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+ “Education is all a matter of buildingBuilding Bridges” --Ralph EllisonBridges: Teaching Children in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil with Global Vision International
+ Brown Project Extended Vision: !! To empower women and children worldwide by eliminating social and economic obstacles to their well-being and providing opportunities for a better future. !! Last Summer’s Projects !! Threads of Hope !! Collin County Children’s Advocacy
+ GVI Mission: !! Global Vision International (GVI) is a non-political, non- religious organization, which through its alliance with over 150 project partners in over 30 countries, provides opportunities for volunteers to fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. !! GVI Phoenix believes that education, both primary and secondary, as well as daily food, are basic human rights and is attempting to combat the imbalances of these rights through GVI Phoenix volunteers and the GVI Charitable Trust.
+ Project Overview !! Volunteered teaching children in developing countries of Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil with GVI. !! Lived with host families in Ecuador and Peru !! Worked with indigenous and immigrant populations in communities with a shortage of funds and teachers !! Children often came from difficult home environments and communities with prevalent alcoholism and crime !! Subjects taught: Communication/Language, Literacy, Math, Numeracy, Social Studies, Personal Studies, Natural Science, English, Art, P.E.
+ Ecuador "!GVI operates 3 schools in communities of Muenala, Larcacunga, and Huayrapungo "!Schools are near Otovalo—50% of population indigenous !! GVI provides a breakfast drink called Colada, lunch, and fruit to ensure children receive proper nourishment
+ Huayana Falcon School Community: Muenala!! Indigenous community 45 minute drive and 30 min walk from Otavalo!! Most families are self-sufficient farmers!! Native language is Kichwa and only speak basic Spanish
+ My Class: GVI Grade !! Sisa (9) !! Brayan (9) !! Alex (16)
+ Inti Raimi!! Originated as indigenous festival for the sun!! Includes a month of celebrations culminating in a day when they dance in traditional dress with their tribe near the volcano Cotacachi!! Stone throwing follows and the winner will have the best harvest
+ Brazil He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo!! GVI operates 1 school/day care in the favela of Mata Escura in Salvador!! Mata Escura was originally founded by wives of prisoners who set up residence around the prison so is a rough community!! GVI provides breakfast and lunch to the children"!Children nap three days a week so they have a safe place to sleep
+ Mata Escura !! My class: “The Babies” (13 months to 4 yrs)– John, Kelly, Samara, Ludgimila, Alan, Gustavo, Stephanie, Martinha, Kuwan
+ Lessons & Achievements !! Improved conversational Spanish !! Confidence as a teacher and traveler !! Knowledge of some challenges and methods of operating an international charity organization !! Observed how children are affected by difficult environments !! Contributing to the education and development process of the children !! Learned about culture and history of Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil
+ Thank You! !! To the James Graham Brown Foundation for sponsoring this transformational summer experience. !! To all the staff and volunteers in the GVI Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil projects for their support, ideas, and continuing effort to provide education and a safe environment for hundreds of children. !! To my host families in Ecuador and Peru for their warmth and advice.