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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Childcare in Nicaragua

These last few weeks in the GVI school Guardabarranco childcare volunteers have been busy giving classes in La Thompson. The GVI Nicaragua project is unique to other GVI Phoenix projects in the sense that we have some of the youngest kids attending our preschool.

Many of the older children have to look after their younger siblings so the preschool provides them an opportunity to leave them in a safe place, where they will also get fed, and educational place while they can attend classes with other volunteers.

Children in Nicaragua start preschool at age three and that age need lots of attention and one-on-one help. Public schools are often extremely overcrowded and understaffed or are located too far away for many of the families in the community La Thompson, so having plenty of GVI volunteers is essential for the project.

Apart from giving classes GVI staff members and volunteers celebrated Halloween and International Food Day. Even though Halloween isn’t as widely celebrated in Latin America as it is in North America the kids jumped at the idea of celebrating it with mask making and playing with magic goo!

For International Food Day, Francisca, one of the mothers of the community who cooks for the children in the school, made a delicious arroz a la velenciana: the children (as well as the volunteers) enjoyed a tasty meal of chicken, rice, and vegetables after a day at the sports field.



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