CONGRATULATIONS to all the Challengers on our first six Charity Challenges of 2011, biking from Guatemala to Honduras, the inaugural Nicaragua Volcano Challenge, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina Challenge , Guatemala's first Caribbean Kayak Challenge, Perú´s Cerani Pass and Ecuador's Volcano Challenge. Nicaragua's second volcano Challenge is set for 3rd-6th November and the third Guatemala Volcano Challenge dates are set for 27th November -2nd December.

Click on the following for our most recent official project reports for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Perú and Brazil.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New GVI Phoenix staff joining Ecuador

There is a new team managing the Phoenix Project in Ecuador to help continue the legacy of GVI Phoenix support in three local indigenous communities, Urcusiqui, Huayrapungo and Larcacunga. Tracey comes here from Guatemala, having worked with GVI for 18 months, first as a volunteer and then as a Project Manager – a role she is continuing in Ecuador, along with overseeing the work in Urcusiqui.

Colleen is interning at the school in Huayrapungo where she volunteered 2 years ago, and our other intern, Morgan, also a returning Ecuador volunteer, is working at the Larcacunga School. Both are qualified teachers so the current volunteers are getting the benefit of some great ideas and guidance.

By the way, did you notice a common theme there? All of them were bitten by the GVI bug when volunteering, and can’t stay away!

There are so many things to love about the work here in Ecuador – being hit first thing in the morning by a child running full velocity to greet you; the smiles and cheery ‘Buenos Días’ you get from people in the communities; travelling up into the stunning Andes mountains to go to work each day; having a little boy fall asleep on you, tired from all the excitement of his first day at school.

Or how about hearing a child talk excitedly about how they want to carry on and learn more at High School, but can’t go because their family doesn’t have the money to spare – and then seeing their delight when they are given the chance to continue their education through donations made by generous volunteers, friends and families to the GVI Charitable Trust.

What a privilege for us all to be a part of the lives of the children and families in these three rural indigenous communities in Ecuador. Keep an eye on the blog for updates and news about how the projects are going – or better yet, come on out and see for yourselves!


How does GVI Phoenix make a difference?

The following film was made in Guatemala, though the message is the same across all GVI Phoenix projects