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, April 5, 2011

Yesterday it snowed in Nicaragua!

How do you teach science to a bunch of kids who can’t read or write? This week, Leandri and Antonia, first grade teachers in the community of Chiriza had to come up with an imaginative way to teach the sense of touch to 20 5-6 year olds.

After an explanation about the different layers of the skin and the touch receptors, the kids were given different objects to feel: a rock, a hairbrush, a soft scarf, a raw egg, a mug of hot coffee, fake snow and the classroom whiteboard. They then had to describe the sensation and draw a picture of each object.

The raw egg ended up everywhere but in the cup and was even mixed with the fake snow to make a gooey mess, but the kids had a great time. They were then put into pairs and blindfolded and were each given an identical object to feel and identify.

Flip flops, balloons and keys all proved too easy for them - onions and fluffy socks were a bit harder to guess! At the end of the lesson the ‘snow’ was thrown in the air to the great excitement of the whole class - the look on their faces was priceless!


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