Meet Jen: Safe Passage supporter, sponsor, and Support Team leader

We spoke with Jen, whose based in Maine. Her experience with Safe Passage has ranged from volunteering, leading Support Teams, and sponsoring a student. Here’s her story: How and when did you first hear about Safe Passage?I first heard about Safe Passage not long after I moved to Maine in 2006. I read about Hanley’s Read More »

National Volunteer Story: Decisions with Experiences

“Uncertainties invaded me at the beginning of this journey as a Mentor. Am I doing a good job? How will I do my best? They were just some of the questions that came up. Once I had the student assigned to me and began to work with her, it turned out that I learned by Read More »

Sharing My Story: Our Ambassadors Program

Ever since the first time I stepped foot in the Educational Reinforcement Center in Guatemala on January 27th, 2014, I knew my connection with Safe Passage would be lifelong. Four years later, after being on two Support Teams, becoming a Sponsor, becoming an Ambassador, and eventually helping to coordinate the Ambassador Program, I still think 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 »

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 »

Playing for Peace, and Learning by Doing at Safe Passage

Our youngest students learn through play, as children do naturally, but what happens when we employ the same learning methodologies to a Safe Passage all-staff workshop? Starting the year with collaboration At the start of each new school year at Safe Passage, our new staff members join our seasoned staff members for training and workshops Read More »

2015 Day of Giving: What it takes to build a new center in one day

On November 7, 2015 we built our new Learning, Art and Fun Center with help from thousands of volunteers from TELUS International. And we built this new center in one day. What’s the Learning, Art and Fun Center? In January, 2016, we’re adding two more full-day classes to Safe Passage, and we need more space. As part Read More »

4 Ways to Unleash Positive Living: My Safe Passage Experience

This article is a feature story from Safe Passage Sponsor, Ambassador, and Support Team member Maggie Seitz. On January 25th, 2014, a group of Falmouth High School students and teachers, including myself, boarded a plane headed for Guatemala City and Safe Passage. At the time, I had heard stories from other students who had taken Read More »

Volunteering Changed the Way I Live

This story was written by Guatemalan volunteer Gaby Chour, in reflection of her volunteer service with Safe Passage. My decision to become a Safe Passage volunteer was, for many reasons, easy to make. Safe Passage serves a population with scarce resources that lives around the Guatemala City garbage dump. They provide valuable programs for children Read More »