Safe Passage Student Stories: Meet Edinzon

Meet Edinzon, a sixth-grade student. In his own words: My name is Edinzon, I’m 12 years old, and I’m the sixth of eight siblings. My mom supports us by working in the garbage dump, mainly collecting plastic bottles to sell. One of my sisters also works inside the dump, and I’ve been a part of Read More »

Expedition to the Museum of Natural History

Expeditionary Learning in Action: Our trip to the Natural History Museum 8:00 a.m. Our 6th graders wait excitedly inside the school, going over final details with their teachers. Today they’ll be visiting the Natural History Museum in Guatemala City as part of an expedition called Environmental Protagonists (Progatonistas Ambientales). This expedition teaches students about various 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 »

Expeditionary Learning a welcome addition at Safe Passage

To empower our students to overcome adversity, we must first provide them with support, motivation, and life skills—resources they are often missing. Hanley, of course, knew this when she started Safe Passage 17 years ago. For our students, staying in school is an uphill battle. Attending public school in Guatemala means paying for uniforms, books, Read More »