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.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Music in Maldonado - Perú

The theme for this week at summer school was Disney/cartoons. It is a bit difficult to think of ways to link this theme to natural or social science so the volunteers at Maldonado, Peru decided to take a different approach and taught the kids about music!

On Tuesday the kids were taught about sound and how it travels. They then split the class into three stations where they learned more about sound. They made telephones using cups and string. Another group experimented with different sound wave lengths. Using jump ropes volunteers Jamie and Kyle Anne moved the ropes either faster or slower while the kids jumped over them. The kids were all smiles and learning at the same time! On Wednesday, the kids made and decorated instruments. Some made maracas by filling bottles up with sand from outside, others made guitars by putting rubber bands over used (but washed) ice cream containers, and there were also bongos made by taping two big water bottles together. Finally, on Thursday the kids were taught about music notes and beats. They then experimented with different beats going at the same time. The best was when Fabricio (a little boy who will be entering first grade) began showing off his dance moves while everyone was keeping the beat.

It was an incredibly fun week up at Maldonado and it goes without saying that the kids LOVED these amazing, hands on activities that the volunteers organized. Let’s see what next weeks theme, animals, brings!


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