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 »

Support Team Stories: My Week at Safe Passage

“It was one of the best experiences of my life.” Earlier this spring, Catherine spent a week at Safe Passage as part of a Support Team. When she returned home, she was eager to share her story and spread the word about the life changing experience she had. Read her story and watch her video Read More »

Social Workers: connecting with the community

Our team of social workers (Family and Community Services) works hard to connect with and support our community members by listening to their stories and learning their needs. “Social work is a way to get closer to people to and to serve them, and I believe we have to serve the people who are most Read More »

Carlos & Leslie: How a mother and her son inspire each other

Unable to afford school tuition, Leslie started working in the garbage dump when she was eight years old. At age 18, she decided to change her life and entered Safe Passage’s Adult Education program as a first grade student. After years of night classes and long days working in the dump, Leslie earned a high school Read More »

Every day is an extraordinary adventure: Meet Volunteer Maria

Maria Fernanda came to Safe Passage by coincidence. At first, she did not know much about our program and she did not want to volunteer. What she did know was that she needed to spend a one month internship at a local organization to meet a volunteer requirement for school. More than one year later, Read More »

Education Knows No Age

It is nine o’clock in the morning and Elena is in the Safe Passage Adult Education class with a smile on her face and a pile of books in front of her that symbolize hope. Elena is one of 12 brothers and sisters. Growing up, Elena and her siblings all worked to provide financial support for their family. Because of Read More »

New Year, New Colors: how contrast plays an important role at Safe Passage

If you were to describe the interior of the Safe Passage buildings in one word, what would that one word be? For many, that word is contrast. Outside Safe Passage walls, the harsh reality of the Guatemala City garbage dump is evident in mountains of waste, impoverished neighborhoods, and bleak landscapes. And yet, as soon Read More »

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 »

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 »