12 Feb
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Meet Marisol

A few months ago we introduced you to Dina, one half of the Montessori pre-school’s team. Now we would like you to meet the other half of the dynamic duo, Marisol. Marisol is a soft and quiet woman. She never raises her voice, talking in a near whisper, and yet the tiny Montessori students hear […]

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10 Feb
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Aventuras en Lectura!

The library reading program, Aventuras en Lectura (Reading Adventures), started on October 29 with 65 students enrolled from Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth grade of primary school. Viviana, the UPAVIM librarian, started the program in 2008. “Many students have problems in school with reading. During the school vacation, they just watch TV and play in the streets. […]

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28 Jan
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ESL English Teachers Needed!

[two_third][framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF”] Job Description In 2002 UPAVIM’s school was established to offer the children of La Esperanza and neighboring communities a nurturing, stimulating and inspiring atmosphere to learn and grow. Students are taught to resolve interpersonal conflicts, to make decisions as a group with consideration for individual needs, to respect their peers without discriminating according […]

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04 Jan
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Volunteer Story: Meet Lukas!

Where are you from? I’m from Belgium, Ghent. A country where, together with Holland, we have an organisation to support UPAVIM, it was founded by former volunteers. Where and what are you studying? I’m studying at KaHo in Ghent, I am studying engineering (electro mechanics). What did you do at UPAVIM? I was a teacher […]

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29 Dec
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UPAVIM Year in Review

[one_third] [framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF”] UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) Board of Directors Barb Lorraine President UPAVIM General Advisor Ellie Friedland Vice President Education Advisor Linda Wiley Secretary Janessa Landeck Treasurer Health Advisor Greg Norman Board Member Mary Joan Ferrara-Marsland Board Member Crafts Advisor Darlene Dombroski Board Member Fundraising Evie Vendermeer Board Member Fundraising [/framed_box] [framed_box bgColor=”#FFFFFF” […]

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16 Dec
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UPAVIM English Program

Dear Friend, Thank you for watching our video, and taking the time to hear our story.   UPAVIM (Unidas Para Vivir Mejor) is located in a slum on the outskirts of Guatemala City, in what is designated as a ‘red zone’ by the government. The term ‘red zone’ signifies a high level of violence and […]

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13 Dec
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MAKE A PROMISE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

URGENT NEED: Expansion of educational space for UPAVIM Children the world over have dreams for their future. Like your children they dream of being doctors, pilots, ballerinas or teachers. These Guatemalan children are smiling because they now see the possibility of turning their dreams into reality. The lives of these children are being transformed by […]

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23 Oct
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The Heart of UPAVIM

Meet Dina There is only one real reason why UPAVIM’s Montessori pre-school is so successful, our devoted teachers. One of these outstanding teachers is Dona Dina. The first thing you will notice about Dina is the overwhelming motherliness she exuberates, you can not help but want to hug her, and she will hug you back! […]

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