Spanish, the chants of the alphabet in English. Classes resumed in mid-January after a week and a half of teacher training and a lot of […]

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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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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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02 Oct
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“Making change takes one small change of attitude.”

by Courtney Cline A few months ago we shared the story of UPAVIM sixth grader, Mishell and her powerful speech on “The Power of Education.” We are excited to share that for the 7th time this year, Mishell has used her microphone to take Villa Nueva by storm. Mishell has been competing all year in speech competitions, […]

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15 Sep
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¡Feliz dia de Independencia!

A sea of patriotic blue and white flags and banners hang from windows and public buildings, the drumrolls of marching bands, melodies of marimbas, and chirps of parade whistles play rhythms in the air. Symbols of national pride: the national flower (Monja Blanca), bird, (the Queztal), tree, (the Ceiba), and adored national hero, the Mayan […]

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05 Sep
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Preppa Gimnasio Competitio

On Thursday, September 4, UPAVIM’s kindergarten class participated in a multi-school Gymnastics Dance competition. All the kindergarten classes in Villa Nueva, nine in total, participated in the day’s festivities. The dance routines were all choreographed by the kindergarten teacher and parents, set to a mix of patriotic marimba music and English pop songs. An UPAVIM mom […]

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01 Sep
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A Day at the Water Park!

The entire Reforz took a trip to a local water park in August. Trips like this would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers who paid the bus fees as well as entrance to the park for most students. [slideshow type=”nivo” source=”{s:waterpark}” height=”612″][/slideshow]

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