Celebrating Guatemalan Independence

Every year on September 15th Guatemala celebrates its independence from Spain. In honor of this holiday – and to celebrate the various parts of the country – our students took on some very special projects. Each grade learned about a different custom and culture within Guatemala, and then prepared various dances and songs to represent Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Sindy

Meet Sindy, 26. She’s currently a student in the 7th grade class in our Adult Education program. She’s been a student at Safe Passage for three years, and has been a Creamos participant for two years. While her husband works in the dump as a garbage picker, many of Sindy’s family are students with Safe Read More »

Student-led conferences

The teachers at Safe Passage help our students understand that they are accountable for their actions. This is an important aspect of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school. Student-led conferences are a major component of this. In these conferences, which are held every semester, students share portfolios of their work Read More »

The Quinceañera Process: A time to give back

Quinceañeras are held at Safe Passage every year for our students, young women who are turning 15 years old. We also celebrate with our young men, or Quinceaneros. From the very beginning of the school year, Quinceaneras and Quinceaneros’ activities are planned out. It’s a four month long process which culminates in a big celebration Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Juliana & Wilder

Meet Juliana & Wilder, two eight year olds, friends, and classmates in the second grade at the Hanley Denning Experimental Primary School. Q: How long have you been a student with Safe Passage? Juliana: I’ve been at Safe Passage for four years. Wilder: I started at Safe Passage in the Jardín when I was five. Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Lilia

Meet Lilia, a student in our Oportunidades program. Oportunidades is our new reinforcement program for students from grades 8 and up who attend public schools. We recently sat down with Lilia to learn more about her and her experiences at Safe Passage. I am 15 years old, and I’m in Tercero Básico [third year of Read More »

You’re not a passenger but a crew member on your learning journey

Crew is a key component of Expeditionary Learning, our guiding methodology at our full-day elementary school. What is a crew? A crew consists of one teacher and 10-15 students who meet every day to check in, set goals, reflect on their work, learn team-building skills, and implement our core learning values. Students are encouraged to Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Edinzon

Meet Edinzon, a sixth-grade student at Safe Passage. We’d like to share his story, 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 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 »

Learning by doing: how teachers provide support and inspiration

Meet Yasmin, one of our 6th-grade teachers. We sat down with Yasmin to get her take on how Expeditionary Learning is going at Safe Passage. Yasmin was one of the first four teachers hired in 2015 to pioneer the implementation of Expeditionary Learning in our full-day school. These four teachers bonded over their interest in Read More »