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.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

First Experience on the Project in Brazil

You never fully know what to expect before setting foot on a project. I (Elise) assumed it would be fun and challenging with the possibility of my patience being tested by crying children. Upon arrival at the project I felt relieved. The kids and I wore the exact same facial expression. It was a mixture of excitement, curiosity and awkwardness, like we didn't know what to make of each other.

Thankfully, within minutes of playtime any nerves and doubts were replaced with high pitched squeals and laughter. I found it amazing how quickly childhood games and the fascination with everything in the world immediately returned whilst being amongst them.

It was only once we had boarded the bus home I contemplated the work. Initially, I was thankful for all of the opportunities I have received over the years, the privileged upbringing. Thinking about the kids and their circumstances put everything into perspective. I found myself feeling extremely fortunate to be a part of a project that offers the fun and education that should define childhood.


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