15 Sep
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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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08 Sep
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“This is your life; are you who you want to be?”

by Caitie Lezell “This is your life; are you who you want to be?” – Switchfoot Monday begins my third week working at UPAVIM, and though I still have an extraordinary amount more to learn about this organization and this neighborhood, I’ve certainly more or less established a daily routine. And so, I figured that it would be […]

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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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06 Aug
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The Power of Education

“Imagine a world without education, a society without a history, a book without words.” Profound words from a very inspiring young lady.

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24 Jun
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My First Visit Back

by Janessa Landeck It had been six and half years since I left La Esperanza and the women of UPAVIM.  I still remember squeezing into a taxi with my husband, three-year-old son, all our possessions, and way too many crafts.  The three of us had loved our year volunteering at UPAVIM, but I would be […]

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20 Jun
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Field Trip Time for Reforzamiento

This month has been full of exciting things for all the children of UPAVIM! With the arrival of Nourish there have been lots of new faces to get to know, and new people to play with! Thanks to the addition of so many volunteers, as well as a generous donation from the family of Meagan, […]

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01 Apr
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Volunteer Story: Meet Jess!

We would like to thank Jess, our dedicated health program volunteer who came all the way from Canada to work with us for almost a year. She never failed to do everything she could to improve the lives of the women of UPAVIM. Jess ran an exercise program for the women of UPAVIM as well as […]

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26 Mar
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English Program Fundraising

Fundraising efforts for the English Program have been so successful! We would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody who contributed by organizing, attending and donating. In Wales we had a musical benefit, where very talented musicians and a couple of hilarious comedians donated their time to support UPAVIM and make the fundraiser […]

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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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