Student stories: Meet Samuel

Samuel is the oldest of five siblings. He started attending Safe Passage in 2001, at the small church where Hanley started our program in 1999. At Safe Passage, life was vibrant, supportive, and safe. At home, Samuel’s world was turning upside down. Just one year after he started school, Samuel had to leave. Samuel’s parents Read More »

2016 Giving Tuesday: Feeding Families in Need

What is Giving Tuesday? We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but many have not heard of Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back to nonprofits and celebrating donors across the world. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate you all year long, and especially on Giving Tuesday! Read More »

Our Whole Child Philosophy

What is our whole child philosophy, and how do we implement it each day? We first create a nurturing environment in which children can flourish: Active learning: we strive to create engaging educational environments that are responsive to the learning style of each student in our program. Social support: we foster discovery and exploration within Read More »

Quinceañera an Extra Special Right of Passage for 13 Safe Passage Girls

For girls in Latin America, turning 15 is a really big deal. In Latin American countries, including Guatemala, a girl’s fifteenth birthday is called a quinceañera and is considered a rite of passage. Although celebrations and rituals are different in each country and traditions can vary between families, a quinceañera has one objective: to celebrate Read More »

Safe Passage students celebrate culture on Guatemala’s 195th Independence Day

At Safe Passage, more than 90% of our staff are Guatemalan. Cultural celebrations are an important part of what we do to celebrate our Guatemalan roots and bring our community together! Each year, Guatemala celebrates its independence from Spain on September 15. In honor of the holiday, Safe Passage staff, volunteers, students and parents join together Read More »

Sponsor stories: meet the Holsen family

This article was written by Safe Passage sponsor, Molly, about visiting Guatemala and Safe Passage with her family and their adopted Guatemalan son, Tomas. This past July we took our family of 5 to Guatemala for a cultural visit. The last time we were there we were picking up our oldest son, Tomas, and bringing him Read More »

Exploring the meaning of the owl mural at our Learning Art and Fun Center

If you have visited our new Learning, Art & Fun Center, you are most likely familiar with the bright, colorful mural of an owl near the entrance. Created by Safe Passage Creative Expression coordinator, Noel, and volunteers, Marlon and Natalia, the mural is a reminder that inside the walls of Safe Passage, the world is Read More »

Studying the local economy: an expedition to the central market in Guatemala City

One of the core features of our new Expeditionary Learning teaching methodology is the concept of connecting student learning to real-world issues and needs.    By utilizing fieldwork, project-based expeditions, and service opportunities, we can better connect students to the world around them. Relevant, authentic curriculum will encourage students to work collaboratively and think critically Read More »

Safe Passage Fourth Grade Geography Class Expedition to Guatemala’s Relief Map

As part of our transition towards a full-day accredited school, we selected Expeditionary Learning as our new teaching methodology for full-day students in grades three and four. Expeditionary Learning focuses on providing students with engaging, relevant curriculum that inspires them to lead their own learning. We do this through hands-on activities that blend core academics Read More »