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, October 25, 2009

Who's currently on the ground in Nicaragua

This week we thought we would give blog readers a chance to get to know some of the current volunteers and staff members we have on the project in Nicaragua. GVI volunteers come from all over the world and from all walks of life.

From retired professionals to recently graduated high school students there is a wide diversity of people that make up GVI volunteers. However, the one quality that they share in common is a desire help out in the underprivileged communities where GVI works.

Patrick Smith and Katherine Chidzey come from England and have volunteered and worked with GVI over the past few years in Guatemala and Ecuador. They are currently interning in the GVI school Guardabarranco in Nicaragua.

Patrick has been doing syllable work with the first graders and Katherine teaching the vowels and basic numeracy to the first level preschool children.

Albert Akoury recently graduated from high school in western Canada and was looking to travel and volunteer before he begins his post-secondary studies. He has been working with fellow GVI volunteer Tom teaching the second level in preschool.

Tom Kasauskas comes from Adele, Australia and recently graduated with a degree in Urban Planning. Like Albert, Tom was looking for something more than just to travel; they were both looking give back and help out while at the same time getting to know a different culture and learn a foreign language.

And running the whole show is Steve Elliot, from Canada. He has been managing the project in Nicaragua since early 2008 and has been fundamental in the success of our project in La Thompson.

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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